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Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Public Raises Concerns About Spacecraft Test Flights

Some California Residents Say Debris From SpaceShipTwo Accident Potentially Endangered People On The Ground

Some residents of California say that federal regulators may not be adequately protecting the public from potential accident during spacecraft testing following release of documents related to the accident which destroyed SpaceShipTwo.

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Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Kentucky Man Arrested For Shooting Down Quadcopter

Aircraft Operator Says He Was Flying Legally

This is a situation that is likely to get worse before it gets better. In the most recent case of neighbor vs. neighbor involving a UAV, William Meridith of Bullitt County, KY has been arrested for blasting his neighbor's quadcopter out of the sky with a shotgun.

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Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Airborne 08.03.15: MH370 Evidence Mounts, NIMBYs Must Pay, R66 Police Helicopter

Also: 'New' Wright 'B' Flyer, HD Footage From Space, AMA Museum, NAAA UAV Safety, Waukegan Cancels, Sun Country Pilots, NASA Mars Orbiter

The aircraft debris found on the coast of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is now in a laboratory in France being investigated for the possibility that it is connected with the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 Boeing 777 that disappeared in March of 2014. It has been reported that officials are saying the part is confirmed as being from a Boeing 777. Colorado Judge Judith LaBuda has found in favor of Mile-Hi Skydiving in a case brought by a citizens group complaining about noise from the company's airplanes. We previously covered this case and now it’s reported that, Judge LaBuda had awarded Mile-Hi Skydiving nearly $68,000 in damages in the case brought by Citizens for Quiet Skies. Added to this finding, the judge says the citizen's group must also pay th

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Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Spitfire Down At Biggin Hill Airport In The U.K.

Pilot Hospitalized, Aircraft 'Badly Damaged'

One of the 31 airworthy examples of a Supermarine Spitfire went down after suffering a loss of power on takeoff from Biggin Hill airport near London, England  on Saturday, badly damaging the aircraft and sending the pilot to the hospital with a shoulder injury.

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Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Pilot Fatally Injured During U.K. Airshow Performance

Red Gnat Airplane Went Down During CarFest Event In Oulton Park

The pilot of a Red Gnat airplane was fatally injured Saturday when the plane went down during a demonstration which was part of the CarFest event in Oulton Park in Tarporley, Cheshire U.K.

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Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Airborne 08.04.15: Collings/Evergreen Deal, GAMA's 2Q/15 Woes, F-35B Operational

Also: Facebook Internet UAVs, New NTSB Nom, Aero-Calendar 08.04.15, Rotorcraft Conference, HFI Scholarships, AHC-3000A Retrofit, Skydivers Dispute NTSB

The Collings foundation has reportedly reached an agreement with the Evergreen Museum in McMinnville, Oregon to purchase many of the assets of the museum and make it a viable entity going forward. It’s reported that Rob Collings, Executive Director, said that the organization has been working with the museum for some time to find a solution to issues that arose when Evergreen Air Freight declared bankruptcy. He said there was a "huge amount of debt levied against assets" at the museum. The general aviation manufacturers Association has published the 2015 second quarter aircraft shipment data. The numbers improved over first quarter, but are down compared to previous year. Industry airplane shipments fell 9.1 percent for the first half of the year, and airplane billings declined 4.6 percent, compared to the sam

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Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Helicopter Accident Survivors Sue Airbus Helicopters

Claim There Was A Malfunction Or Design Defect In Aircraft's Tail Rotor

Two survivors of an accident involving a Flight for Life helicopter in Frisco, CO have sued Airbus Helicopters S.A.S. France and Airbus Helicopters in Grand Prairie, TX alleging "either a malfunction or design defect of the tail rotor failure." The accident fatally injured pilot Patrick Mahany.

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Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Florida Family Sues FAA Over Aircraft Accident

Airplane Impacted Home In Palm Coast, FL

The sons of a Florida woman who was fatally injured in an accident in Palm Coast, FL in which an airplane impacted a house in January, 2013 have filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming the FAA as a defendant.

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Tue, Aug 04, 2015

FAA Sued By CA Residents Over Jet Noise

Aircraft Approaching KSFO Rerouted Over Portola Valley And Palo Alto

Resident of Portola Valley and Palo Alto, CA have filed a lawsuit against the FAA over jet noise from aircraft approaching San Francisco International Airport (KSFO).

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Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Russian Military Helo Down During Demonstration

Pilot Fatally Injured In The Accident

A Russian Mi-28 helicopter gunship went down during an air show at the Dubrovichi firing range in Ryazan region, about 105 miles southeast of Moscow Sunday. One pilot of the helicopter was fatally injured in the accident, while another survived.

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