The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines warned against "knee-jerk reactions" with the expected US Department of Homeland Security expansion of laptop bans to incoming flights from European countries to the US. "The ripple effects of such measures, and their proposed wider expansion, threaten to disrupt the global economy and impose far greater costs on society with no tangible public security benefits," said AAPA executive Andrew Herdman.
The White House released its budget proposal this week, which includes a plan to decrease Federal Aviation Administration funding and separate the air traffic control system from the FAA.
Maryland's Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport recently hosted a "Wings & Wheels" event that included tours of the control tower and displays of military and civilian aircraft. "Airports need the support of their communities, and this was our way of letting people know that we are here to serve them -- that we are growing and improving in all sorts of ways," said Manager Dawn Veatch.
General aviation is receiving more support in East Africa, where governments are investing in infrastructure. "There has been visible development in infrastructure that supports general aviation operations in East Africa," said Stanley Joseph of Kilimanjaro Aviation Logistics Center in Tanzania.
Paul Middlebrook took to the skies at age 4 with his father, Harold, in a 1943 Boeing Stearman aircraft Paul flies to this day. Paul received Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award during a ceremony at Yates County Airport in New York.
The Chicago City Council's Aviation Committee has hired the Israel Airports Authority to review technologies, facilities and security protocol at O'Hare and Midway airports in the wake of the April passenger-dragging incident. The initial review will cost $245,000 and is slated to take five months, while a second phase will cost $500,000.
American Airlines is leading a group of carriers that has committed a combined $900 million to pay for new restaurants, retail shops and infrastructure improvements at Philadelphia International Airport. "In my 15 years at the airport, this is the largest investment that the airlines have made at one time," said Rhett Workman of American.
Greenbiz talks with Aaron Stash, manager of environmental strategy for United Airlines, about the company's award-winning sustainable efforts with aviation biofuels and the commitment among company leaders to give back to their communities.
Alaska Airlines recently gave about 1,200 students a look inside its maintenance facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, guided by 350 volunteers from the airline. The students had the opportunity to fly a 737 simulator and tour secure areas of the hangar while watching commercial air traffic come and go.