What we’re reading: FA sets Guinness Book record, OK for rocket-powered flights, European hijacking scare


United flight attendant travels to Guinness book after record 63-year career

A United Airlines flight attendant will be in the Guinness Book of World Records for spending 63 years moving about the cabin.

Ron Akana, 83, worked his last route over the weekend on a United Airlines flight from Denver to Kauai, ending his career in the state where it began.

Hawaii, however, wasn’t his final stop. His destination was retirement in Boulder, Colo., where he has been living since 2002 to be closer to his grandchildren. He spent his first few days of retirement writing thank-you notes to well-wishers.

Virgin Galactic gets FAA permit for rocket-powered flights

The FAA granted Virgin Galactic a permit for rocket-powered test flights.

The vehicle developer, Scaled Composites, has been granted an experimental launch permit from the Federal Aviation Administration for its suborbital spacecraft, SpaceshipTwo, and the carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo.

“This important milestone enables our team to progress to the rocket-powered phase of test flight, bringing us a major step closer to bringing our customers to space,” says George Whitesides, president and CEO of Virgin Galactic.

“We thank the FAA for their timely issuance of this permit, and for their responsible oversight of the test program.”

Miscommunication blamed in Dutch hijacking scare

Two Duth F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Vueling passenger plane because it failed to communicate with Air Traffic Control.

The fighters escorted the flight to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, where it taxied to a remote corner and was met by security personnel and other emergency responders.

Dutch media had initially reported a hijacking aboard Veuling flight VY8366, before the Spanish discount airline set the record straight