Columnist Bret Koebbe writes that aviation apps developed for the iPad have made flying easier and also help pilots on the ground as they taxi to parking places at unfamiliar airports. "Using an iPad for help on the ground isn't as flashy as some other technologies, but these tools can reduce your risk of a runway incursion," he writes.
Airplane manufacturers are showing off their ultra-comfortable interiors at the LABACE 2017 aviation fair in Brazil. Refurbishment specialists Duncan Aviation and StandardAero are on hand to advise owners looking to upgrade their planes' interiors.
Terry Mortimore of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, finished building his Van's Aircraft RV-6A kit airplane and offered a reporter a ride. This article includes video of the flight.
Economist Max Sawicky writes that privatizing US air traffic control would benefit large airlines at the expense of small plane owners and the flying public. "Although the new entity would operate on a non-profit basis, it would be a vehicle for the airlines to exploit their monopoly franchise and shift costs to consumers, small-fry users of the system and taxpayers," writes Sawicky.
BasicMed launched fewer than 100 days ago, and more than 15,000 pilots have completed the checklist, exam, and AOPA Medical Self-Assessment online course and are now eligible to fly under the new rules that provide an alternative to third class medical certification.
Terminal A at California's San Jose International Airport was evacuated on Saturday after prohibited items made it through bag screenings. Travelers were rescreened and the terminal was searched before operations resumed, with some flights delayed as much as two hours.
Liwei Kimura, Hawaiian Airlines' regional director and chief representative for greater China, says the carrier works to attract Chinese customers with flower-wearing flight attendants and cabins that make travelers feel like they are in Hawaii the moment they board. Business-class customers enjoy lie-flat seats and entertainment delivered on personal iPads.
Parents of children flying on their own should check airlines' policies for unaccompanied minors and involve their children in planning their trip, Elaine Glusac writes. When packing for the flight, parents should be sure to include identification, an empty water bottle, lunch and a sweater in the child's carry-on bag.
Alaska Airlines is ready for some football. On flights departing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the carrier is giving customers wearing the the number 3 jersey of Russell Wilson -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback and Alaska's "chief football officer" -- the opportunity to board early.
Emily Martz of Saranac Lake, N.Y., calls on US Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., to support the Essential Air Service program. "As our representative, Elise Stefanik should be joining the call to support our airports and should be speaking out against measures that make it harder for people to come to her district," Martz writes.