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October 23, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Sarah Silverman, the comic and comedienne, has posted her 2012 unsold NBC pilot, "Susan: 313," online for the world to see. (Warning: Some expletives are used in a postscript to Silverman's intro to the show.) It's up on the YouTube channel Jash , self-described as "a comedy network made up of the world's top comedians: Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, and Reggie Watts. " "Failed pilot" is the phrase typically used to refer to these castoffs, raised with some care only to be made a footnote in a welter of intersecting careers.
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BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Pilots for JetBlue Airlines, the nation's sixth largest carrier, voted Tuesday to unionize after rejecting two previous union votes. The more than 2,600 pilots, with a vote of about 71%, agreed to join the Air Line Pilots Assn. International, which already represents more than 50,000 pilots at 31 carriers in the U.S. and Canada. Until the vote, JetBlue was the last major airline without union representation. The New York-based airline was founded in 1999. Best airlines, worst airlines: JetBlue tops survey as scores slide “ALPA welcomes the JetBlue pilots,” said Capt.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Amazon's TV "pilots" (see my previous post and this relevant website ) come in two flavors: grown up comedies, most of which betray basic-cable (and even premium-cable) values in terms of content and language, and children's shows, which, conversely, are largely aimed at the youngest of the young and contain a mandated educational component. We'll take the small-fry series first. They are meant to be realized in a number of forms -- animation, puppet animation, puppets, CGI and live-action -- but are presented for the most part as rough-sketch, storyboard-like "animatics," with each series containing a snippet or two of what the show would look like if it is fully produced.
SCIENCE
April 14, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Fruit flies seem to have a preternatural ability to evade annoyed swatters. Now, laser-wielding scientists have discovered the secret of these winged escape artists: They execute speedy hairpin turns by banking in the same way that fighter jets do. The aerial skills of Drosophila hydei , described this month in the journal Science, could provide insight into the complex neural circuitry that makes such impressive maneuvers possible - and perhaps...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Showtime has made its first pilot order of the new year, investing in the finance drama "Billions. " The script is being written by New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and the creative duo Brian Koppelman and David Levien. According to Showtime, the series is a (fictional) look at the "collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.  PHOTOS: WGA's top 101 shows It's a world Sorkin knows rather well.
NATIONAL
March 28, 2012 | Tina Susman
A Jet Blue pilot who began ranting and acting erratically as his flight headed from New York to Las Vegas -- forcing the co-pilot to lock him out of the cockpit and make an emergency landing -- has been described as a seemingly content family man who once hoped to be an astronaut. Jet Blue identified the pilot as Clayton Osbon, who lives in Georgia but who maintains an apartment in the New York City borough of Queens because his flying base is New York. In a statement Tuesday night , it said that the captain of Flight 191 was receiving medical treatment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
A pilot was killed Friday when his small, custom-built plane crashed in Central California at the foot of the Sierra. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the single-engine, amateur-built Bowers Fly Baby 1A crashed just after 10 a.m. "under unknown circumstances in rugged terrain" about three miles north of Mariposa-Yosemite Airport. The pilot, whose name has not been released, was the only passenger in the plane. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.
NATIONAL
May 18, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
The latest in a string of bizarre events involving air travel -- and in some cases, flight crews -- comes in the form of a loaded gun. At the center of this incident, which involved a .357 Magnum, was a pilot for Piedmont Airlines. The pilot was detained and charged Friday for allegedly trying to board a flight in Buffalo for New York City with a loaded revolver in his bag, the Associated Press reported . Brett Dieter, 52, of Virginia was charged with the possession of a concealed firearm when a Transportation Security Administration agent noticed a .357 Magnum loaded with five rounds of ammunition in his bag at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, according to the Buffalo News . A spokesman for US Airways, which contracts with Piedmont for its US Airways Express fleet, told the Los Angeles Times that the company would conduct an internal investigation and referred all other questions to Buffalo law enforcement.
WORLD
October 9, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
A passenger landed a plane at Humberside Airport in Britain after the pilot collapsed at the controls, according to news reports. The two were the only people on board the four-seater Cessna 172 when the pilot became ill Tuesday evening as they headed back to Sandtoft Airfield, near the northeastern town of Doncaster, Reuters news agency reported. John Wildey told the British Broadcasting Corp . that he had never flown a plane when he grabbed the controls from the pilot and called “Mayday, mayday, mayday.” “I hadn't a clue what to do to get down,” he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2013 | By Meg James
Paramount Pictures is easing back into television production with a high-profile pilot: "Beverly Hills Cop. " The Viacom Inc.-owned movie studio announced Monday that it was co-producing and co-financing a one-hour pilot, "Beverly Hills Cop," with Sony Pictures Television. The CBS broadcast network ordered the pilot from Sony, which has taken the lead role developing and producing the project. Paramount owns the rights to the franchise, which produced a successful string of movies in the 1980s and '90s starring Eddie Murphy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Ken Dobson, a retired police officer, said he received quite a welcome when he landed his single-engine Cessna in Detroit two days after leaving his home in Palm Desert. Five sheriff's cars surrounded the plane and deputies got out with guns drawn. Then a helicopter arrived with four federal agents and a drug-sniffing dog. They demanded to see Dobson's pilot's license, asked about the flight and mentioned that his long trip from Southern California was suspicious. Fearing he would lose his flight credentials if he didn't cooperate, Dobson consented to a search of his plane.
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April 11, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
A pilot was killed Friday when his small, custom-built plane crashed in Central California at the foot of the Sierra. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the single-engine, amateur-built Bowers Fly Baby 1A crashed just after 10 a.m. "under unknown circumstances in rugged terrain" about three miles north of Mariposa-Yosemite Airport. The pilot, whose name has not been released, was the only passenger in the plane. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Greg Braxton, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Amazon Studios is greenlighting two series pilots, continuing its strategy of having customers watch and provide feedback on what shows they would like to see developed into full series. One pilot is "The Cosmopolitans," a half-hour dramatic comedy from director Whit Stillman ("Metropolitan") about a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship. It stars Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny and Dree Hemingway. The pilot is to begin shooting this week in Paris.
WORLD
April 3, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The European Aviation Safety Agency on Thursday warned pilots to avoid entering airspace over Ukraine's Russian-occupied Crimea region "due to the unsafe situation" of two national air traffic control services claiming to direct aircraft in the area. In a safety bulletin issued by the agency's headquarters in Cologne, Germany, the European Union-initiated flight safety oversight authority said it was reacting to Russian government notices to aviators that Moscow's air traffic control system was taking over responsibility for flight management in the region.
WORLD
April 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A British submarine joined the search Wednesday for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet as Malaysian police said their investigation of the 227 passengers found no personal or psychological problems or motivation to hijack or sabotage the aircraft. Authorities are continuing to investigate the pilot, copilot and 10 other crew members for clues to how and why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished March 8 en route to Beijing, police Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told Bernama, the Malaysian state news agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
In documents filed with federal accident investigators, Asiana Airlines stated Monday that flawed automatic throttles and the pilots themselves failed to maintain enough speed and altitude to safely land at San Francisco International Airport in July. Asiana's assertion about the throttles was immediately countered by Boeing Co., which lodged its own report with investigators, saying that the pilots were solely to blame and Boeing 777's automated throttle system was working properly.
NEWS
June 23, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Southwest Airlines flight attendants are considering a federal discrimination claim against a pilot whose cockpit rant about "gays and grannies and grandes" on his flight crew was accidentally broadcast to the control tower and other planes in the airspace over Texas. The incident happened on a March 25 flight from Austin to San Diego but was only made public Tuesday when KPRC-TV inHouston obtained the cockpit conversation and posted it on its website. Here is a link to the TV station's audio clip and a caution: Although some of the language has been "bleeped" out, there is other inappropriate and offensive language that is audible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Officials are investigating whether the pilot of the Asiana Airlines jet that crashed into the runway at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday had been blinded seconds before by a flash of light. The pilot flying the plane, a veteran captain still in training on the Boeing 777, reportedly told Korean investigators that a bright flash temporarily blinded him at an altitude of about 500 feet. National Transportation Safety Board director Deborah A.P. Hersman said pilot Lee Kang-kook shared "some of that information" with the U.S. investigators interviewing the pilots.
WORLD
March 26, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday that technical experts at the bureau's laboratory in Quantico, Va., “very shortly” will be able to retrieve computer files that were deleted from a home flight simulator by the pilot of the missing Malaysian airliner. “I get briefed on it every morning,” Comey told a House subcommittee on appropriations, suggesting that the deleted files may provide new clues to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's disappearance March 8. “We have teams working on it around the clock.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy, Los Angeles Times, This post has been updated as indicated below.
"Enlisted" Creator Kevin Biegel and Executive Producer Mike Royce decided in 2012 to create a TV workplace comedy about the military. The odds were not in their favor. Prime-time television, once home to madcap military adventures like Sgt. Bilko on "The Phil Silvers Show," "Gomer Pyle, USMC," "Hogan's Heroes" and "MASH," hadn't supported a military comedy in years. "It's basically a workplace that is very important to America and has disappeared from television," said Royce.
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