Small plane crashes in Rancho Palos Verdes

A small plane crashed outside of Los Angeles on Friday. The pilot suffered minor injures. Photo by Ian E. Bisco.

A small plane crashed outside of Los Angeles on Friday. The pilot suffered non-life threatening injures, authorities said. Photo by Ian E. Bisco.

UPDATED AT 3:20 p.m. with more information:

A pilot sustained non-life threatening injuries when the small plane he was piloting crash landed in Rancho Palos Verdes late Friday morning at the shoreline near Trump National Golf Club, officials said.

The man, who was not identified, told authorities he had a mechanical failure after taking off from Compton/Woodley Airport and was forced to try to land on Portuguese Bend Beach, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Vicki Stuckey said.

The plane, a Piper PA-18 Super Cub, was found inverted on the beach at around 11:45 a.m., Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email. Stuckey said the pilot was able to walk off the plane on his own. She said he sustained some sort of head injury.

Stuckey said the pilot was treated at the scene by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and local lifeguards. He was then transported to a local hospital, she said.

The plane — N224T — is registered to Van Wagner Aerial Media LLC based in Hollywood, Fla., according to the website flightaware.com. The company specializes in aircraft banner advertising, according to its website. Company officials could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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Graphic: Airline logos throughout the years

One of our editors here at the Los Angeles News Group passed along this interesting chart of airline logos throughout the years. I figured it’s perfect for the blog.

Our editor says one of the logos is incorrect. He said the logo attributed to American from 1950 to 1960 was actually retired in 1970. Is he right?

Do you see any other discrepancies?

The evolution of the airline logo

The graphic comes courtesy of a site British website called “Just The Flight.”

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Reports: Man sentence to 2.5 years in prison for smuggling fake Viagra

A Los Angeles man was sentenced to two and a half years in prison this week after he attempted to bring 40,000 fake erectile dysfunction pills into the United States, the Associated Press reported.

The pills, carried by Kil Jun Lee, 73, were found by federal officers at Los Angeles International Airport. Counterfeit counterfeit Viagra, Cialis and Levitra pills were hidden in a golf bag and luggage, according to AP.

NBC Los Angeles reports that if the pills had been real, they would have been worth more than $750,000. But they were far from the real deal, the TV station reported, and some pills had no active ingredient at all.

The case was in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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JetBlue Airways eyes future growth of Long Beach Airport operations

Allie Shockley, left, high fives her mother Amy Shockley, both of Chico, after Nick Peters, of jetBlue, finds a earlier flight to Oakland for the Shockley's at the Long Beach Airport August 6, 2013.  (Thomas R. Cordova/Staff Photographer)

Allie Shockley, left, high fives her mother Amy Shockley, both of Chico, after Nick Peters, of jetBlue, finds a earlier flight to Oakland for the Shockley’s at the Long Beach Airport August 6, 2013. (Thomas R. Cordova/Staff Photographer)

JetBlue wants to grow at Long Beach Airport. So why is it cutting some flights?

This is a question I answered in Thursday’s Long Beach Press-Telegram.

The newspaper piece goes into a little more depth than some of my earlier blog posts. But the basic idea is this: JetBlue wants to add international flights from LGB, but until the airport builds a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, it is limited to an all-domestic schedule.  Domestic flying is not quite as profitable for JetBlue, so this airline occasionally cuts back on its LGB flights during off-peak periods.

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United Airlines wants to fly from SFO to Chengdu, China on a Boeing 787

United Airlines wants to add service between San Francisco and Chengdu, China on the Boeing 787.

United Airlines wants to add service between San Francisco and Chengdu, China on the Boeing 787. Photo courtesy of United Airlines.

The world is getting smaller.

United Airlines took a major step forward toward global connectivity on Thursday, announcing that it wants to begin flights between San Francisco and Chengdu, China starting in June 2014. The route, pending government approval, would be the first nonstop flight on an American carrier from the United States to a secondary mainland Chinese city – that is, not Shanghai or Beijing. It will fly three times per week.

Of course, “secondary” is relative here, as Chengdu has more than 14 million residents in its metro area. But it’s a big deal because it’s the type of route the Boeing 787 was built for. The fuel efficient airplane can fly long distances, but it’s not as big as some of the other aircraft flying between the U.S. and China, like the 777 and 747. United 787s are configured with 219 seats.

The whole idea of the 787 is to open new markets that had not previously been financially viable. So far, with a few exceptions, that hasn’t really happened. But United’s move could portend well for the future.

Los Angeles could benefit from this change, but that’s far from a sure thing. While Los Angeles could get its share of new 787 flights to secondary cities, other airports – like San Francisco and Seattle – will be fighting for them as well. Many cities view international flights as vital for their economic well being. And for all the excitement about the Airbus A380, most aviation analysts believe smaller more efficient aircraft like the 787 and A350 are the real future of aviation.

The CAPA Center for Aviation has an excellent, if a bit wonky,  analysis of the U.S.-China market. 

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