October 24, 2009 |
Clackety-clack. Clackety-clack. I pause as I mount the steps of the 737, frowning at the spinning engine. "Does your engine always make that noise?" I ask the flight attendant boarding an airplane from Antananarivo to the south of the country. "Seat 5B," he says. "On your right." A moment's hesitation. I sit. (Mental image: Flames shooting from the left-hand engine.) The problem with having one of the world's most interesting jobs and flying to the world's most fascinating places is getting there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1986 |
The brush fire season, when walls of flames leap through the thick chaparral of the city's hills, is a hectic time of year for the 16 firefighters who belong to the Los Angeles Fire Department Helicopter Company, based at Van Nuys Airport. The company, which handles emergencies throughout the city, helped fight about 1,000 fires last year, either as flying observation and command posts or by dropping water onto flames, said Capt. Michael Ambarian, commander of the unit.
December 5, 2011
'American Chopper' Where: Discovery When: 9 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-PG-L (may be unsuitable for young children with an advisory for coarse language)
August 10, 2012
Re "Hundreds demand helicopter crackdown," Aug. 8 I am glad Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the wealthy people of Palos Verdes Peninsula and Brentwood protest helicopter noise over the Hollywood Bowl and their well-to-do neighborhoods. We in Venice get helicopter noise every day in addition to the loud planes from Santa Monica Airport that turn south over Venice rather than north over Santa Monica. Why doesn't anyone care? Nelson Schwartz Venice ALSO: Letters: Voting with our stomachs Letters: How not to get hit by a train Letters: Election fraud and the right to vote
May 9, 1992
In other Avocado League games: El Camino 6, Oceanside 3--The Wildcats (10-12, 6-4) used an unusual combination of speed and power to topple their rivals, with home runs by Chris Christobale and Daniel Espozito and eight stolen bases. Martin Arispe, who has seven homers this year, stole home for the second time this season. The Pirates (12-11-2, 3-7) threatened with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, but Espozito, relieving for Tyson Allen (3-2), threw one pitch and got a double play.
May 24, 1991 |
Imagine a distaff "The Wild One" crossed with "Night of the Living Dead" and you'll have a rough idea of "Chopper Chicks in Zombietown," the latest zany Troma production to play Fridays and Saturdays at midnight on an open run at the Vista Theater in Hollywood. It's a deliciously trashy title, and thankfully it's not been wasted: This is a diverting piece of deliberate schlock with a healthy share of laughs that's just right for midnight-movie fare.
December 26, 2008 |
A German military helicopter foiled an attempt by pirates to seize an Egyptian ship off the coast of Somalia, swooping in after a passing vessel sent an alert. The Egyptian freighter with 31 crew members was sailing through the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and Somalia en route to Asia when pirates in a speedboat began pursuing it. A passing ship reported the incident, and the German navy frigate Karlsruhe dispatched a helicopter. The pirates fled as the helicopter reached the vessel, but not before opening fire and wounding one of the ship's crewmembers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1998 |
Two California Highway Patrol helicopters that cover Orange and Los Angeles counties moved this week to the Fullerton Municipal Airport--their new home base. Government officials, pilots and business leaders Wednesday welcomed the 11-member crew that will be stationed at the airport with proclamations, handshakes and plaques. The CHP is occupying a portion of a new 29,400-square-foot hangar that officially opened Wednesday. The $1.2-million hangar was funded by General Aviation Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2000
I live directly in the flight path of the numerous helicopters who utilize Van Nuys as their home base and for refueling during the day. The constant buzzing I receive from their rotors is extremely irritating and vexing! Police helicopters I can understand, but not a bunch of helicopters flying around looking for the next car chase or motor vehicle accident to satisfy the looky-loos at home. Is there really a doubt that the helicopters are in the air simply for that purpose? What a bunch of hooey about their 1st Amendment rights!