CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1993 |
Mitzi Farber is entering a field where women have not participated in numbers since Rosie the Riveter during World War II. And just as Rosie was handy with a riveter on the aircraft assembly line, Farber feels she can fix planes as adroitly as a man can and sometimes better. "Women are more subtle," said the 34-year-old single mother from Costa Mesa. "When men get frustrated they pull out a hammer and say, 'This will fix it,' and try to pound their way in instead of searching for a better way."
September 20, 1989 |
"You're down and armed," co-pilot Kevin McBride tells pilot Ron VanBenthuysen, who banks the plane over a ridge and dives into his run. The bomb-bay doors open, VanBenthuysen levels off, thumbs a button on his wheel and-- whoosh-- the plane drops its load. Fish away! Trout planting doesn't get any more sophisticated than this.
August 9, 2005 |
Wireless technology company Qualcomm Inc. and Boeing Co.'s Connexion said Monday that they would test in-flight mobile phone calls with the aim of offering the service in 2006. Connexion, which already provides wireless laptop Internet services in airplane cabins, hopes to provide in-flight wireless voice and data services if regulators give the go-ahead. The tests will be conducted through September in a specially equipped Boeing 737-400 aircraft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2001 |
In the war on traffic congestion in the San Fernando Valley, the California Highway Patrol is calling in air support. A CHP pilot project is using a small plane to get a bird's-eye view of the Valley's snarled freeway network and to relay more timely and more accurate information to patrol cars.
June 24, 1993 |
Nearly four years ago, the U.S. Forest Service handed over 28 surplus military aircraft valued at $67 million to five private companies in exchange for a like number of aged airplanes worth far less. The Forest Service intended the surplus aircraft for use in fighting forest fires in the West but apparently failed to stipulate to recipients that their use was restricted. Some of the planes wound up ferrying cargo on the other side of the world.
November 17, 2001 |
A modern material that has replaced metal in many aircraft structures has become a central focus of the probe into the crash of American Airlines Flight 587, raising questions about possible problems in hundreds of other jets. The material, used in the tail fin that broke away from Flight 587, is a composite made of many layers of carbon fibers embedded in a special resin and molded together under heat and pressure.
November 21, 2004 |
My father, Elleston Trevor, and I built model planes for years, and the message that came through in his famous novel -- the twist to die for in "Flight of the Phoenix" -- was that model planes have to be better designed than real ones because they don't have pilots. "The Flight of the Phoenix" was made by 20th Century Fox in 1965.
May 29, 1990 |
Mexicana Airlines, a longtime customer of Boeing Co., announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase as many as 50 jetliners from European competitor Airbus Industrie. The deal, including options, could be worth as much as $2 billion. Airbus and Mexicana also announced plans to create a joint venture in Mexico to provide training and maintenance for airlines with Latin American routes.
January 22, 2008 |
When Steve Kahn got a $26,000 tax bill on his airplane, he thought Maine Revenue Services had made a mistake. Kahn lives, works and keeps his plane in Massachusetts. It turns out the bill was no error. It was part of the agency's efforts to collect taxes on aircraft owned by out-of-staters even though they bought their planes elsewhere and brought them to Maine only to visit.