Airliner makes emergency landing at Dover A.F. Base

  DOVER — Eighty-seven passengers and six crewmen on a Boeing 737 got an unexpected layover at Dover Air Force Base Monday night when their plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to a mechanical problem. “A United Airlines 737 Flight 1559 en route to Florida from New Jersey declared an in-flight emergency […]

Delaware AirPark celebrates new runway opening

CHESWOLD —Cheswold International Airport? Not any time soon, but some day perhaps. For now, the $33 million project to improve the Delaware AirPark for the next 50 years is uplifting enough. The local aviation community joined with local, state and federal officials Monday morning to celebrate the official opening of Runway 9-27, which was completed […]

DSU, Civil Air Patrol taking flight together

  CHESWOLD — Michael Hales, director of aviation at Delaware State University, is hoping the sky is the limit after his school unveiled a unique partnership with the Civil Air Patrol. The CAP’s national commander, Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez and his wife, Leslie, a lieutenant colonel with the CAP, flew into Delaware Airpark Wednesday morning […]

Blakey, Delaware black aviators reached for the sky

DOVER — During World War II, young Donald Blakey dreamed of being a pilot like the ones flying in and out of Bolling Air Field near his home in Washington. He learned to identify each aircraft by the distinctive sound of its engine. He imagined his grandmother’s sewing machine was his very own instrument panel. […]

AMC Museum’s Festival of Flight gives wings to history

  PHOTOS: Special to the Delaware State News/Doug Curran DOVER — Vehicles continued arriving steadily at mid-afternoon, carrying passengers of all ages, various nationalities and professional backgrounds. The Air Mobility Command Museum was open for all to enjoy its 30th anniversary Festival of Flight celebration on Saturday. While an estimated 3,000 visitors experienced living history […]

COMMENTARY: Still doubts about what caused TWA 800 disaster

On the evening of July 17, 1996, a TWA flight to Rome via Paris took off from JKF Airport. TWA 800 ended up in pieces in the Atlantic over Long Island a short time later, with all 230 aboard perishing. The question of what caused the explosion which brought down this aircraft and made it […]

Delaware Airpark gets $4.6M grant to complete runway project

CHESWOLD –– Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced Wednesday the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a grant of approximately $4.6 million to complete the Runway 9-27 project at the Delaware Airpark. The project’s final phase involves the conversion of the existing Runway 9-27 to a parallel taxiway, 35 feet wide, construction of the final […]

SLIDESHOW: Drone demonstration

Photos by Dave Chambers

Flying a drone? You may need to buy insurance

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DOVER — The Federal Aviation Administration estimates more than 1 million drones will be sold during the upcoming holiday season. Everyone from photographers and farmers to law enforcement and hobbyists, it seems, are taking to the air. As drones become more affordable and available, the skies are getting crowded. Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart […]