American Airlines plans to unveil three premium lounges with seating for nearly 1,000 premium passengers as part of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport expansion of Terminal 8, which will open later this year. The airport lounge to replace American's existing Flagship First dining facility will include a champagne bar, fireside lounge and an a la carte dining room.
With commercial air travel limited by pandemic restrictions, Delta Air Lines and Air Canada are flying athletes to the winter Olympics in Beijing on charter flights. "No one has ever carried this much of a contingent to the Games on one flight," said Anthony Black, a spokesman for Delta, the official airline of Team USA, which will bring them to China Jan. 27 on an Airbus SE A350.
US airlines are concentrating on transatlantic flights and routes to South America as many Asian countries have been slower to relax travel restrictions. Airlines have pared their Asia schedules, redeploying some aircraft to other locations.
According to a December survey of airline executives, JetBlue became the first airline in five years to have a majority of women employed among its executives. While the survey found 15% of executive roles were filled by women, the number of women leading carriers doubled from three to six.
Current drug tests cannot differentiate between THC, which is considered a Schedule 1 illicit substance, and CBD, an ingredient in cannabis that is increasingly used in food and wellness products. Pilots are advised to avoid any consumption of CBD, as a positive drug test could result in certificate revocation and the cancellation of insurance coverage.
In 2021, used business aircraft transactions were up 20% compared with 2020, and both prices and demand will continue to climb this year, according to a report from the International Association of Aircraft Dealers. The market is a difficult one for buyers, however, as "[v]alues and prices are completely disconnected, supply is almost nil, and due diligence is limited by shop capacity and demand," said Johnny Foster, president and CEO of Ogarajets.
Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport in Springfield, Ohio, will begin work in June on the $8.2 million National Advanced Air Mobility Center of Excellence that will serve as a research and technology hub for the US Air Force, universities and private companies. A hangar will also be constructed next to the 30,000-square-foot facility, which should take a year to complete.
Pilot Dea Payette is a tireless advocate for women in aviation through her philanthropy, volunteer efforts with the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program and the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots and her social media platforms, where she goes by the moniker "Cooper the Pilot." "Only 7% of pilots are women, and so there is a big need to help get more in the air," says Payette.
Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., is expanding its aviation technology course offerings with a new program that trains and certifies students to test aviation hardware for continued use. The program, which will be launched next fall, is funded by a $490,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
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