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NEWS
July 1, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A century ago, man couldn't fly. Now, people take flight for granted. But man's ability to fly was earned through the blood, sweat, tears and deaths of pioneers and visionaries. A new four-part series produced by KCET/Hollywood, "Chasing the Sun," celebrates these buccaneers of the sky. "We don't think of these incredible people who were risking their lives every time they got into a plane," says Carl Byker, executive producer-writer and director of "Chasing the Sun."
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SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - The Dodgers' bullpen, expected to be a strength, has struggled in Cactus League play. Brian Wilson and Brandon League - former All-Star closers - gave up four runs and got just three outs Monday as the Dodgers surrendered a lead in the eighth inning or later for the third time in six games. For Wilson, the runs were the first he has given up this spring. But League has given up four hits, four walks and five runs in 22/3 innings and the club's top seven relievers have a combined earned-run average of 4.07.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Some people think award shows are for the birds; now Patton Oswalt is making sure of it. Days after the actor, comedian and host of this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards announced his intention  to hand out live birds instead of the usual winged statuettes at the ceremony, Oswalt spoke to reporters on a conference call about his plans for the show, though he remained coy about his proposed avian stunt. Oswalt said he wasn't yet sure what kinds of birds he will bestow upon winners, though he did specify they will be adult specimens, not babies, and will be "cage-free.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Some people think award shows are for the birds; now Patton Oswalt is making sure of it. Days after the actor, comedian and host of this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards announced his intention  to hand out live birds instead of the usual winged statuettes at the ceremony, Oswalt spoke to reporters on a conference call about his plans for the show, though he remained coy about his proposed avian stunt. Oswalt said he wasn't yet sure what kinds of birds he will bestow upon winners, though he did specify they will be adult specimens, not babies, and will be "cage-free.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 1997 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gael, Gemma and Matt--siblings in their 30s--have been in limbo ever since their parents' small Cessna disappeared over Labrador. Now a year has passed, and Gael is determined to move on with her life by moving from the family estate in upstate New York back to the big city. But Gemma is still an agoraphobic, obsessed with clipping her mother's magazines, while Matt seems to have disappeared almost as thoroughly as their parents.
NEWS
January 4, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The United Nations gave the government and rebels in Angola notice of the flight plan for a plane that was shot down, a U.N. spokesman said. The plane was believed hit by antiaircraft fire and went down Saturday with eight people aboard. There was no word on survivors. The C-130 was the second U.N.-chartered aircraft to crash in the war zone in eight days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1988 | ERIC HEALY, Times Staff Writer
Rep. Robert E. Badham on Monday asked the Federal Aviation Administration to adopt a special flight plan for John Wayne Airport that would separate commercial airline traffic from small private planes and prohibit airliners from making visual landings.
NEWS
February 9, 1992 | LINDA FELDMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Flight charts cover the living room floor of Ilse de Vries' Brentwood home these days. Every day, De Vries, 64, studies the route she plans to follow in her Beechcraft Bonanza in an around-the-world, Paris-to-Paris air race this summer. She will be the only woman flying a single-engine plane in the international competition for light aircraft. Eventually, she will cut up 12 charts to form a scroll, because there's no room in the plane to spread out a chart. There are other preparations.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1998 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Donald Carty, the president of American Airlines, stopped in Los Angeles recently to touch bases with his troops in Southern California. Carty, the likely successor to Robert Crandall, chief executive of American and its parent, AMR Corp., also met with reporters for a wide-ranging discussion about the airline industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1992
After 10 years of questions about the dangers of ice accumulating on an aircraft's wings before takeoff, the Federal Aviation Administration has finally announced an overhaul of its winter safety procedures for commercial airliners. Now the question is: After this decade of inaction, will the agency stick to its flight plan, as it were, and follow through to make sure that airline passengers are protected? Since 1982 there have been more than 100 deaths in 24 ice-related airliner accidents.
WORLD
November 26, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - The U.S. dispatched a pair of bombers to fly over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea, challenging a new claim by China that it controls an air defense zone over the area. The aircraft flew out of Guam on Monday and entered the new “East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone,” Pentagon officials said. China made no response, they said. The Air Force bases B-52 bombers in Guam, but Pentagon officials would not comment on the type of bomber used in the overflight.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Boeing Co. said it plans a nearly two-hour test flight of a 787 Dreamliner to test its proposed fix for the lithium-ion battery systems that led to the commercial jet's grounding in January. The flight on Monday is the latest attempt by the aerospace giant to win approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and get the 787 fleet airborne again. During the test, the 787 - a production airplane built for LOT Polish Airlines - was scheduled to take off at 11 a.m. Pacific time and land at Paine Field in Everett, Wash.
OPINION
September 25, 2012
Re "The last dance," Sept. 22 I have been struck by the outpouring of positive emotion over Endeavour's final flight. I wish the space shuttle could have flown over every major American city, sparking patriotism for some peaceful national goal that supersedes politics. People of all political stripes are sick of all the negative energy and want to believe in what has made our country the envy of the world. We need another national goal to re-dedicate our imagination to the evolution of mankind.
OPINION
September 21, 2012
Re "Endeavour to begin California adventure," Sept. 20, and "Shuttle gets final clearance," Sept. 18 It is too late now, but did those in charge of planning Endeavour's trip from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center consider removing the wings of the shuttle rather than requiring the destruction of so many trees? Considering that the shuttle will never again be launched into space, why couldn't the wings be removed at the airport and reattached at the museum?
NATIONAL
April 19, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A small aircraft has crashed off Florida after it was seen aimlessly circling the Gulf of Mexico and repeated attempts by authorities to make contact with the pilot failed. At one point, military aircraft were called in for a possible attempt to intercept the troubled plane to protect public safety. The fate of the pilot -- the only person on board -- remains unclear. But there were some suggestions that the plane hit the water "gracefully," according to CNN commentators who were watching the dramatic situation unfold live.
WORLD
February 21, 2010 | By Mark Magnier
Bangkok's pigeons are little winged street toughs, nurtured on dust, dirt and noise. So, the local government, out of the goodness of its heart (or maybe after a look in its pocket), has decided they need a little "holiday" in the country. We're sending them to the forest, officials said recently, to live a life of luxury, clean air and food aplenty. "It's friendlier in the forest," said Teerachon Manomaiphibul, deputy governor of Bangkok, and pigeon relocator in chief.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2007 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Donovan Fell makes coffee tables out of jet engines, conference tables from airplane wings and desk chairs out of pilot ejection seats. And last year, his furniture brought in $1.5 million. Fell is co-owner of MotoArt, a Torrance-based company that turns vintage aviation parts into fixtures for the home and office, if the buyer has an aviation fixation. Or just wants something unique. None of it comes cheap.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2009 | Mikael Wood
When Colbie Caillat sings on her new album about being fearless, you figure she's speaking in relative terms. After all, this 24-year-old artist from Malibu has ascended to the ranks of pop's top-selling stars thanks to a series of hit singles that virtually define the absence of creative risk: "Bubbly," "Realize," "The Little Things" -- each arrives on a gentle wave of acoustic guitar and laid-back vocals, with safe-as-milk lyrics that wouldn't upset...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2009 | Dan Weikel
When Clifton Moore ran the Los Angeles airport system from 1968 to 1993, there wasn't much emphasis on dining and shopping for people waiting for their planes at LAX. About all they could get were the basics: a newspaper, a cup of coffee, cafeteria fare and a preflight libation. The mantra was "We are an airport, not a shopping mall," and people on the staff were proud that Los Angeles International Airport had the least concession space of any major airport in the United States. Not anymore.
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