This year, Southwest capped 11 years of steady growth, becoming the primary carrier out of Pittsburgh International Airport. The airline added flights to Los Angeles this month, and CEO Gary Kelly said he expects continued growth in the years ahead.
United Airlines is offering MileagePlus awards to customers who donate to four nonprofits that are aiding victims of the Louisiana floods. The charities are Americares, AirLink, the American Red Cross and Feeding America.
JetBlue's first class of cadets who are starting from zero began their training this summer under the airline's Gateway Select program, the first of its kind for a US carrier. Such programs already have been embraced overseas as a tool to help alleviate pilot shortages.
Next week, JetBlue will become the first US carrier in five decades to operate a non-charter flight between the US and Cuba.
Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets have asked Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger to provide concrete information on the agency's treatment of whistleblowers. Lawmakers are questioning the treatment of US Federal Air Marshal Robert MacLean, a whistleblower who is currently assigned to an empty room with no duties.
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is able to stay aloft for extended periods thanks to 17,000 solar cells. The advances used to develop the Solar Impulse and complete its round-the-world flight could pave the way for advances in more conventional aircraft.
The annual "Fly-in" breakfast in Oliver, British Columbia, has become a highly anticipated event in which residents rub elbows with GA pilots over pancakes and sausage.
Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., son of former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, recently partnered with AOPA to host a roundtable discussion highlighting GA's contribution to the US economy. "General aviation allows businesses to efficiently transport people, goods and products across the nation, and is therefore responsible for $219 billion in total economic output in the US and $37 million in the 18th District of Illinois," he said.
South Africa-based Denel is refining its Small African Regional Aircraft design with hopes of building a demonstrator in the next three years. Denel is seeking partners in South Africa and abroad to advance development.
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