Iain Murray and Marc Scribner, research fellows at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, are suing the Transportation Security Administration over the agency's use of body scanners. The researchers contend that travelers looking to avoid the scanners are more likely to drive, resulting in 184 additional road deaths in the past six years.
United Airlines is close to reaching a labor agreement with 9,000 aircraft mechanics, marking the first time these workers would all be under one contract since the 2010 merger with Continental Airlines. In a statement, the carrier said it was "glad our technicians will have the opportunity to vote for a new contract." Meanwhile, Bob Fisher of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said "[t]his tentative agreement is industry-leading in every aspect."
US airlines are utilizing data to ensure best safety practices are in place for customers, employees and their aircraft. Mike Quiello, vice president of corporate safety for United, says airlines "don't compete on safety" and affirmed the carrier's commitment to sharing best practices.
American Airlines Cargo is planning to obtain its certification for the handling of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products for industry supply chains. The certification comes from the International Air Transportation Association. "We're extremely proud of our temperature-control network," said Tom Grubb, manager of cold chain strategy for American's cargo division.
American Airlines' new safety video is "fresh, stylish and creative," writes Karen Walker, editor-in-chief at Air Transport World. "For all its flair, it stays on message and is very much about the airline's employees and passengers," she writes.
The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would allow airports to lease space to National Guard units even if the units don't have traditional aeronautical missions and will instead be using drones. The bill allows airports to lease the space without the risk of losing Federal Aviation Administration grants.
NASA released a Request for Information on Sept. 16 to gather ideas from aerospace engineers on what the agency's next electric-hybrid airplane might look like. "This request is about feeling out how much larger people think they can go," said NASA's Starr Ginn.
Under the Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment program, the Federal Aviation Administration recently approved Guardian Avionics' USB power supplies for the iFDR panel mount line to Part 23 certified general aviation airplanes. "We believe this is an important step in keeping GA safer for everyone while keeping ownership and maintenance costs under control for equipment that improves the environment for the pilot in older aircraft," said Guardian President Ash Vij.
FedEx has pledged $1.5 million to Kent State University's College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology in order to help the program in Ohio expand at the university's airport. "I am proud to say FedEx has long supported the career development of the aviation professionals of tomorrow, so we are honored to present Kent State University with this donation," said David Bronczek, president and CEO of FedEx Express.
Organizers of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational recently announced the event will be held at the California Capital Airshow in Sacramento, Calif., starting in 2017. A 1936 Custom Cabin WACO and a 1947 Cessna 140 will be among the aircraft on display next year at the event.
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