Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses told a House panel Wednesday. Continue reading
After 77 years of searching, researchers announced they are one big step closer to knowing where aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and her plane ended up. An aluminum fragment found in 1991 on a remote, uninhabited coral atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati appears to be from her lost aircraft.
Following 12 years of research and testing, designers and pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg debuted a huge solar-powered plane in Switzerland this week. The plane, which boasts a wingspan wider than a 747′s, is covered in more than 17,000 solar cells. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
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Drone aircraft might be delivering Amazon orders to your door soon says Jeff Bezos But first states and the federal government are wrestling with the implications of many new, pilotless aircraft — how they might affect civil liberties — and how to keep them out of the way of manned aircraft in skies that are already crowded. Continue reading
Southwest is facing new questions on the safety of its fleet. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons user Atomic Taco. Southwest Airlines is grounding its fleet of Boeing 737-300s for inspection after one of its planes was forced to make an … Continue reading
A US Airways Airbus 320 crashed into the icy waters of the Hudson River Thursday, apparently after birds struck the engine, but rescuers were able to pull more than 150 passengers and crew to safety. Reporters covering the story provide details on the crash. Continue reading