A robot named Chip will assist customers checking in at Australia's Sydney Airport this week as part of an experiment being conducted by Air New Zealand and Commonwealth Bank. The five-day pilot program will test how people interact with social robots.
A JetBlue Airways flight from New York to Florida had to make an emergency landing Monday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. The airline released a statement saying a mechanical issue prompted the emergency landing, and a Wake County EMS spokesman said several passengers complained of burning eyes and headaches.
Following the eclipse on Monday, a Beechcraft airplane crashed just after takeoff from Idaho's Rexburg-Madison County Airport. Neither the pilot nor his passenger was injured, and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is considering an expansion after experiencing a 19.23% increase in boardings over the first seven months of this year compared to 2016, according to Mike Mallen of the city's Airport Authority. The airport has seen record growth in each of the last four years and wants to add gates, as well as create more parking next to the terminal.
Tennessee's Nashville International Airport is expecting long lines and big crowds as travelers who came in to see the eclipse make their way home. The airport averages about 18,000 passengers per day and is expecting about 24,500 passengers today.
Dozens of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America pilots and flight attendants took to picket lines at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage yesterday in a bid to win wage and benefits concessions from company management. "We've been negotiating for almost a year and a half and management has insisted that we should be willing to work at a discount from our peers across the industry," said union spokesman Capt. David Campbell.
With more than 240 airports in the path of totality, general aviation pilots took advantage of their mobility to position themselves for an awe-inspiring experience as a total solar eclipse crossed the continental US. From Oregon to South Carolina, pilots positioned themselves for perfect perspectives.
The Federal Aviation Administration's Pathfinder program has tapped Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus and private companies to explore how drones and piloted aircraft interact when sharing airspace. One phase of the program tested the use of sensors on drones to automatically avoid a Cessna 172 aircraft in flight.
Twenty-four HondaJets were delivered to customers during the first half of the year, including buyers in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. "We want to create new value in business aviation, and I hope to see many more HondaJets flying all over the world," said CEO Michimasa Fujino.
Benton Field has become a staple of the aviation community in Redding, Calif. The facility at the historic air park hosts regular events in addition to offering aircraft maintenance services, flight lessons and even a restaurant.