A letter writer to the Island Packet newspaper in South Carolina says expansion of Hilton Head Island Airport is necessary to create a safer, longer runway. The writer said the airport has lost business, revenue and visibility because of its shortcomings.
A 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane was on display over the weekend for the Monroe County Airport's 75th anniversary celebration in Bloomington, Ind. The plane, one of 199 built by Ford Motor Co. from 1926 to 1933, is owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association and has been shown around the country.
Canada's Ontario Provincial Police are using a specially equipped Cessna 206 to enforce driving regulations. The aircraft is able to detect speeding, following too closely and driving without a license, and is also used by the department for search and rescue missions.
Colorado's Greeley-Weld County Airport helped introduce young people to general aviation at a recent Learn to Fly Day, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association and Aims Community College. Pilots took up to three passengers for 20-minute rides in a Cessna 172.
Pratt & Whitney Canada will begin testing long-awaited advanced systems and engine core technology that will update the popular PT6 turboprop engine. GE Aviation, meanwhile, has released a PT6 competitor to power the Cessna Denali.
Jetex Flight Support has expanded its European ground-handling operations to three general aviation terminals in Spain and one in Italy. "Spain is an important player in the European business aviation community, as indicated by a 6.4% year-over-year growth in flight departures," said CEO Adel Mardini.
Pilot Doug Pralle and his wife Robyn of Hampton, Iowa, provide free flights aboard their Cessna to those who must travel to receive medical treatment. The couple's nonprofit organization, Compassion Flights, receives donations from the community to cover the cost of trips.
The air travel industry and the Transportation Security Administration are preparing to accommodate about 234 million passengers between June 1 and Aug. 31, or about 2.5 million travelers per day. Airlines have beefed up capacity on busy routes and the TSA has added 2,000 more officers and 50 more canine teams.
Canine teams visited the House Homeland Security Committee in Washington, D.C., to show off their ability to screen travelers, find explosives and detect narcotics. The Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection each use canine teams.
The Paris-based team developing Amazon's package delivery drones is focused on an air traffic control system to ensure the unmanned flying machines don't collide with other objects, especially birds. "We're not going to launch this until we can demonstrate its safety," Amazon's Paul Misener said.