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American Airlines looking to build

Following the introduction earlier this year of a new dedicated pharmaceutical facility in Philadelphia (US),American Airlines Cargo is considering further development of its temperature-controlled infrastructure. Specific ideas under consideration by the US carrier, which offers both active and passive solutions through its ExpediteTC product, include developing CRT (controlled room...

Scarcity of Pilots Threatens Regional Service At Four Corners Regional Airport

The Four Corners Regional Airport manager says the airport may eventually lose its last commercial airline company because of a 2013 federal regulation that significantly increased the number of hours pilots must log before they can fly as a first officer -- or co-pilot -- in most passenger airplanes. "Smaller communities are losing services," said Mike Lewis, the airport manager. &qu...

Pope Francis Gets Presidential TFR Treatment

In preparation for the visit of Pope Francis to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, the U.S.government erected a massive Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the areas where he will be greeted by millions of people. The same as those used whenever President Obama travels or goes on vacation, the TFRs affect a number of airports and flight operations and seek to ground ev...

Compass Airlines and ATP Flight School finalize an agreement to pay up to $11,000 in training costs

Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has finalized an agreement with ATP Flight School that paves the way for its participation in ATP’s Tuition Reimbursement Program. This program allows ATP graduate flight instructors to have up to $11,000 of their ATP training costs paid for by Compass, in exchange for agreeing to fly for Compass after earning the requisite number of hours. &ld...

Lockheed says U.S. approves its $9 billion takeover of Sikorsky

Lockheed Martin Corp said on Thursday that U.S. officials have approved its $9 billion takeover of Black Hawk helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said authorities in Japan and South Korea had also approved the deal, but it was waiting for other regulatory approvals. Multiple sources famili...

Frugal Globetrotter President Xi Jinping Flies Air China Rather Than a Special "Air Force One"

The U.S. President Barack Obama uses his own plane -- widely known around the world simply by its air traffic control call sign, "Air Force One" -- and so does North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. However, China has no special plane. When President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan flew to the U.S. they took a commercial flight. Xi and the first lady Peng Liyuan arrived in the...

President Xi Jinping Boarding Xiamen Airlines' 787 Dreamliner

Chinese President Xi Jinping boarded a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which is due to be delivered to Xiamen Airlines (FM) in the near future and had an interior tour of the airplane during his visit to Boeing's factory in Everett, Seattle on Wednesday. Accompanied by Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner, President Xi boarded the Xiamen Airlines 787, Registration B-2763, experien...

Record 67 People Try and Bring Guns with Them onto U.S. Aircraft During 9/11 Anniversary Week

The Transportation Security Administration intercepted 67 firearms in passengers' carry-on bags as they attempted to board flights during the anniversary week of 9/11. The TSA said the passengers were ignoring regulations which prevent them from bringing firearms and explosives into the cabins of aircraft. Of the guns intercepted, 56 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered. Officials di...

NASA Technology to Help Airlines Cut Fuel Consumption

Two passenger airlines in the U.S. will soon test an application developed by NASA that is designed to help carriers save time, substantially reduce fuel consumption and slash carbon emissions. During the next three years, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines will use the Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) application, to make "traffic aware strategic aircrew requests" (TASAR). &q...

Teen Pilot In New York Crash Was Not Certified To Carry Passenger

An investigation into Sunday’s fatal plane crash in New York state revealed that the Colgate University student, who was flying the aircraft, should not have carried a passenger, according to federal aviation rules. The small plane crashed in Madison County, killing both people aboard. Cathryn "Carey" Depuy, the 18-year-old pilot of the single-engine Cessna 150, got a student pi...

U.S. airlines coalition: Gulf carriers hurting global aviation

Harm is being caused to airlines outside the U.S., according to the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies. The subsidization of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines by the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar is harming carriers in Southeast Asia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, the Philippines and others, according to a release issued this week by the Partner...

Transgender Woman Says TSA Detained, Humiliated Her over Body "Anomaly"

A transgender woman said she was detained and harassed at an Orlando, Fla., airport security checkpoint Monday by Transportation Safety Administration agents after a body scanner detected an "anomaly" on her. Shadi Petosky, who runs a Los Angeles interactive entertainment studio, said she was trying to fly out of Orlando International Airport but was stopped after entering t...