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USAF V-22 Ospreys survive heavy enemy fire

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Story about an aborted USAF mission using Ospreys in South Sudan to evacuate US citizens (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

New study proves just how worthless TSA airport body scanners really are

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‟In laboratory tests with a real machine, we were able to conceal guns, knives, and explosive simulants in such a way that they were not visible to the scanner operator,” the report reads. ‟We also studied the cyberphysical security of the machine and were able to show how an attacker could subvert the operator console software so that it would be possible to conceal all types of contraband.” (www.dailydot.com) More...

Fiji Airways default with finance company over leasing

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Last week in the Fiji Times the Financial company who owns one of three 738 aircraft which Fiji Airways has leased on long term arrangements failed to pay for one of it's B738 aircraft DQ-FJH. A notice from the Bank of America for default of a outstanding lease payment of $1.3 million was not paid. The Fijian Government has intervened as usual trying to re negotiate with the Bank to cover the default or debit. A spokesman for the Bank of America Sam Chue has told the CEO and board of directors… (www.fijitimes.com.fj) More...

Beauty or Beast? Up Close and Personal With the 787.

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Let's ignore the 787's well-publicized technical troubles for a moment, and have a look at the plane from a purely aesthetic point of view. Is it a beauty, a beast, or somewhere in between? Photos by the author... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Bárðarbunga Volcano erupts, resulting in airspace restrictions

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The Icelandic Met Office says a small subglacial eruption started today beneath the Dyngjujokull outlet glacier, near the Bardarbunga caldera. Scientists aboard a surveillance airplane above the glacier see no signs of an eruption yet. All flight traffic has however been banned near the volcano. (www.ruv.is) More...

Drunk man boards plane by climbing bag carousel

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Lee Jezard, 22, managed to sneak through the baggage carousel, evading security at Birmingham Airport, before walking across the tarmac and onto a Lufthansa plane. He was reportedly only caught after cleaning staff found him asleep in the toilet. Jezard cannot remember how he did it because he was too drunk at the time, a court heard on Wednesday. Read more:… (www.smh.com.au) More...

Learning Jet to fill role as classroom at St. Paul airport

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donated Boeing 727 will open as a hands-on classroom where schoolchildren can learn about aviation, weather and the physics of flight. (www.twincities.com) More...

It's not actually a blimp

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Wingfoot One is a member of Goodyear's new fleet of NT Airships, which have an added carbon fiber and aluminum frame beneath the soft skin. Blimps have no frame, instead operating like a big balloon with engines. (video-embed.cleveland.com) More...

USAF Pilot Training GoPro Video

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Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. Class 14-07 Graduation video. (vimeo.com) More...

ATC in Europe - still very cluttered.

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This video shows how cluttered the European ATC system still is. There are talks to merge the national ATC sectors. Flightaware still covers European movements only partially, hopefully more in the future. (www.youtube.com) More...