United Airlines has awarded $2 million in grants to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Urban League of Essex County and Year Up New York. "We are thrilled to be able to provide support to multiple New York and New Jersey communities to help individuals build their professional and personal development job skills," said United's Jill Kaplan.
American Airlines Cargo carried 12 million pounds of asparagus to Europe and Asia in the first six months of this year, along with lettuce, tomatoes, mangoes and other perishable items. The airline has perishables coolers at major hubs where fruits, vegetables and flowers are processed for shipping.
JetBlue Technologies is investing in ClimaCell, a startup company that developed aviation software to track ground-level weather. The airline uses that information to make better decisions about schedule changes or procedures like de-icing. "That information enabled us to hold onto the existing schedule and not cancel flights, because we knew the weather was going to end earlier," said JetBlue's Ian Deason.
The AOPA Foundation has awarded 11 aspiring pilots Primary Certification Scholarships, and five pilots were selected to receive Advanced Ratings Scholarships. "It's always an exciting time when we are able to help and inspire the next generation of pilots," said AOPA President Mark Baker. "None of this would be possible without generous donations to the AOPA Foundation."
Pratt & Whitney has announced it will sponsor a $100,000 Disruptor Award for the most innovative team in GoFly's personal air-taxi competition. Contest entrants are tasked with creating a personal device with vertical take-off capability that can safely fly a person 20 miles without recharging or refueling.
Parking in the wrong place or storing non-aeronautical items -- even innocuous things, such as golf clubs -- in hangars are no longer criminal offenses in Hawaii, just civil infractions, thanks to years of AOPA's advocacy efforts.
Phoenix police officers arrested a traveler at Sky Harbor International Airport last month after the man threatened to kill a Transportation Security Administration officer. The man is charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and threatening or intimidating.
Nashville International Airport police in Tennessee, working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, discovered nearly 60 pounds of marijuana in a traveler's luggage. The man was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana.