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10/17/2019

Sisters of the Skies is advocating to bolster the number of black women pilots, which currently make up a mere 1% of pilots in the US, per Federal Aviation Administration calculations. The organization has been credited with expanding education, scholarships and mentorship programs to the next generation of black aviation female pilots.

10/17/2019

Southwest Airlines sets itself apart with a unique and quirky corporate culture that encourages employees to "use their gifts" to make flying more enjoyable. That means flight attendants who sing, rap and tell jokes, and a gate attendant who organizes scavenger hunts or bad driver's license photo contests to create memorable experiences for travelers.

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10/17/2019

JetBlue and Norwegian Air are forming a partnership that will allow passengers to book flights on each other's aircraft starting in mid-2020. The deal will let passengers combine low fares in a single booking for flights between the US and Europe.

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10/17/2019

Dona Ana County International Jetport in Santa Teresa, N.M., will begin a $9 million runway reconstruction project with funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and the state. Replacement of the 9,550-foot runway will expand the jetport's capabilities to land cargo planes.

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10/17/2019

Texas' McAllen International Airport has received two grants totaling $16.6 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for storm water management system improvements. The project will convert the existing exposed drainage detention facilities and irrigation system to an underground system.

10/17/2019

A New England flight training business known for nurturing students in a professional environment and a Tar Heel flight instructor who was recognized for his patience and motivation were honored as the top winners of AOPA's 2019 Flight Training Experience Awards.

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AOPA Online
10/17/2019

A Federal Aviation Administration-certified Redbird TD2 flight simulator is inspiring interest in aviation careers for middle- and high-school students at the Housing Authority of Bowling Green's EnVision Center in Kentucky, a US Housing and Urban Development initiative that cultivates educational and leadership opportunities for people living in public housing developments. Denise Cleveland-Leggett, a HUD administrator, calls the device a "life-changer" that can "catapult these children into a different life."

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10/17/2019

The Virginia Department of Aviation's latest commercial features 16-year-old Pilot Reid Buchanan of Glade Spring, who has been taking flying lessons for a year, as a new young face of aviation in spots airing on TV throughout the state, and on Facebook and Instagram. "There's no other experience like it, and I find it amazing that you can pursue it as a career," Buchanan says in the ad, which is intended to draw more young people to the industry.

10/17/2019

AOPA Pilot Information Center Medical Certification Director Gary Crump was elected a Fellow by the Civil Aviation Medical Association, a group that began in 1948 and is known as the "voice for civil aviation medicine."

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10/17/2019

The Transportation Security Administration handled an estimated 42,200 travelers through security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport yesterday, up from the average of 36,800. The increased traffic is due to the Minnesota Educator Academy teacher meetings which give students time off.