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TSA To Reveal Security Plan For Air Cargo Industry

By Eric Kulisch, of American Shipper, Companies that purchase and provide transport on all-cargo aircraft will be closely watching whether the Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday offers an alternative security arrangement many believe is designed to help one company — Amazon — avoid screening every outbound shipment for explosives. How to comply with pending international…

Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers Who Take COVID Vaccine Must Wait 48 Hours Before “conducting safety-sensitive aviation duties”

By B.N. Frank There have been numerous reports about COVID vaccine recipients experiencing serious side effects and even death.  Perhaps that’s why Kroger is not requiring employees to be vaccinated. The FAA is also taking precautions by requiring recipients to wait 48 hours before returning to “safety sensitive duties”. From AOPA: FAA approves second COVID-19…

Indonesian Authorities Have Lost Contact With Sriwijaya Air Flight 182

Update (0651 ET): Indonesian news outlet Detikcom said Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 “crashed around the island of Laki , Kepulauan Seribu.”  * * * Update (0633 ET): Local Indonesian new channel BeritaSatu reports that Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 was carrying 59 passengers.  The local news outlet also posted a picture of first responders holding a “suspected” part of the aircraft.  *…

China Power Demand Hits Record As Polar Vortex Split Pours Arctic Air Into Region

The Beijing meteorological station recorded one of the coldest temperatures in decades this past week, sending power demand through the roof.  Lei Lei, the chief forecaster for Beijing meteorological station, told China Daily that the first cold wave in 2021 features a “dramatic temperature drop,” “significant wind-chill effect,” and “prolonged period of low temperature.” On Jan. 7, Beijing…

Amazon Buys 11 Boeing 767s From Delta, WestJet To Expand Amazon Air

The world’s biggest online retailing monopoly, Amazon, announced on Tuesday that it is expanding its presence in the air freight logistics sector with the purchase of eleven Boeing 767-300 aircraft, which includes seven aircraft from Delta and four aircraft from WestJet. The new aircrafts will join the Prime Air network by 2022. The four aircraft…

Air Force Tests Drone-Killing Microwave Weapon In Africa

By Tyler Durden The Air Force is testing a high-energy microwave weapon system in Africa to combat armed drones operated by terrorists. In April, we first reported the Air Force would test a new prototype drone-killing microwave weapon overseas for a 12-month assessment. At the time, there was no mention by the service of where the testing would be…

Air Force Tests Drone-Killing Microwave Weapon In Africa 

The Air Force is testing a high-energy microwave weapon system in Africa to combat armed drones operated by terrorists.  In April, we first reported the Air Force would test a new prototype drone-killing microwave weapon overseas for a 12-month assessment. At the time, there was no mention by the service of where the testing would be conducted until now. …

Death of 9-Year-Old London Girl Linked to Air Pollution – “Could Open the Door to a Wave of Lawsuits”

By B.N. Frank There is no doubt that some are more affected by air pollution than others.  But if your child suffered and died because of it – you might fight for change too. From Children’s Health Defense: Landmark Ruling Links Death of London Girl to Air Pollution This is the first time a death…

Delta Air Lines Hemorrhages Cash; CEO Warns ‘Forward Bookings Slowing’ Again

Delta Air Lines’ CEO Ed Bastian warned in an internal memorandum on Thursday, Dec. 3, that despite the daily cash burn slowing down, the carrier still has to shell out a whopping $12-$14 million per day to keep the airline afloat. Now, this is a far cry from the $24 million daily burn rate in the third…

U.S. Air Force Uses IoT to Monitor Hundreds of Millions of Fitness Trackers, Cars, Computers, Routers, and More

By B.N. Frank For many years experts have issued serious warnings about privacy AND cybersecurity risks associated with Internet of Things (IoT) technology (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Nevertheless, the U.S. Air Force plans to start using it to monitor hundreds of millions of devices. From the Wall Street Journal: Next Step in Government…

Atlas Air Refuses To Repay US Bailout Funds

By Eric Kulisch of FreightWaves, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings last week reported an eightfold increase in adjusted net income and 25% more revenue in the third quarter compared to last year, but will not return $406 million in emergency coronavirus aid the U.S. government intended for financially battered airlines to retain workers. The all-cargo carrier…

US Bombers Enter Chinese Air Defence Zone As Beijing Mounts Massive Naval Drills

Two US long-range tactical bombers entered China’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday in an apparent show of force, just as the Chinese navy was conducting a series of simultaneous massive drills. Aviation tracker Aircraft Spots reported that two US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers left Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on Tuesday…

Air Force Wants To Arm Stealth Jets With Laser Cannons By 2025

National Defense reports Lockheed Martin is developing a directed energy weapon for stealth fighter jets with deployment expected around the mid-2020s. “We’re committing to putting a laser pod equipped with a high-energy laser in the air within five years,” said Mark Stephen, business development lead for strategic technology development at Lockheed Martin’s missiles and fire control…

Iran to Support Syria with Air Defense to Repel US, Israeli Attacks

  Iran will help to strengthen Syrian air defense capabilities as part of a wider military security agreement between the two countries, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on July 8. The statement was made after the signing of a new military cooperation agreement in…