A United Airlines Boeing 757-200 replica has joined the fleet of tiny planes landing and departing from the Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg, Germany. United has been offering nonstop service between Hamburg and New York City since 2005.
Airline liveries are a key component of branding and can also be used to celebrate milestones. For example, United Airlines celebrated the last flight of its iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jet with a special livery featuring the "Friend Ship" design used on the plane's first flight.
Airlines for America is pushing back against a proposed increase to the Aviation Passenger Security Fee and the customs inspection fee on passengers. "Billions of dollars have already been diverted from aviation security to go towards deficit reduction or other sectors of government," A4A CEO Nick Calio said. "Congress should return this revenue to its intended purpose, instead of raising TSA and CBP fees."
San Francisco International Airport has released a list ranking its nine largest airlines by the number of seats flown per day in 2017. United Airlines took the top slot with 40,527 seats flown per day, followed by the newly combined Alaska Airlines and Virgin America with 12,357 seats per day, American Airlines with 7,060 and Southwest Airlines with 6,946.
JetBlue Airways and Coca-Cola joined to bring a one-day pop-up restaurant called Shared Plate to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Strangers were seated together and served custom meals created by celebrity chef JJ Johnson to reflect the diners' cultures.
The Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, named Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field in Arkadelphia, Ark., the Arkansas 2017 Airport of the Year. "This ought to get our little economic engine running for us," said Gary Brinkley, Arkadelphia city manager.
TruTrak Flight Systems announced that its supplemental type certificate approval for the TruTrak Vizion autopilot has been extended to "the remainder of the Cessna 172 series, the Cessna 175 series, the Piper PA-28 series, and the PA-32 series aircraft." The Cessna 172 and Cessna 177 lines were previously approved.
Knokke-Heist, Belgium, will host the VintageAirRally International Short Take Off & Landing Competition from June 14 to 17. The event will include exhibits, guest speakers and pilots competing for prizes by executing precision landing and takeoff maneuvers on the beach.
North Carolina pilots Stuart Hoyt and Dale Young volunteer to fly shelter dogs to adoptive families, sparing the dogs long car trips. Hoyt works with the nonprofit Pilots N Paws program and has flown 59 dogs to safety, while Young, who is not part of a formal program, has flown about a dozen dogs.
Start planning your flying adventures for the year, including AOPA's Regional Fly-Ins, which will take you to the Northern Rockies, the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Range, the Midwest and the Gulf Coast. Registration for all four events opened Feb. 14.