Airlines for America reports that nearly one of every two Americans flew at least once in 2017, up from only 25% in 1977. Most were satisfied with their air travel experience, with 37% of surveyed travelers reporting they were "very satisfied" with their air travel experience.
Passengers will have another option between Tennessee's Nashville International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, after Southwest announced its third-quarter schedule which included a new nonstop option between the two destinations. "This new route brings competition to that market and provides additional options for our passengers," said Doug Kreulen, CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.
The 2018 Epicenter Logistics Accelerator, sponsored by FedEx, is taking applications. The program provides funding, programming and networking opportunities for startups looking to commercialize technologies in supply chain and logistics.
On March 16, United Airlines flight attendants will start using new designer luggage by Tumi. The bags are part of a uniform refresh that includes new apparel designed by Brooks Brothers.
Researchers at Mississippi State University are working with the Mississippi Aerial Applicators Association to find ways for aerial applicators to safely complete their work while sharing airspace with drones that may be surveying fields or performing other tasks. The matter is a pressing one: The Federal Aviation Administration will require general aviation pilots to have the ability to monitor other aircraft activities by 2020.
The Alabama Aviation College on Tuesday delivered a Cessna 150 to the Houston County Schools Career Academy that students will assemble and restore to flying condition. "This is a great opportunity for our students; we really appreciate the Aviation College donating it to us," said Houston County Schools Superintendent David Sewell.
Massachusetts' Plymouth Municipal Airport will begin construction on a new administration building this summer. The 6,000-square-foot building should be complete by spring 2019.
Bob Lasecki, a Federal Aviation Administration Master Pilot and owner and president of Mitchell Instruments, enjoys taking youths on free flights with the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program. Lasecki has taken about 425 youths on official free flights through the EAA program.
In a Feb. 15 editorial supporting the removal of air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration, The Wall Street Journal claimed opponents, including AOPA, have orchestrated a "misinformation campaign" on the issue.