Southwest Airlines mechanics have ratified a five-year contract that includes pay increases and a retroactive bonus. "Our mechanics will receive well-deserved pay increases, and the company will realize additional flexibilities necessary to compete in today's airline industry," says Southwest's Russell McCrady.
JetBlue Airlines on Tuesday hosted a plane pull competition at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Nineteen teams raced to pull an Airbus 320 aircraft 100 feet, and the event raised funds for the Joining Against Cancer in Kids Foundation.
Cirrus in early 2020 will begin construction on a facility at McKinney National Airport near Dallas, where the company will offer factory support and flight training, maintenance, and aircraft management services. Factory service operations will launch this August.
The C-47 troop carrier that led the World War II D-Day invasion with "That's All, Brother" painted on its nose is returning to France to drop paratroopers during a re-enactment of the battle at Normandy. The airplane is operated by the Texas-based Commemorative Air Force, which tracked it down in 2015 and purchased it from a company in Oshkosh, Wis.
The East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen is working to spark minority youths' interest in aviation. Retired Tuskegee airman Col. Charles McGee, who flew more than 400 missions, said he hadn't considered aviation as a career until he had a chance to pilot an aircraft, and then he knew he was hooked: "That's what I'd like to pass on to young folks -- find what you like to do and go for it!"
United Airlines pilot Gary Baker helped organize a Pancake Breakfast and fly-in held Saturday at Ohio's Wadsworth Municipal Airport by Wadsworth Chapter 846 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Baker is a proud member of the chapter and flies a two-passenger airplane he built with a kit from Van's Aircraft.
House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., is opposed to sending Transportation Security workers to help with border operations, calling the plan a "contrived manufacturing of a crisis to the detriment of the TSA." The possible deployment of TSA screeners to the border "has all airports very concerned," said Lance Lyttle, managing director of aviation for the Port of Seattle.
The Department of Homeland Security is looking for money for border security, and it's eyeing $3 million in spare change left at Transportation Security Administration airport security checkpoints by harried passengers. A 2005 law allows the TSA to use the funds for security operations.
Florida-based SecurityPoint Media, a provider of security checkpoint bins, will provide bins with antimicrobial technology to more than 30 US airports. The bins also help better track passengers' possessions.