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A total of 11 people in two skydive aircraft escaped relatively unscathed after a midair collision near Superior in northwestern Wisconsin on Saturday. There were four skydivers and a pilot in one aircraft and five jumpers and a pilot in the second plane when the second plane contacted the first. Read More
The FAA is providing airlines with implementation guidance to expand passenger use of portable electronic devices during all phases of flight, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said Thursday, but there will be restrictions. The FAA was advised by a committee, which determined that the effects of electronic devices not operating via WiFi or cell tower posed little threat. According to Huerta, landing systems involved in about 1 percent of all flights may not be proven to tolerate interference and in those cases passengers may be asked to turn off their portables. Airlines may now submit the results of tolerance tests to the FAA for approval, and some already have. Internet connections and cellphone calls are another matter. Read More
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The TSA says it's unlikely security processes at U.S. airports will change much following the shooting at LAX on Friday. The agency said in a statement that "passengers may see an increased presence of local law enforcement officers throughout the country" but there are no immediate plans to arm security staff or change procedures. Read More
Some days it just doesn't pay to go to the airport. Canada's Transportation Safety Board is reporting that a Beech 1900D operated by Wasaya Airways was heavily damaged by a baggage cart in October at the northern Ontario village of Muskrat Dam. The aircraft was on the ramp with its engines running when Murphy took over. Read More
A nine-foot statue of Korean War ace and Vietnam veteran Brig. Gen. Robinson “Robbie” Risner still stands at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, but the man himself was lost to the world with his passing at his home, Oct. 22. Throughout his career, Risner earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses, Eight Air Medals, and two Air Force Crosses among his other awards and decorations. In the history of the Air Force only three other airmen have ever received more than one Air Force Cross. But, for some, Risner is best known for one particular aerial feat performed in combat in 1952. Read More
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Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works says the replacement it's proposing for the SR-71 spy plane, the SR-72, is a Mach 6 drone that doesn't need to be stealthy because it's so fast. Aviation Week and Space Technology got an exclusive on the public unveiling of the project, which it quotes a Lockheed Martin spokesperson as saying could be operational within 10 years and since it uses some off-the-shelf technology won't break the defense budget. Read More
Russia’s fifth flying Sukhoi PAK FA T-50, has flown this month in Russia as part of a test program expected to include roughly 2,000 test flights culminating with the jet’s entry into service (perhaps as early as 2016), according to Russian news sources. The flight lasted 50 minutes and tested the aircraft’s engines, stability and overall performance. The jet performed well through all test regimens and all systems worked properly, Sukhoi said in a statement. The T-50 is set to become Russia’s premier fifth-generation multirole fighter and the test program has not been without its problems. At least one was quite public. Read More
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Pilot logbooks and the historical archive of the Concorde as amassed by now deceased British test pilot Brian Trubshaw will be put up for auction next week. Trubshaw was the first to fly the supersonic passenger plane, Concorde 002, in Britain in 1969. He then flew six years of test flights in the jet before it was enlisted as a commercial transport. The former RAF pilot’s history includes flying Lancaster bombers at the end of World War II, and setting a standing record for fastest civil trans-Atlantic flight — Fairford to Maine in two hours 56 minutes. His collection of records spans his 30-year career, and includes photographs like the one he shared with Neil Armstrong, signed by Neil Armstrong. Read More
A California skydiver has become a YouTube sensation by sticking a landing in a moving convertible. Katie Hansen actually pulled off the stunt in June at an extreme sports event in Norway but one of her friends posted the video last week. Read More
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Brainteasers Quiz #189: Know What's Up There

Whether IFR in a 50-year-old Cessna or dodging sparrows down low in your quarter-million-dollar LSA, take some advice from Meredith Willson's The Music Man: "Ya gotta know the territory." Conquer the atmosphere by acing this quiz. Includes results from last month's reader survey.

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While flying in the "northwest practice area" about 10 miles northwest of Columbus, Georgia listening to Atlanta Approach, I heard this exchange: ... ATL: "Piper 123, we have you as a PA-28, but your airspeed suggests otherwise." ... Piper 123: "No, we are a PA-34." ... ATL: "O.K. I'll update your plan to show you have an extra engine today." -- Chris Cook, via e-mail Read More
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