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Virgin Unveils Air-Launched Booster, Confirms SpaceShipTwo Customers

Artist’s concept of LauncherOne, ferried to altitude beneath the twin-fuselage WhiteKnightTwo aircraft. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composites

Four years from now, a powerful new rocket will be lifted to altitude by Scaled Composites’ WhiteKnightTwo aircraft, carrying with it the promise of bringing down the cost of delivering payload into orbit to a fraction of [...]

NASA and FAA Agree on the Future of Spaceflight

Astronauts and experts check out the accommodations in SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. Future manned Dragon flights will be regulated according to the new agreement between NASA and FAA. Photo Credit: SpaceX

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acting Administrator Michael Huerta agree that their organizations both have an interest in the future [...]

NASA T-38s To Conduct Flights Over Washington D.C.

Two of NASA's T-38 jet aircraft will conduct flights over the Washington D.C. metropolitan area on Thursday, April 5. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

The skies above the nation’s capital will rumble with the sounds of NASA’s sleek T-38 Talon jets this week. The space agency, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration [...]

NASA Aeronautics: Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System

Artistic Concept of UAS in NAS, Photo Credit: NASA

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, is often on the forefront of aeronautics research with noteworthy projects such as the F-18 High Angle-of-Attack (Alpha) Research Vehicle (HARV) and the X-48B Blended Wing Body research aircraft. It has conducted [...]

Flying With World Advanced Aerobatics Champion Rob Holland

Mike Killian flying front seat with World Champion Aerobatics pilot Rob Holland over Cocoa Beach FL. Photo Credit: Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows

“FLY IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT”.  Those were the words printed on a sticker staring me in the face as I was strapped into the front seat of Rob Holland’s Veteran Home [...]

FAA Airworthiness Directive Raises Concerns

Aircraft Oxygen Masks, Photo Credit: AVWeb

Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an airworthiness directive (AD) that ordered airlines to remove the emergency chemical oxygen generators in airplane lavatories due to concerns that they “were easily accessible and could have been manipulated to create a flight hazard”. According to [...]

FAA Unveils New Laser Incident Reporting Website

Photo Credit: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled a new website where victims or witnesses of laser incidents may file an official report. The website was developed to make it easier for pilots, crew members, air traffic controllers, or witnesses to report laser incidents so that the local authorities may be [...]

Opinion: The Shocking Statistics behind Aircraft Laser Incidents

Reported Laser Incidents in the United States, Figure Credit: Kerri Phillips

The statistics are there to support it – there has been a significant, steady increase in laser incidents involving aircraft in the United States over the past 6 years. These incidents are not isolated, occurring at airports spanning the globe and [...]

Virgin Galactic Passenger Reaps Refund

Space tourism hasn’t turned-out to be the boom business, no pun intended, that it was once promised to be.

Bigelow Aerospace laid-off its inflatable space habitat employees, a step reluctantly taken because the company felt that its BA-330, expected to launch in ready in 2014-2015, would be years ahead of commercial crew launchers [...]

Predator B Provides Assistance with Natural Disasters

Predator B, Photo Credit: Army-Technology.com

Upon mention of the Predator B drone one may picture an aircraft used to assist troops in fighting insurgents overseas and patrolling the U.S. borders searching for drug smugglers or curbing illegal immigration. In recent months, however, this versatile aircraft has been deployed to search out brush fires and [...]