Congress' inability to reach a budget deal and repeated threats of a government shutdown have taken a toll on the US military. "This lack of predictability and that lack of stability in the budget has not allowed us to most efficiently plan and use the resources available to us," said the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford.
UPS Capital announced that it will expand its UPS Capital Cargo Finance solution, which allows small and medium businesses with credit lines to finance goods as they are shipped. Customers can now borrow 100% of the value of suppliers' invoices and repayment terms have been extended from 75 days to 90 days.
Average fares have fallen from some of the highest in the nation at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to the 21st lowest among the top 100 airports, with an average fare of $300.65, the airport's lowest recorded since statistics have been gathered. Leisure and business travelers are choosing to fly more frequently from the airport rather than driving to other airports as the trend in lower fares continues across the nation.
CiES founder Scott Philiben adapted highly accurate electronic fuel gauges he created for helicopters for use in general aviation aircraft. "These devices are far more accurate and [they] provide real-time fuel levels. It actually exceeds what a system does in a commercial application, and at a reasonably cost-effective price," he said.
A two-hour documentary scheduled to air on PBS' "NOVA" on Jan. 31 explores the round-the world flight of Solar Impulse 2, which set a record for the longest flight in history without fuel. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg flew alternating legs in the cramped cockpit.
A weather expert AOPA credits for "tireless education efforts" and advocacy for continued research has won an education and outreach award from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Alex Reed celebrated his 16th birthday by taking his first solo flight. "He was ready to fly long before we got to his birthday," said his instructor, Dave Hall, director of operations at Energy Aviation in Montoursville, Pa.
A traveler was stopped at a security checkpoint in Virginia's Norfolk International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officers discovered a loaded gun in her carry-on bag. Airport police seized the weapon and cited the traveler on weapons charges.