City officials are requesting a change in the takeoff pattern at John Wayne airport in Newport Beach, Calif., to reduce noise. The city would like aircraft to perform a "S-curve" takeoff route, which pilots say is difficult to perform. The Federal Aviation Administration is considering the request.
The Transportation Security Administration is set to launch its PreCheck program at Terminal B at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., today. In December, the TSA launched the service in Terminal A.
The Solar Impulse has arrived in America from Switzerland. The solar-powered plane has been reassembled at California's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field. Pilot Bertrand Piccard plans to fly the aircraft across the U.S. in stages this summer.
Around 80,000 federal workers at airports will receive reduced schedules once budget cuts from sequestration begin in April. The workers affected by sequestration include customs agents, airport security screeners and air-traffic controllers.
Representatives from the U.S. and 16 other countries are meeting this week in Montreal to discuss reducing aviation emissions. The International Civil Aviation Organization has tasked the group with drafting a plan to curb global emissions. "ICAO's states remain strongly engaged as they continue to review the feasibility of several market-based measure options for international aviation, on the basis of a wide range of environmental and economic criteria," said Raymond Benjamin, secretary general for ICAO.