The UPS Foundation has made a $50,000 donation to the West End School, an independent, tuition-free school for at-risk boys in Louisville, Ky. The funds will be used to pay for an activity bus, playground updates and new study spaces.
More than 900 emergency services agencies nationwide are using drones to help improve crime scene recreation or to reach victims of accidents faster, making them useful emergency response aids. Drones also contribute to preemptive 3D mapping, a tool that can help responders familiarize themselves with environments before responding to emergencies such as school shootings.
New battery technologies hold promise to enable the development of electric aircraft. "Pilots would feel much more comfortable having an electric motor on the front of their aircraft than having a gasoline motor, because you can really reliably understand what an electric motor is going to do," said Donald Hillebrand, director of Argonne National Laboratory's Energy Systems Division.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will partner with Atlantic County, N.J., officials to develop a technical academy and aviation maintenance plan. "We are pleased that they recognize the opportunities our area offers in aviation, and we hope this project leads to additional areas of collaboration at the National Aviation Research and Technology Park such as Smart Airport initiatives and STEM education," said County Executive Dennis Levinson.
Santa Barbara County, Calif., students Luke Borders, Rawly Szpak and Ryan Casey have completed the first part of their flight training, thanks to a scholarship sponsored by the Chumash Foundation, Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club and the Santa Ynez Airport Authority. The scholarship covers aircraft rental and the first several hours of flight instruction.
American Airlines will launch a 90-day biometric boarding pilot program at Los Angeles International Airport. Facial scans will confirm travelers' identities, speeding up the boarding process.
Tennessee's Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has begun installing solar panels and expects to get all of its power from the sun by the end of next month. The airport will be the first in the US to run fully on solar energy.
The Rick Hansen Foundation awarded its "accessibility certified gold" rating to Canada's Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia, honoring its superior accessibility for travelers with vision, hearing or mobility impairments. Airport features include low-resistance carpeting, varied floor textures, backlit signs and adaptive speakers.