December 30, 1987 |
De Havilland Aircraft won't be profitable again for at least two years, say officials of its parent, Boeing Co. The commuter airplane manufacturer had been owned by the Canadian government since 1974 and seemed a bargain at the $112-million price paid by Boeing in January, 1986. Since then, however, Boeing officials say, high production costs at De Havilland have been partly to blame for the parent company's decline in profits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1997
It has been reported recently that the U.S. Navy favors the transfer of the E2-C aircraft squadrons from their present location at the San Diego/Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar to NAS Lemoore in California's Central Valley, rather than to Point Mugu NAS in Ventura County. As a retired engineer with many years of experience with the Grumman E2 aircraft; as a supporter of the Navy and its mission; as a taxpayer and as a local resident, I would like to explain why basing these squadrons at Point Mugu is a better choice than basing them inland at NAS Lemoore.
April 11, 1989 |
The Federal Aviation Administration told Congress today that it soon will order more than 160 structural changes in Boeing Co. 727, 737 and 747 planes and more later for other manufacturers to deal with America's aging aircraft. Anthony Broderick, the FAA's associate administrator for regulation and certification, also said his agency hopes by the end of 1990 to have added nearly 1,000 inspectors, bringing its total to nearly 3,000. Broderick testified before a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee about steps being taken by the FAA, by airlines and by manufacturers to ensure the safety of older planes.
June 8, 2013 |
With tornadoes, advance warning comes down to minutes. In Moore, Okla., on May 20, it was 16 minutes. In Newcastle, to the southwest, near the spot where the deadly mile-wide tornado that killed 24 people first formed, it was five minutes. Tornadoes used to strike without any warning. Since the 1970s, meteorologists have worked to bring the average warning time up to 13 minutes. A combination of weather balloons, radar and on-the-ground observations form the core of today's forecasting technology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2011 |
Three crew members escaped from a civilian refueling aircraft that exploded into flames Wednesday evening during an attempted takeoff at Point Mugu Naval Air Station. The Boeing 707 aircraft was nearly filled to capacity with 150,000 pounds of fuel that stoked intense flames and thick clouds of dark smoke that billowed for miles as firefighters tried to control the blaze, officials said. A base spokesman said the crew members — a pilot, co-pilot and navigator — worked for Omega Aerial Refueling Services, which contracts with the Navy to refuel aircraft.
March 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As federal authorities accelerate plans to license thousands of surveillance drones over U.S. soil by late 2015, some legal experts and lawmakers are warning that unmanned aircraft could threaten privacy on an unparalleled scale. An opening shot in an expected battle to limit use of domestic drones came Wednesday when 24 civil liberties and privacy organizations submitted a formal petition to U.S. Customs and Border Protection demanding that the agency stop flying 10 unarmed Predator drones along the Mexican and Canadian borders until clear guidelines are established.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2009 |
A local House member says he will ask Congress to launch an inquiry next month into the U.S. Forest Service's response to the Station fire, including a decision to withhold water-dropping aircraft during the critical second day of the blaze. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) made the announcement after The Times reported Monday that records contradict the Forest Service's position that steep terrain prevented the agency from using helicopters and tanker planes to attack the fire in the hours before it began raging out of control.
April 20, 2012 |
The results are in from last summer's attempt to test new technology that would provide the Pentagon with a lightning-fast vehicle, capable of delivering a military strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour. In August the Pentagon's research arm, known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, carried out a test flight of an experimental aircraft capable of traveling at 20 times the speed of sound. The arrowhead-shaped unmanned aircraft, dubbed Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Santa Barbara, into the upper reaches of the Earth's atmosphere aboard an eight-story Minotaur IV rocket made by Orbital Sciences Corp.
February 5, 2010 |
International Lease Finance Corp. said late Thursday that Steven Udvar-Hazy, 63, who co-founded the Century City aircraft leasing company and built it into one of the world's largest, was retiring as its director and chief executive. President John Plueger will succeed Udvar-Hazy as acting chief executive. Udvar-Hazy's departure was widely expected after he stepped down as chairman in December. william.hennigan@ latimes.com
September 7, 1996 |
President Clinton ordered a thorough study of the safety and maintenance of aircraft used by top government officials after an accident destroyed a military helicopter Friday, less than a month after nine people died in the crash of a jet assigned to the White House. Clinton ordered Defense Secretary William J. Perry to conduct a "top-to-bottom review" of all aspects of the operation of airplanes and helicopters used to transport executive branch officials and members of Congress. "Within the last six months, a number of unfortunate accidents have occurred on [Defense Department]