Posts Tagged ‘aviation’

Barnstorming

October 8, 2021

Mo Rocca explores Barnstorming for The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. 

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Bessie Coleman, Daredevil Aviatrix

June 26, 2020

In 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. U.S. flying schools had refused to teach her, so she learned French and, with sponsorship from the The Chicago Defender, earned her license from France’s Caudron Brothers School of Aviation. Ms. Coleman toured American as a stunt pilot, appearing in air shows as Queen Bess and Brave Bessie.

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Boeing Stops Production of 737 Max 8 Passenger Planes

December 16, 2019

Boeing Stops Production of 737 Max 8 Passenger Planes

Boeing has stopped production of 737 Max 8 jets until FAA regulators say they’re safe to fly. Two of those planes crashed, killing 346 people, after FAA regulators originally took Boeing’s assurances that the planes were good to go. De-regulation kills.

More:

“Boeing suspends production of 737 Max model involved in fatal crashes,” Dominic Rushe, The Guardian

Related:

“How Did the F.A.A. Allow the Boeing 737 Max to Fly?” John Cassidy, The New Yorker

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Boeing Finally Grounds All Remaining 737 Max 8 Planes

March 14, 2019

Boeing Finally Grounds All Remaining 737 Max 8 Planes

Many global air carriers stopped flying their Boeing 737 Max 8 airliners after the fatal crash of that model in Ethiopia on Monday, but President Trump (“I like stupid pilots“), who often chats with Boeing’s CEO (a major campaign donor and lobbyist) put it off until late Wednesday. By then, some US travelers scheduled to fly on Max 8s were rebooking.

Boeing had devised a software update for the Max 8 after a similar fatal crash in Indonesia in October, but FAA approval was reportedly delayed by the Trump government shutddown. In the words of the president, “God Bless Boeing.”

More:

“How Did the F.A.A. Allow the Boeing 737 Max to Fly?” John Cassidy, The New Yorker

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The Ocean Hop

June 2, 2018

“The Ocean Hop,” starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Look out, Lindy! Animated by Hugh Harman and Rollin Hamilton. 1927.

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NASA Prepares for Flying Taxis

December 6, 2017

NASA Prepares for Flying Taxis

Uber is joining NASA in developing software to manage air taxi control software. The ride sharing firm is working to develop a fleet of battery-powered flying cabs and hopes to test them in several cities in the next two years, with full implementation in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

What could possibly go wrong?

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The Endless Runway

October 26, 2017

Henk Hesselink of the Netherlands Aerospace Centre believes circular runways could be the future of air travel. More information here and here.

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Miss Todd

May 21, 2016

Miss Todd,”  an award-winning stop-motion musical animation about E. Lilian Todd, the first woman in the world to build and design an airplane. Directed by Kristina Yee.

Writers Kristina Yee and Frances Poletti have used stills from the film to produce a children’s book.

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Gyrocopter Jockey Gets Jail Time for Buzzing the Capitol

April 26, 2016

Gyrocopter Jockey Gets Jail Time for Buzzing the Capitol

Last fall Florida mailman Douglas Hughes flew his gyrocopter into DC restricted airspace and landed on the Capitol lawn. Dressed in his mail carrier uniform, had letters addressed to each member of Congress protesting campaign finance laws. Immediately arrested, he soon pleaded guilty to flying his gyrocopter without a license into DC’s restricted airspace.

Mr. Hughes was dismissed from the US Postal Service for his unauthorized airmail delivery. Last Thursday he was sentenced to 120 days in federal prison. That’s a pretty light sentence for threatening Congress with a … a…. Wait.  What the heck is a gyrocopter?

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Congress Passed an FAA Extension. Here’s Why.

October 2, 2015

Congress Passed an FAA Extension. Here's Why.

The House and Senate passed a six-month extension for the Federal Aviation Agency this week. Everyone in DC knew they would.

Why?  Self-interest. Senators and members of congress fly into Washington on Tuesday morning and fly home again on Thursday afternoon. They spend most of their time back home on Job One, raising money for the next campaign.

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