Air travel ticked up slightly for the last weekend of July, with 2.3 million passengers screened, compared to 1.8 million in late June. Measures to prioritize the health and well-being of passengers with face covering requirements and enhanced sanitation protocols are credited with renewed passenger confidence according to analysts. "The face-covering requirement, along with extraordinary cleaning and sanitation practices, are key components in our multi-layered approach to protecting the well-being of our employees and the traveling public," said an Airlines for America spokesperson.
JetBlue remains committed to adding international routes, beginning with service between New York and London and eventually adding flights from Los Angeles to the Caribbean and Latin America, President Joanna Geraghty said. Meanwhile, Vasu Raja, chief revenue officer at American Airlines, said the companies' new partnership will allow American customers in New York to use their frequent flyer miles on JetBlue's Caribbean routes while both airlines can take advantage of sharing gate slots.
Tulsa International Airport has awarded contracts worth nearly $12 million for a runway rehabilitation project. The funding is part of a $13.2 million project to rehabilitate pavement and make runway safety improvements.
A preliminary summary of the Federal Aviation Administration's formal review of the Boeing 737 Max has been published and provides details about the modifications that need to be made, primarily surrounding the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, before the aircraft's expected return to service in October. Following 60,000 hours of review, testing and evaluation, the FAA plans to release the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking later this week.
Aspen Flight Academy in Colorado has obtained two Diamond DA40 NG four-seater aircraft as part of a 10-year deal that allows the school to purchase two new Diamond airplanes annually at a discounted rate. Scholarships through the BettyFlies Foundation allow local high-schoolers to receive free flight training at the academy, and the nonprofit will host a virtual fundraising event Wednesday that features former NASA astronaut Nicole Stott.
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to reexamine pilots and flight instructors who took practical tests between 2008 and 2019 from an FAA inspector and examiner whose work was called into question following an investigation. Several hundred pilots may be affected by the decision to reexamine airmen who took practical tests from Michael Puehler of Cincinnati.
A memoir by pilot Edna Bell-Pearson, 99, offers insights into the history of aviation in Kansas and tells the story of a woman who succeeded in a male-dominated industry. Bell-Pearson also played a key role in starting what eventually became Marysville Municipal Airport.
Using temporal information about photons rather than their spatial coordinates, researchers have found a new way to create 3D images using artificial intelligence. "We're confident that the method can be adapted to any system which is capable of probing a scene with short pulses and precisely measuring the return 'echo,' " says researcher Alex Turpin of the University of Glasgow's School of Computing Science.
Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are offering their first list of recommended used vehicles for teenagers. The list reflects considerations such as "price, performance, reliability and safety," and the vehicles had to have "electronic stability control, above-average reliability (according to CR's independent testing), dry braking distances under 145 feet," as well as other features like a four-star National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rating.