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United Airlines and Delta Air Lines are using data to make truly controversial decisions

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USAF Maj. Michelle “Mace” Curran, Thunderbird #5, to Leave Team

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USAF Maj. Michelle Curran, call sign “Mace”, arrives at Selfridge ANGB in Mt. Clemens, Michigan when the team staged from the U.S. for an airshow performance in Canada during the global pandemic lockdown. Despite the pandemic, Maj. Curran and the Thunderbirds effectively leveraged social media to maintain visibility of the team across all media channels. (Photo: Author)

Facebook Post Announces “Career Pivot” For Popular F-16 Lead Solo.

In a Facebook post from Wednesday afternoon, October 27, 2021, USAF Maj. Michelle Curran, call sign “Mace”, announced she is, “about to make a big career pivot and will be leaving the Active Duty Air Force in the new year”. Maj. Curran is widely known as a member of the U.S. Air Force Flight Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds. She flies position #5, lead solo, one of the most visible positions on the team. This is Curran’s third season with the Thunderbirds.

During her three years of assignment with the Thunderbirds, she quickly established herself as a highly visible and positive influencer for the Air Force through innovative use of social media. Curran also provided unique and candid transparency about her career and personal life, effectively leveraging social media to bring airshow fans and aviation enthusiasts inside the world of a fighter pilot. Curran defined what it is to be a modern Air Force officer for many outsiders, providing a valuable insight into the Air Force experience and showcasing the opportunities of an Air Force career.

In conversations around the U.S. during three air show seasons, Curran told The Aviationist about her role on the team and its opportunity to, “showcase the Air Force experience and let people know what is possible”. During a conversation at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan for the Thunder Over Michigan Airshow in 2021, Curran told TheAviationist.com that, “These are long days sometimes, but this is the best job in the world. The thing that makes it great are the people I serve with- everyone, the team I work alongside every day. We lift each other up, we accomplish more as a team”.

“Mace” Curran quickly became an accessible and popular connector with airshow fans. Perhaps to a greater degree than any previous Thunderbird, Curran granted candid access to the life of an Air Force fighter pilot. (Image credit: Thunderbirds)

Maj. Curran flew as Thunderbird #6, opposing solo, before her advancement to Thunderbird #5, lead solo in the 2020/21 airshow season. During the latter part of her role on the team, many airshows were cancelled due to the global pandemic. This shift in airshow schedules meant that Maj. Curran’s social media contributions became even more important for maintaining the relevance of the Thunderbirds for public audiences.
Curran has worked with the Thunderbird team media personnel to bring scintillating in-cockpit viewpoint video of the lead solo’s dynamic routine during the Thunderbird demonstration, including thrilling video of opposing maneuvers with Thunderbird #6 and her signature vertical rolls during the team’s “high show”.

In her less visible but equally crucial role with the Thunderbirds, “Mace” Curran served as Chief of Standardization and Evaluation for the team, a leadership role which will positively impact the trajectory of the team in upcoming seasons.

In addition to her role with the Thunderbirds, “Mace” Curran is an experienced F-16 combat fighter pilot with 163 combat hours over Afghanistan in support of operations Resolute Support and Freedom’s Sentinel. She has also served as an F-16 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas.

Curran holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas and is a 2010 graduate of the Air and Space Basic Course, Squadron Officer College. She went on to complete the Squadron Officer School in 2014.

In the Facebook post announcing her career transition, Michelle Curran wrote: “I’ll be continuing to serve in a part time capacity and pursing some goals in the business world. Meanwhile, the part of this job that I really love is inspiring others. I’m hoping to continue to do that through this platform, public speaking, a children’s book…let’s just say I have a lot of goals and I hope you’ll continue to come along for the journey. I’m also excited to get into the general aviation world and hopefully also try my hand at helicopters. My presence here won’t end when I hand off the #5 and I have a lot more to share with you!”

Maj. Michelle “Mace” Curran with author Tom Demerly of TheAviationist.com at The Henry Ford during the team’s 2021 combined demonstration with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Curran signed a unique print by aviation artist Sean Hampton of Afterburner Profiles commemorating the two teams’ rare combined demonstration at Thunder Over Michigan, 2021.

Tom Demerly is a feature writer, journalist, photographer and editorialist who has written articles that are published around the world on TheAviationist.com, TACAIRNET.com, Outside magazine, Business Insider, We Are The Mighty, The Dearborn Press & Guide, National Interest, Russia’s government media outlet Sputnik, and many other publications. Demerly studied journalism at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. Tom Demerly served in an intelligence gathering unit as a member of the U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard. His military experience includes being Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia (Cycle C-6-1) and as a Scout Observer in a reconnaissance unit, Company “F”, 425th INF (RANGER/AIRBORNE), Long Range Surveillance Unit (LRSU). Demerly is an experienced parachutist, holds advanced SCUBA certifications, has climbed the highest mountains on three continents and visited all seven continents and has flown several types of light aircraft.

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World’s biggest passenger plane has trouble finding parking at Mississauga’s Pearson Airport

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By Declan Finucane | Published October 26, 2021

An Emirates Airbus A380 like this one recently had trouble finding parking at Pearson Airport.

People driving to Pearson Airport in Mississauga—and other airports for that matter—can often be heard complaining about lack of parking, expensive parking and so forth. 

But apparently they’re not the only ones around the airport with such complaints. 

Turns out, the pilots who guide aircraft to their resting destination once having landed at Pearson have a complaint or two occasionally as well. 

Case in point, an Emirates Airbus A380, the world’s biggest passenger plane, recently landed at Pearson after a 14-hour flight from Dubai and its pilots had trouble—umm, err—finding parking. 

The culprit, as it turned out, was one simple letter. Or rather, the temporary omission of the letter “A”. 

Airline experts say parking the huge Airbus A380, a double-decker jet that’s equipped to carry more than 800 passengers, but generally houses in the neighbourhood of 500-plus, is a precise job.  

Given its size, the superjumbo can fly only to certain airports, Pearson among them. Even then, it’s crucial to provide a large enough gate for the aircraft to comfortably come to rest. 

A little bit of confusion, and even brief tension, reared their head shortly after the Airbus touched down at the Mississauga-based airport, according to London-based aviation news outlet Simple Flying.  

Emirates Flight EK241, a regular service running five times a week between Pearson and Dubai, had a brief issue partnering with airport officials to quickly get the aircraft to its proper, and suitable gate. 

The pilots initially received directions to gate C34, which was unusual given that they were normally directed to a different part of the airport. They questioned the suitability of both the gate and taxiways leading to the gate. 

“My paperwork shows that the taxiways in that direction are all red for us, not approved,” one of the pilots told air traffic control. “The C gate is not approved for us. We’re going to need a follow-me (and) wing walkers if you want us to park over there.” 

The pilots then put on the brakes, refusing to move until airport officials could provide them with answers.  

After being handed over to the Pearson Airport apron’s radio frequency, which handles traffic on the ground, pilots were told the C gate could fit the Airbus and that the full gate name, C34A, was not provided when they first landed.  

The “A” in the designation indicates the gate is suitable for such large planes, as long as the adjacent gates are not being used.  

As it turned out, the Airbus was directed to a different gate than usual due to a congestion of international arrivals that day at Pearson. 

Pearson Airport is the second-busiest international air passenger gateway in North and South America, and the 30th-busiest airport in the world, handling 50.5 million passengers in 2019. 

The Airbus A380, which made its first test flight on April 27, 2005, is discontinuing production at the end of this year due to low demand from carriers.  

In November, Emirates will receive the last three A380s to be produced. 

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Canada’s Major Airlines Welcome Re-Appointment of Hon. Omar Alghabra as Minister of Transport

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Work remains to ensure continued recovery, position the sector for future success

Ottawa, October 26, 2021 – Mike McNaney, President and CEO of the National Airlines Council of Canada, which represents Canada’s largest national and international carriers (Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation and WestJet), issued the following statement in response to today’s re-appointment of the Honourable Omar Alghabra as Minister of Transport in the new federal Cabinet:

“We look forward to continuing to work with Minister Alghabra and the new Cabinet.  Decisions made by the federal government in the coming weeks and months will continue to directly impact the future of Canadian aviation, our employees, and the communities we serve.

We welcomed the government’s announcement last week concerning standardized proof of vaccination for travellers, as well as the removal of blanket travel advisories.  These are important developments for continued recovery.

However with federal policy now requiring aviation employees and passengers to be fully vaccinated as of October 30, the government needs to end other measures implemented prior to the full vaccination mandate, such as mandatory PCR testing pre-departure for fully vaccinated travellers coming to Canada.  In May the government’s own COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel recommended the removal of pre-departure PCR testing for fully vaccinated passengers, recognizing that testing at both departure and arrival is excessive.  Steps must also be taken to enable children under 12 to be exempt from de-facto home quarantine upon returning to Canada.

As strong collaboration across government will be needed to ensure Canada’s aviation sector maximizes its economic, social and environmental sustainability potential, we also take this opportunity to congratulate the following Ministers who have been appointed or re-appointed to their roles:  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland; Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, Dominic LeBlanc: Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault; Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser; Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino; Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Melanie Joly; Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, Randy Boissonnault; Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos.

About the National Airlines Council of Canada:

The National Airlines Council of Canada represents Canada’s largest national and international passenger air carriers:  Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation LP and WestJet. It promotes safe, sustainable and competitive air travel by advocating for the development of policies, regulations and legislation to foster a world-class transportation system.  Pre-pandemic our members collectively carried over 80 million passengers annually, directly employed over 60,000 people and served as a critical component of Canada’s overall air transport and tourism sector, which supported more than 630,000 jobs.

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U.S. MC-130J Lands On Highway In Sweden To Unload HIMARS Artillery System During Special Ops Exercise

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The MC-130J Commando II Special Operations aircraft unloaded an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System that was then loaded onto a Swedish C-130 during recent drills on Gotland island. A really interesting training mission was […]

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