Three of the four people killed in a mid-air plane collision north of Phoenix late last month were certified flight instructors, according to a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report.The NTSB report says the planes were on a similar path the morning of May 31, before they both made ... More >>
Both occupants of one of the planes involved in the midair collision last week north of Phoenix were flight instructors.Paul Brownell and Basil Onuferko, both employees of TransPac Aviation Academy, were killed in Friday's crash, as were two occupants of another small plane, whose names haven't been ... More >>
Two small planes collided in midair this morning near New River in the north Valley.Four people, two in each plane, were killed in the crash, Phoenix Fire Department Captain Larry Nunez tells New Times.
Bill Stokely of Flagstaff has agreed to forfeit his helicopter and not fly or own aircraft for two years in a deal that'll keep him out of prison for changing his chopper's tail number. Stokely will also give up a claim to his Robinson R44 chopper, which was seized more than a year ago. The agreem ... More >>
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a single-engine plane crash that claimed the lives of a prominent Arizona family last weekend. According to ABC15 in Phoenix, William Stern, 65, head of Stern Produce Co., the Phoenix-based food supplier, his wife Jennifer, 53, and daughter, Kate ... More >>
The Tacocopter turned out to be a hoax, a mere pipe dream or publicity stunt. But this, the Burrito Bomber, is an actual working prototype with video evidence of its success. See Also: -The Tacocopter Might Be A Hoax, But Don't Give Up the Dream -Chill Drinks Extra Fast, With SCIENCE. The Burrito ... More >>
Raymond P. Perry, president and CEO of Arriba Mexican Grill, a local New Mexican-style Mexican food chain with six locations in the Valley, was among four people killed on Saturday when their helicopter crashed into the Verde River on a flight from Sedona to the Scottsdale Airport, the Republic repo ... More >>
The tacocopter, a GPS guided taco delivery service, is being reported to be a hoax. Sadly, a classic case of too good to be true. While TacoCopter isn't going to become a reality anytime soon -TacoCopters founder Star Simpson told Wired that it was more a thought provoking idea than an actual produ ... More >>
The trails on the Superstition Mountains near the site of last week's plane crash are now open for business, even as wreckage from the crash -- including human bone fragments, apparently -- remains on the mountain.The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says one hiker's already found a bone fragment ne ... More >>
A union representing pilots for Tempe-based US Airways took out a full-page ad in USA Today Friday, alleging the airline tried to intimidate a pilot into flying a malfunctioning airplane.In total, the US Airways Pilots Association claims, six pilots refused to fly the aircraft before the airline ... More >>
Following our post yesterday about US Airways' pilots union's claim that the airline tried to intimidate a pilot into flying a malfunctioning plane, US Airways got back to us and calls the claim "outlandish."On Friday, the US Airways Pilots Association ran a full page ad in USA Today outlining a ... More >>
city-data.comSky Harbor ranks number two in the country for laser strike reports.Of the many uses for a laser pointer, terrorizing a airplane pilot should not be one of them.Valley residents apparently didn't get the memo. In a jump from last year, Valley pilots now have the second highest repor ... More >>
Yves Rossy: publicity stuntman.Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy, 51, was scheduled to jump out of a helicopter near Eagle Point and, using his homemade jet-propelled wingsuit, fly west along the rim of the Grand Canyon this morning. He pimped the event for weeks. People headed to the Canyon ... More >>
Phoenix City Council members have approved a $6 million proposal to expand Arizona State University's downtown campus. The city plans to purchase the old Ramada Inn at 401 N. 1st Street with surplus bond money and spend roughly $1.3 million for renovations. The $6 million ASU expansion plan was a ... More >>
Six pilots violated air space restrictions during President Obama's visit to Arizona on Sunday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA restricted air space within a 30-mile radius of Sky Harbor, allowing only scheduled airline flights and emergency aircraft. The pilots who viol ... More >>
Victor J. PalaganoFlight attendants Paula Walker, Brian Shunick, and Sue Burris He's baaaaaaaaack!Four months after a Superior Court judge unceremoniously tossed a libel suit filed by an unhappy U.S. Airways pilot, we've gotten word that the pilot, Ed Gannon, will be appealing the decision.Can' ... More >>
In a sports team precedent, WNBA team the Phoenix Mercury accepted a sponsorship deal with identity theft protection company LifeLock. According to reports, the word "LifeLock" will replace "Mercury" and "Phoenix" on the team's jerseys...Another alleged UFO over Valley skies has been explained as so ... More >>
NASA can always depend on the Phoenix area for UFO reports. Our clear skies and large population apparently make the Valley number one when it comes to hysterical cries of alien invasion every time a research balloon goes up. Following yesterday's media reports about the earthly origins of a sph ... More >>
A Casa Grande man faked FAA certification when he conducted an inspection of a small airplane that later crash-landed, says a federal indictment. Wesley Glen Forsythe, who worked at a maintenance facility at the Casa Grande Muncipal Airport called "The Plane Man," was not a ... More >>
The jaguar that was recently captured and collared in southern Arizona was recaptured and euthanized at the Phoenix Zoo on Monday, after veterinarians determined the animal suffered from irreparable kidney failure...Hey brother, can you spare another ten million? Phoenix is sending a "strike force" ... More >>
Score one for safety. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Louis Araneta last week dimissed a U.S. Airways pilot's lawsuit against three flight attendants who complained about him to the Federal Aviation Administration. The flight attendants filed their complaint ... More >>
Two weeks ago, we told you the shocking story of three local flight attendants facing a lawsuit from a US Airways pilot. Their crime? Daring to report their safety concerns to federal regulators. Now New Times is getting sucked into the litigation. Henry Stein, the Mesa-ba ... More >>
Even the Sky Harbor lookouts had "no idea" what the darned things were, Gregor says.
Because Hugh Hallman went suddenly silent, Tempe wound up losing the Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl
New Times presents its first-ever Doofus and Darling Awards
SRP contributions came weeks before its own site was selected for stadium
Law allows tourism authority to tap $1 billion for stadium construction
From the week of October 4-10, 2001
Covered-up Tempe documents surface, proving deception on stadium site
Tempe hopes the public will see no evil if it sees no records
To get the stadium they want, Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill and Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano are playing fast and loose with the rules of the game
Senator John McCain's push for campaign-finance reform has helped make him a presidential contender. Donations from special interests that appear before his Senate Commerce Committee haven't hurt, either
Jeffrey Sherman's commercial ballooning company was called "Naturally High." As it turns out, he wasn't.
The "Phoenix Lights" made Frances Emma Barwood the darling of the global space-alien lobby. And it'stransformed computer geek Jim Dilettoso into a star in the UFO firmament.
A Valley company finds a thriving market for used Soviet-bloc fighter jets
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