Aviation News

April 16, 2012

No More Air Force Flight Suits Unless You Fly, TSA Tests Unmanned ID Scanners: Final Call

Photo of the Day: Sunrise greets a Northwest Airlines Airbus A330 during an early morning approach to Amsterdam after a long redeye from the US. (Photo by Joop Stroes)
Photo of the Day: Sunrise greets a Northwest Airlines Airbus A330-300 (N809NW) during an early morning approach to Amsterdam after a long redeye from the US. (Photo by Joop Stroes)
  • The US State Department has apologized after a Bollywood movie star got angry about being delayed due to immigration problems at Westchester County Airport. [AFP, via Yahoo]
  • Engineers and rocket scientists who work at the Air Force Space Command will no longer get to wear flight suits or leather jackets. The hotshot gear will be reserved for airmen who actually fly planes. [Associated Press, via Air Force Times]
  • Doctors at Israel’s Haifa University have developed a virtual reality therapy to treat people suffering from a fear of flying. [No Camels]
  • The TSA is testing a new system that would replace identification-checking agents with machines. [USA Today]
  • When should I book my flight to get the cheapest fare? Generally, earlier is better. [New York Times]
  • Southwest Airlines is cannibalizing old engines and using the parts on newer engines being overhauled. [Aviation Week]
  • George Will: Someday, all US airlines will be low cost carriers, and that’s good for customers. [Press Democrat]
  • A Jet Airways pilot has been suspended after attempting to land an Airbus A330 in Singapore without clearance, and then attempting to cover up the gaffe. [Times of India]
  • An American whose heart attack forced an Emirates airliner to land in Iran is on the mend and about to return to Dubai. [The National]