The Transportation Security Administration has installed automated security screening lanes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's main terminal. The airport is the nation's seventh to receive the technology, which speeds up passenger screening.
JetBlue Airways' test of facial recognition boarding technology was a hit with passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport. The system snapped pictures of passengers and compared them with their passport photos with nearly 100% accuracy, speeding up boarding.
The Aerospace Industries Association is calling on the Senate to act quickly on confirming nominees to the US Export-Import Bank. "For far too long, the Bank has been languishing without a quorum of at least three members on its Board, unable to fulfill its mission or process transactions exceeding $10 million, and we urge [Senate Banking Committee] Chairman [Mike] Crapo (R-Idaho) to schedule hearings on these nominees as quickly as possible," said David Melcher, AIA president and CEO.
A video released by Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works unit hints at the potential shape of Lockheed's sixth-generation fighter jet. Skunk Works is developing a design to compete for the Air Force's next-generation air dominance contract to replace the F-22 Raptor.
The US will need to invest up to $100 billion in new intercontinental ballistic missiles to meet the threats posed by a "crazy world" going forward, Air Force Gen. Robin Rand says. Replacing the ground-based ICBM arsenal is a key step that will "keep the world from spinning completely off its axis," he says.
Lockheed Martin is preparing for component standardization with a new family of satellite buses. The common-component catalog took five years to develop.
Six Pratt & Whitney engines that power Stratolaunch's aircraft-based launch platform have passed recent tests. Stratolaunch's aircraft has the world's largest wingspan.
A4A's Nicholas Calio says the proposed "FAIR Fees Act," which would allow federal bureaucrats to determine what US airlines charge for ancillary and other services, would drive up the cost of airfare for millions of flyers at a time when fares are at historically low levels. "A one-price-fits-all approach would eliminate the ability of customers to choose what product works best for them. Airlines would have fewer opportunities to distinguish their offerings -- which serve many travelers who could not otherwise afford to fly -- and the current growth of air travel would decrease, particularly in smaller communities." Calio notes that if "Congress moves in the direction of the pre-1979 regulation days, the nation will return to a period in which flying was cost prohibitive and less accessible to millions of Americans."
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