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August 20, 2021

First Cadets Graduate From Southwest and iAero Initiatives

Pathways Program Provides Opportunity To Fly For Southwest

iAero Airways has provided new hire training to the first graduates of their partnership with Southwest Airlines Destination 225° Employee Pathway. The first two cadets now serve as first officers for iAero Airways. The pilots received their ATP certificate along with a Boeing 737 type rating from the FAA. The initiative between iAero and Southwest provides the opportunity for aspiring pilots to meet their goals and ultimately take flight with Southwest. iAero Airways plans to employ the first two participants for two years as 737 officers which will put them on the pathway to joining the Southwest team. Prior to joining the program, both of the first officers were working as flight cr

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MissionGO and LLF Demonstrate Transport For Quicker Blood Laboratory Testing

MissionGO MG Velos 100: A Fully Autonomous, High-Speed UAS Solution For Blood/Organ Delivery

As donation and transplantation needs continue to rise in Maryland and across America, a faster, safer and more efficient solution for organ and blood transport has arrived. MissionGO and The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (The LLF), the state’s organ procurement organization (OPO) responsible for organ, eye and tissue donation services, has demonstrated a successful flight demonstration. The flight took place on August 10 using the new MissionGO MG Velos 100, a fully autonomous, high-speed UAS solution for blood and organ delivery. The demonstration revealed an approximately 292 percent time improvement over ground transportation, th

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FAA Fines Against Unruly Passengers Reach $1M

Where Does This All End... If Anywhere?

The FAA has proposed another $531,545 in civil penalties against 34 airline passengers for alleged unruly behavior, bringing the total for 2021 to more than $1 million. Since Jan. 1, 2021, the FAA has received approximately 3,889 reports of unruly behavior by passengers, including about 2,867 reports of passengers refusing to comply with the federal facemask mandate. The most recent fines are part of the agency’s Zero Tolerance campaign against unruly passenger behavior. Earlier in August, the FAA sent a letter to airports requesting they coordinate more closely with local law enforcement to prosecute egregious cases. The FAA does not have criminal prosecutorial authority. The letter also requested tha

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.20.21)

Aero Linx: American Association of Airport Executives We are the largest professional organization for airport employees, delivering results for dedicated individuals like you, who serve as the backbone of AAAE and our nation’s airport system. AAAE members are leaders in key roles from the C-Suite to the terminal and on to the airfield. You can turn to AAAE for the resources you need to advance your airport and your career, including dynamic professional development and networking, cutting-edge training, comprehensive airport solutions, and effective representation in Washington.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.20.21): Prominent Obstacle

Prominent Obstacle An obstacle that meets one or more of the following conditions: An obstacle which stands out beyond the adjacent surface of surrounding terrain and immediately projects a noticeable hazard to aircraft in flight. An obstacle, not characterized as low and close in, whose height is no less than 300 feet above the departure end of takeoff runway (DER) elevation, is within 10NM from the DER, and that penetrates that airport/heliport’s diverse departure obstacle clearance surface (OCS). An obstacle beyond 10NM from an airport/heliport that requires an obstacle departure procedure (ODP) to ensure obstacle avoidance.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.20.21)

“We learned on 9/11 the vulnerability of the flight deck and are being reminded almost daily that the threats persists despite the FAA’s clear direction from Congress to address it. The FAA’s inaction is particularly egregious considering Congress mandated this nearly three years ago.” Source: Capt. Joe DePete, ALPA president -- As the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, ALPA is once again imploring transportation officials to carry out the will of Congress and provide greater security for the flying public by issuing a final secondary flight deck barrier regulation before September 11, 2021.

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