The National Space Council plans to address the regulatory environment for commercial space ventures with an eye toward supporting industry growth.
Southwest Cargo will commence international shipments in May, starting with service to select cities in Mexico before expanding to include more areas in Mexico and the Caribbean. The carrier expects the service to start small and grow significantly over the next five years.
United Airlines' new Boeing 737 MAX 9 passenger jets feature advanced technology designed to save fuel. The carrier is also reducing emissions by deploying zero-emissions ground support equipment at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and using a mixture of 70% traditional jet fuel and 30% biofuel.
Airlines for America, the Air Line Pilots Association and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association have sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to regulate small, recreational drones, which it is prohibited from doing. "The restriction by Congress has limited the FAA's ability to fully regulate model and hobby UAS to the point that safety of the national airspace is at risk," said the letter, signed by A4A President and CEO Nick Calio, ALPA president Tim Canoll and NATCA president Paul Rinaldi.
Brit Morin of San Francisco took to Twitter to thank a United Airlines pilot who personally returned her lost engagement ring. Morin, who said she lost the ring while traveling between New York City and Jackson Hole, Wyo., tweeted a picture of the returned ring and her note of appreciation to the pilot and the gate agent who found the ring.
Pilot Cris Alexander, who leads the engineering department of Crawford Broadcasting Co., says drones can be a valuable tool for inspecting towers and minimizing the number of times a climber has to scale the structure. "I don't think that any tower service company worth their salt has an excuse anymore for not doing this," he said.
Private jet charter company Evolution Jets has signed an agreement to lease hangar space at New York's Greater Binghamton Airport. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said the company will bring at least 20 jobs to the community.
The Federal Aviation Administration has granted MT-Propeller a supplemental type certificate for its newest four-blade scimitar composite propeller for Cessna T303 Crusaders powered by TCM (L)TSIO-520-AE engines. The propeller is already approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Airline Captain Amol Yadav, who built a prototype aircraft on a rooftop, has landed a contract to build 600 19-seat planes in India's first airplane factory over the next two to three years. The facility will ultimately produce a variety of aircraft models and create more than 10,000 jobs.