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June 4, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
A massive experimental drone designed by Boeing Co. engineers to fly for up to four days at a time completed its first test flight above the Mojave Desert at Edwards Air Force Base. The drone, called Phantom Eye, and its hydrogen-fueled propulsion system have the potential to vastly expand the reach of military spy craft. The longest that reconnaissance planes can stay in the air now is about 30 hours. In the test flight, which took place Friday, the Phantom Eye circled above Edwards at about 4,080 feet above Edwards for 28 minutes.
November 26, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Does the endgame loom in the decades-long tussle over Santa Monica Airport? In 2015, all land and building leases at the airport expire, and city officials — and thousands of Westside residents weary of life in the flight path — say the obligation to operate the facility as an airport ends too. Santa Monica has hired consultants to study the 227-acre campus and early next year will begin asking for the public's input on potential future uses....
October 1, 2011
The Flight Path Learning Center & Museum in the Imperial Terminal at LAX is a treasure, with exhibits of a time gone by when we enjoyed flying. The docents we met were airline retirees who really entertain the visitors. Children will love all the model planes, and a wonderful mural shows the airport history. You can watch planes take off and land on the south runways too. Flight Path Learning Center & Museum, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, (424) 646-7284, . Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.
July 29, 2011 | By Richard Simon and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Angelenos have long complained about the noise of helicopters hovering over Southern California neighborhoods — and one politician is hoping he can finally ensure some peace and quiet. Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village) introduced legislation Thursday targeting noise from low-flying helicopters above Los Angeles County's residential neighborhoods. Berman's Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act would require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish rules on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopter operations in those areas within a year of the bill's being signed into law. Exemptions would be allowed for emergency responders and the military.
May 4, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
A sleek, delta-winged robotic jet took to the skies for the first time above the Mojave Desert at Edwards Air Force Base. Boeing Co.'s experimental drone, dubbed Phantom Ray, flew to 7,500 feet and reached speeds of 205 mph in its first flight. The 17-minute flight took place April 27, but Boeing officials did not confirm details until Tuesday. The Phantom Ray, which resembles a giant boomerang, is being developed by the Chicago company for a variety of missions. Its stealthy design could enable it to slip behind enemy lines to knock out radar installations, clearing the way for fighters and bombers.
February 2, 2011 | By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Aviation Administration has successfully completed tests for a new John Wayne Airport flight path, and planes will start flying the new route this month. The procedure is the result of a nearly one-year tussle between Newport Beach residents and FAA officials, who agreed to modify a new satellite-based navigation system after residents complained about jet engine noise in the skies above some homes. The new route, called STREL, replaces two others that had raised the ire of residents on the east side of upper Newport Bay and in the Irvine Terrace neighborhood.
November 7, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Brooke Knapp has been a real estate agent with Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, for 14 years. Half of an agent team with Drew Mandile, Knapp, 69, has been involved in noteworthy multimillion-dollar deals including the 2002 sale of Owlwood, a former Sony and Cher residence in Holmby Hills, for $35 million. Before joining Sotheby's, Knapp made a name for herself setting aviation speed records. Her flight path: Although surrounded by flying enthusiasts, Knapp was afraid of flying when she started playing a game with herself.
June 9, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
The federal government Tuesday ended its 180-day test of a controversial departure route from Santa Monica Municipal Airport that resulted in thousands of noise complaints from densely populated neighborhoods along the flight path. The Federal Aviation Administration's experiment, which began Dec. 10, directed departing propeller planes to turn right over the neighborhoods of Sunset Park and Ocean Park when flying under instrument flight rules, such as during foggy or cloudy weather.
April 16, 2010 | By Henry Chu
To the thousands of glum and despairing passengers marooned across Europe on Friday by an unforeseen act of God, it may have seemed like a page from "Paradise Lost." "Me miserable!" John Milton wrote 350 years ago. ". . . Which way I fly is hell." Many had grappled with the tribulations of bad weather, veteran fliers for whom snow and rain held no mystery. But a volcano spewing fire and ash from the bowels of Earth? Hell didn't seem too far-fetched a metaphor. For all of its highways, ferries and passenger trains that still stop at every little town, Europe was absorbing a lesson in how much it depends on aviation.
January 19, 2010 | By Tina Susman
Even by Haiti's post-earthquake standards, the little encampment on an expanse of grass next to the airport is a jarring sight. No more than 100 people strong, established beneath sheets lashed to branches driven into the ground and with a red SUV parked in its midst, it is a sign of the lengths people will go to in their search for a safe place to settle. It also sits less than half a mile from thousands of tons of medical supplies, food, water and other assistance that are pouring into Port-au-Prince's airport.
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