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July 11, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
After a pair of a historic arrested landings aboard an aircraft carrier, a U.S. Navy drone aborted a third landing because of a malfunction in one of its three redundant navigation computers. The X-47B drone was four miles out Wednesday, with its landing gear down, when the unmanned vehicle reported to the mission operator that one of its computers had an issue. The landing was called off and the drone returned to shore, as per policy and the drone's pre-planned logic. Navy officials said the anomaly was a great learning moment on a day that they hailed as a landmark in aviation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Kate Mather and Victoria Kim
Emergency personnel -- several close to tears -- shared tales Monday of their race to save passengers and crew from the burning wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. As the drama unfolded, firefighters ran up the aircraft's inflated escape chutes to get to those trapped inside. A police officer without protective gear joined them, entering through the breached tail section and clearing a passage by tossing out luggage and wrecked overhead bins. All the while, jet fuel streamed off the wing.  It began like any other Saturday, until the 11:27 a.m. call came in. For the fire crews who staff the “crash house” at San Francisco International Airport, emergency calls usually entail lights out on a plane, a problem with a wing flag or other minor issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Laura J. Nelson
Asiana Flight 214 made no distress calls and appeared to be operating smoothly moments before it slowed to a near-stall, crashed into a seawall near the runway and broke apart, a federal official said Sunday. “There is no discussion of any aircraft anomalies or concern with the approach,” Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said at an afternoon news conference that included reporters from all over the world. Then, at seven seconds prior to impact, a call is heard from one crew member “to increase speed,” Hersman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 | By Lee Romney
The crash landing of an Asiana Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport before noon Saturday came into sharper focus during a midafternoon news conference, but many questions -- about the cause and even the number of missing -- remained unanswered. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, whose department staffs three airport fire stations, confirmed two fatalities in the crash, which tore the tail off the aircraft and damaged the fuselage. The plane originated in Shanghai, China, before stopping in Seoul and carried 291 passengers and 16 additional crew members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan, Lee Romney and Maeve Reston
SAN FRANCISCO -- The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to investigate the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday. There has been no official word regarding injuries or fatalities and the cause of the crash was unclear. Witnesses said the tail of the plane apparently broke off from the fuselage on impact and the aircraft caught on fire, but many passengers were able to escape. The fire was extinguished by firefighters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Recently spared from closure, the popular aircraft mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport will receive a $25,000 donation this weekend to establish a scholarship fund for low-income students. The University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation will present the donation during ceremonies Saturday evening at Clay Lacy Aviation, which is near the North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation Center. North Dakota "is home to one of the nation's top collegiate flight training programs and we're honored to show our support for one of the nation's top aircraft mechanics schools," said Larry Martin, board chairman of the foundation.
WORLD
June 21, 2013 | By David S. Cloud and Raja Abdulrahim, Tribune newspapers
WASHINGTON - White House officials refused to comment Friday on a Los Angeles Times report that CIA operatives and U.S. special operations troops have been secretly training Syrian rebels with anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons since late last year, saying only that the U.S. had increased its assistance to the rebellion. The covert U.S. training at bases in Jordan and Turkey began months before President Obama approved plans to begin directly arming the opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to U.S. officials and rebel commanders.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Few places in the aerospace industry are as revered as Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Skunk Works. For decades, employees at the secretive site have designed and built the some of the most innovative military aircraft ever built. The U-2 spy plane. The SR-71 Blackbird. The F-117 Nighthawk. This week, the shadowy weapons development facility in Palmdale silently celebrated its 70th anniversary. It should come as no surprise that the milestone came with little fanfare, considering the Skunk Works mantra is "quick, quiet and quality.
OPINION
June 19, 2013
Re "F-22's rough ride," June 16 While spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the F-22 and the F-35 programs, we still have weapons systems that, despite their sophisticated schemes to avoid radar or thermally guided threats, are still vulnerable to conventional anti-aircraft shells, other ballistic ordnance and even accidental damage. What missions might justify risking such costly weapons and their crews? What might they achieve that could justify their loss? Even if we make the large assumption that we can get these aircraft to perform as designed, they just might be too expensive to hazard.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
A Century City aircraft-leasing company has signed a contract with Airbus to purchase 50 single-aisle passenger jets in a deal worth about $5 billion at list price. International Lease Finance Corp. announced the deal for the A320neo aircraft on Monday at the opening of the Paris Air Show. PHOTOS: 50th International Paris Air Show The air show , which ends Sunday, is one of the largest aerospace showcases and an event at which plane-makers, airlines and military officials from around the world gather to sign billion-dollar deals.
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