Southwest Airlines will give $1 million in grants of up to $50,000 to nonprofits and aviation-focused schools in the communities it serves. The program supports organizations that develop leadership, build a resilient workforce and focus on K-12 education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Following its merger with U.S. Airways five years ago, American Airlines put its focus on earning trust with its new 130,000-employee base, with a goal of becoming the best in the business by creating a people-centric culture. "When you have the right employee experience, it brings to life the customer experience you want to deliver, which creates positive operational and financial results," said Mark Mitchell, American's managing director of HR.
Southwest Airlines will build its first maintenance hangar in the Northeast at Maryland's Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, the carrier's second-busiest hub. With more than 240 aircraft passing through BWI each day, the airline's 120 technicians will be able to service the aircraft in a new three-bay indoor space, with room for eight more planes outside. "It's important to have it in Baltimore, because it's such an important part of our route system," said CEO and President Gary Kelly.
A provision in the FAA reauthorization bill would allow the Department of Transportation to police the cost of change fees. If passed, this provision would be one of the most significant checks on airline pricing since the Carter administration and could result in higher ticket prices for consumers. Half of reservation changes are made within 24 hours of scheduled departures, making it hard for airlines to anticipate the effect on their revenue and operations, said John Heimlich, Airlines for America's chief economist.
Passenger-screening canines showed off their skills at Hawaii's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. More than 300 trained working dogs help patrol Transportation Security Administration checkpoints across the nation.
The Federal Aviation Administration has given State Farm approval to fly drones over four states to evaluate damage caused by Hurricane Florence. This is the first time an insurer has received FAA permission to fly drones at long distances and above populated areas.
Jamie Beckett, the Florida ambassador for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and a General Aviation News columnist, will be on hand for "Coffee with Jamie" during a DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase chat about a variety of AOPA programs, including You Can Fly, Rusty Pilots, high-school STEM programs and scholarships.
The Guanyi GA20, developed by Guanyi General Aviation, is China's first independently developed aircraft. The four-seat, single-propeller aircraft took its maiden flight Wednesday in China's Jiangxi province.
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