Revised Federal Aviation Administration training classes that encompass the new Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Over People rule, set to go into effect on April 21, are now available online for Part 107 unmanned aircraft systems pilots. The three updated courses are free and can be accessed on the FAA Safety Team website.
The National Transportation Safety Board wants every operator who flies paying passengers to implement safety management systems. The AOPA Air Safety Institute said that recommendation goes too far. Read more.
The US Department of Energy has announced a $61.4 million grant competition for biofuel projects, which can include projects involving sustainable aviation fuel. "We applaud Secretary Granholm and the DOE for helping to lead the way to a more energy secure and sustainable future, including through support for the further development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuel," said Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas Calio.
A digital health credential "is really just digitizing a little piece of paper that has your vaccine information on it," explained Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president of policy at Airlines for America, noting that this innovation will speed passengers through the airport, especially as international entry requirements are put in place. "What a digitized testing or health or vaccine credential would allow us to make that determination automatically without an agent having to touch a piece of paper, look at it, determine it's accurate and meets the requirements," she said.
Southwest Airlines is recalling more than 2,700 flight attendants, putting its whole roster back to work. "The intended flight attendant recall, as with the recent pilot recall, is to position Southwest for planned flight increases in the summer schedule," based on "improvements in leisure travel demand that the airline recently reported," said Southwest spokesman Brian Parrish.
Alaska Airlines will be opening a lounge this summer in San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2. The lounge, which will be Alaska's second-largest, will offer additional dining and shopping options, as well as an espresso bar staffed by a barista and a full bar featuring local craft beer and West Coast wines.
American Airlines is expanding availability of "Fresh Bites" food selections to premium passengers on flights more than 2,200 miles. Premium passengers on transcontinental flights will continue to receive hot meals.
The Biden administration released the outline of a clean energy proposal that will replace unnamed tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry with incentives targeting cleaner energy, including a blender's tax credit for sustainable aviation fuel. Nancy Young, vice president of environmental affairs at Airlines for America, praised the inclusion of the tax credit, which she said would boost demand for and production of sustainable fuel.
FedEx Office has donated $10,000 in printing services to 10 school districts, including the Sioux City, Iowa, schools. "We continue to work side by side with school districts and higher education institutions across the country to provide convenient on-demand and custom printing solutions to help support continuity in learning as COVID-19 continues to disrupt the lives of students, faculty and their families," said Tracy Brightman at FedEx Office.
The frigid weather and storms that devastated the Gulf Coast in February may potentially lead to a shortage of an anti-icing fuel additive, according to reports. The two main facilities that supply the additive usually known by the brand name Prist were seriously damaged and are undergoing repairs, but any disruptions are expected to be resolved in about one or two months.