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KVRR’s Brandon Blakney immerses us in the action on his drive with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

FARGO, ND (KVRR) – In this KVRR exclusive, we take you inside the North Dakota Highway Patrol’s latest robbery operation and their efforts to quell speed runs.

Before hitting the streets, there was a briefing to brief everyone on the plans and for the eight officers from Fargo PD, West Fargo PD and North Dakota Highway Patrol to familiarize themselves with each other.

These operations take months of planning, which was fueled by public complaints to Fargo PD.

“The citizens of Fargo were asking the Fargo police to do something about street racing, exhibition driving, we also saw an increase in traffic accidents related to some of these aggressive driving behaviors” , said Sgt. Adam Malafa, North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The state ranks first in the nation in speed racing and reckless driving offenses according to an Insurify study.

“We have a tool that we can use to try to deter these breaches and that’s our plane. The plane obviously has some technological advantages. It has an infrared flir device, facing forward that is able to track things , it’s a bit more sophisticated than just driving behind in a squad car,” Malafa said.

They say he has the benefit of an aerial view so he can see multiple breaches happening at once, and has cameras to record where suspects go if they flee.

“It allows us to follow an offender without having to engage in a high-speed chase, it provides public safety, it provides officer safety, and it also provides offender safety,” Malafa said.

We stopped three vehicles on the way, all got citations, the first man was jailed for driving with a suspended license and failed to transfer title, they were focused on the stretch between University Dr and 10th street.

Sgt Malafa also says he has issued a few citations for conducting exposure.

“So show driving, you know, our code of the century basically says any unnecessary engine noise, tire screeching, series of abrupt terms, anything that disturbs the peace in that way is considered driving. exhibition,” Malafa said.

He says a traffic stop could lead to something more serious and help get a bad person off the streets.

“These citizen traffic complaints tell us that the public trusts the policing services that Fargo PD, Cass County, West Fargo and Highway Patrol have to offer,” Malafa said.

]]> Lufthansa expects flight operations to return to normal in 2023, reports Die Welt https://pilotin.org/lufthansa-expects-flight-operations-to-return-to-normal-in-2023-reports-die-welt/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 04:03:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/lufthansa-expects-flight-operations-to-return-to-normal-in-2023-reports-die-welt/

A Lufthansa plane carrying Ukrainian refugees from Moldova to Germany arrives at Frankfurt airport, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Frankfurt, Germany March 25, 2022. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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BERLIN, June 25 (Reuters) – Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) does not expect its global flight operations to return to normal until 2023 after staff shortages and booming demand amid lifting restrictions COVID-19 restrictions have forced it to cancel some flights, Die Welt newspaper reported on Saturday.

“Unfortunately, a short-term improvement now this summer is hardly realistic,” Lufthansa board member Detlef Kayser told Die Welt, adding that the problem is global rather than exclusive to Germany. and that the only way out is to reduce the number of thefts.

Lufthansa has announced plans to cut around 3,000 flights, or about 15% of its capacity, at its Frankfurt and Munich hubs this summer.

The German flag carrier is trying to ensure holiday itineraries are affected as little as possible, opting instead to cancel short- and medium-haul flights with plenty of alternative travel options, Kayser told Die Welt.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator update could lead to a virtual space shuttle https://pilotin.org/microsoft-flight-simulator-update-could-lead-to-a-virtual-space-shuttle/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:05:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/microsoft-flight-simulator-update-could-lead-to-a-virtual-space-shuttle/

In a recent behind-the-scenes video, the head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann took a field trip Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The stated purpose was to promote the game 40th Anniversary Update, which will add iconic planes like the Spirit of St. Louis and the Wright Flyer to the game in November. Speaking to Polygon a few days prior, Neumann also revealed that he and his team were considering an even bigger addition — the space shuttle Discovery.

“I flew to Washington and had this exact conversation with people who actually have a space shuttle,” Neumann told Polygon in an interview. “I have to sign an agreement and it will take some time. But, fundamentally speaking, can we? Should we? I think we should.”

Microsoft Flight SimulatorThe 40th Anniversary Edition will be a free update for the base game. It will feature a number of new aircraft, including those mentioned above, as well as a huge upgrade to its already robust physics system. This is called the “Fluid Dynamics Simulation” module, and it is extremely important for the implementation of two new types of aircraft: helicopters and gliders.

Fixed-wing aircraft — the majority of which can be flown by Microsoft Flight Simulator currently – generating lift by flying into the wind, using the powerful thrust generated by an engine to create forward speed that pulls an aircraft off the ground and into the air. Rotary wing aircraft, including helicopters, operate very differently. While the vehicle itself remains stationary, the helicopter’s engine spins its wings – called rotors – around the airframe to generate lift. The rotors can be adjusted so that the lift axis can be tilted forwards and backwards, or side to side, to give the vehicle speed. This style of flight requires a completely different and much more complex physics simulation, hence the November update.

Gliders require even more subtlety to simulate virtually. This is because these planes have no engine at all. Instead, pilots must rely on the air around them to contribute both to the speed and elevator to their cells. Neumann understands gliders on a deep level. In fact, he started riding them in his tweens.

“That’s actually how I grew up,” Neumann said. “They teach you to look for certain kinds of cloud chains that spin a certain way. It’s hard to say, but when you fly there, that’s where the air spirals up, and you can fly your glider there and spiral it in. That’s how you gain altitude because the thing has no motor. […] You have to read the air, which is a little different from what we’ve done so far.

Things get a bit trickier when trying to land a glider. Since there’s no motor to propel you out of a bad landing, you basically only get one hit to hit the runway. Miscalculate and you’ll have to lose weight – in the form of ballast, usually water – in order to gain enough lift to try and land somewhere else.

“I remember coming to a pitch,” Neumann said. “I missed the airport, as often. All you see are trees and fields and you think to yourself, OKAY. And sometimes I had to drop water to get over the trees just to land.

Once Microsoft Flight Simulator can accommodate gliders, it can accommodate the most sophisticated glider ever made, the space shuttle.

As NASA’s reusable launch vehicle soared into orbit atop huge liquid-fueled rockets, it returned to Earth without any power, streaking through the upper atmosphere at 16,000 miles per hour before slowing to a paltry 215 miles per hour on touchdown. And – unlike baby Jorg Neumann sailing over the Rhine – the shuttle pilots had no ballast to drop or nearby terrain large enough for a crash landing.

There are no firm plans in place at this time to bring Space Shuttle Discovery to Microsoft Flight Simulator. But, after the November update, the platform will have everything it needs – hopefully including a deal with the Air and Space Museum – to make it happen.

These “reserved” flight attendants prevent your flight from being canceled https://pilotin.org/these-reserved-flight-attendants-prevent-your-flight-from-being-canceled/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:32:14 +0000 https://pilotin.org/these-reserved-flight-attendants-prevent-your-flight-from-being-canceled/

At any air hub, chances are there’s a hidden room above the passenger hall or at the back of the terminal that’s full of old sofas, recliners, a landline phone, and flight attendants. This is however not the same location where crews will check in for their next flight mission. This is “the hot room”, where so-called reserve flight attendants wait for a last-minute assignment.

Most airlines require newly hired flight attendants to begin their careers on “reserve”. These crews do not bid for a flight schedule, but rather are reserved to assist the operation in the event of crew incidents such as sick calls, requests for days off from more experienced flight attendants and any other reason. for which the airline may need additional staff. Essentially, reserve flight attendants are used to save flights from short notice problems in an effort to keep the airline on time or avoid cancellations. If you recently had a flight delayed due to crew issues, as is the case with many disrupted flights this summer, standby flight attendants have likely been called in to save the day.

Typically, reservists are paid to stay home and wait for a phone call from the crew planning department informing them of their next flight assignment, which could require them to be at the airport within two to four hours. But sometimes the assignment of reserve air hostesses does not involve a flight at all. Instead, they are told to pack their bags for a trip to unknown destinations that could last up to six days, report to the airport, and wait four to six hours in the hot room for a possible assignment.

Some airlines call this “hot reserve”, others call it “ready reserve” or “airport reserve”, and flight attendants call it “airport appreciation”. In the hot room, crew members usually bicker over what to watch on TV or try to take a nap while staring at a wall-mounted landline phone hoping it will ring. Everyone hopes that when it rings, the crew planner on the other end will save them from trouble by assigning them a flight to a desired destination. “Hot spares” can replace colleagues who are stuck in traffic, who have a flat tire on the way to work, or who become unavailable due to other flight disruptions.

For example, I was recently sitting at Boston Logan International Airport and heard an announcement that a flight to New York was most likely going to be delayed because the flight attendants who were supposed to operate the flight were still flying in from Tampa. However, soon after, four flight attendants showed up and boarding quickly began. They were airport reserves. In this situation, they were not used to make the flight to New York, but simply to board the aircraft for late arriving crew members and prepare it for departure, thus minimizing the delay.

With the pandemic leaving many airlines short of crew, reserve flight attendants are becoming more important than ever. Most airlines hire new crew, but on average, flight attendant training programs last four to six weeks; therefore, most of the summer travel season will remain understaffed as we are approximately two months away from new recruits being trained, tested and eligible to fly.

US travelers face new wave of chaos as flight cancellations continue | American News https://pilotin.org/us-travelers-face-new-wave-of-chaos-as-flight-cancellations-continue-american-news/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 16:46:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/us-travelers-face-new-wave-of-chaos-as-flight-cancellations-continue-american-news/

Travelers were subjected to a new wave of air chaos across the United States on Sunday, with around 1,000 flights cancelled. The toll added to about 14,000 flights within, from or to the United States that were canceled or delayed on Friday and Saturday.

Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta was one of the hardest hit airports – the facility saw passengers stranded over the weekend as Delta canceled or changed dozens of scheduled flights.

Delta previously blamed the delays and cancellations on increased sick calls due to Covid-19, bad weather and vendor staffing. Last week he announced that he planned to cancel 100 flights per day in July and August to avoid travel disruptions in the summer.

“Various factors continue to impact our operations, including air traffic control issues, weather conditions and unplanned absences from certain workgroups,” a Delta spokesperson said. said Saturday.

The Atlanta-based carrier was one of the hardest hit during the recent wave of disruptions. It canceled 700 flights out of 2,400 collectively canceled flights over the three-day Memorial Day weekend, which was the highest number of any US airline over the weekend.

Among the airports with the highest number of cancellations are American Airlines hub Charlotte Douglas in North Carolina; LaGuardia and Newark Liberty in the New York area; and the Reagan Washington National in Washington DC.

Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg met virtually with several major airline CEOs last week to discuss challenges facing the industry and to urge airline executives to improve service ahead of the July 4 holiday.

“Air travelers should be able to expect reliable service as demand returns to levels not seen since before the pandemic,” Buttigieg said. tweeted friday. A day after the conference call, Buttigieg’s own internal flight was canceled and he ended up driving from Washington to New York.

“It happens to a lot of people, and that’s exactly why we’re paying close attention to what can be done and how to make sure the airlines deliver,” he told The Associated Press in an interview. Saturday.

Buttigieg said his department is considering sanctioning airlines if they fail to meet consumer protection standards. During the meeting, airline executives said they were taking steps to avoid a repeat of Memorial Day travel issues.

“Now we’ll see how those steps measure up,” Buttigieg said.

The pressure on airlines to improve their performance comes as demand for air travel has rebounded strongly. About 2.4 million people passed through TSA security checkpoints at US airports on Friday, near a pandemic-era high recorded over Thanksgiving.

As weather is seen as the biggest disruptor to summer travel, the airline industry is scrambling to hire or rehire pilots, cabin crew and airport staff laid off or pressured to quit during the pandemic .

Shortages at the Federal Aviation Administration — which falls under Buttigieg’s department — have contributed to flight delays, particularly in Florida. The Transportation Security Administration has created a roving force of 1,000 screening officers who can be dispatched to airports when screening lines get too long.

Wedding plans up in the air after canceled flight https://pilotin.org/wedding-plans-up-in-the-air-after-canceled-flight/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 22:08:41 +0000 https://pilotin.org/wedding-plans-up-in-the-air-after-canceled-flight/

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) — Flight delays and cancellations are never practical, especially when they surround your wedding.

Sara Hall was scheduled to fly from Syracuse Friday morning for her wedding in Las Vegas. When she booked the flight months ago through brand new airline service, Breeze, it worked perfectly as they offered direct flights from Hancock International to Las Vegas.

It was only the night before that she encountered turbulence.

“All day yesterday they texted me to check in for my flight, then in the middle of the night after I slept they texted me that our flight was cancelled.”

“There was no delay, just a cancellation. No rhyme or reason,” she said.

There was no number listed for her to call, only the option to send a Facebook message or an email, which took hours to receive a response.

“There is no contact number, you can message them through Facebook or email them,” she said. there was no one to help us rebook or look for anything else.”

The money spent on the theft is the least of Hall’s worries. She now has to deal with a change of venue for the wedding, canceling transportation, as well as dinner and hotel reservations.

“We’re supposed to get married, now there’s a complete change of plans,” she said.

“There’s money spent, there’s a venue that’s been canceled, a photographer that’s been canceled, transportation, our hotel, we can’t check in.”

Passengers on British Airways flight panic as water squirts from ceiling https://pilotin.org/passengers-on-british-airways-flight-panic-as-water-squirts-from-ceiling/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:52:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/passengers-on-british-airways-flight-panic-as-water-squirts-from-ceiling/

Frenzied passengers aboard a British Airways flight from London to Washington, DC, may have wondered if they should grab their life jackets – after water poured into the cabin of the giant plane from the ceiling.

The chaotic scene aboard flight BA292, a double-decker Airbus A380 flying at 30,000ft, on Friday was captured on video posted by the sun.

“Not f—- way!” exclaims a flight attendant as the waterfall floods the cabin shortly before the flight lands in DC.

Drenched crew members placed mats on the floor in a desperate effort to prevent water from spreading throughout the rest of the cabin and possibly damaging electrical components.

Passengers in the affected area left their seats and walked to the dry areas of the aircraft.

The airline said a faulty valve in the drinking water supply was to blame.

“This was not a flight for nervous pilots. A mid-air stunt is not a regular feature of BA. It looked more like British Waterways than British Airways,” an airline employee told The Sun, adding that “the crew thanked the leak which occurred towards the end of the transatlantic crossing.”

The worker added: “There were a few people saying their Hail Marys, but the staff were professional throughout.”

The airline said the flooding was the result of a faulty valve in the drinking water supply on board the superjumbo jet, which can accommodate 500 people.

“While there were no security concerns at any time, the area was quickly sealed off and the flight continued as planned,” the rep told The Sun.

UK court hears appeals to stop Rwanda deportation flight https://pilotin.org/uk-court-hears-appeals-to-stop-rwanda-deportation-flight/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 14:41:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/uk-court-hears-appeals-to-stop-rwanda-deportation-flight/
  • First UK-Rwanda migrant flight scheduled for Tuesday
  • UK says deportation policy will stop Channel crossings
  • Opponents say the regime is inhumane

LONDON, June 13 (Reuters) – London courts have begun hearing two last-minute legal challenges to block the British government’s deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda as the number of people on the first flight of remoteness fell to 11 on Tuesday.

Britain has struck a deal with Rwanda to send asylum seekers to Rwanda in return for an initial payment of 120 million pounds ($148 million) and additional payments based on the number of people deported.

The government says the deportation strategy will undermine smuggling networks and stem the flow of migrants risking their lives crossing the Channel in small boats from Europe.

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A human rights group says the policy is inhumane and will put migrants at risk. UNHCR said Rwanda, whose own human rights record is under scrutiny, lacks the capacity to process the applications.

Initially, some 37 people were to be deported on the first flight to Rwanda, but the number dwindled in the face of legal challenges to just 11.

The government has not provided details of those selected to be deported, but charities say they include people fleeing Afghanistan and Syria.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is determined to continue the policy despite legal challenges and opposition, including from Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne. Read more

“It’s very important that the criminal gangs who are putting people’s lives at risk in the English Channel understand that their business model is going to be broken and is being broken by this government,” Johnson told LBC radio.

“They’re selling people false hope and luring them into something extremely risky and criminal.”

The government has said the deportation plan will deter Channel crossings, although more than 3,500 people have reached Britain in small boats since mid-April when the Rwandan scheme was unveiled, according to reports. government figures.

As the hearings unfolded, around 35 migrants arrived in Dover, some carrying their belongings in black bags, where they were taken by British Border Force.


The Court of Appeal began hearing arguments from two human rights groups and a union on Monday after a judge denied their request for an injunction blocking the flight’s takeoff.

The judge said on Friday that there was a “substantial public interest” in allowing the government to pursue this policy.” read more

Raza Hussain, the lawyer for some of the claimants, said the judge did not give enough weight to the concerns of UNHCR, which had warned that some asylum seekers could be sent back to a country where they risk being detained. persecuted.

Government lawyer Rory Dunlop said Tuesday’s theft was significant.

“It’s a policy that, if it works, could save lives and disrupt the pattern of traffickers,” he said.

If the claims win, that would realistically mean no flights could take place until a full trial on the program’s legality won’t take place for another six weeks, he said.

The High Court has begun hearing separately from refugee charity Asylum Aid, which has launched a second legal challenge to stop the government from sending refugees to Rwanda.

Charlotte Kilroy, a lawyer representing Asylum Aid, said asylum seekers had not had enough time to challenge their deportation, meaning there was a high risk of illegal and dangerous decisions.

That case is being heard by the same judge who on Friday denied granting an injunction.

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Shane Kvidera leads New Ulm Invitational championship flight with opening round 72 | News, Sports, Jobs https://pilotin.org/shane-kvidera-leads-new-ulm-invitational-championship-flight-with-opening-round-72-news-sports-jobs/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 22:00:41 +0000 https://pilotin.org/shane-kvidera-leads-new-ulm-invitational-championship-flight-with-opening-round-72-news-sports-jobs/

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NEW ULM – Shane Kvidera, the 2019 New Ulm Invitational Golf Tournament champion, was the championship first round leader on Saturday in the 62nd edition of the tournament.

Kvidera, who plays golf at Rum River Hills Golf Club in Ramsey, shot a 72 on the New Ulm Country Club course, putting it one shot ahead of New Ulm Country Club member Scott Paa.

Nate Weisenburger of Pines Golf Course in Nisswa was third with a 75. Four golfers tied 76 for fourth place – Coliin Huffman of New Ulm, James Fromm of New Ulm, Chris Brookens of Dahlgreen Golf Course in Chaska and Ryan Bakken of Ridgeview CC, Duluth.

New Um’s Jason Wieland was 8th with a 77, one stroke ahead of New Ulm’s Ethan Kraus and Brett Mathiowetz.

Four players tied for 11th, with scores of 80 – New Ulm’s Josh South, New Ulm’s Kevin Atrip, New Ulm’s Tyler Hirth and Asheville CC’s Paul Andersen.

Kvidera said the 72 he shot on Saturday was his best start since joining the tournament. He’s been playing here since 2017 with a band from Ramsey.

“Rum River pal’s wife is from New Ulm – Tony Kliber. He’s been coming here for years, and he’s invited a few of us, and now we have a group of about eight people who come every year.

Kvidera said he shot a 74 on the first day of his 2019 win, and he hopes another similar round will put him in the final four title games on Sunday.

“That’s the fun part. All the fans are coming to cheer you on,” said Kvidera.

Competition begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m. when all flights play their final round. The top finishers from the championship flight will then play another nine holes to decide the title.

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Bouldering artist and teacher celebrate their 99th birthday with a glider flight https://pilotin.org/bouldering-artist-and-teacher-celebrate-their-99th-birthday-with-a-glider-flight/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 22:35:09 +0000 https://pilotin.org/bouldering-artist-and-teacher-celebrate-their-99th-birthday-with-a-glider-flight/

Flying in a glider has been on Helen Davis’ to-do list for many years.

“I don’t know why,” Davis said. “It’s one of those things. Just to see the world.

On Thursday morning, just over a week after turning 99, the longtime artist and teacher took her first glider flight at Mile High Gliding in east Boulder. The flight lasted an hour and took her to an altitude of 3,000 feet.

Some of his older friends – many of whom were part of a group of performers called the Piecemakers that met regularly for decades – gathered to witness the flight and celebrate Davis’ role in their lives.

Friends of Piecemakers have spoken of Davis’ gift for mentoring and inspiring others in the arts community, saying she has a knack for encouraging people of all ages to embrace their artistic side and “just do it.” .

Although the Piecemakers were initially organized around a common love for quilting, the artists in the group have experimented with a wide range of media over the years. The artists began meeting over 30 years ago, and eight of the original 12 members are still around. Davis has been one of the leaders of the group, often hosting the meetings at her home over the years.

When asked if she was excited to take her first glider flight, Davis replied, “How could I be anything but, especially when all my friends are around?”

Many in attendance marveled at Davis’ choice to fly in a glider, which has no engine and relies on another aircraft to accelerate and lift it into the sky.

Helen Davis, left, and pilot Dan Swenson prepare to take off for a glider flight at Mile High Gliding at Boulder Municipal Airport on Thursday. Davis said gliding has been on her to-do list for some time. (Matthew Jonas/staff photographer)

“She’s fiery – she has to be to get up there at 99,” said Jack Williamson, a friend of Davis.

Another friend, Patty Hawkins, described Davis as a “fireball” and a “cracker jack”, saying she had been that way since they had known each other.

As the friends gathered for a group photo before Davis took off, his excitement was palpable. Williamson turned to Davis and asked, “What’s the word of the day?”

“My general watchword is always joy,” Davis said.

Prior to his retirement, Davis enjoyed a long and influential artistic career. During World War II, she earned her undergraduate degree at Northwest Missouri State University with a minor in Industrial Arts. After the war, she spent 25 years as a consultant to military hospitals, where she worked to establish arts and crafts programs for service members and their families.

Davis first moved to Boulder in 1948 after her husband’s job brought them here. She has lived here ever since, earning her doctorate in education in 1961, and has enjoyed a long career as a multimedia artist – particularly in painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber and photography – as well as as a as an art professor at the University of Denver. In January, the university unveiled its new Davis Gallery, an exhibition space named in honor of Davis.

Davis now lives in Fraser, a retirement community in Boulder.

A glider with pilot Dan Swenson...
A glider with pilot Dan Swenson and his passenger Helen Davis, 99, of Boulder, is towed airborne from Mile High Gliding at Boulder Municipal Airport Thursday, June 9, 2022. Friends of Davis were on hand to watch his flight. (Matthew Jonas/staff photographer)