The Federal Aviation Administration has put the kibosh on the Missouri School of Journalism's groundbreaking drone program. "Based on your university website, you are currently operating a UAS (unmanned aircraft system) without proper authorization," reads the letter sent to Scott Pham, founder an ... More >>
Some tragic, breaking news this Saturday morning: A Chesterfield father and daughter were killed in a plane crash today in Wildwood that left a large field of debris on Howell Island. St. Louis county police officials have identified the deceased as Shiv Patil, 41, and his seven-year-old daughter ... More >>
While some are concerned that drones may violate privacy rights through increased surveillance, two key law enforcement officials in St. Louis have now formally expressed interest in the technology -- which they say could be a helpful tool in police chases. "One significant issue that I believe th ... More >>
"There will be drones." So says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in a tweet yesterday on the controversial airplane surveillance technology. Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Slay, tells Daily RFT today that the mayor is referring to the federal government's use of drones and says that St. Louis may at s ... More >>
A team of tech wizards and journalists at the University of Missouri-Columbia are about to begin work on cutting-edge technology that's rapidly advancing into the world of journalism: Drones. Not the kind that drop bombs -- that kind that can be flown to areas where news is breaking and can be film ... More >>
Calling all idiots: Do NOT point laser pointers at aircraft flying overhead. And should the impulse prove unstoppable, maybe think harder before pointing it at a police helicopter. Michael Brandon Smith might find that out the hard way. According to an unsealed indictment, Smith was at a home in th ... More >>
FBI: Don't fall sway to the Dark Side!Yes, they're incredibly cool and freak the hell out of your cat. But c'mon, people. Quit shooting your laser pointers at airplanes and helicopters. According to officials at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, at least two aircraft a month in the region ... More >>
An extra airport fee to fund the taxicab commission is legal, its lawyer says.Last week, we told you about the lawsuit filed by a pair of taxi drivers, alleging that the $1 fee assessed on cabs leaving Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is an illegal tax.But within days of the class action s ... More >>
The crash site (blue marker) is just a mile or two from the airport.A Missouri Highway Patrol helicopter crashed around 11 a.m. this morning in unincorporated west St. Louis County killing the pilot. He was the only person in the aircraft. No one on the ground was injured.According to reports, th ... More >>
It is high time the TSA get its comeuppance for airport screening indignities.On March 29, 2009, Steve Bierfeldt was detained in a small room at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and interrogated for a half-hour by the Transportation Security Administration. Bierfeldt's ... More >>
Laser pointers: Not just for freaking out your cats.The Post-Dispatch has an interesting article today about a 21-year-old man arrested Tuesday night for shooting a laser pointer at a St. Louis County Police helicopter. According to the paper, the man was sitting in a parked vehicle around 9:30 p ... More >>
Should this plane have been grounded? According to a new study, more than 65,000 flights should have been over the past six years.Since 2003, at least 65,000 U.S. airline flights should never have been permitted to leave the ground because shoddy repair work and improper maintaina ... More >>
The common blackbird is often cited for many of the collisions at Lambert Field. The Associated Press recently reported that bird-plane collisions across the United States rose dramatically last year with nearly 10,000 documented incidents -- up from a previous high of 7,507 strikes in 2007.In so ... More >>
The Astronaut Farmer
Week of August 11, 2004
Week of April 14, 2004
Lambert's billion-dollar expansion hangs on a wing and a prayer: The numbers no longer add up
Week of March 27, 2002
High-dollar airport expansion rolls on despite fewer flights, loss of TWA
Stepped-up airport security is more sizzle than steak
The fear of terrorism hits the heartland with the postponement of a visit by Salman Rushdie at Washington University
Two developers, three cities, the airport and the county are engaged in a dogfight over 438 acres of prime North County land. And there's plenty of sleaze to go around.
Week of November 22, 2000
The number of flight operations at Lambert drops, raising new doubt about W-1W
Ever since the city of St. Louis' airport authority wiped out much of Kinloch, the remaining residents have been hoping for a miracle to save the town. Others have been trying to turn a fast buck.
Witnesses testify in the mystery of the Metro East UFO
Published the week of March 29
Published the week of March 15
Directed by Mike Nichols
Don't try to sneak home, or TWA will take your luggage hostage
Did Tom Brown's tough stance against the W-1W Lambert expansion plan cost him his union position?
A day in the life of TV station KSDK leaves one observer gasping for breath as the need for speed vies with sound news judgment
Twenty minutes from downtown, the $300 million MidAmerica Airport is ready and waiting for business -- any business. Trouble is, Lambert is killing its chances of attracting commercial traffic.