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SIUC Set to Buy 5 New Planes for Aviation Program

U.S. News

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that the university is about to spend more than $2 million to purchase five new Cessna 172 planes to teach students how to fly. The chair of the school's aviation programs, Mike Burgener, says the planes will replace eight decades-old aircraft that are becoming outdated and expensive to maintain.

Tokyo aviation firms ordered to pay ¥75 million over fatal 2015 plane crash near Chofu Airport

The Japan Times

The Tokyo District Court ordered two companies Thursday to pay some ¥75 million in redress to a mother whose daughter was killed when a small plane crashed into the daughter's house near Chofu Airport in July 2015. Three people, including the 34-year-old woman, died in the accident. The mother, 64, had demanded about ¥95 million in damages from Nippon Aerotec Co., SIP Aviation and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Judge Makiko Kamoto, who presided over the trial, said the crash was partly caused by the plane being too heavy for takeoff. Kamoto found Nippon Aerotec did not have a flight manager and failed to tell the pilot the plane was overweight.

Chicago Aviation Officer Who Dragged Man From Plane Sues United, City

U.S. News

James Long, one of several officers involved in dragging Dr. David Dao off a United flight on April 9, 2017, to make room for airline employees, on Tuesday sued United Airlines, Chicago's Department of Aviation and its commissioner, Ginger Evans. The lawsuit, filed in the circuit court of Cook County, Illinois, alleges he was not properly trained on how to use force.

The aviation industry has a plan to make planes green. It won't work

New Scientist

IT IS a bad time to be working in aviation. The past year has seen Greta Thunberg travel the world while shunning planes, climate protesters occupying airports and the Flygskam (flight shame) movement on the rise. The aviation industry has been under pressure to cut its climate change impact for some time, but the pressure is growing.

Aviation industry agrees deal to cut CO2 emissions

BBC News

The first deal limiting greenhouse gases from international aviation has been sealed after years of wrangling. From 2020, any increase in airline CO2 emissions will be offset by activities like tree planting, which soak up CO2. The deal comes in a momentous week for climate policy when the Paris agreement to stabilise climate change passed a key threshold for becoming law. Scientists applauded both commitments, but warned that plans to cut emissions are far too weak. The aviation deal was agreed in Montreal by national representatives at the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO.