Thursday, June 30, 2005

Major airport security breach in Phoenix

Police used patrol cars as battering rams today to stop a pickup truck that led officers on a chase that ended at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, where controllers were forced to momentarily stop air traffic.

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Friday, June 24, 2005

Airbus factory slated for Alabama

The parent of European aviation giant Airbus announced Wednesday that it will build a $600 million factory in Mobile, Alabama. The company is trying to win an Air Force contract for building KC-330 refueling tankers.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Another drunken joyride

Security workers at Westchester County (New York) airport watched early Wednesday as beer cans fell from the cabin of a stolen Cessna 172 as the 20-year-old student pilot and his two 16-year-old passengers extricated themselves from the cabin following a 4:15 a.m. taxiway arrival. Read the full article.

A Mach 5.5 Airliner?

French and Japanese industry associations announced an effort to build an airliner that would travel almost 3 times the speed of the Concorde.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Cessna Citation X

I just posted a new article to the Aircraft Hangar.

The Cessna Citation X is a medium-sized business jet airplane designed to fly at high subsonic speeds. It is the fastest business jet available, and the third fastest civil airplane that has ever flown, after the Concorde and Tupolev Tu-144.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Blue Origin to pursue space tourism

Blue Origin, a company run by amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, plans to get into the space tourism race. Some of their announcement:

Blue Origin, LLC (Blue Origin) proposes to develop a launch facility to operate its Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), which is expected to carry paying passengers on suborbital, ballistic trajectories to altitudes in excess of 325,000 feet above sea level. Blue Origin proposes to locate its launch facility on privately-owned property in Culberson County, Texas. Operations at the launch facility would include development testing, pre-flight processing and flight, landing and recovery activities. To accommodate these activities, Blue Origin proposes to construct a variety of buildings and related improvements. Blue Origin's anticipated operations require that it obtain an experimental permit and/or a license from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Read the rest of it here.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Server problem

The server that hosts this site crashed today. I've restored a backup, but it's possible that some files may still be missing. If you notice any broken links, missing graphics, etc., please email me.

Also, if you added a link to the directory in the past few months, there's a chance it is gone. Please resubmit it. Thanks.