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Airline Pilots Report Laser-Pointing Near JFK »

Authorities are looking for whoever pointed green lasers at five airliners Thursday night in the airspace near JFK Airport, the New York Post reported. The crews of two Delta airliners, an American Airlines jet and a Shuttle America flight reported laser light in the cockpits at 8,000 feet between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Thursday after departing JFK, the Post reported. Later that night, a Sun Country airliner also reported seeing a laser. ATC recordings indicate the pilots weren’t harmed by the green lasers and no injuries were reported, according to the Post. Authorities are looking for whoever pointed green lasers at five airliners Thursday night in the airspace near JFK Airport, the New York Post reported. The crews of two Delta airliners, an American Airlines jet and a Shuttle America flight reported laser light in the cockpits at 8,000 feet between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Thursday after departing JFK, the Post reported. Later that night, a Sun Country airliner also reported seeing a laser. ATC recordings indicate the pilots weren’t harmed by the green lasers and no injuries were reported, according to the Post. More

Texas Floods Cancel GA Events; Rescue Flights Continue »

The catastrophic floods in Texas have not only scrubbed weekend GA events at airports in the state, they’ve changed the landscape from summer recreation to disaster relief. Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas said Saturday’s Bluebonnet Fly-In has been postponed until June 6. Proceeds from the event will go to the Hays County Salvation Army to help flood victims. “We regret any inconvenience this change may cause,” John Koenreich, general manager for Skyport, said in a statement. More

Cheating Allegations Surround ATC Hiring Process »

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has added its voice to a growing chorus calling for an investigation into allegations that some prospective air traffic controller trainees were helped to cheat during the selection process by one or more FAA employees. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found an invitation from Garmin to an open house on June 11, giving its customers a rare look behind the scenes at the company's headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. Those who want to visit the facility can reserve slots for the event online until June 4. The open house will begin with a meet-and-greet at 3 p.m., followed by a tour of Garmin's flight simulator lab, manufacturing facility and product reliability lab. More

Airbus A350, Perlan Glider To Show At AirVenture »

Airbus Group will have a big presence – literally – at this year's EAA AirVenture show in July. EAA announced an Airbus A350 XWB wide-body test aircraft will give demonstrations and tours on the grounds at Oshkosh. In addition, the Airbus-sponsored Perlan Project glider will be on display. The A350 will arrive on the first day of the show on July 20 and fly an aerial demonstration during the afternoon airshow. More

The Weekender: Picnics, Patton and Pancakes »

The Weekender found plenty of ways on SocialFlight to take in the early summer weather. On Saturday, enjoy lunch, music, and a tour of the Veterans' Museum at Arnold Field in Tennessee, all for just $10. Fly in and pull right up to the Command Headquarters building, where Rosie the Riveter will serve you lunch. More

First Flight For Sikorsky Raider »

The S-97 Raider, a helicopter prototype based on Sikorsky's Collier-Prize-winning X2 technology, flew for the first time last Friday, the company has announced. The S-97 is designed to demonstrate "a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability," the company said. The coaxial counter-rotating main rotors and pusher propeller are expected to provide cruise speeds up to 240 knots. More

Power Surge Closes Belgian Airspace »

An apparent power surge at Belgium's air traffic control facilities closed the nation's airspace Wednesday morning, forcing flights to divert to nearby countries, The Independent reported. A Belgocontrol spokesman told UK news agencies the cause of the power surge is yet unclear. "The surge also took out our emergency generators, which is why we had to clear the airspace," he said. More

Singapore Airlines Jet Recovers From Dual Engine Failure »

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300, with 182 passengers and 12 crew on board, lost both engines while en route from Singapore to Shanghai on Saturday, the airline has reported. The flight encountered weather at 39,000 feet, about three and a half hours after departure and 160 miles from shore. Both Rolls Royce Trent 772 engines lost power. "The pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines," the airline said in a statement. More

Depp's Pilot Facing Jail For Dog Smuggling »

The pilot of actor Johnny Depp's Gulfstream is facing up to two years in prison for his role in the alleged smuggling of the Pirates of the Caribbean star's two Yorkshire terriers into Australia. The country's justice system is now considering what to do with Depp, who faces up to 10 years in jail, and the unidentified pilot after the dogs Pistol and Boo were allegedly intentionally hidden from customs officers to avoid the 10-day quarantine that Australia demands for pets being brought into the country. More