This California Airport Will Allow Non-travelers to Meet Loved Ones at the Gate
SubmittedAn airport in California is stepping back in time to an era when family and loved ones were allowed to meet travelers at the gate. The Ontario International Airport, which sits about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, will introduce a new program that allows non-travelers to secure an online visitor pass and access the post-security side of the terminal, according to the airport. These non-travelers will then be able to either greet loved ones at the gate or hang out with them before they depart. The… (www.yahoo.com) More...
United Launches In-house A&P Training Program
SubmittedUnited Airlines is launching an in-house airframe and power plant (A&P) apprenticeship program that will train more than 1,000 people by 2026, the airline announced today. The inaugural class under the Calibrate program will start training next week in Houston. In a 36-month-long training program, Calibrate apprentices will be paid while working toward gaining their A&P certificate through hands-on and classroom training. Calibrate is a joint effort between United, the International… (www.ainonline.com) More...
U.S. Army awards Black Hawk replacement contract to Textron's Bell
SubmittedWASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army on Monday awarded the contract for its next-generation helicopter to Textron Inc's (TXT.N) Bell unit, ending a years-long competition for the technology that will replace the Black Hawk utility helicopter. The Army's "Future Vertical Lift" competition aimed at finding a replacement as the Army looks to retire more than 2,000 medium-class UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters built by Sikorsky since the 1970s. (www.reuters.com) More...
Austin airport plane incident under Federal Aviation Administration investigation
SubmittedAUSTIN (KXAN) — The Federal Aviation Administration said it was looking into an incident involving two planes at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Saturday. The National Transportation Safety Board initially tweeted about a “possible runway incursion and overflight” that involved a Southwest Airlines plane and a FedEx cargo plane. (www.kxan.com) More...
New Quarters Highlight Pioneering Aviator Bessie Coleman
SubmittedIn life and in death, Bessie Coleman hasn’t always received the same recognition as some of her peers. That’s beginning to change: Schools, airport streets, and a Chicago library all bear her name today. Now the barrier-breaking aviator has a special-edition quarter celebrating her achievements. (www.mentalfloss.com) More...
Aviation Attorney Presses FAA to Update Mental Health Policies
SubmittedAviation Attorney and Pilot Joe LoRusso recently joined BusinessAir TV, where he spoke about the state of mental health support in the aviation industry. (www.flyingmag.com) More...
Europe’s Aviation Authority Keeps 2 Pilots in Cockpit For Commercial Flights, For Now
SubmittedThe airline industry has pushed for loosening the two-pilot rule for decades, with some carriers clamoring more loudly during the Covid-19 pandemic. A global pilot shortage came to a head last summer, when travelers were routinely encountering up to 20,000 delayed flights every day, and has given pilot unions leverage in negotiating some fat salary bumps for their members. (www.forbes.com) More...
Airlines Issue Flight Waivers As Winter Storm Kassandra Brings Major Snowfall Across the U.S.
SubmittedA new winter storm has dumped up to a foot of snow in some areas across the south, bringing travel disruptions and airline alerts in its wake. Winter storm Kassandra dropped as much as a foot of snow in northern Arkansas on Tuesday with another 7.2 inches measured in Lubbock, TX, according to The Weather Channel. But the storm isn’t done yet and is expected to track into the eastern Great Lakes and move into the Northeast, according to the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center. Snow… (www.travelandleisure.com) More...
U.S. DOT Announces New Members to the Advanced Aviation Advisory Committee
SubmittedWednesday, October 19, 2022 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Transportation Department today announced 12 new appointments to the Federal Aviation Administration Advanced Aviation Advisory Committee (AAAC). The committee provides advice on key drone and Advanced Air Mobility issues. Members are executives and stakeholders who represent a variety of drone and AAM interests, including industry, research, academia, retail, technology and state and local government. In addition, for the first time, the AAAC… (www.faa.gov) More...
United Customers Can Grab-and-Go at New Airport Club in Denver
SubmittedDENVER, Nov. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- United today announced it opened a new club concept at Denver International Airport designed for busy travelers who want to grab a snack, beverage or barista-made coffee on the way to their flight. United Club FlySM is a first-of-its-kind concept for a U.S. airline and gives a guilt-free option to the more than half of airport club and lounge visitors who like to take snacks to go1. This new format comes on the heels of United opening new club locations in… (www.prnewswire.com) More...
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