The Federal Aviation Administration's Office of the Chief Counsel has issued a statement clarifying the ADS-B mandate for nonelectrical aircraft. "The legal interpretation confirms that the same aircraft excluded from the transponder requirement are excluded from the ADS-B Out equipage requirement," said AOPA's Justin Barkowski.
Analysts say United Airlines is poised to boost financial performance under the leadership of company President Scott Kirby. "It seems clear his handle on [United's] business is growing firmer by the day," says Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay.
Anchorage-based Capt. Jodi Harskamp will undergo surgery in March to donate her kidney to Jenny Stansel, a colleague and flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. "Jenny is a fabulous person. I'd like to see her stick around for a long time," said Harskamp.
Elaine Chao, President Donald Trump's nominee for transportation secretary, was noncommittal when asked about her thoughts on privatizing air traffic control operations now under control of the Federal Aviation Administration. "We need to have a national discussion about this," Chao said at her confirmation hearing Jan. 11.
A Southwest Airlines plane being towed at La Guardia Airport in New York on Saturday struck a parked American Eagle plane operated by Republic Airlines. There were no injuries, but the Southwest plane was taken out of service for repairs and inspection.
A JetBlue flight heading to the Dominican Republic from New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport on Saturday was forced to divert to Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a written bomb threat was found on the plane. The plane was searched and no explosives were found.
United Continental Holdings has recovered from a computer issue that grounded the carrier's domestic flights for a short period on Sunday evening.
Australia may stop requiring incoming air travelers to present their passports as early as 2020, when officials hope to have in place a system that uses biometric technology to recognize faces, irises and/or fingerprints. Under its Seamless Traveler initiative, the country's Department of Immigration and Border Protection plans to have 90% of travelers processed automatically by 2020.
Gatwick Airport in the UK has started its own waste processing plant. Nonrecyclable waste is dried into pellets and used as fuel; water recovered from the process is used to wash airport bins and ash is used to produce low-carbon concrete.
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