NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, depicted in the film "Hidden Figures," has passed away at the age of 101. "Johnson helped our nation enlarge the frontiers of space even as she made huge strides that also opened doors for women and people of color in the universal human quest to explore space," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says.
The Defense Department is following guidance from the Defense Innovation Board when it comes to the development of artificial intelligence technology for the battlefield. "The United States, together with our allies and partners, must accelerate the adoption of AI and lead in its national security applications to maintain our strategic position, prevail on future battlefields, and safeguard the rules-based international order," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
American Airlines is reviving its codesharing agreement with Qatar Airways, linking its Doha hub with American's US network. "Our goal is to continue to expand and deepen our global partnerships to complement American's network and create more choice for our customers," American's Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said.
United Airlines will offer complimentary sandwiches to economy passengers flying nonstop to Honolulu from Chicago, Houston, Denver, Guam, Newark Liberty International Airport and Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., starting March 1.
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $11.4 million in infrastructure grants to 19 Louisiana airports. St. Landry Parish Airport will receive $392,000 to build a perimeter fence.
Providence, R.I.'s airport will receive $4.7 million in federal funding, most of which will support renovation of restrooms and other public facilities. The airport will also update noise exposure maps and purchase land near one of its runways.
The Smart Link Plus health monitoring unit by GE Aviation and Bombardier Aviation is a free upgrade planned for 2,500 Bombardier Global and Challenger business jets later this year. It will include Avionica's aviONS onboard network system, which has an airborne data loader, remote data concentrator, cabin/flight deck server and quick access recorder.
After winning a 1965 Cessna 172 airplane in a Wings of Hope raffle, Kelly Howell of Idaho Falls, Idaho, is finally ready to achieve his dream of flying after an unfortunate incident more than four decades ago derailed him. In 1976, Howell was on the brink of earning his pilot's license when the Teton Dam broke, flooding the airport where he would have taken his final exam.
Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., plans to buy three aircraft totaling approximately $1.2 million for its aviation courses, which can lead to a degree in aviation sciences for aspiring helicopter and commercial airplane pilots or a degree in aviation maintenance. Two airplanes with parachutes will aid in student training, and another with cable controls will help teach spin maneuvers.