After the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2002, officials looked to existing agencies to provide tools and technologies to the fledgling organization. For example, the US Customs Service's Automated Commercial Environment was tapped for use by the Transportation Security Administration to screen passenger lists and flight manifests.
Arnold Palmer is best-known for his golf career, but he was also a passionate aviation advocate. He earned his private pilot's license in 1956, followed by instrument and multi-engine ratings. "I could never have accomplished even half as much as I have in my golf and business careers over the last four decades without having my own airplanes," he said.
Alaska Air Group remains confident its merger with Virgin America will receive necessary approval and will provide consumers with more choices and lower fares. "Given the airlines' largely complementary networks ... and both Virgin America and Alaska's emphasis on customer service, the airlines are also confident the [Department of Justice] will agree this merger will provide consumers more choices and lower fares while allowing for more robust competition," the airlines said in a statement.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Nashville International Airport in Tennessee on Monday found two loaded guns in a traveler's carry-on bag. Officers notified airport police, who removed the passenger and the guns from the checkpoint area.
A traveler's properly packed gun was mistakenly brought to the security checkpoint at Virginia's Norfolk International Airport after the man requested wheelchair assistance, and the person helping him took the bag along by accident. Transportation Security Administration officers found the gun, but because the traveler had packed it properly and declared it to the airline, he was allowed to send it in his checked bag.
Twenty-seven states do not issue driver's licenses that comply with the REAL ID Act, which requires tamper-proof security features. Twenty-four of the states have received extensions that expire on Oct. 10, but the remaining three states have not received extensions.
At the recent Nantucket Conference, Uber's head of product, Jeff Holden, said that the company is working to develop self-flying taxis and that the technology could be ready for public use in the 10 years. The aircraft would likely use vertical takeoff and landing so that it could land on top of city buildings.
Sam Hendy didn't plan on becoming a pilot, but now the 23-year-old says she couldn't imagine her life without flying. "I have no idea where I'm going to end up, but I'll be in the air," she says.
Pilot and blogger Allan Hill writes about a time he found himself momentarily hypnotized by the setting sun as he was landing, causing him to botch his landing and damage his airplane. "[E]ven minor distractions have the power to be damaging," he writes.
Aerobatics pilots thrilled some 75,000 spectators who turned out to watch New Jersey's Ocean City Aerobatic Air Show from the Boardwalk and area beaches. "It's exciting when they do great stunts just above the water and then shoot up again," said Jackie DeWire of Milford.
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