YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsFlight Deck

Flight Deck

May 14, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
For the first time in naval aviation history, a drone was catapulted off the deck of an aircraft carrier and soared into flight. The U.S. Navy conducted the test Tuesday from aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush off the Virginia coast with its X-47B experimental drone. It's a key milestone in the progression of drone technology and the program, which has been eight years in the making. PHOTOS: A new breed of drones “Today we saw a small, but significant pixel in the future picture of our Navy as we begin integration of unmanned systems into arguably the most complex war-fighting environment that exists today: the flight deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier,” Vice Adm. David Buss, commander of Naval Air Forces and known as the Navy's “Air Boss,” said in a statement . The bat-winged X-47B launched from the deck at 11:18 a.m. EDT. It executed several maneuvers designed to simulate tasks that the aircraft would have to perform when it lands on a ship.
Minutes after American Airlines Flight 587 took off without incident from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport last November, ground controllers got an urgent radio transmission. "Tower, look . . . to the south. There's an aircraft crashing," said a male voice, captured on a tape released Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration. The voice apparently belonged to the unidentified pilot of another plane in the air nearby. "Say again?"
February 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A bright flash off the side of the airliner caught the pilot's eye. When he turned to get a full look, a green laser beam lighted up the cockpit window. Capt. Robert Hamilton said he couldn't see for several seconds after the incident, which occurred three years ago as he piloted a  PSA Airlines  flight with 70 people aboard. “No matter how much you try to prepare for these situations, you're sitting there and the first thought that goes through your mind [is], 'It's not my fault, but the safety of the passengers is my responsibility,'” he told the Los Angeles Times.
May 3, 1987 | ROBERT HANLEY, Times Staff Writer
There was a time when all Ron Luther wanted to do was fly. And in the tense months that led up to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, that's exactly what Luther--then a Marine Corps captain--did for a living. All that changed one night when, somewhere off the coast of Virginia, Luther tried to land his jet fighter on the bobbing deck of an aircraft carrier in preparation for an upcoming reconnaissance flight over Cuba.
December 26, 1985 | DICK RORABACK
View has revisited some of the people and places it reported on in the last several months. Among them: --Hollywood's Masquers Club, which because of declining funds sold its building and moved. --Jimmy and Ricky Sperry, blinded in an accident 11 years ago, who received cornea transplants in August. --Balu Natarajan, who triumphed over 167 other youngsters to win the National Spelling Bee in June. It's hard to pin down an angel. Just ask Jacob.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued new standards Friday to strengthen airliner cockpit doors, but some critics in the aviation security industry complained they were insufficient. The FAA rules call for making doors harder to bash in or shoot open, even at point-blank range. And the rules also call for building in resistance to shrapnel from a grenade. But critics say the standards do not fully address a possible attack using plastic explosives.
June 6, 2004 | Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times
The Navy's longest-serving aircraft carrier is scheduled to open Monday as a floating naval aviation museum in San Diego. The 45,000-ton Midway, named for the Pacific island where U.S. forces defeated a Japanese fleet in a key World War II battle, was launched in 1945, expanded to 74,000 tons and retired in 1992. It sailed the Arctic, Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific waters, among others, and saw action in the Vietnam War and 1991 Persian Gulf War.
October 27, 2002 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, in the northern Arabian Sea -- With his words occasionally drowned out by the launch of warplanes, Father Matthias Rendon is leading a small group of Catholics in the nightly praying of the rosary. That Rendon is aboard a ship that could become involved in a war in the Middle East is, depending on one's viewpoint, either an irony of history or an act of divine providence.
September 10, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The federal government has proposed a $590,000 fine against Alaska Airlines for allegedly operating a passenger jet on more than 2,000 flights under unsafe conditions. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that the airline flew a Boeing 737-400 jet for about 18 months with an improperly installed hose clamp above the flight deck. Chafing between the clamp and adjacent wires sparked a fire while the plane was parked at Anchorage International Airport in January 2010, the FAA said.
June 6, 1989
Product Research & Chemical Corp., Glendale, won a $1,260,241 contract from the General Services Administration to supply flight deck compound.
Los Angeles Times Articles