Tarmac Delay Rule – Final Rule / Regulatory Impact Analysis – DOT Issues Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation is issuing a final rule to modify U.S. and foreign air carrier obligations with respect to tarmac delays.

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USA, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The primary purpose of this rule is to implement changes to the FAA Extension Act regarding carrier obligations during an excessive tarmac delay. Nearly all of the provisions in this final rule are deregulatory, which would generate cost savings, or clarifications, which would result in no economic impact. Minimal costs may be associated with three provisions requiring carriers to: (1) report the length of the excessive tarmac delay if the length is not otherwise represented by the data listed under 14 CFR 244.3(a); (2) collect a new data point for the start time of a tarmac delay for enforcement purposes for departing flights, which would be the time the main aircraft door closes; and (3) collect a new data point for the time that carriers begin to return the aircraft to a suitable disembarkation point to deplane passengers on departing flights.

The Department expects the rule to generate cost savings and benefits to carriers and consumers due primarily to the new standard for departure delays. This rule also includes provisions to make conforming changes to carrier tarmac delay reporting and record keeping requirements, which reduce the burden on carriers. These cost savings and benefits are minimal and difficult to quantify, however, because annual tarmac delays have become relatively rare since the implementation of the 2009 Tarmac Delay Rule. In particular, the number of domestic tarmac delays lasting more than three hours declined from 1,081 in 2005 (15.1 delays per 100,000 flights) to 282 in 2019 (3.5 delays per 100,000 flights). The regulatory evaluation for the final rule has been placed in the docket.

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Airfare Advertising – Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Seeks Comment on the DOT's Full Fare Advertising Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking comment on the Department’s airfare advertising rule, also known as the “full fare” rule.

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USA, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking comment on the Department’s airfare advertising rule, also known as the “full fare” rule, which requires U.S. and foreign air carriers and ticket agents advertising airfares to state the entire price to be paid by the customer, inclusive of all mandatory taxes and fees. The full fare rule also prohibits sellers of air transportation from displaying in airfare advertisements charges that are included within the airfare more prominently or in the same or larger font size than the total single price. This rulemaking examines whether the full fare advertising rule imposes unnecessary or costly burdens on carriers and consumers, whether a revision of the rule is warranted, and, if so, how the rule should be revised.

The full fare advertising rule was intended to prevent consumer confusion or deception by advertisements of low base fares that did not reflect the total cost of air transportation. To assess the need and justification for this regulation, the Department must consider how changes to its regulation of airfare advertising would impact the likelihood of consumer confusion or deception, competition in the marketplace, and whether it would permit sellers of air transportation to compete freely on the value and quality of services they offer while preventing anticompetitive or predatory behaviors.

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NOAA Declares 2020 the Second Hottest Year on Record, a Very Close Second

Carbon dioxide concentrations (dashed blue line) have increased steadily while annual average temperature anomalies (black line) changed very little from 1950 to 1970 and from 1998 to 2014 (red line).

Carbon dioxide concentrations (dashed blue line) have increased steadily while annual average temperature anomalies (black line) changed very little from 1950 to 1970 and from 1998 to 2014 (red line).

Global warming from 1970 to 1998 is closely associated with ozone depletion caused by increases in tropospheric chlorine from CFCs.

Global warming from 1970 to 1998 is closely associated with ozone depletion caused by increases in tropospheric chlorine from CFCs.

If ozone depletion is the cause of observed warming, then global temperatures should decrease slowly as the ozone layer recovers (green line). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts major warming in the future based on greenhouse-warming theory.

If ozone depletion is the cause of observed warming, then global temperatures should decrease slowly as the ozone layer recovers (green line). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts major warming in the future based on greenhouse-warming theory.

This observation documents global warming but suggests that increases in greenhouse-gas emissions may not be the best explanation

Don’t you think my fellow scientists need to look at these very clear data carefully before we waste tens of trillions of dollars trying to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions?”

— Dr. Peter L. Ward

JACKSON, WYOMING, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Detailed changes in global temperature trends since 1950 show a remarkably close correlation with changes in the ozone layer” according to Dr. Peter L. Ward, a geophysicist who worked 27 years with the U.S. Geological Survey. Ward was a leader in establishing a major national research program. He has testified before Congress, chaired a committee at the White House, worked on a committee for vice-president Gore, published many scientific papers, and received two national awards for educating the public about science.

“What is surprising,” according to Ward, “is that greenhouse-warming theory cannot explain these sudden changes in global temperature without a great deal of arm waving. Furthermore, no scientist has ever shown in the laboratory that increases in greenhouse-gas concentrations can actually cause warming of Earth’s surface.”

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have increased every year since 1950 at ever-increasing rates. Average global surface temperatures, on the other hand, have changed much more irregularly.

All four major analyses of global temperatures by NASA, NOAA, the United Kingdom’s Met Office, and Berkeley Earth show that temperatures remained relatively constant from 1950 to 1970, rose suddenly from 1970 to 1998, remained relatively constant from 1998 to 2014, rose very rapidly from 2014 to 2016, decreased substantially in 2018 but rose again in 2019 and 2020. Each of these sudden changes in temperature correlates quite closely with sudden changes in the thickness of the ozone layer.

The ozone layer, 9 to 22 miles above Earth, absorbs nearly all ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation from Sun, protecting life on Earth from this high-energy radiation that causes sunburn, skin cancer, cataracts, and mutations.

“What is critically important,” Ward explains, “is that when a molecule of ozone absorbs ultraviolet-B radiation, the molecule is dissociated—it comes apart. The molecular pieces fly away from each other at high velocity, much like the ends of a snapped rubber band. Dissociation converts molecular bond energy holding the molecule together directly and completely into linear velocity, which is directly proportional to air temperature, warming the ozone layer. The molecular pieces can then recombine, so that dissociation will continue as long as UV-B radiation is available.”

A depleted ozone layer absorbs less UV-B, growing cooler as observed. More UV-B is then measured to reach Earth where it dissociates ground level ozone pollution, warming Earth’s surface. Warming since 1970 was nearly twice as much in the northern hemisphere, home to 90% of humanity and, therefore, home to most ground-level ozone pollution. Warming since 1970 was greatest on the Antarctic Peninsula, where ozone depletion was greatest.

UV-B radiation penetrates oceans more than a hundred feet, raising ocean heat content very efficiently since 1970, an observation that greenhouse-warming theory cannot explain.

Around 1970, ozone depletion began to increase especially above Antarctica, forming the Antarctic ozone hole in mid to late winter. The greatest depletion of ozone over Antarctica occurred in 1998.

During the 1960s, chemical companies manufactured chlorofluorocarbon gases (CFCs) for use as spray-can propellants, refrigerants, foam-blowing agents, and solvents. CFCs were safer to use than alternatives because they were unusually inert.

In 1974, scientists discovered that CFCs in the stratosphere can be broken down by solar ultraviolet radiation, releasing atoms of chlorine. One atom of chlorine can destroy 100,000 molecules of ozone. Their work earned earned the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995.

In 1985, with discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, scientists and political leaders moved quickly to pass the United Nations Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which took effect in 1989, severely limiting manufacturing of CFCs. By 1993, concentrations of CFCs in the atmosphere stopped increasing. By 1995, global average ozone depletion stopped increasing. By 1998, global average temperatures stopped increasing.

Humans had caused global warming beginning around 1970 by manufacturing CFCs. Humans had stopped the increase in global warming by passing the Montreal Protocol.

In 2014, the volcano Bárðarbunga in central Iceland began erupting basaltic lava flows, covering an area of 33 square miles within six months, the largest basaltic eruption since 1784. Average global temperatures began rising at five-times the rate observed between 1970 and 1998, reaching a maximum in 2016.

Temperatures increased by volcanic eruptions normally recover within a few years. Temperatures cooled until 2018 when Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupted basaltic lava flows from the lower East Rift. These lava flows were much more extensive than typical in Hawaii, covering 39 square miles of land in three months. The rate of lava extrusion was nearly the same as for Bárðarbunga, but the eruption lasted half as long. Average global temperatures began rising again, causing 2020 to be nearly as warm as 2016.

Basaltic lavas contain exceptionally large amounts of chlorine and bromine gases. It only takes a small amount of these gases to reach the lower stratosphere to deplete the ozone layer. Ozone depletion is observed following most volcanic eruptions, peaking two years after the eruption stops.

Explosive volcanic eruptions cause ozone depletion but also eject water vapor and sulfur dioxide into the lower stratosphere forming an aerosol or mist that reflects and disperses sunlight, causing net global cooling for two to four years. Climate is warmed by basaltic lava flows and cooled by explosive eruptions.

Throughout Earth history, major, sudden global warming is contemporaneous with major basaltic lava flows—the larger the flow, the greater the warming.

It is the Bárðarbunga eruption in Iceland in 2014 that appears to have caused 2016 to be the hottest year on record. It was the Kilauea eruption in Hawaii during 2018 that appears to have caused 2020 to be nearly as hot.

If ozone depletion is the major cause of global warming, global temperatures are expected to decrease slowly throughout this century. Major warming predicted by computer climate models based on greenhouse-warming theory will not and cannot occur.

“Don’t you think my fellow scientists need to look at these very clear data carefully before we waste tens of trillions of dollars trying to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions?”

More information is available at WhyClimateChanges.com.

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How the atmosphere is warmed. A talk presented at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society on January 12, 2021.

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Barrow Wise Consulting Selected for FAS IT Category Program Management and IT Subject Matter Expert BPA

Utilizing our global consulting experience, supporting over 400 locations, 2 million users, and diverse organizations, Barrow Wise Consulting, LLC is excited to partner with GSA.”

— Tanesia Barrow, President, Barrow Wise Consulting, LLC

ROCKVILLE, MD, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Barrow Wise Consulting Selected for FAS IT Category Program Management and IT Subject Matter Expert BPA
Federal Contract Vehicle Valued at $56M

Barrow Wise Consulting, LLC announced today the company has been selected by the Government Services Administration (GSA) for the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) IT Category Program Management and IT Subject Matter Expert Support Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) valued at $56 million.

GSA is pioneering acquisition innovation with best-in-class contract vehicles and serves as a subject matter expert in IT solutions for the federal government. Barrow Wise Consulting is proud to support its mission by providing exceptional program management and transformative IT solutions in various areas such as emerging technologies, telecommunications, and cybersecurity.

“Utilizing our global consulting experience, supporting over 400 locations, 2 million users, and diverse organizations, Barrow Wise Consulting, LLC is excited to partner with GSA to support its mission. Our industry leaders focus on providing value and delivering innovative solutions that reduce costs and increase efficiencies in the government sector,” stated Tanesia Barrow, President, Barrow Wise Consulting.

About Barrow Wise Consulting, LLC
Barrow Wise Consulting, LLC (Barrow Wise) is a consulting firm specializing in helping organizations unlock the power of rapidly evolving technology to maximize their investment by providing innovative and sustainable solutions in federal and commercial markets. Barrow Wise Consulting, LLC provides cybersecurity, contextual identity access management, artificial intelligence, geospatial modeling, cloud services, data analytics, robotics process automation, research and development, assessments, and project management. The company collaborates with organizations to discover and leverage business disruptions, tailor beneficial digital transformations, prepare contingencies to drive organizational changes, maximize and sustain the value generated by key organization capabilities.

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Exquisite Air Charter Launches Private Jet Booking App After 230% Increase in Booking Interest Since COVID-19

Exquisite Air Charter Private Jet App

Exquisite Air Charter Private Jet App

The booking app features instant pricing. Users can also request flight quotes, confirm flights, and manage trip details upon confirming a flight.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The booking app features thousands of discounted one-way flight opportunities and instant pricing without providing your personal details. Users can also request flight quotes, confirm flights, and manage trip details upon confirming a flight.

The Exquisite Air Charter private jet booking app is the first of its kind; allowing users to search thousands of available one-way flights and get instant flight cost estimates for one-way, round-trip, and multi-leg flight itineraries. Users also have access to thousands of private jet photos, descriptions, and more – all within the app!

The private plane booking app launched by Exquisite Air Charter provides a centralized platform that gives users access to worldwide private jet availability. The app is easy to use, fully transparent, and gives the user complete control of all aircraft and flight options.

Download the Exquisite Air Charter private jet booking app:

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exquisiteaircharter.app

App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/exquisite-air-charter/id1535519825

Passenger safety is Exquisite Air Charter’s top priority. All flights and crew members are vetted prior to every flight according to Exquisite Air Charter’s standards – standards that exceed FAA requirements and the requirements of third-party safety auditing firms: ARG/US and Wyvern. Additionally, in response to the COVID-19 virus, Exquisite Air Charter is monitoring all updates from the CDC, WHO, and local health organizations. Based on the information provided by these agencies, they have instituted the following enhanced safety measures:

• All aircraft surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to and after each flight.
• Contact between flight crew members, passengers, and ground crew is discontinued where possible and limited in all other circumstances.
• EPA-approved sanitizers, antimicrobials, and disinfectant products are used for maximum protection.
• Crew members’ body temperature is checked prior to each flight.
• Crew members are regularly tested for COVID-19.

For more information about the newly launched app and other fantastic solutions from Exquisite Air Charter, please visit – https://exquisiteaircharter.com/. Exquisite Air Charter is also available across several social media platforms, including Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Exquisite Air Charter

Exquisite Air Charter was founded in October 2004 by Rena Davenport as a aircraft charter broker to provide the highest level of safe, convenient, luxurious, and efficient private aviation services to exceed the expectations of business and leisure travelers. Rena Davenport has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Aviation – both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with more than 2 decades of private jet charter experience.

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Updates to the Origin – Destination Survey of Airline Passengers – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Department is proposing to update the method of collecting and processing
aviation traffic data in the O&D Survey

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USA, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Department is proposing to update the method of collecting and processing aviation traffic data in the Origin-Destination Survey of Airline Passenger Traffic (O&D Survey), as well as to expand the number of reporting air carriers, the sample size collected, and the scope of the data reported. These changes would align the current O&D Survey with modern industry business and accounting practices, enable cost savings, reduce burden through automation, and provide enhanced utility for users of the data. In addition, DOT is proposing to change the timing of the release of the Form 41, Schedule T-100(f) “Foreign Air Carrier Traffic Data by Nonstop Segment and On-flight Market” from a 6-month delay to a 3-month delay to match that of Form 41, Schedule T-100 “Air Carrier Traffic and Capacity Data by Non-Stop Segment and On-Flight Market.”

When the current rules for collection of the O&D Survey were established in the 1960's,the O&D Survey provided the best reasonably obtainable measure of passenger aviation activity.The mainframe technologies of the era dictated many aspects of the O&D survey business process and the elements selected for collection. A key driver of the process was that data storage was expensive in that era which resulted in a minimum of data elements being included.This meant more robust descriptive data, such as the time of arrival and departure, were not included in the collection. Because mainframes were centralized computing resources, the O&D Survey process was designed to route paper tickets to a centralized facility for processing and loading into the systems.

In the intervening years, changes in airline business models and accounting practices enabled by technology improvements were not reflected in DOT’s collection methodology, leading to a misalignment between the rules for reporting the information and current accounting practices that generally requires human intervention to reconcile differences and prevents O&D Survey Reporting Carriers from fully automating the system of data collection. The primary design issue that prevents current improvements is the regulatory requirement that the operating carrier that first touches the ticket is the carrier that has responsibility to report the ticket, known as the “first reporting carrier rule.” In the 1960's, this rule was selected because the most efficient process was physically to detach the ticket coupons as they were flown for each flight and send all the coupons to the centralized processing facility to be matched and combined with the relevant revenue information. Because the carrier that issued the ticket, which had all the necessary information on hand, often did not first touch the ticket, the carrier with the least amount of information was by rule responsible for reporting the ticket. Modern and decentralized E-ticket systems eliminate the need for a physical coupon matching process and enables more efficient reporting rules and access to more relevant data.

DOT has worked with representatives of the aviation industry trade association Airlines for America (A4A) to determine the best way to improve the methodology, collection, and utility of the O&D Survey. DOT is proposing this rule to reform and simplify the O&D Survey,principally by reorienting the reporting requirements so that air carriers report primarily information for tickets that they issue.

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The combination of Velodyne’s lidar technology with our unique pre-processing software engine makes building applications for 3D lidar easier than ever!”

— Raul Bravo, President and co-founder of Outsight

PARIS, FRANCE, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Outsight, specialist in 3D spatial intelligence, and Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW), provider of intelligent lidar solutions, today announced they have strengthened their collaboration by developing technologies key for smart cities and smart machines, including mobile robots and autonomous vehicles. This initiative builds on the companies’ partnership, announced in June 2020, to improve the analysis and management of people flow and assets in large crowded environments.

In just a few months, Outsight has grown rapidly by integrating new features into its Velodyne lidar-based processing solutions that enable systems to perceive, understand and interact with their surroundings in real time. To facilitate user adoption of these solutions, Outsight and Velodyne have strengthened their collaboration. With a new generation of software pre-processing engine, connected to Velodyne’s sensors, Outsight offers a unique level of simplicity, cost, efficiency and versatility.

Outsight has developed its drivers and interfaces with Velodyne’s lidar sensors for their combination of high-resolution 3D perception, long range and broad vertical field of view. Outsight is using Velodyne’s surround-view portfolio, including Alpha Prime™, Ultra Puck™, Puck™ and HDL-32E, which allow machines to operate autonomously and safely in diverse environments, without human intervention. Outsight’s 3D pre-processing engine with Velodyne lidar sensors can be used in several fields including logistics, agriculture, construction, public safety, and waste retrieval.

The strengthened partnership between the companies follows the successful deployment of Outsight’s technology at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport of the ADP group to provide accurate real-time monitoring of people flow while preserving private data.

According to Raul Bravo, President and co-founder of Outsight, "Our partnership with Velodyne has enabled us to step up and expand our application of lidar technology. The combination of Velodyne’s lidar technology with our unique pre-processing software engine makes building applications for 3D lidar easier than ever. Our common customers, integrators and solution providers, can then accelerate time to market while decreasing product development costs.”

According to Matthias Krause, General Manager of DGWorld, “Our strategic alliance and partnership with Outsight and Velodyne Lidar has proven its strength and accelerated our own product development to become a game changer for many industries. We are excited to see how our cooperation will continue to change the way of how mobile robots predict and interact with their environment, leading the next industrial revolution.”

Award-Winning Technology

In less than a year, Outsight has successfully designed and industrialized this new generation of lidar processing solutions, which has been the subject of 60 patent applications.

Outsight innovation won many awards, including the prestigious Best of CES Innovation Award in Las Vegas as it’s the youngest company ever to have won the Prism Award by the world leaders in photonics and lasers. Outsight has already attracted the largest organizations and equipment manufacturers in the automotive, aeronautics and security-surveillance markets, including Faurecia and Safran.

Velodyne has also achieved many notable awards, including a Best of What’s New award in 2020 from Popular Science, a 2020 Innovation Award from Silicon Valley Robotics and Hardware Supplier of the Year at the 2020 TU-Automotive awards.

Today, as lidar technology matures, partnerships such as the one between Outsight and Velodyne are important to promote the use and the massive adoption of these new technologies.

About Outsight
Outsight develops real-time 3D LiDAR perception solutions.

Our mission is to make LiDAR-based Spatial Intelligence become Plug & Play, so it can be used by so it can be used by application developers, in any market. Using any LiDAR with our pre-processing capabilities allows Smart Machines and Smart Cities to achieve an unprecedented level of understanding of their environment.

We believe that accelerating the adoption of LiDAR technology with easy-to-use and scalable pre-processing will highly contribute to create transformative solutions and products that will make a Smarter and Safer World.

About Velodyne Lidar
Velodyne Lidar (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Velodyne is the first public pure-play lidar company and is known worldwide for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies. Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide flexibility, quality and performance to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), smart cities and security. Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all.

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Travelstride Travel Trends 2021

How Travelers Want To Book; When and Where They Want To Go In 2021 & Beyond

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — As everyone approaches 2021 with hopeful anticipation and massive pent-up wanderlust, travel industry experts are looking into their crystal balls to predict what the new year will bring.

Travelstride, the #1 US marketplace for all expert-planned travel adventures, shares its 2020 Travel Trend Report revealing the most interesting international travel behavior changes through the end of 2020 and predictions for 2021.

Gavin Delany, Founder and CEO of Travelstride, is particularly well positioned to identify emerging travel trends since the online marketplace works with nearly 1,500 global tour operators, cruise lines and local experts to offer its globetrotting community more than 50,000 trip options. In the past six years, the company has served more than 3 million travelers sending them to 164 countries across all seven continents. After reviewing all this data and studying current booking patterns, Travelstride has identified some key international travel trends for 2021:

Longer, Deeper Stretches
After the hardships and sacrificed vacations of 2020, travelers are ready to book longer and more immersive trips. Since March 2020, Travelstride’s average trip length grew by 40% compared to pre-Covid bookings.

Farther Flung
An increase in trip length can be attributed to the added time needed to visit more far-flung spots as travelers seek less populated, more outdoorsy destinations. “As for destinations, the more remote the better, so think Patagonia over Buenos Aires,” commented Delany. “For instance, we saw a big spike in interest in Antarctica where bookings increased by 25%.”

Right Now or Much Later
As conditions continuously shift, booking windows have increased their variability, with trips either planned within weeks or plotted many months or even years in advance. Short term travelers seize the moment when the right aspects align and taking a last-minute trip makes sense for them. While others are planning their dream trip, such as an African safari, and want to ensure proper preparation and timing, as well as an ample post-Covid cushion. Travelstride saw inquiries for trips less than two months in advance increase as a percentage of total to over 30%, while those for trips six months ahead or longer increased as a percentage of total to 55% .

Flexibility Rules The Day
Given the multitude of uncertainties that life now brings, travelers are requiring very flexible terms to book travel. At Travelstride, 100% of recent booking inquiries are going to operators with flexible cancellation policies.

While many companies have loosened cancellation terms or offer savings to encourage bookings now, Travelstride has taken a leap forward and developed a brand-new product specifically designed to meet travelers’ needs in 2021 and beyond – FlexiPass By Travelstride. With super flexible booking terms, Flexipass By Travelstride provides a financially savvy, low risk option to commit to an epic trip now with the power to change it later. Partnering with more than 20 trusted global tour operators who ensure Covid-safe practices, travelers can choose from 2,000 high quality packaged journeys or even create a custom itinerary to destinations spanning all seven continents.

According to Gavin Delany, “Once we identified these trends, we heard loud and clear what our fellow passionate travelers needed to restart travel planning and feel some hope. This is what inspired us to create FlexiPass By Travelstride. It was specifically designed to meet the needs of modern travelers navigating today’s shifting global uncertainties and help local tourism companies and economies around the world.”
FlexiPass launched December 2020 and is already garnering accolades and early adopter fandom. It achieved #1 popularity on Product Hunt, the tech industry’s leading platform for new product discovery, for launch day and maintains top trending status in the travel section, ahead of much larger brands like Airbnb.

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About Travelstride
Travelstride is the #1 community marketplace for wonderful world travel, made easy. With 3 million+ travelers served, the platform hosts more than 50,000 professionally-planned trips – including group tours, expedition cruises, independent adventures, short getaways, and luxurious tailor-made journeys. With itineraries across every continent planned by 1,000+ of the best local experts and global companies, everyone can find the perfect trip for their style and budget. Powered by industry pros and real traveler reviews, the Travelstride community enables people of all stripes to explore the world with curiosity, confidence, and connections. The company is backed by JetBlue Technology Ventures, NFX, Sand Hill Angels group, New York Angels group, Stanford StartX fund, and travel and tech visionaries including the founders of TripIt, Get There, Hipmunk, Trulia, and Google Now. Founded in 2014 in San Francisco with the mission to connect world travelers with wonderful places, people, and experiences, the company is now based in Austin, TX with staff and travel experts around the globe. To learn more visit www.travelstride.com.

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Top Prototype Manufacturer , WayKen, Looking to Expand Automotive Prototyping Business Opportunities Around the Globe

CNC machining services provider

CNC machining services provider

Custom machined parts

Custom machined parts

WayKen CNC machining factory

WayKen CNC machining factory

Weike is proactively promoting its Automotive Prototyping business around the globe, as well as striving to be the top custom automotive prototype manufacturer.

From day one, the company's core goal has been to become a competitive prototype manufacturer in China and around the world. Providing high-quality custom plastic and metal parts for each customer.”

— Founder Raymond

SHENZHEN, GUANGDONG, CHINA, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — WayKen rapid, an automotive innovation industry, has been in service for more than 20 years and has been managing various machining projects from prototype to low volume for its clients. The components used for its show cars are a typical mix between prototype models, trial production parts, and production car versions. WayKen Rapid has a highly skilled team with professional and experience to help its clients not only reduce design risks but save production time and costs. They provide a range of services as follows:

• CNC Machining: WayKen CNC machining services go beyond the traditional machine configuration with flexible 3, 4 and 5 axis CNC configurations for precision machined components to ensure designs turn out successfully every time. WayKen CNC machine shops offer a huge selection of automotive parts that meet clients’ exact needs for automotive or other products.

Rapid Tooling: Rapid tooling, is a fast way to pre-produce thousands of plastic parts before mass production, for design optimization, functional testing or pre-production verification. WayKen Rapid offers rapid tooling and low volume injection molding to ensure quality plastic parts a smooth transition from prototypes to production, which reduces manufacturing risks.

• 3D Printing: The complexity of a designs' geometry is no hindrance as SLA and SLS offer solutions to speed up clients’ product development process.

• Optimized Design for Manufacturability (DFM): Discovery of design errors without getting into production. The WayKen rapid technical expertise engineering team offers design optimization, cost-effectiveness, and reasonable proposals that envelope design materials, manufacturing process, and manufacturability.
• Auto Lighting: Focus on the complex details of the optical prototype to achieve the true reproduction of the original design.

• Trial Production: Low volume manufacturing support from prototype to production validation. In the engineering aspect, WayKen Rapid creates engineering prototypes and pre-production components with speed and meets up with the required design optimization functional testing engineering verification and quality certification. In manufacturability, WayKen Rapid accelerates clients’ projects from prototype to production trial runs before moving to manufacture, creating opportunities to save materials and production costs.

• Flexible Products Process: WayKen advances lean production that ranges from professional management to manufacturing process details to achieve efficiency and effectiveness.

• NOTE: One-Stop Post Finishing: They also offer services not limited to complete in-housing finishing, including sanding, polishing, blasting, painting, and printing. Other areas include the use of surface treatment techniques, like laser etching, anodizing, electroplating, chroming, chemical finishing, and powder coating.

WayKen rapids also boast of quick response manufacturing of components, including injection molded parts, within 2-3weeks! Manufacturing aluminum molds often use high quality 7000 series aluminum alloys, which have excellent machinability. From its custom machined parts to its trial production, the industry offers the best of services.

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BNNano enters Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

BNNano Inc. has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) located in Monterey, CA.

BURLINGTON, NC, USA, January 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — BNNano Inc., the leading global supplier of enhanced Boron Nitride Nanotubes (NanoBarbs™), has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) located in Monterey, CA. NPS provides defense-focused graduate education to advance the operational effectiveness, technological leadership, and warfighting advantage of the Naval service. Boron Nitride NanoBarbs™ are a revolutionary nanomaterial with exceptional physical and chemical properties like electrical resistivity, superhydrophobicity, thermal stability, thermal conductivity, strength, and stiffness.

NPS collaborators include Professors Dr. Claudia Luhrs, Dr. Emre Gunduz, and Dr. Andy Nieto whose research and development include cold spray, additive manufacturing, and polymeric composite systems. They recognize the utility of Boron Nitride NanoBarbs™ (BNNBs) as they exhibit exceptional physical and chemical properties including superior strength and stiffness, thermal conductivity and are electrically insulative, neutron absorbing among other characteristics.

Dr. Luhrs’ has more than 20 years’ experience developing nanostructured materials in academic and industrial environments. Her team’s targeted research tailors materials’ properties resulting in nanomaterials with a wide range of applications (i.e., catalysts, batteries, supercapacitors, impact resistant, structural components, microelectronics, high temperature systems and conductive aerospace composite structures). Dr. Luhrs plans to employ NanoBarbs™ to enhance the thermal conductivity of lightweight carbon composites used by the aerospace industry. She also plans to combine them with phase change materials to optimize temperature regulation systems in living and storage spaces.

Dr. Gunduz focuses on the bulk synthesis and applications of nanostructured aluminum-based energetic materials. Such multifunctional materials provide structural support as well as thermal output in welding and additive manufacturing. A patent holder, he is involved with start-ups focused on additive manufacturing within the defense domain. Dr. Gunduz commented, “The high-strength Boron Nitride NanoBarbs™ strengthened alloys have many potential uses in the aerospace industry where weight is at a premium. The lower cost of NanoBarbs™ along with potentially comparable mechanical properties to boron nitride nanotubes, could be a game changer for these applications.” He continued, “The suitability of these raw materials with additive manufacturing is especially attractive for high-performance parts fabrication with sophisticated geometries and microstructures that could be used for fuselage and engine components.”

During Dr. Nieto’s decade in nanotechnology, he pioneered the field of graphene reinforced ceramic matrix composites, which has grown and is implemented in numerous industries to include engine manufacturers. His research harnesses nanomaterials to develop improved materials through intelligent and systematic designs. Dr. Nieto intends to incorporate NanoBarbs™ into metallic coatings for metal part repair and thermal barrier coatings. While at the US Army Research Lab, he engineered sandphobicity into next generation thermal barrier coatings to protect gas turbine engines from damage induced by sand and fine particulate ingestion.

Jason Taylor, BNNano’s Chief Technology Officer, expressed excitement to partner with NPS and highlighted the numerous potential commercial and defense applications. He noted, “the potential of cold spraying of NanoBarb™ reinforced composites with increased strength and corrosion resistance could revolutionize material coating and prevent wear and corrosion.” Mr. Taylor also emphasized the potential applications in aerospace, thermal management, and battery materials and breakthroughs when NanoBarb™ are integrated into foam structures improving strength.

BNNano looks forward to its partnership with NPS and is eager to expand future engagement with NPS departments.

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