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Bozeman couple apologizes for helicopter in wilderness area

May. 31, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Bozeman couple has apologized for landing a helicopter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness earlier this month. Sara and Sam Schwerin said in a statement released by a public-relations firm on Friday that they believed they had landed outside the wilderness boundary. The Bozeman Daily...

UMaine gets $5M toward transportation durability projects

May. 31, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The federal government is giving the University of Maine more than $5 million toward a center that will work on more durable transportation infrastructure. The money from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help the University of Maine Transportation Infrastructure Durability...

In this May 25, 2020 photo, an American Airlines jet is seen parked on the tarmac at Colorado's Eagle County Airport in Gypsum, Colo., before departing on a 29-mile flight to Aspen, the shortest commercial jet flight in the country. The U.S. Department of Transportation is allowing American to cancel the route, which it was forced to fly to meet federal rules in a $58 billion coronavirus stimulus package for airlines (Jason Blevins/The Colorado Sun via AP).

Virus created the country's shortest commercial jet flight

May. 30, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

GYPSUM, Colo. (AP) — The rental cars are stacked bumper-to-bumper. Hundreds of them wedged into two parking lots. The rest of the airport lots are deserted. Fewer than two dozen cars are scattered across the sprawling asphalt outside the Eagle County Regional Airport. Inside the recently expanded terminal,...

1 dead in helicopter crash near Roseburg

May. 28, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A person was killed in a helicopter crash near Roseburg. The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. Thursday on private property south of the Green district of Roseburg, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said. Local fire, EMS and police agencies responded and are coordinating with...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, traffic moves on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. Nearly two dozen states and several cities are challenging the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era mileage standards, saying science backed up the old regulations developed with the help of the nation's car makers. They asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, to review the actions of government agencies that led to the new rule being issued in March. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

States, cities challenge Trump mileage standards rollback

May. 27, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nearly two dozen states and several cities on Wednesday filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era mileage standards, saying science backed up the old regulations developed with the help of the nation's car makers. They asked the U.S. Court of Appeals...

In this undated image provided by Novant Health, a package is prepared to be placed inside a drone for delivery from Novant Health Logistics Center in Kannapolis, N.C., to Novant Health Medical Center in Huntersville, N.C. North Carolina is a testing ground for drone programs involving medical supplies, and this week one of the first deliveries of personal protective equipment in the U.S. was dropped at a hospital by drone. The drones carry up to 4 pounds, and have a round-trip range of 100 miles. (Davis Turner/Novant Health via AP)

In pandemic, using drones to drop medical supplies from sky

May. 27, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

With a loud whir and a whoosh, a fixed-wing drone slingshots out of a medical warehouse, zips through hazy skies at 80 mph, pops open a belly hatch and drops a box of medical supplies. Slowed by a little parachute, the box drifts downward and lands with a plop, less than 8 minutes after launch. For North Carolina...

NTSB releases report on April 24 fatal Mesa helicopter crash

May. 21, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board on last month’s fatal helicopter crash in Mesa notes a trail of parts that came off the chopper before it went down. The NTSB report released Thursday doesn’t list the possible cause of the April 24 crash and...

This photo from KEYT/KCOY-TV shows the wreakage of a small plane after it crashed and burst into flames on the grounds of a school in Orcutt, Calif., in Santa Barbara County in Southern California. County authorities say the single-engine Cirrus SR20 landed upside down on a basketball court outside Ralph Dunlap Elementary in Orcutt. The school was closed at the time and nobody on the ground was hurt. The pilot, the plane's only occupant, died at the scene. (Donald Weiting/KEYT/KCOY-TV via AP)

Pilot killed when small plane crashes at California school

May. 20, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

ORCUTT, Calif. (AP) — The pilot was killed when a small plane crashed and burst into flames Wednesday morning on the grounds of a school in Southern California, authorities said. The single-engine Cirrus SR20 landed upside down on a basketball court outside Ralph Dunlap Elementary in Orcutt, said Santa...

FAA seeks $5.9 million penalty over 270 cargo flights

May. 20, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are seeking a $5.9 million penalty against an Atlanta aviation company that they say operated illegal cargo flights that were “careless or reckless” and posed a safety risk. The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Humes McCoy Aviation...

FILE - This Nov. 17, 2017, file photo, shows a view inside an electric driverless shuttle produced by EasyMile, during an experiment, in Paris. The self-driving shuttle service that was ordered to stop carrying passengers in February has been cleared to resume operations with new safety precautions. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told France-based EasyMile to halt passenger operations on low-speed shuttles in 16 U.S. cities after a mysterious braking problem occurred Feb. 20 in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

US agency lets self-driving shuttle resume carrying people

May. 20, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A self-driving shuttle service that was ordered to stop carrying passengers in February has been cleared to resume operations with new safety precautions. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told France-based EasyMile to halt passenger operations on low-speed shuttles...