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'Flying Bum' Crashes —Ever So Slowly

Airlander 10, world's longest aircraft, went down after tangle with telephone pole

(Newser) - The world's longest aircraft is likely going to have a similarly lengthy repair bill after a bit of a bumpy landing on Wednesday during its second test flight in the UK, the BBC reports. The $33.1 million, 302-foot-long Airlander 10—officially named the Martha Gywn, but called "... More »

Russia Wants This 'Cool' New Jet to Dominate the Sky

MC-21 to rival Boeing, Airbus models

(Newser) - Who needs Western planes? Not Russia, apparently. The country has just unveiled the MC-21, the first Russian "medium-range passenger aircraft developed this century," reports RT . Revealed in what the Guardian calls a glitzy ceremony in Irkutsk, the twin-engine jet is meant to rival Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The... More »

Airport Wants to Know Who Left 3 747s Behind

Owner has 2 weeks left to pick them up

(Newser) - If you've counted your planes recently and found yourself three Boeing 747s down, you may be just the person that authorities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport want to speak to. The jets have been parked at the Malaysian airport for more than a year, and the airport operator, which... More »

This Is China's Answer to Boeing

State-owned firm rolls out C919

(Newser) - A state-owned manufacturer has unveiled the first plane produced by a Chinese initiative to compete in the market for large passenger jetliners. China is one of the biggest aviation markets but relies on Boeing and Airbus aircraft, and the multibillion-dollar effort to create the homegrown C919 jetliner is aimed at... More »

Things Getting Tense Between US, Russia in Syrian Airspace

US fighter jets forced to reroute to avoid Russian aircraft

(Newser) - A Russian military aircraft was too close for comfort in the skies above Syria, forcing two US F-16s to move out of the way and scuttling their mission, CNN reports. The Pentagon made the announcement Wednesday but would only say the incident occurred in the past few days. All US... More »

On Pentagon's Wish List: Building a 'Mothership'

So far, it's just at the drawing stage

(Newser) - In the latest effort to make reality out of what is currently science fiction, US officials are looking into the possibility of building a mothership: a large aircraft from which smaller ones take off. "This is the float-the-idea stage of the concept. It's not the build-me-a-prototype stage,"... More »

Spooked NATO Intercepts Sudden Slew of Russia Jets

NATO countries intercept 19 planes in 24 hours

(Newser) - It's not clear what Vladimir Putin might be up to, but reports of a possible Russian sub spotted off Sweden are now followed by those of NATO, which says it yesterday intercepted at least 19 Russian fighter jets and bombers flying in three separate directions outside Russian airspace. Eight... More »

Why Planes Could Someday Get 'Human-Like' Skin

BAE is developing microsensors that act like skin to detect trouble

(Newser) - Good news for those who are terrified of flying. Aircraft may be a whole lot smarter soon, thanks to a human-like skin developed by BAE Systems in the UK. The smart skin is really a layer of microsensors capable of detecting, the way human skin can, things like external temperatures,... More »

'Mystery' Planes Seen Streaking Over Texas

Enthusiast says military may be showing wares to Russia

(Newser) - Aviation enthusiasts spotted three mystery planes over Amarillo, Texas, earlier this month, and buzzed online about what they had seen, Fox News reports. Initially they thought B-2 Bombers had flown by on the afternoon of March 10, but the aircraft lacked the B-2's W-shaped back. They "loosely resembled"... More »

Tricked-Out Cessna Stalks You From 2 Miles Up

Persistent Surveillance Systems can track crimes as they develop

(Newser) - You'll never look at a Cessna the same way: The Washington Post delves into a new surveillance technology that can track any person or vehicle across a small city for hours via 12 192-megapixel cameras mounted on an aircraft. Though people appear as dark specks on a gray background... More »

Japan Grounds Dreamliners After Emergency Landing

ANA flight suffers most dramatic 787 problem yet

(Newser) - Almost half the world's fleet of Dreamliners has been grounded after yet another incident, this time involving an emergency landing. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines announced they were taking the new Boeing aircraft out of service after an ANA flight was forced to land after a smoke alarm... More »

Yet Another Woe for the Dreamliner

Grounded Japan Airlines 787 leaks fuel

(Newser) - Growing pains, or a more serious issue with Boeing's newest aircraft? A fuel leak is being investigated on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner, adding to the long list of problems the aircraft has experienced in recent weeks, Bloomberg reports. Yesterday's leak follows problems including another fuel leak... More »

Due in 2 Weeks: FAA Rules for Drones in US Skies

Some worry short timetable endangers other aircraft, privacy

(Newser) - Thousands of small drones could take wing across the US following a Federal Aviation Administration decision next month. Police departments have been snapping up the unmanned aircraft, whose cameras could be used for everything from missing-person searches to catching drug dealers. Now law enforcement is waiting on the FAA to... More »

Drunk Tries to Open Plane Door Mid-Flight

Delta passenger arrested after 4th flight security problem in 3 days

(Newser) - A passenger who tried to open an emergency door on a Delta flight from Orlando to Boston was quickly subdued by an off-duty cop. The incident, the fourth in-flight security scare on a domestic flight in the space of 3 days, appears to be have been alcohol-related rather than terror-related:... More »

Spy Plane Can Be Flown by Pilot—or Act as Drone

2-in-1 aircraft Firebird could save US military money

(Newser) - Northrop Grumman’s latest aircraft isn’t just a drone—nor is it only designed for manned flight. The Firebird, set for unveiling today, can do both with just a few modifications, the Los Angeles Times reports. From 30,000 feet in the air, the spy plane can eavesdrop on... More »

Misaligned Rivets Found on Ruptured Southwest Jet

NTSB finds fatigue cracks along tear in Boeing 737's skin

(Newser) - A federal investigation has revealed possible manufacturing flaws behind the mid-flight fuselage rupture of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 earlier this month. National Transportation Safety Board probers have discovered that rivet holes on one layer of the 15-year-old aircraft's skin did not line up properly with the layer below,... More »

Feds Order Emergency Checks of 80 Planes

Older 737s to be inspected after Southwest crack

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered emergency inspections of 80 older Boeing 737s similar to the Southwest plane that suddenly cracked open last week during a flight. The order covers aircraft built with a specific process in the '80s and '90s and those that have more than 30,000 flight... More »

Southwest Jet Lands With Hole in Cabin

'Pandemonium' erupts as 6-foot gash opens; no serious injuries

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at a military base in Arizona after a gaping hole developed in the top of the plane. Passengers say they heard a "real quick blast, like a gun," which was followed by "pandemonium" as the Boeing... More »

United Jet Makes Emergency Landing

Transatlantic flight diverts to Toronto after communications glitch

(Newser) - A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt made an emergency landing in Toronto last night after its communication equipment malfunctioned. Airline officials say the Boeing 777 never lost contact with air traffic control, but the captain decided to divert to Toronto instead of attempting to cross the Atlantic, CNN... More »

FAA Not Sure Who Owns Thousands of US Planes

Chaos prompts terror fears; agency calls for re-registration

(Newser) - The FAA lacks key information on who owns some 119,000 private and commercial aircraft in the US, prompting concerns that terrorists or drug traffickers could use the paperwork mess to their advantage—something the latter group is already doing. The FAA is calling for all owners to re-register the... More »

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