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After 2 Hollywood Stars Fall, the Fourth of July Might Be the Day to Rethink the Freedom of Flying

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 07.03.2015 | Impact
Ben Hellwarth

It usually takes a while for the NTSB to complete its final accident reports, but its preliminary report about Horner's accident, released on June 29, tells a haunting story reminiscent of many other private plane crashes, especially those involving single-engine craft.

'Green News Report' - June 30, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: U.S. Supreme Court strikes down first-ever mercury pollution rules; NJ ...

College Daze

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.23.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

As soon as my lawyer gets out of jail, I am going to file a classless action lawsuit against the makers of "National Lampoon's Animal House" for theft of intellectual property.

15 Photos that Capture the Magic of Aviation

DL Cade | Posted 06.22.2015 | Travel
DL Cade

Human flight is a modern-day miracle. One day we were staring at the birds longing for their high-flying freedom; the next a pair of brothers were...

Lost and Confounded Until HIker Finds Missing Plane

Christine Negroni | Posted 06.16.2015 | Science
Christine Negroni

What forces of fate allow thousands of people to cross the same terrain without seeing the crashed airplane that John Weisheit discovered on May 20th?

Carbon Diary of a Reluctant Traveler

Daniel Rutherford | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Daniel Rutherford

Last year I flew 77,000 miles on 30 flights over 9 work trips, releasing an additional 11 tons of CO2. This means that flying for work quadrupled my emissions last year.

Why the United States Should Lead in Reducing Aviation Emissions

Daniel Rutherford | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Daniel Rutherford

It's good to see the U.S. finally starting to take this issue seriously. With luck, EPA's actions will also translate into the US taking a proactive, positive role in international negotiations to develop a global deal to control aviation emissions by late 2016.

Is it Time for Fast Track Atheist Security Checks at Airports?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Weird News
Zoltan Istvan

I can't help but wonder if I really have to wait in hour-plus lines since no atheist--so far as I can discover--has ever been accused of bombing or highjacking a plane.

In Flight: Fasten Your Seat Belts, It's Going to Be a Bumpy Ride!

Christopher Atamian | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Form and function have been doing battle in drama since the Ancient Greeks. In this case, as in some of Bader's other writings, her delicious punditry and rhyming ease almost occult the very serious messages that she wants to get across about love, modernity and the way we relate to another in an age of social media.

When Lightning Strikes Airplanes

Map Happy | Posted 05.12.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

Before anyone starts to freak out about lightning striking them clear out of the air with the force of God, having lightning hit a plane is really no biggie.

With the Germanwings Plane Crash, Something New To Fear

Bob Herbst | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Bob Herbst

Right now, there is no perfect solution for addressing the latest air travel danger, which is why we have something new to fear.

A Nuclear Weapon Is Detonated Nearby... What Are Passenger Planes Supposed To Do?

Quora | Posted 05.20.2015 | Weird News
Quora

What would I do in this circumstance? Cruising along at 34,000', checking the weather in Los Angeles, sipping on a club soda, and on the horizon, a new sun grows out of the desert, all the nearby air and dust fleeing before it? Easy. I'd freak -- the hell -- out.

The 5 Weirdest Aircraft To Ever Fly

Thrillist | Posted 05.16.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Ever since Orville Wright turned to his brother Wilbur and said "Hey bro, let's totally pioneer the world of human flight!", the skies have been abuzz with aerial vehicles of every shape and size.

Ash, Dust From 1912 Novarupta Eruption Cancels Alaska Flights

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.13.2015 | Science
Alaska Dispatch News

Strong northwest winds blew ash and dust from the 1912 eruption of Novarupta over parts of Kodiak Island on Thursday, limiting visibility and prompting some airlines to cancel flights.

What Happens When a Fighter Pilot Has Diarrhea in the Cockpit?

Quora | Posted 05.03.2015 | Weird News
Quora

HOLY S--T! Sorry for the outburst, but this is the pilot's greatest fear. Even beyond enemy aces, missile batteries, or parachuting into a sea of sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

The Commute

Christine Hannon | Posted 04.27.2015 | Travel
Christine Hannon

You chose to take this flight. It is not just a commute. It is an exchange of words and ideas between you and your seatmate, an exchange of thoughts and feelings within yourself, and exchange of relative positions between your aircraft, the earth below and heaven above.

Why Gina McCarthy Should Not Trust the Airline Industry When it Comes to Regulating Aviation Emissions

Kevin Grandia | Posted 04.21.2015 | Green
Kevin Grandia

The EPA has the authority and a court mandate to fulfill its mission. Rather than waiting on ICAO to do nothing as the industry requests, EPA should move forward with a strong domestic policy that will drive international ambition on reducing the harmful effects of aviation pollution.

The State Of Transportation Infrastructure: Breaking The Stalemate On Progress

Edward Wytkind | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

If we ended this neglect we could also launch a transportation manufacturing renaissance across America because when we start building and modernizing our economy again, U.S. factories will start humming.

50 Years Ago Today: First Flight of the SR-71 Blackbird

Keith Thomson | Posted 02.21.2015 | Technology
Keith Thomson

The first SR-71 to enter service was delivered to the 4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base in January, 1966. A total of thirty-two Blackbirds served until 1998, never succumbing to enemy action.

Remote Alaska High School Volleyball Team Endures rough Landing in Bush Plane En Route to State Tournament

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.11.2015 | Sports
Alaska Dispatch News

The twin-engine Piper Navajo touched down -- and then the left landing gear folded, according to King Salmon airport manager Kyler Hylton, who stood watching with a fleet of fire trucks and ambulances as the aircraft approached.

Higher Learning: A Pilot's Journey Begins

Christine Hannon | Posted 01.25.2015 | Travel
Christine Hannon

Flying is soaring between Heaven and Earth with a very real sense of mortality and responsibility. It is a balance of forces to create lift and a balance of focus to maintain attitudes. For the pilot governed by Visual Flight Rules, 20 percent of one's focus is on the instruments while 80 percent looks outside at what God created.

Eight Months On, MH370 Mystery Continues to Deepen

Jeff Wise | Posted 01.11.2015 | Travel
Jeff Wise

There's an old saw that's oft quoted in discussions of MH370: "The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." But from a Bayesian perspective, the absence of data is itself data.

Australian Adventurer Illustrates Flying's Glorious Contradictions

Christine Negroni | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Christine Negroni

The role of adventurers in aviation was very much on my mind while reading Dick Smith's thrill-a-page book, The Earth Beneath Me, the story of his solo helicopter flight from Fort Worth, Texas to Sydney, Australia in 1982.

Aviation's Effort to Combat Laser Attacks #Ineffective #Insane

Christine Negroni | Posted 11.08.2014 | Crime
Christine Negroni

No less a brainiac than Albert Einstein could have weighed in on the phenomenally ineffective efforts of American aviation and law enforcement to combat laser attacks on airplanes.

Lives of Curiosity and Conseuqences

Michael Benson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Michael Benson

Much can be learned from the lives of these two remarkable brothers from the most modest and ordinary of backgrounds. Grit, determination, persistence, discipline... and curiosity.