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FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Civil Penalty Against SkyPan International for Allegedly Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Operations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announces the largest civil penalty the FAA has proposed against a UAS operator for endangering the safety of our airspace. (www.faa.gov) Mer...

Opinion: General aviation lifts small business in Colorado

As the head of a large industrial construction company, I spend a lot of time at construction sites, most in remote little towns that are difficult to travel to. For 10 years, that meant at least three days away from my family to visit a job site for one day. About three years ago, all of that changed. I earned my private pilot's license and got a single-engine airplane. Now I travel much more productively. My staff and I can visit multiple job sites in different states in a single day. What was… (www.dailycamera.com) Mer...

Rwanda designs the world's first 'airport for drones'

futuristic network of "droneports" that will help distribute pharmaceuticals and other crucial goods is set to open soon in the small African republic of Rwanda. The projects unites the architectural expertise of British firm Foster+Partners and the engineering ingenuity of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne. Construction is set to begin next year, with operations starting as early as 2020. (www.cnn.com) Mer...

Las Vegas bets that SpaceX will make it to Mars before NASA

NASA may believe that it'll be the first to land on Mars, but don't tell that to Las Vegas betting houses. Popular Mechanics has asked Docsports' Raphael Esparza to set odds for the first organization to reach Mars, and he believes that SpaceX stands a much better chance of reaching the Red Planet (5 to 1) than anyone else, including NASA (80 to 1). To put it bluntly, SpaceX has the money and the motivation that others don't -- NASA would be the favorite, but its budget cuts are holding it back. (www.engadget.com) Mer...

This Toddler Playing In Microgravity With Dad Is Adorably Awesome

This toddler and her dad playing with microgravity is how you do life right. Outside of being extremely adorable, learning how to fly the fun way from Dad is just the coolest thing. Remember when I got all introspective over a Delta advertisement the other day? This is the sort of thing I was talking about. The magic of flight. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Mer...

Brilliant Screens Make an F-22 Sim More Realistic Than Ever

IT TAKES SERIOUS skills to fly the F-22 Raptor. The single-seat fighter can cruise in supersonic flight and reach 60,000 feet. Thanks to 35,000 pounds of thrust from each of its two engines, can easily surpass Mach 2.25. At roughly $150 million per jet, you don’t want to leave one in the hands of a novice. (www.wired.com) Mer...

Russian jet makes emergency landing

A Russian jet doing service btwn Moscow and LAX had to make an emergency landing in Iqaluit. I'm told by my relatives, she's doing fine. (hisz.rsoe.hu) Mer...

Bombardier pitched majority CSeries stake to Airbus?

Bombardier has approached European planemaker Airbus about selling a majority stake in the Canadian company's CSeries jet in order to shore up its depleted balance sheet, people familiar with the matter said. Under a proposed tie-up, Airbus would help Bombardier complete development of the troubled aircraft in exchange for a controlling stake in the program, effectively ending Bombardier's independent efforts to break into the 100- to 160-seat airplane market dominated by Airbus and Boeing. (www.cbc.ca) Mer...

Compilation of some Images of Aircraft in 2011 and 2012

Compilation of some images of aircraft in 2011 and 2012. Highlights. Tubules of a CF-18 Hornert, Canadian Demo Team in Brazil... (www.youtube.com) Mer...

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