The Air Line Pilots Association opposes efforts to reduce the number of flight hours required for first officers, currently set at 1,500. Some regional airlines complain that the requirement makes it difficult to find qualified pilots.
Mindy and Kevin Lindheim caused a stir in the aviation community after stunning images from their hangar wedding amid historic and other aircraft circulated on social media platforms. A highlight was their reception arrival at Space Coast Regional Airport, which included the bride alighting from a Cessna Skyhawk while the DJ played "Danger Zone" from the film "Top Gun."
Columnist Charity Catalfomo, an airport safety and security manager, writes about the huge differences in airport emergency preparedness requirements and asserts that airport operators should exceed the minimum requirements when they can. "Airports may be best served to plan for emergencies as practical, based on likelihood and overall impact, not simply based on regulatory standards," she writes.
The three major airports serving the Washington, D.C., area saw passenger traffic increase in 2017. Washington Dulles International Airport traffic rose 4.1% to nearly 23 million passengers; Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport served 26 million passengers in a third straight record-breaking year; and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport's traffic hit 24 million passengers.
Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., served 6.4 million passenger in 2017, up 6.2% over 2016. The airport has seen steady passenger growth over the past five years.
The Transportation Security Administration has tightened rules for electronics screening at Lynchburg Regional Airport in Virginia. Passengers are now required to place all electronic devices larger than a cellphone into bins for X-ray screening.
New technology can lead drivers to open parking spaces, saving them time and reducing frustration. Reservation systems allow users to select and pay for spots before arriving at the airport.
American Airlines announced that it plans to contribute $467 million to pension funds in 2018. The company is required to contribute $42 million; the additional $425 million is a discretionary contribution.