September 15, 2016 |
James G. Groff, 78, of Gloucester City, who retired in 2000 as a captain with the Gloucester City Fire Department, died of complications from dementia Friday, Sept. 9, at Alaris Health at Cherry Hill. Because his middle name was Granville, he became known as Grant, his brother Guy said. A 1955 graduate of Gloucester City High School, Mr. Groff was a Navy aircraft maintenance man, from January 1956 to December 1959. For a time, he was assigned to the USS Ticonderoga, stationed in Japan.
August 8, 2016 |
Ira M. Saligman, 53, of Wayne, an aviator, philanthropist, and real estate investor, died Sunday, July 31, of injuries he had sustained six days earlier when his vintage aircraft caught fire as it landed in West Mifflin, Pa. Mr. Saligman got out of the airplane at Allegheny County Airport, but died in the Mercy burn unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The cause of the fire in the World War II-era plane, as it pulled to a stop on the tarmac, was unknown. Mr. Saligman was en route to an air show in Oshkosh, Wis., where he intended to meet his pilot friends.
March 31, 2016 |
The American Airlines copilot accused of being intoxicated before a scheduled flight to Philadelphia from Detroit on Saturday is from Chadds Ford, the Wayne County, Mich., Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday. John Francis Maguire, 50, has been charged with a misdemeanor crime of operating an aircraft under the influence. Maguire, who was released after being charged Saturday, will be arraigned next week, said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. At 6:28 a.m. Saturday, Transportation Security Administration screeners observed that Maguire, while going through crew security screening, "appeared to be under the influence of alcohol," said a report of the Wayne Metro Airport Police Department.
December 16, 2015 |
In time for the holidays, when hundreds of thousands of drones will be received as gifts, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that recreational pilots and hobbyists must register drones almost as small as a half-pound. By Feb. 19, 2016, drones weighing between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds, including attached cameras, will have to be registered. Anyone flying a drone or unmanned aircraft for recreational purposes after that date will face a civil penalty of up to $27,500 and potential criminal charges, including a fine of up to $250,000 and three years in prison, the agency said.
October 15, 2015 |
W. Raymond Hellings, 87, of Cinnaminson, a former aircraft quality control manager, died of complications from heart problems Friday, Oct. 9, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Mr. Hellings retired at age 65 after a career of more than a decade at the Boeing Co. plant in Ridley Township, his daughter, Beth Albasi, said. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for the Cinnaminson Township school board in the 1980s. He moved to the township in 1978, she said. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Hellings grew up in the Tacony section, graduated in 1946 from Northeast High School, and studied electrical engineering in night classes at Temple University.
September 22, 2015 |
YOU RARELY SAW Howard Wells without a camera around his neck. What started as a hobby eventually became a passion and ultimately a source of income. You weren't safe from the prying lens of Howard's camera. Nor would you want to be. His photographs captured the daily doings of his native city and its denizens. He also worked for a time for African-American newspapers the Philadelphia Tribune and the Afro-American, recording the events of the day, especially those of interest to African-Americans.
August 26, 2015 |
A Federal Aviation Administration report details 765 sightings of unmanned small aircraft, commonly called drones, in the nation's airspace - a surge in encounters with remotely piloted mini-planes. It contains a new list of pilot, air traffic, and citizen reports of possible unmanned aircraft sightings covering Nov. 13, 2014, through Aug. 20, 2015. "Because pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year," the agency said, "the FAA wants to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal.
August 11, 2015 |
As the camera attached to its underbelly snapped pictures, the drone glided a few hundred feet above the quiet, tree-lined suburban streets of North Coventry Township. It was tracing the path of a killer, investigators say. Chester County prosecutors are hoping the images captured by the unmanned device, driven by four propellers and weighing less than a half-gallon of milk, will help prove that a man arrested last month carefully planned his fatal attack on a rival who was involved with his ex-girlfriend.
June 4, 2015 |
Sikorsky Aircraft said Tuesday that it will lay off 160 full-time employees and 560 contractors at its facility in Coatesville because low oil prices have cut demand for its helicopters from oil and gas exploration companies. The Coatesville facility is headquarters for the commercial division. About 80 percent of its products go to oil and gas companies or firms in related industries. "Sustained decreases in oil prices continue to drive significant declines in capital investments by oil companies in offshore oil exploration projects impacting Sikorsky and resulting in reduced production levels," Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson said in a statement.
May 31, 2015 |
Seventy years after the end of World War II, military aircraft from the era live on to connect people with the nation's - and in many cases, their family's - history. The Commemorative Air Force, devoted to U.S. military aviation history, has brought four planes to the Northeast Philadelphia Airport for a five-day AirPower History Tour, on display through Sunday. Visitors may enter the aircraft where they are parked or take 30-minute flights, though those can cost more than $1,000.