March 2, 2015 |
"Those are the wing skins," Ira Weissman says, pointing to a short, sleek stack of pearly aluminum panels. "I brought them over here this morning in my Prius. " We're in the basement at Camden's Urban Promise Academy, where Weissman and three fellow aviation buffs and seven high school seniors are preparing to build an airplane. The single-seat BD-5B has a 21-foot wingspan and will be assembled from a kit. A second kit - containing a fiberglass Europa XS two-seater - has been donated as well and may be assembled at another school in the city.
February 23, 2015 |
Heavy snow Saturday wreaked havoc on regional transportation systems, causing flight cancellations at Philadelphia International Airport, mass-transit delays, and a spike in motor-vehicle accidents. The Federal Aviation Administration imposed a ground stop for several hours barring flights from taking off from the airport. Airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery said the action was taken because of the reduced visibility and high winds in the storm. The FAA lifted the ground stop in the late afternoon, but about 20 percent of flights into and out of the airport were canceled, and flight delays persisted the rest of the day. A winter storm warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Sunday.
February 20, 2015 |
Frontier Airlines, which has been aggressively expanding, announced new daily nonstop flights Wednesday from Philadelphia International Airport to Houston and Minneapolis, beginning April 30. Introductory one-way fares of $59 to Houston and $49 to Minneapolis will be available through 11:59 p.m. Saturday at www.flyfrontier.com for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from April 30 to June 10. Seats will be limited at these fares. The service will be seasonal until the fall.
February 19, 2015 |
Spirit Airlines will begin flying from Atlanta to Philadelphia International Airport on June 18. Spirit announced flights from Atlanta to nine cities Tuesday. The airline boasts "ultra low" fares, but does not publicize introductory fares, said airline spokesman Paul Berry. Based in Miramar, Fla., Spirit currently flies from Philadelphia to Dallas-Fort Worth and Las Vegas year- around, and to Chicago and Myrtle Beach, S.C. between April and November. Spirit flies from Atlantic City International Airport to 10 cities, including year-around to Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Ft. Myers, Tampa, Fla., and Myrtle Beach.
February 12, 2015 |
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why the nose-gear wheels on a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Houston failed to deploy as the crew prepared to land Monday night. The reason appears to be mechanical failure. The Embraer 190 aircraft, with 52 passengers and four crew members on board, circled the traffic-control tower at George Bush Intercontinental Airport several times to let controllers take a look. The pilots then decided to make an emergency landing.
January 29, 2015 |
Philadelphia International Airport was open and crews were continuing to clear runways and taxiways as airlines began to resume some flights Tuesday. The airport said airlines expected to resume regular flight operations on Wednesday. US Airways and American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant airline, will have about 15 arriving flights Tuesday afternoon, and planned operate its evening departure to Tel Aviv, Israel. "We plan to resume normal operations Wednesday afternoon with approximately 70 percent of flights operating," American spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said.
January 8, 2015 |
Note: This story was updated 10 a.m. Wednesday Frontier Airlines has announced it will fly to Chicago O'Hare, Charlotte, and Atlanta daily from Philadelphia International Airport, beginning March 13. An introductory fare starting at $19 one-way will be available until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday at www.flyfrontier.com for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 29. Fares from $49 one-way will be available on the company's website until...
December 21, 2014 |
Frontier Airlines announced Friday a one-day fare sale for Friday to celebrate the launch of new nonstop flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, Fla. that start on Saturday. The Denver-based airline said fares as low as $39 one-way are available to Tampa and as low as $59 one-way to Miami and Orlando, via FlyFrontier.com. On Sunday, Frontier will begin flights from Philadelphia to Cancun, Mexico for Apple Vacations in Newtown Square. Frontier also sells seats on the Cancun flight to the public.
December 18, 2014 |
THIS IS ONE expensive bender. Robert Coppack was ordered by a federal judge yesterday to shell out more than $53,000, after his drunken antics - which included groping a flight attendant - forced a London-bound flight to return to Philly in May. Coppack, 41, must also serve a five-month sentence in community confinement for the incident, to which he pleaded guilty in September, according to Patty Hartman, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office....
December 11, 2014 |
By Joseph A. Gambardello, Jacqueline Urgo and Anthony R. Wood A nor'easter marching up the coast is disrupting air travel, making driving hazardous and causing street flooding at the Shore. New Jersey State Police reported one person was killed in the crash of a van on I-295 in Logan, Gloucester County. Even though rain amounts in and around Philadelphia have been less than anticipated, flights to Philadelphia International Airport are being delayed an average of 80 minutes because of the combination of wind, rain and cloud cover.