Charlotte Douglas International Airport officially unveiled its $39 million, 51,000-square-foot food court expansion Friday. Called The Plaza, it sits between concourses D and E and holds the airport's second Bojangles' and first Shake Shack. This is the third project to be completed in the airport's multibillion dollar Destination CLT renovation and expansion program. Funding for The Plaza was provided through passenger facility charges and future general airport revenue.
American Airlines team members at Chicago O'Hare International Airport have taken initiative to express gratitude to colleagues through various cross-departmental appreciation events. Recently, ORD gate agents and ramp crew chiefs delivered gift bags to pilots and flight attendants of the 192 mainline departures out of Chicago with handwritten thank-you notes and "Chicago mix" popcorn for each crew member. Read more from the American Airlines' newsroom.
FedEx Express Corporation's air and international unit this week announced it has increased the number of Asia-Pacific origin markets offering early-morning service to North America from 14 to 25. "The accelerated development of Asia Pacific businesses has spurred increased need to reach global customers in a time-definite manner," says FedEx Express Asia Pacific president Karen Reddington.
Utah's Delta Municipal Airport will complete construction to repave a runway by December 12. The improvements will also build more accessible ground approaches to the strip of asphalt and install new lighting and stripes. Improvements were funded through a $4.16 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an airworthiness directive on many models of the Beechcraft Bonanza requiring inspection of the right aileron flight control cable end fittings and replacement of damaged cable assemblies. AOPA Online.
Rather than studying what mistakes pilots can make, the NASA Engineering and Safety Center is conducting research on how aviation professionals are largely successful day in and day out while managing weather issues, equipment malfunctions and other safety threats. Findings reveal that having a resilient system in place that routinely adapts to changing circumstances is paramount in aviation safety.
Russian adventurer Fyodor Konyukhov says he will take a nonstop trip around the globe in a solar-powered aircraft sometime within the next two years. The airplane, which is under construction, uses solar modules and a generator for energy.
Maj. Michelle Curran served in combat in Afghanistan before becoming the only female fighter pilot on the Thunderbirds -- the demonstration team for the US Air Force that performs daredevil acrobatics in the air. While she knows joining the military isn't for everyone, she says she hopes the team's performances inspire others to "chase a dream that they didn't think they could do because they saw what we can do."
Teachers and administrators gathered in Denver for the AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium. Also this week, we're looking into Mooney's sudden shutdown, and trying on a new headset from Bose. Watch AOPA Live This Week.