compliance with the Federal WARN Act (Public Law 100-379), HMS Host
Corp. notified Michigan's Workforce Development Agency that on or
about Aug. 15, the company will order layoffs at its Detroit
operations located at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
layoffs will occur as a result of a loss of contract and no new
contracts have been awarded to HMS Host at Detroit Metropolitan
Airport,” the company said in a letter received Thursday. “This
will result in a permanent closure of the Chili's Too, Jose Cuervo
Tequileria, Home Team Sports and the Starbucks Fountain. This is
expected to cause loss of employment for approximately 135 employees
unless the new contract holder decides to offer the displaced
associates new positions.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is struggling to come up with regulations to control commercial drones in the country's airspace. But the rampant commercial usage of drones continues to cloud the issue, with the FAA asserting its authority without any clear regulations regarding the use of drones in American airspace. The problem is that drones have quickly gone from being simple toys for hobbyists to new tools for everything from law enforcement to monitoring crops to social media to even getting amazing, cost-effective high-definition aerial shots for television and film production.
Journalists, commercial television producers and filmmakers are buying or building their own drone units for just a few thousand dollars, and are quickly creating a host of new problems about what is legal and what is not in an increasingly wider grey area of aviation law that involves not only airspace safety but questions about first and fourth amendment rights protections. New York attorney Brendan Schulman will give a presentation about the FAA's drone issues Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Schulman challenged the FAA for fining his client for using a drone to make a promotional commercial. He recently won the case, which was the first case of the FAA fining any business or individual for commercial use of a drone. Also presenting will be Ben Gielow, general counsel and government relations manager at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International; and Parker Gyokeres, representing the recently-formed Professional Society of Drone Journalists.
helicopter (tail number N207MY) “crashed in the water while on
approach to an oil rig platform. The two persons on board were
fatally injured,” according to preliminary data released by the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Bell 206-L4 was
manufactured in 2000 and registered to Coy Leasing LLC of Broussard,
La., according to FAA records.
Coast Guard personnel based in New Orleans received a report of a
downed helicopter on Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. Crewmembers on the rig
deployed a life raft and reported the aircraft sank below the
A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air
Station New Orleans, a HC-130 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Mobile,
Ala., and a 87-foot patrol boat from Grand Isle was dispatched to the
area to search for survivors.
U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a civilian helicopter with two
people aboard that went down approximately 60 miles south of
Terrebonne Bay on Wednesday.
Guard personnel based in New Orleans received the report at 2:40 p.m.
of a downed helicopter, Bell model 206-L4, containing two people
aboard near South Timbalier Block 317. Crewmembers on the rig
deployed a life raft and reported the aircraft sank below the water. A
MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New
Orleans, a HC-130 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Mobile, Ala., and a
87-foot patrol boat from Grand Isle was dispatched to assist in a search for survivors.
County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and senior officials held a high-level
meeting Wednesday with Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al
Baker to discuss new trade, business and investment opportunities in
Airways began weekly service to Miami International Airport on
Tuesday from the newly opened Hamad International Airport, in
airline's CEO was on-board the maiden flight and led a high level
delegation, including the Director of Miami Airport, Emilio Gonzalez;
the Vice Chairman of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors
Bureau, senior officials from the airline and also a group of
international media traveling on the first flight. During
the courtesy visit, Al Baker said that “the airline planned to
bring new opportunities to Miami by investing in the community and
helping boost trade, tourism and business links between the State of
Qatar and Miami. "Qatar
Airways is looking forward to how this new route will enhance our
excellent offering to passengers, providing even greater flexibility
in the number of U.S. gateways to choose from, since we now fly out
of six major hubs in the country. "Miami
has always been a global city; a crossroads of commerce, art and
culture. Mayor Gimenez has been a great ally in our efforts to bring
Qatar Airways to Miami and we are proud to offer an additional boost
to the local economy, by contributing to the generation of an
estimated 536 new jobs and create an economic impact of over $78
million revenue for the first year alone." "Qatar
Airways' decision to include Miami among its handful of U.S.
destinations confirms that Miami-Dade County is a global center for
business and tourism travel, and MIA is one of the premier airports
in the world,” said Gimenez. "Miami-Dade looks forward to
strengthening the economic and cultural ties to Qatar and
International Airport is responsible for over 20 million
international passengers each year. Qatar Airways will fly four
round-trip routes each week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdayand
Sunday) between Doha and Miami. "Qatar
Airways looks forward to building a strong relationship between Miami
and Doha," added Al Baker. "These two great cities have so
much to share and learn from one another. We can now look forward to
introducing many more U.S. travellers to Doha and developing a strong
conduit for trade and commerce."
American Airlines launched daily nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Hong Kong and
Shanghai on Wednesday - reinforcing the
company's commitment to expanding and strengthening its presence in
the Asia-Pacific region.
Airport, Mayor Price and I have been advocating for more direct
access to Asia, knowing the trans-Pacific market is critical for
business across the state,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
direct routes connect two of the world's most significant economic
centers to DFW and will open new avenues of trade and tourism for our
region,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW International Airport
new daily service between DFW and Hong Kong International Airport will be operated with a
Boeing 777-300ER, marking the first time American will deploy its
flagship aircraft to Asia. The aircraft features a three-class cabin
configuration with fully lie-flat seats in First and Business Class,
international Wi-Fi, and more customer and cargo capacity than any
other aircraft currently in American's fleet.
new service between DFW and Shanghai Pudong International Airport will be operated with a Boeing
777-200ER aircraft. American will be retrofitting its entire fleet of
777-200ERs to include fully lie-flat Business Class seats, each with
aisle access; new seats in the Main Cabin; in-seat entertainment; and
international Wi-Fi capability. The new fully lie-flat Business Class
seats on American's 777-200ERs will afford travelers among the
largest living space of any 777 Business Class seat offered by any
U.S. carrier. The
service to Hong Kong will add a new destination to American's
international network, and the service to Shanghai complements
American's existing service from Los Angeles International Airport
and Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
Qatar Airways' maiden voyage to Miami International Airport (MIA) touched
down on Tuesday, commencing service to the airline's sixth U.S.
service marked its 142nd
destination worldwide from the central hub in Doha, Qatar.
this new route, Qatar Airways is the only airline to offer non-stop
service between the Middle East and Miami.
continues a major expansion by the airline into the United States.
Non-stop service to Philadelphia International Airport began in
April, and the airline will commence flights to Dallas/Fort Worth
International Airport in July.
airline's CEO was onboard the maiden flight and led a high level
delegation, including the Director of MIA, Emilio Gonzalez; the vice
chairman of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, senior
officials from the airline and also a group of international media
traveling on the first flight.
Doha's centralized location, travelers from Miami can reach cities
such as Bangkok, Nairobi, Colombo, and Mumbai in an impressive 23
hours or less through a quick transfer in Doha.
airline recently moved its entire operations to the State of Qatar's
new airport Hamad International.
one major hub to another, Miami International Airport is one of the
largest in the United States, handling over 40.5 million passengers
in 2013. It is the country's second busiest airport for international
travel and the busiest for international freight.
Qatar Airways route is expected to generate 536 new jobs and $78.3
million in additional revenue for Miami and the surrounding
community. The route is
being operated with a Boeing 777-200 in a two-class configuration of
42 seats in Business and 217 seats in Economy. Qatar
Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations and is
currently flying a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to more than 140 key
business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East,
Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
joins the airline's existing Americas destinations: Chicago, Houston,
New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Montreal, Sao Paulo and
Buenos Aires. Qatar Airways is set to launch services to a diverse
portfolio of new routes during the coming months, including Tokyo
Haneda, Japan (June 18), Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1) and Djibouti
Mayo Aviation, Inc. announced Tuesday the addition of a 2007 Hawker-Beech
400XP to its charter fleet in response to continued demand from its
Aviation's Hawker-Beech 400XP features a leather interior that seats
seven passengers. The entertainment system features video monitors
that display Air Show and in-flight movies. Other features include a
fully enclosed aft lavatory and a galley area for refreshments and
Hawker-Beech 400XP aircraft will be based at Mayo Aviation's
headquarters at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo.
With just six months until its first
trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues taking shape at
the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Engineers began stacking the crew
module on top of the completed service module Monday, the first step
in moving the three primary Orion elements –crew module, service
module and launch abort system – into configuration for launch.
Orion's flight test will provide NASA
with important data that will help the agency test out systems and
further refine the design so they can safely send humans far into the
With the crew module now in place, the
engineers will secure it and make the necessary power connections
between to the service module over the course of the week. Once the
bolts and fluid connector between the modules are in place, the
stacked spacecraft will undergo electrical, avionic and radio
The modules are being put together in
the Final Assembly and System Testing Cell in the Operations and
Checkout Facility at Kennedy. Here, the integrated modules will be
put through their final system tests prior to rolling out of the
facility for integration with the United Launch Alliance Delta IV
Heavy rocket that will send it on its mission.
Orion is being prepared for its first
launch later this year, an unmanned flight that will take it 3,600
miles above Earth, in a 4.5 hour mission to test the systems critical
for future human missions to deep space. After two orbits, Orion will
reenter Earth’s atmosphere at almost 20,000 miles per hour before
its parachute system deploys to slow the spacecraft for a splashdown
in the Pacific Ocean.
Orion's flight test also will provide
important data for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket
and ocean recovery of Orion. Engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, have built an advanced adapter
to connect Orion to the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will launch the
spacecraft during the December test. The adapter also will be used
during future SLS missions. NASA’s Ground Systems Development and
Operations Program, based at Kennedy, will recover the Orion crew
module with the U.S. Navy after its splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
singe-engine aircraft that crashed into Lake Superior over the
weekend is an experimental Hermann built Lancair IV turoprop,
according to preliminary data gathered by the Federal Aviation
aircraft (tail number N86NW) impacted the water of Lake Superior
about a mile offshore from Brighton Beach, east of Duluth, Minn. on
Saturday. The aircraft is registered to A O Engineering, Inc.,
Wilmington, Del., according to FAA records.
aircraft departed Duluth and was receiving vectors by departure
control then crashed one mile east of Brighton Beach,” the FAA
after midnight Sunday, the St. Louis County Fire Department found the
fuselage of the aircraft. The fuselage was located in 135 feet
with the pilot inside.
Shortly after midnight Sunday, the St. Louis County Fire Department (FD) reported that they had found the fuselage of an aircraft that crashed into Lake Superior on Saturday. The fuselage was located in 135 feet of water, with the pilot inside.
The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search late Saturday for the pilot of the single-engine aircraft that went down about seven nautical miles east of
The pilot's name and hometown are not being released at this time, the Coast Guard said in a press statement. Coast Guard search efforts were suspended shortly after sunset after
completing 10 separate search patterns, covering 35-square nautical
A debris field approximately 250 yards in diameter was located early in the search, and included jet fuel and the pilot's log book. The canopy, fuel bladder and tail section were also found.
The St. Louis County FD also located what appeared to be the plane's engine and propeller by using side-scan sonar and a remotely operated vehicle.
Plans have been made for divers to recover the body.