Despite a pledge to return to the lunar surface, the Trump administration is calling for flat NASA budgets going forward. Space exploration goals have been repeatedly under-funded by recent administrations.
The US is falling behind in hypersonic weapons development compared to China. "We need to continue to pursue that and in a most aggressive way to ensure that we have the capabilities to both defend against China's hypersonic weapons and to develop our own offensive hypersonic weapons," Adm. Harry Harris Jr. recently told lawmakers.
American Airlines Cargo will implement a new cargo management system, called iCargo, developed by IBS Software. "From booking to logistics to billing and everything in between, we evaluated all the leading providers and through that process landed on IBS being the partner with the experience needed to address the scale and complexity of our global business," said American Airlines Cargo executive Jessica Tyler.
Alaska Air Group reported 3.97 billion revenue passenger miles in January, a year-over-year increase of 3.5%. The carrier's capacity was 5.23 billion available seat miles, up 6.6% over 2017, and its load factor was 75.8%, down 2.3% from 2017.
JetBlue Airways is working with the New York Botanical Garden to develop a Caribbean consortium to address conservation and commerce in the region. "JetBlue wants to protect the region's natural beauty, which in turn protects progress and our business," said Sophia Mendelsohn, JetBlue's head of sustainability.
SITA was honored with the Aviation Technology Achievement award at Air Transport World's 2018 Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards. SITA worked with JetBlue Airways and US Customs and Border Protection on a pilot program that allows passengers to securely self-board aircraft without paper boarding passes.
Connecticut's New England Air Museum will celebrate its annual Women Take Flight event March 3. The event coincides with Women's History Month and will include hands-on activities, guest lectures, climb-aboard experiences in historic aircraft and flight simulators.
Amy Helm, manager of Colorado's Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport, is working to make the airport a valuable community partner by holding events, increasing the facility's online and social media presence and planning the airport's second Community Aviation Expo. The airport partners with businesses in the community to offer maintenance services, tours, skydiving, charter flights and pilot training.
Some Canadian airports are experiencing a shortage of 100LL aviation fuel, and AOPA is urging pilots to verify fuel availability before setting off for Canadian destinations.