Police spent a lot of money on secret spy-airplanes.Read more »
No this is not from the Onion.
A stowaway crocodile on a flight escaped from its carrier bag and sparked an onboard stampede that caused the flight to crash, killing 19 passengers and crew.
Croc caused plane crash, says survivor. A plane crash in the Congo that killed 20 people could have been caused by an escaped crocodile.
The croc had been hidden in a passenger's sports bag - allegedly with plans to sell it - but it tore loose and ran amok, sparking panic.Read more »
The Federal Communications Commission took the general aviation world by surprise when it said in a recent report it will prohibit the sale or use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters, effective in August.
The FCC said its rules have been amended to "prohibit further certification, manufacture, importation, sale or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs." The FCC says that if the 121.5 units are no longer available, aircraft owners and operators will "migrate" to the newer 406.0-406.1 MHz ELTs.Read more »
When the president traveled in the years immediately following 9/11, large sections of airspace could shut out general aviation for days on end. Now, a system of security screenings, gateway airports, and restrictions grants GA pilots increased access to an area during the president’s extended stay. But, as many pilots experienced last weekend in Chicago, the procedures for traveling within a TFR may be complex, and may change with little advance warning—and recent violations of the presidential TFR over Chicago underscore the importance of careful preflight planning.Read more »
Called the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009, the law will require flight schools to pay a yearly fee and open their books to regulators. Flight schools will be required to pay an initial $5,000 fee, followed by a $1,000 annual fee, and 0.75 percent of yearly revenue to the program, which aims to 'protect the financial well-being' of students in case the school goes out of business.Read more »
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