Remotely-piloted Navy jet damaged in California accident

POINT MUGU, Calif. — An unmanned Navy reconnaissance aircraft was damaged in a belly-landing at a Southern California base this week. Navy officials tell the Ventura County Star a remotely piloted MQ-4C Triton was on a flight Wednesday when it experienced mechanical issues and was turned back to Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu. The jet’s landing gear failed to deploy and it skidded down the runway on its belly. Cmdr. Dave Hecht says the Triton sustained significant damage. Base spokeswoman Theresa Miller says the Triton costs approximately $110 million.…

 SECURITY ON THE AIRPORT CONCOURSE: FLYING’S BLACK HOLE?

Security measures within airports are constantly being improved and tested, but what happens on the concourse receives far less scrutiny. JULIAN TURNER asks LETICIA MONTEAGUDO, executive director for the Americas, at Smart Security Consultancy, whether there are security black holes L eticia Monteagudo is executive director of Smart Security Consultancy for the Americas. She is an expert on landside security, including passenger screening, terminal safety and infrastructure. She was formerly IATA regional manager, passenger facilitation and security for the Americas, and has collaborated with US Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration. Leticia…