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Man who faked his way into cockpit pleads guilty to fraud

The man who conned his way into the cockpit of an US Airways flight in March pleaded guilty Wednesday in Philadelphia to one count of fraud in connection with an identification document.


Bits Blog: F.A.A. Approves iPads in Cockpits, But Not for Passengers

iPad Approved for Cockpits

On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said that pilots on American Airlines flights will be officially allowed to use iPads instead of paper flight manuals in the cockpit, just a few feet from the most critical avionics on a plane, even during takeoff and landing.


Southwest Flight Lands After Cockpit Break-in Try

Southwest Flight Lands After Cockpit Break-in Try

A man was arrested Tuesday after his unruly behavior aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Kansas City compelled the flight crew to make an emergency landing in Texas. Ali Reza Shahsavari, 29, of Indialantic, Fla., has been charged with interfering with a flight crew, said Patrick Rhodes, Amarillo's aviation director. He was booked into the Randall County Jail in Canyon, where he awaited an appearance before a magistrate.


War drones keep flying despite computer virus

The U.S. government's unmanned Predator and Reaper drones are continuing to fly remote missions overseas despite a computer virus that has infected the plane's U.S.-based cockpits, according to one source familiar with the infection.


United, Continental embrace iPads in the cockpit

United and Continental are the latest airlines to ditch heavy paper flight manuals for iPads.


No explanation for 'outbreak of insanity' on planes

No explanation for 'outbreak of insanity' on planes

Aviation experts can't explain why three airline passengers tried to open cabin or cockpit doors the past few days.


Man banging on plane's cockpit door subdued

Flight attendants and passengers subdued an unruly passenger and put him in handcuffs as an American Airlines flight was approaching San Francisco, police said.


Passengers in Cockpit When Polish Leader’s Plane Crashed

Officials investigating the plane crash that killed Poland’s president and 95 others last month say passengers were in the cockpit before the crash.


FAA wants distractions out of cockpits

FAA wants distractions out of cockpits

Airlines should create and enforce policies to ensure that pilots focus on flying their planes safely instead of being distracted by laptop computers and other devices, the Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration said Monday.


Pilot Denies Crew Was Napping

Pilot Denies Crew Was Napping

The first officer of the Northwest Airlines jet that missed its destination by 150 miles says there was no fight in the cockpit and no one had fallen asleep.


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