Pilot David Thomas has put in 12,000 hours over the last 18 years to build a ViperJet MK II aircraft, and ground and flight tests for the two-passenger jet finally were completed at Chehalis-Centralia Airport in Washington. Though the building process was time-consuming and sometimes arduous, Thomas encourages others to take on similar projects: "You can do whatever you want to do as long as you put your heart into it and you're persistent and you know your limits."
Hawaiian Airlines' health acknowledgement form now requires passengers to pledge they will wear a face covering throughout their journey. The acknowledgement, which passengers are required to complete at check-in, also includes questions about potential coronavirus symptoms to provide an additional layer of protection for the traveling public.
Alaska Airlines has expanded its headquarters near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with the 128,000-square-foot Hub, which houses the airline's operations staff, e-commerce employees, recruiting center and company store. "We're elated with the newest addition to our corporate campus -- it's a real showstopper," said the company's Shane Jones says.
As airlines remove printed material from seat pockets to reduce touch points, United Airlines will start mailing its inflight magazine to premium frequent flyers as well as making it available online. The August issue of Hemispheres, the first to be mailed and the first produced since April, will feature a message from CEO Scott Kirby.
A tour of the ongoing construction at Newark Liberty International Airport offers a glimpse of what the new Terminal 1 will look like. The terminal construction, which is expected to be finished in 2021, is part of a $2.7 billion redevelopment of the New Jersey airport.
After the new arrival hall received accolades in June, New York's LaGuardia Airport will open seven of 17 gates in the new Terminal B's Western Concourse on Aug. 5. American Airlines eventually will move its operations to the new concourse, which will feature an Admirals Club and customer-service desk.
Delta Air Lines was named as one of the Civic 50 for the third year, an award the volunteer service organization Points of Light bestows on community-minded companies. UPS also made the list this year.
South Carolina's Greenville Technical Charter High School has received a $231,573 grant for its AOPA STEM curriculum program. The school is the first in the state to offer the program, which encourages young people to pursue careers in aviation and engineering.
Winter Haven Regional Airport in Florida will make improvements to taxiways after receiving $1.9 million in federal grants. "The Winter Haven Regional Airport is a hidden gem," Mayor Brad Dantzler says.