The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time is a machine that scans a traveler's ID and then asks a series of questions, all while monitoring the traveler for signs of deceit or ill intentions. AVATARs have been deployed at border crossings in Romania and Mexico, where they are being used to collect data for research.
Sweden's Scandinavian Airlines has an innovation center called SAS Lab that is looking for innovative ways to use technology to disrupt the air travel industry. One solution that could be implemented: reusable Bluetooth bag tags that update themselves automatically.
The Ohio Aviation Association has selected Kent State University Airport as its Airport of the Year. The airport is home to the university's flight training program and also serves the general aviation community.
In August, the Transportation Security Administration will open another screening lane at the Concourse A checkpoint in Ohio's John Glenn Columbus International Airport. The airport is seeing an increase in traffic, with 3.4% more passengers served in May 2017 than in May 2016.
The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would remove air traffic control responsibilities from the Federal Aviation Administration and put them in the hands of a private entity.
This week's aviation camp at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, Texas, is designed to introduce campers to the mechanics of flight and features airplane rides on the final day. "I believe aviation is definitely in the future, whether that means taking care of the airplanes or actually flying them, I'd like to be a part of that whole genre," said intern and participant Travis Caudle.
Mahindra Aerospace's Airvan 10, a 10-seat, single-engine turbine airplane, has received a FAR 23 type certificate from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The aircraft has also been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Canadian Forces' Snowbirds air performance team has arrived in Barrie, Canada, for tonight's Illuminate Barrie Kickoff Air Show. "People can expect to see a dynamic show, hopefully under clear blue skies, and see the nine beautiful red Tutor jets doing main formations all together. The solos will split to do the head-on passes, which are a crowd favorite," said Snowbird Captain Paul Faulkner.
The Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team was founded by Brad Childs and Jonathan Plesset in 2006 after they transported a rescue dog for a friend -- and fell in love with the dog and animal rescue. "Over the years, it started as, 'Let's save some dogs' and it's really transformed into, 'We're really helping people,' " said Plesset.
Following the introduction of the Forward Looking Investment in GA, Hangars, and Tarmacs (FLIGHT) Act of 2017, AOPA and 27 other aviation industry groups signed letters to the congressional sponsors of the legislation speaking out in support.