Hilton Hotels and Resorts is hosting a booth at Chicago O'Hare International Airport this weekend to encourage people to travel more by applying for a passport. In addition to applying, attendees can get their passport photo taken and ask questions of a US State Department representative.
Amazon has emphasized that proximity to quality air travel is important in its pending decision to choose a US city for its second headquarters. "Travel time to an international airport with daily direct flights to Seattle, New York, San Francisco/Bay Area and Washington, D.C. is also an important consideration," according to a request for proposals issued by the online retail giant.
Pilots refueling at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have a less expensive option for fueling their aircraft: A new self-service fueling option for 100LL is more than $2 per gallon cheaper than buying fuel through the airport's single fixed-base operator. The move is the latest positive development in AOPA's efforts to ensure airports are providing reasonable access.
The Enterprise, Ala., chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will expose children to the joy of flying through the Young Eagles program on Nov. 4. "We want to get them interested in pursuing a career or a hobby in aviation, either as a pilot or mechanic or designer," said chapter member Les Brusse.
Florida's Destin Executive Airport will soon give the public its first look at the facility's new air traffic control tower. "This has been over a decade in the making," said Tracy Stage, Okaloosa County airports director.
Licensed pilot David Young has established a school in Lakeland, Fla., for those who want to earn their Remote Pilot Certificate. Young is one of many entrepreneurs building businesses around advances in drone technology.
The Mission Aviation Fellowship transported a pair of conjoined twins from their rural village in the Democratic Republic of Congo for surgery in the capital city of Kinshasa. The girls, Anick and Destin, are now recovering.
Steve Thorne has attracted nearly 131,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel featuring his exploits as a self-described "weekend warrior pilot" going by the name Flight Chops. "The whole thing was about being self-deprecating and humbling, and I was not really concerned about it being cool," he says of his success, noting "there were enough cool pilots on the internet."
United Airlines has signed a deal with AIG to offer travel insurance to the airline's customers. The multiyear deal will offer insurance that covers trip cancellation, baggage loss and emergency medical services to its passengers in the US and 15 other countries.
Cargo customers who use Alaska Airlines to ship freight throughout Alaska will save up to 90% in shipping costs. The Freight for Less perk is a new benefit in the airline's Club 49 loyalty program.