House Appropriations Committee approves major $400 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease Research Funding at NIH


WASHINGTON, D.C., July 19, 2017 – Today the House Appropriations Committee approved an additional $400 million increase for Alzheimer’s and dementia research for the fiscal year 2018 budget. The Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), and its advocates applaud the House Appropriations Committee for once again approving a significant increase for Alzheimer’s disease research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This bipartisan proposal was led by House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.). House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghusyen (R-N.J.) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), as well as Labor-HHS Subcommittee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), played a critical role in today’s announcement. 


“We are pleased Congress recognizes the large human and financial toll this fatal disease has on our nation, and continues to take decisive action in the fight to end Alzheimer’s,” said Alzheimer’s Association and AIM President and CEO Harry Johns. Today, more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s. Without medical breakthroughs, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that by mid-century the number of people with the disease is set to nearly triple, and the costs of Alzheimer’s are projected to more than quadruple to $1.1 trillion. Research is the only option to one day prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's.  “With soaring prevalence, lack of treatment, and enormous costs, Alzheimer’s disease is a crippling triple threat unlike any other disease,” said Johns. “In order for us to change the current trajectory of the disease so that we can save lives and money, we need consistent and meaningful investments in Alzheimer’s research from the federal government.”


Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the country at an estimated cost of $259 billion in 2017, with $175 billion of those costs borne by Medicare and Medicaid. Following an historic increase of $400 million for fiscal year 2017, Alzheimer’s and related dementia research funding at the NIH is now $1.4 billion. The Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program, through philanthropic support, has committed over $385 million to more than 2,500 best-of-field grant proposals, leading to field-changing advances. According to Thomson Reuters InCites (formerly Web of Science), the Alzheimer’s Association ranks as the highest impact nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's disease research in the world, ranking in overall impact behind only the Chinese and United States governments.  


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Brad Paisley Calls to Cure Alzheimer’s ‘In Memory

of Glen Campbell

By Sterling Whitaker


Brad Paisley turned to social media not only to remember Glen Campbell, but also to call for a cure for Alzheimer’s “once and for all” in memory of the entertainment icon. In an Instagram post Tuesday (Aug. 8), Paisley writes, “Alzheimer’s is a thief. And although it may rob someone of their memories, it cannot touch their legacy. And what a legacy you leave behind Mr. Campbell.” He shared a picture of himself jamming with Campbell onstage, extending his trademark cowboy hat in tribute to the singer and guitarist. “Let’s figure this disease out once and for all. In memory of Glen,” he adds, ending with the hashtag #endalz. Paisley’s mother-in-law, Linda Wayne Williams, died after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s and dementia in November of 2016.


His wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, chronicled her mother’s struggle in a book titled Where the Light Gets In. Paisley and Williams both participated in a disco-themed event in June of 2017 to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease, for which there is no known cure. Campbell died on Tuesday at the age of 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. At the end of his life he was living full-time in a Nashville care facility, and his daughter, Ashley, admitted that he was in such bad shape that he didn’t even know that his final album, Adios, had been released in June. “We don’t want to sugarcoat it,” she told the Boot. “He has no idea that he has an album out. He had no idea when he won a Grammy.”

Tributes have poured in from every corner of the entertainment world, with Keith Urban praising Campbell’s musical influence and “humanity,” while Jake Owen turned to Facebook Live to share his cover of “Wichita Lineman.” John Mayer stunned the crowd at his Nashville gig on Tuesday night with a jaw-dropping cover of “Gentle on My Mind,” calling it “my favorite song in the world.”

Air Lease Corporation Completes Order For 12 Boeing

737 MAX Planes

By Breaking Travel News

Boeing and Air Lease Corporation have finalized an order for 12 of the 737 MAXs first announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The agreement also includes two new orders for the 787-9 Dreamliner. “These additional orders reflect ALC’s highly successful placements to date of our MAX and 787 order book and the need to fulfill the incremental demand we are experiencing for these aircraft across both existing and new customers for ALC,” said John (Plu ger) Plueger, Chief Executive of Air Lease Corporation. The deal includes five 737 MAX 7s and seven 737 MAX 8s, bringing ALC’s total MAX orders to 130. The leasing company has now ordered a total of 49 Dreamliners.

 “ALC understands the value and flexibility these airplanes will bring to their customers all over the world, said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president Kevin McAllister. “We’re excited to grow ALC’s order book and look forward to continuing our strong partnership.”The 737 MAX is the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history. The MAX family incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 787-9 will provide ALC’s airline customers with long-range performance capabilities and excellent operating economics.

Delta Air Lines breaks ground on $4bn LaGuardia Airport developmentDelta Air Lines Breaks Ground On $4bn LaGuardia Airport Development

                            by Travel News

Delta Air Lines has broken ground on its $4 billion, 37-gate facility at LaGuardia Airport, a major component of the transformation of the vital hub into a completely rebuilt, unified 21st-century airport. Delta chief executive Ed Bastian joined New York governor Andrew Cuomo, incoming executive director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Rick Cotton, Queens Borough president Melinda Katz, and other dignitaries for a press conference and ground-breaking to mark Delta’s largest airport investment in its history. “LaGuardia is a pillar of New York’s transportation network and a key driver of economic growth,” Cuomo said.

“The ground-breaking at Delta’s facilities represents another step forward as we build an entirely new airport at LaGuardia.” He added: “Together with our private-sector partners, we are making rapid progress to create the world-class gateway to the Empire State that New Yorkers deserve.” Delta’s new state-of-the-art terminal will feature four concourses with 37 flexibly sized gates that can accommodate Delta’s full fleet; a new, larger Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck; new hold rooms with more seating; 30 per cent more concessions space; and sustainable and scalable technology befitting of an airport of the future. “We know the new LaGuardia is one that New Yorkers will be proud to call their hometown airport,” said Bastian. “And we are confident that this investment will further cement Delta as the number one airline in New York, with the best customer service and experience on the ground as well as in the air.”

The airline will provide $3.4 billion toward the project, one of the largest private investments in a public asset in New York State.

Delta’s new facility builds on the more than $2 billion the airline has already invested into New York airports over the past seven years and underscores its commitment to LaGuardia, to New York and to providing its customers and employees at LaGuardia and across the state with a world-class experience at one of the airline’s most important hubs. The Delta project is part of the overall LaGuardia Airport redevelopment effort that broke ground in June 2016 on the new roadway configuration and on the LaGuardia Gateway Partners passenger terminal concourses on the western half of the new airport.

Air Canada Flight Misses By Four Feet

By Geoff Rapoport

New flight recorder data says Air Canada flight 759 (ACA759), an Airbus A320, descended as low as 59 feet above ground level and the 55-foot tall 787 on Taxiway C before beginning to climb out on its go-around—coming potentially as close as four feet from a collision. At four minutes to midnight on July 7, ACA759, which had been cleared to land on Runway 28R at San Francisco International, instead lined up on Taxiway C, on which three aircraft were holding for takeoff. After prompting by one of the pilots of United Flight 1 (UA1), the first in line for takeoff on Taxiway C, who was well positioned to see that ACA759 was not headed toward a runway, the tower controller instructed ACA759 to go around. After advancing the thrust levers at 85 feet above ground level, the aircraft continued to sink to a minimum altitude of 59 feet, before overflying at least two more aircraft. Altitude figures in the NTSB report are likely based on the A320’s radar altimeter, according to an A320 pilot who spoke with AVweb about the incident. The extent to which the accuracy of the radar altimeter may have been influenced by extremely close proximity to aircraft underneath has not yet been reported by the NTSB.

According to initial interviews with the flight crew, both pilots appear to have been confused by the absence of lighting on Runway 28L, which had been closed for construction. Its lights were turned off at the time of the incident, and a 20.5-foot wide flashing X had been placed near the threshold. The Air Canada pilots reporting believing that Runway 28R was actually 28L and they therefore believed that Taxiway C was Runway 28R According to the NTSB, the pilots “did not recall seeing aircraft on Taxiway C but that something did not look right to them.” At 0.7 miles from the runway, the Airbus crew had asked the tower to confirm there were no aircraft on 28R and that they were cleared to land. The NTSB only learned of the incident two days after the fact, at which point the cockpit voice recorder had been overwritten by subsequent flights.

Air India Plane Flies With Wheels Out, Forced

To Land Early

 By Saurabh Sinha, Times of India


NEW DELHI: Air India has grounded two pilots who forgot to retract aircraft landing gear after takeoff and then flew all the way from Kolkata to Nagpur with the wheels out. While the flight's destination was Mumbai, flying with the wheels out meant flying low and more fuel burn due to which the plane had to land at Nagpur after running low on fuel. The pilots realised that the wheels had been out all the while only while preparing to land at Nagpur. The lapse happened on AI 676 that took off from Kolkata last Saturday (July 22) with 99 Mumbai-bound passengers on board.

"After takeoff, both the women pilots forgot to retract the landing gear. As a result, the brand new Airbus A-320 continued to ascend at a very low climb rate. The plane finally gave up climbing after reaching an altitude of 24,000 feet as the extended landing gear meant very heavy drag. It then levelled out (continued flying at 24,000 feet as opposed to the usually assigned level of 35-37,000 feet) and flew at 230 knots (426 kmph) for the next 1.5 hours," said a source.

Aircraft are designed to fly with minimum drag for enhanced fuel efficiency and extended range. Since AI 676 was flying at a much lower than the optimal level and that too with wheels out, it meant more fuel burn due to extra drag. By the time the A-320 was near Nagpur, it was very low on fuel and the pilots decided to divert there as the plane could not have made it to Mumbai. "When preparing to land, they decided to lower the landing gear. At this point they realised that the wheels had been out all the while from Kolkata," said the source. AI spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said the airlineis investigating this case. "The pilots were de-roistered (taken off flying duty) after the incident was reported," Kumar said.

Expressing disbelief at this lapse, a senior AI pilot attributed this to "human error and/or casual approach". "This lapse shows extremely poor situational awareness and complete breakdown of crew resource management between both women pilots on that flight. The post-take off check list includes checking if the landing gear has been retracted. They realised the landing gears were down only while preparing to land at Nagpur after running low on fuel. In such poor situational awareness, it is a miracle that they realised the plane is running low on fuel," said a senior commander.


Pilots are also surprised why and how the cabin crew or passengers did not complain of noise and vibrations associated with flying at lower altitudes. They may have felt flying in monsoon means more turbulence than usual, said a pilot. Flying at higher altitudes where air is less dense leads to improved jet engine efficiency, which translates into less fuel burn.

Passenger Makes Premature Exit From Arriving SFO Flight
By Michael Bodley, SF Chronicle

A 17-year-old boy opened an emergency exit door of a Boeing 737, stepped out onto the wing and jumped to the runway after the SFO Flight landed at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday afternoon, officials said. It was not immediately clear why the boy on a flight that originated in Panama City pushed open the weighted emergency exit door of the Copa Airlines flight, officials said. The boy had been seated in an emergency exit row on Flight 208, according to the airline. He opened the door and slid down the wing to the tarmac just minutes after landing around 2:30 p.m., while the plane was still taxiing on the runway.

A flight crew member closed the exit door and the plane was able to pull into its gate, where passengers filed out without further incident, the airline said. After jumping off the aircraft, the teenager was first apprehended by a construction crew on the airfield then detained by San Francisco police, Doug Yakel, a spokesman for SFO, said in a statement. The boy was later transferred to the custody of federal investigators. See Video at:

    Silver Airways Announced New Leadership And Future Fleet Upgrades Valued At Up To $1.1 Billion

By Emon Reiser, SFL Journal

Effective Aug. 7, Steve Rossum will replace Sami Teittinen as the company's CEO. The company said Teittien, who was appointed to the role in 2014, is leaving for personal reasons. “I leave knowing that Silver is in the right place both strategically and tactically to continue to execute its plans under the leadership of Steve, Jason [Bewley], and the team," Teittinen said. "Most importantly, I have complete confidence that the Silver brand and our 700 team members will continue to grow and thrive as the company enters this exciting new chapter." Silver's Chief Financial Officer Jason Bewley has also been appointed president and will keep his CFO role.  The company also announced it has signed a letter of intent to renew and expand its fleet with up to 50 new ATR-600 series aircraft with 40 seats. The deal is valued at up to $1.1 billion, with an initial order for 20 ATR-42-600 aircraft with 30-50 seats to be lease financed by Silver. The agreement allows the company to upgrade to the larger series ATR-72-600 aircraft.

Silver will take delivery of up to four ATR planes this year starting in the fourth quarter, depending on regulatory approvals. The rest of the aircraft deliveries are expected by the first quarter of 2020. The airline will replace its existing fleet of 21 Saab 340B Plus aircraft "over time," the company said. It aims to expand further into the Caribbean and Southeastern United States. "Silver is at an exciting and very promising point in its ongoing strategic plan, and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to join this excellent team of aviation professionals," Rossum said.

Rossum was previously a partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP, where he was the CEO and managing director of the law firm's aviation consulting business. He had been working with Silver as an external general counsel and fleet transactions advisor. He was also a senior executive at Pinnacle Airlines, which became a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. Rossum was the general counsel of AirTran Airways, Reno Ai and DHL Airways. He also held CFO and other senior management positions at AirTran National Air Cargo and ASTAR Air Cargo. He holds bachelors degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a law degree from Emory University School of Law.

“We want to thank Sami for his leadership and wish him the best with his future endeavors,” said Gregory Segall, CEO of Philadelphia-based Versa Capital Management, LLC, whose affiliates own Silver.“And we welcome Steve to the team. He has been an important contributor to Silver’s recent accomplishments in a key advisory capacity, and he’s the right person to lead the company forward."

 MIA Will Allow US, Canadian Passengers To Clear Customs

With Mobile App

By Keith Larsen, SF Journal


The Miami International Airport announced today that U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors will now be able to clear passport control by using the airport's mobile application. The airport said it is the first airport in the world authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to integrate Mobile Passport Control into its mobile application. “The goal of our mobile app has always been to put as many services as possible in the palm of the traveler’s hand,” said Miami-Dade aviation director Emilio T. González. “Now, in addition to easily finding their way to all they need at MIA, U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors can also breeze through passport control with the same customer-friendly travel app.” Since the airport relies heavily on international travel, the ability to clear passport control with the app will mean that people will be able to get in and out of the airport quicker, potentially making Miami International Airport (MIA) a more attractive airport to travel through for business.

Here’s how to navigate the app for first time users.

  • Download the app for free at the iPhone and Google Play app stores.
  • Create and save a traveler profile
  • Provide airline information and answer five questions about your travel itinerary.

Mike Silva, public affairs liaison for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said that users of the app who are approved to clear passport control will get a receipt to go to the mobile passport control queue. There, they show the receipt and pass through without having to answer additional questions from a customs officer. Users of the app who do not get an all-clear code will be referred to an officer for further examination. Users can also set an in-app reminder to submit their information upon arrival, and pending customs declarations are saved within the app and accessible from the home screen.

The app, MIA Airport Official 2.0, also provides passengers with airport information including a turn-by-turn, blue-dot navigation with estimated walk times, real-time flight updates, and personalized shopping and dining information.

Miami International Airport is America’s second-busiest airport for international passengers and over 44.6 million travelers passed through its terminals in 2016. The airport ranks10th in the U.S for total passengers and the 30th in the world.

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