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California Newest Airport Terminal Extends to Mexico

The U.S.-Mexico border is one of the world's most fortified international divides. Starting Wednesday, it will also be one of the only that has an airport straddling two countries. An investor group that includes Chicago billionaire Sam Zell built a sleek terminal in San Diego with a bridge that crosses a razor-wire border fence to Tijuana's decades-old airport. Passengers pay US$18 to...

Sikorsky completes VH-92A Presidential helicopter replacement program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced the successful completion of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Preliminary Design Review (PDR), completion of the integration and performance testing of mission communications system (MCS) components, and Sikorsky’s acceptance of the second S-92A™ aircraft for the program. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Tec...

Famous Red Bull Pilot Killed in Apple Valley Plane Crash

The pilot killed in the Apple Valley plane crash has been identified as 60-year-old Michael (Mike) Mangold, a world-famous aerobatics champion for Red Bull who was a resident of Victorville. The crash occurred on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at about 2:20 P.M., according to the Apple Valley Fire Protection District the aircraft is described as an L39 Jet. Witnesses say, that the small pla...

2 Die in Small Jet Crash Near San Bernardino

Two people died after a small jet crashed at a local airport near San Bernardino, Calif., on Sunday, prompting authorities to close the airport for 24 hours. The crash took place at Apple Valley Airport around 2:20 p.m. PT, local media reported. The plane was a two-seater Aero L-39 Albatros, a Czechoslovakian-developed jet trainer, KTLA-TV reported. Fire crews extinguished the flames after...

Boeing to Roll Out 737 Max Jetliner with Little Fanfare

Boeing will roll out the first of its 737 Max jetliners this week with none of the fanfare that accompanied previous launches such as the 787 Dreamliner, even though the company's success is just as intricately tied to the fortunes of the new plane. The Dreamliner launch in 2007 attracted 15,000 guests, video feeds to 40 countries, a live band and Tom Brokaw as master of ceremonies. Th...

FAA orders brief grounding of flights at Albuquerque airport

Officials at Albuquerque's international airport say planes are once again coming and going after federal aviation officials ordered a brief restriction on all flights. The order came as neighboring Kirtland Air Force Base had an area surrounding one of its access gates cordoned off due to reports of a suspicious vehicle and person. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford...

Frontier Airlines is Considering a Rare U.S. Carrier IPO

Frontier Airlines Inc., a no-frills carrier, has held early stage talks with investment banks about an initial public offering, people familiar with the matter said. The U.S. airline is considering starting a formal IPO process as early as next year, the people said, asking not to be identified as the plans are private. There are a number of factors that could influence the decision, and F...

Alaska Airlines Plane Strikes, Kills Deer on Runway, Sonoma County Airport Officials Say

An Alaska Airlines plane arriving from Seattle struck and killed a deer on a runway at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport near Santa Rosa Wednesday evening, airport Manager Jon Stout said Friday. The plane had not yet touched ground and was only a few hundred feet along the 6,000-foot runway when it clipped the deer just before 6:00 p.m., Stout said. The impact from the deer's...

Morgan Freeman's Plane Crash Lands in Mississippi After Tire Blowout

A plane that Morgan Freeman was on crash landed in Tunica, Mississippi on Saturday. The 78-year-old actor has not suffered any injuries. Freeman told TheWrap in a statement: "I was on my plane on the way to Texas to shoot a segment for The Story of God." "Sometimes things don't go as planned and a tire blew on take-off which caused other problems. But thanks to my excel...

Maverick Opens New Vegas Terminal

Heli-tour operator Maverick Helicopters recently unveiled its new $5 million Las Vegas terminal. The facility has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook McCarran International Airport’s runways, private space for VIPs and group events, a café with expanded food and beverage selections, a registration desk with double the capacity of the one in the previous terminal, a separate ph...

Airlines Will Soon Be Forced to Pay Up for Damaged Checked Luggage

Last week, Alaska Airlines employees were filmed hurling customer suitcases onto a concrete road at San Jose International airport in an apparent contest to see who could throw a heavy piece of luggage the farthest. The airline has since apologized for the incident but it's just the latest in a series of incidents where carrier employees have been caught mishandling customer bags. B...

Automated FODetect Solution Now Deployed in Seattle-Tacoma Airport

The Port of Seattle announced the launch of the state-of-the-art runway management solution RunWize™, which includes FODetect®, automated Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection and BirdWize™, ground level bird hazard management, developed by Xsight Systems and integrated by prime contractor Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a national security, health and engineering solutions company. RunWize h...