Google’s Wing division advances unmanned air traffic system

Google’s Wing division advances unmanned air traffic system

Various companies have in recent years been working to develop underlying air traffic technologies intended to support the expected rapid expansion of the commercial unmanned urban air mobility (UAM) industry. Those players include Google affiliate Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet, which is now calling attention to the “InterUSS Platform”, a data-transfer and unmanned…

The USA’s Ridiculously Short Routes

The USA’s Ridiculously Short Routes

The recently published ‘Busiest Routes 2020’ report, compiled by travel data provider OAG, is a comprehensive investigation into the world’s most extreme airline routes, in terms of not only passenger numbers and competition levels, but also length. The USA, in particular, is home to several incredibly short domestic routes, but where exactly can these be found?…

Airlines push for coronavirus testing before international flights

Airlines push for coronavirus testing before international flights

The U.S. aviation industry is urging the government to establish COVID-19 testing protocols before international flights as a way to safely reopen travel routes that have been cut amid the pandemic. Industry stakeholders want the U.S. to reach an agreement on pre-flight COVID-19 testing procedures with Europe, Canada or the Pacific first as part of a “limited…

Alaska Airlines Expands Service At Palm Springs Intl. Airport

Alaska Airlines Expands Service At Palm Springs Intl. Airport

 Alaska Airlines announced Monday it plans to expand its offerings at Palm Springs International Airport by adding nonstop flights to San Jose International Airport, Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Boise Airport in Idaho beginning Dec. 17. The Palm Springs-to-San Jose route will be year-round, while the other two will be part of the airline’s seasonal schedule…

Asia-Pacific’s Longest Domestic Routes Span Around 2,000 Miles

Asia-Pacific’s Longest Domestic Routes Span Around 2,000 Miles

If you board a domestic flight in Asia-Pacific, you might end up flying for more hours than you bargained. Some countries in the region wrap around the globe, facilitating domestic routes well over 2,000 miles. What are the longest domestic routes in the region, and how do they operate? What is a long domestic route? When we…

US House Report: Boeing, FAA Failures to Blame for 737 MAX Crashes

US House Report: Boeing, FAA Failures to Blame for 737 MAX Crashes

WASHINGTON – Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes that killed all 346 passengers and crew aboard were the “horrific culmination” of failures by the planemaker and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a U.S. House panel concluded after an 18-month investigation. The crashes “were not the result of a singular failure, technical mistake, or mismanaged event,” the House…

Aviation Industry Preps for Worldwide Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccine to Billions

Aviation Industry Preps for Worldwide Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccine to Billions

The global aviation industry says now is the time to begin planning “the mission of the century”: delivering a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to billions of people in some of the most remote parts of the world. The International Air Transport Association said in a statement Thursday that shipping a single dose of the…