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RACCA Opens 2024 Scholarship Applications for Aspiring Aviation Professionals

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RACCA Opens 2024 Scholarship Applications for Aspiring Aviation Professionals

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) scholarships, aimed at supporting aspiring pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs), and airline managers in their career pursuits.

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“Awarding the four scholarships is one of the most important things the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association does,” said RACCA President James Goddard. “Each year we are impressed with the quality of the applications and what these young people will contribute to the industry once they complete their education. Our members support our scholarships with generous donations because they believe in paying it forward and encouraging the pursuit of cargo careers.”

The RACCA Aviation Scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, were established to promote aviation as a career choice and raise awareness of opportunities within the air cargo industry. Representing 50 air cargo carriers, many of which support FedEx, DHL, and UPS networks, RACCA provides these scholarships to assist with tuition, flight training, or obtaining new or additional licenses. Four awards are made annually in November.

Goddard highlighted that flying for a RACCA carrier is an excellent way for pilots to build flight hours, offering experience with scheduled flights, inclement weather, inflight and procedural issues, night flying, busy airspace operations, cockpit resource management, and required recordkeeping—key elements of airline operations. He emphasized the importance of maintaining professionalism and discipline, as instilled during student training, for aspiring pilots to effectively build their flight hours.

To qualify for the scholarships, applicants must:

– Be a college student currently enrolled in an accredited aviation program.
– Be a resident of the United States.
– Maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The Richard Mills Memorial Scholarship requires an additional letter of introduction from a current RACCA member or associate member to help candidates learn about the air cargo industry. Candidates are encouraged to visit a nearby RACCA member’s operation or contact a member to ask questions about the industry if no member is locally available.

The Terry Hibler Memorial Scholarship aims to encourage careers in industries supporting cargo operators, including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), aviation management, financial careers in insurance and leasing, manufacturing, airports, and other aviation services.

The application deadline is October 15, 2024. Scholarship selections will be made by November 30, with distributions to accredited schools on December 15.

The RACCA Aviation Scholarship application is available on the RACCA website

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GT Podcast – Episode 130 – LOGISTICS PLUS: Growth and Excellence Through Determination

On this episode of GT Podcast’s Logistically Speaking we are speaking to Logistics Plus Founder and CEO, Jim Berlin.  Today we will learn how a small one-client, three-person company has grown to over 1200 employees in more than 50 countries worldwide, why this company has made it a personal mission to help in the efforts to help rebuild Ukraine, and what in the world do donuts have to do with success in logistics.  You won’t want to miss this one!

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U.S. Airports Will Offer Hundreds Of Collaboration Opportunities In 2024

Airports nationwide either have major upgrades in progress, or such initiatives are being designed for a 2024 launch date. A significant decline in air travel related to pandemic restrictions has been dramatically reversed and recent studies now report that a majority of Americans have plans to fly somewhere in the next year. To meet the anticipated demand, the Federal Aviation Administration is providing funding support for critical projects. A total of $1 billion was distributed in 2023 for airport improvements, including basic infrastructure upgrades, expanded facilities, equipment purchases, safety enhancements, new technology and other amenities. 

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Airports have long benefited from federal funding support for normal operations. Still, now, with an abundance of funding for capital improvement projects, airports will be busy with improvement projects of all types. More than $300 million was recently awarded to support projects throughout the U.S. Examples of upcoming projects planned for 2024 launches follow.

The Salt Lake City International Airport will be expanded as part of an Airport Redevelopment Program. While phase I is complete and phases II and III are underway, a massive phase IV is still waiting to launch. Projects with a cumulative cost projection of $683 million are still in the design phase. The Federal Aviation Administration has provided another $29 million to support this last development phase. One construction project will add a 300,000-square-foot concourse expansion. The new construction will include upgrades for all three levels of the concourse. The ground floor will have additional space for airport operations, storage and support services. The second level will be devoted primarily to passenger circulation and amenities. A total of 16 new gates and an additional 40,000 square feet of food and retail space will be added. Level 3 will provide dedicated public space, an outdoor deck for relaxation, and large electrical and telecommunications rooms. Also included will be utility upgrades, paving and repair work, and limited demolition services.

City officials are discussing plans to upgrade and expand Area 4 of the Barbara Jordan terminal at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. The estimated cost for the planned expansions falls somewhere between $200 million and $375 million. The project is still in its planning phase and a solicitation for the required design work is scheduled for this year. Construction solicitations will follow as soon as the design is finalized. This effort will include reconfiguring and modernizing the terminal and redesigning the area where planes park to receive passengers and baggage. There will not be an increase in the number of gates, but ADA accessibility and security will be upgraded. A $14 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration will be consolidated with other funding.

Officials at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport in Missouri will partner with airlines to fund a $331.6 million upgrading initiative. The projects that will be launched are part of a larger master plan that outlines approximately $3 billion in improvements. A new central utility plan is needed, and the design phase for that effort will begin this year. Upgrades are also planned for the airport’s mechanical and electrical systems, water main pumps, air conditioning and power distribution systems. The design and construction of the utility plant has been tagged with a cost estimate of $175 million. Another project being designed currently will relocate the airfield’s maintenance campus. The current campus is in a flood-prone area and cannot be used to store modern airfield equipment. Relocating the campus will cost $85 million. The design of a new de-icing pad will start mid-2024 and that effort currently has a cost projection of $53.2 million. 

The air traffic control tower at Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma is nearing the end of its useful life, and a replacement project is planned. A new control tower and terminal radar approach control facility will be constructed at approximately $102 million. The project received funding for the design phase and is slated for this year. The new facility will meet current design and code standards, eliminate line-of-sight issues, provide space to accommodate all needed personnel in one place, and update all communication equipment. 

Officials at the Presque Isle International Airport in Maine will oversee a project to replace the passenger terminal. The planned $30 million construction project will deliver a 22,000-square-foot, two-story structure. A construction solicitation was slated for release early this year, and construction is scheduled to begin in June. The security and bag checking areas will be expanded and a new fire alarm system will be installed. The current terminal lacks a fire FAA-compliant system, which will be addressed. Other upgrades will include constructing a new airport ramp, expanding the rental car space, and installing universal electric vehicle chargers. There are also plans to relocate the airport’s museum to the new building. 

The Kahului Airport on the Hawaiian island of Maui received a $22 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration that will be used to support a $62.3 million TSA security checkpoint project. A construction solicitation for the work was set for release near the end of last year. The new south checkpoint waiting lobby, screening lanes and TSA support spaces will be moved to the second floor of the new screening facility. The ground level will be designed to provide office spaces and tenant retail. A pedestrian bridge will connect the south checkpoint to a passenger hold room. This effort will significantly benefit the Kahului Airport, the second busiest airport in Hawaii. 

Airport upgrade activities in 2024 will be significant and demand for experienced contractors will be high. Airline travel is not only getting back to normal, but it is projected to represent significant increases.

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Mary Scott Nabers is president/CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc., a full-service business development firm specializing in procurement consulting, government affairs, research, and public-private partnerships. She founded SPI after co-founding Gemini Global Group and, before that, serving as a statewide office holder in Texas.


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Boeing Cargo Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Istanbul Without Front Landing Gear

A Boeing 767 cargo plane operated by FedEx was compelled to execute an emergency landing at Istanbul airport after its front landing gear malfunctioned, marking yet another setback for the troubled aircraft manufacturer.

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Thankfully, no injuries were reported in the incident, confirmed by Turkey’s transport ministry. Departing from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, the flight encountered difficulties when its landing gear failed to deploy upon approach to Istanbul airport on Wednesday. With guidance from the air traffic control tower, the aircraft successfully landed, albeit without its front landing gear.

Emergency services were on standby as the plane made its dramatic descent. Following the landing, authorities initiated an investigation to determine the cause of the landing gear failure, conducting thorough examinations at the scene.

Video footage captured the tense moments as the plane’s back wheels made contact with the runway, followed by its fuselage, emitting sparks and smoke from its underside. Despite the harrowing scene, the aircraft managed to skid to a halt, remaining on the runway.

In response to the incident, the affected runway was temporarily closed to air traffic. However, operations on other runways at the airport continued uninterrupted, as confirmed by the airport operator IGA.

This incident amplifies concerns over Boeing’s safety record, amidst a series of crises and safety issues. Just one day prior, Boeing disclosed potential lapses in mandatory safety inspections on its 787 Dreamliner aircraft, prompting an investigation by the US regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration.

These revelations follow recent allegations by a whistleblower engineer accusing Boeing of cutting corners to alleviate production bottlenecks during the manufacturing of the 787. Boeing had previously pledged to overhaul its safety culture, particularly after an alarming incident in January involving an Alaska Airlines 737 Max plane, where a door panel blew out mid-flight.

The aerospace giant had been striving to recover from the fallout of two fatal crashes involving the 737 Max in 2018 and 2019, which led to the global grounding of the model for nearly two years.

As investigations into Wednesday’s incident unfold, FedEx and Boeing have been approached for comment, though Boeing has declined to provide any statements at this time.

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Chinese E-Retailers Drive Surge in Air Cargo Prices to the U.S

The escalating popularity of Chinese e-commerce giants like Shein and Temu among American consumers is driving a significant increase in air cargo prices from China to the U.S. This surge in demand, especially during what is typically considered an off-peak season for cargo, is straining limited capacity and bucking the global downward trend in air cargo rates.

Unlike U.S. e-commerce giants that primarily ship from domestic warehouses, Shein and Temu directly ship goods from Chinese factories to U.S. consumers using air cargo. This has led to a 14% increase in air cargo rates from China to the U.S. compared to the same period last year, while the global average has seen an 8% decrease.

The rise of Chinese e-commerce platforms offering competitive prices and fast delivery times has caused capacity shortages, prompting concerns about meeting demand during peak seasons like the Christmas holiday period. To address this, cargo airline Atlas Air has increased its flights between the U.S. and China, partnering with Chinese freight forwarder YunExpress.

However, challenges persist as air freight capacity between China and the U.S. has not fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels. Additionally, reduced cargo capacity on planes due to fuel-saving measures and geopolitical tensions have further constrained capacity.

Despite efforts to add capacity and mitigate rising demand, competition for air cargo space between logistics companies and Chinese e-commerce firms continues to intensify. This competition, coupled with delays in ocean shipping caused by conflicts like the Red Sea conflict, is pushing prices even higher.

As the air freight market continues to soar, driven by the relentless growth of e-commerce shipments, logistics companies are grappling with the challenge of meeting demand amidst limited capacity, with no clear indication of when the situation may stabilize.

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Air Cargo Boom: Global Trade Reshaped by E-commerce Surge and Shipping Disruptions

The world of global trade is witnessing a seismic shift, propelled by a surge in e-commerce exports from China and disruptions in Red Sea shipping routes. These developments have led to a resurgent demand for air cargo, defying expectations during what is typically a slower period for shipping.

E-commerce Dominance and Capacity Constraints

Chinese e-commerce giants like Shein, Temu, and Alibaba are driving a significant portion of the airfreight demand, particularly in the realm of fast fashion and online marketplaces. This surge in demand has outpaced the growth in airfreight capacity, leading to fierce competition for available space on outbound flights from China and Hong Kong to key destinations like the United States and Europe.

As a result, logistics providers are grappling with capacity constraints, with some warning of sold-out commitments for the remainder of the year. This scarcity of space is making it increasingly challenging for freight forwarders to secure consistent capacity for their shipments, posing logistical challenges in an already complex global trade landscape.

Red Sea Shipping Disruptions

The quasi-blockade of Red Sea shipping routes due to missile and drone attacks on commercial vessels by Houthi rebels has further exacerbated supply chain disruptions. Vessel operators have been forced to bypass the Red Sea, leading to extended transit times and a decline in schedule reliability. Apparel companies in regions like Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka are opting for air transport to avoid missing crucial fashion seasons in Western markets.

While demand for airfreight has been robust, signs of a slowdown are emerging as production and distribution catch up following the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday. Additionally, ocean carriers have adjusted their vessel networks to circumvent the Red Sea, stabilizing transit times and reducing the urgency for fast transport.

E-commerce Boom and Capacity Crunch

The exponential growth of e-commerce, particularly in direct-to-consumer shipping from China, has reshaped the air cargo landscape. Traditionally, most international online purchases were fulfilled from U.S. warehouses, but the rise of e-commerce exports from China has led to a surge in demand for airfreight capacity. This trend has led to intense competition for available space, with freight forwarders vying for block space agreements to secure capacity for their shipments.

Despite the tightening market conditions, shippers are showing a preference for short-term capacity purchases, anticipating a potential easing of disruptions in Red Sea shipping routes and an influx of passenger belly capacity during the summer travel season. However, uncertainties persist, with geopolitical tensions in the Middle East posing a potential threat to shipping lanes and air diversions.

Outlook for Air Cargo

Despite the challenges and uncertainties, air cargo providers remain optimistic about the outlook for the industry. Global economic indicators, including increased shipments of smartphones and growth in manufacturing activity, point towards sustained demand for airfreight in the coming months. While challenges persist, the resilience of the air cargo sector and its ability to adapt to changing market dynamics bode well for its future growth and stability.


The convergence of factors such as the e-commerce boom, disruptions in shipping routes, and geopolitical tensions has reshaped the global trade landscape and fueled a surge in air cargo demand. As the industry navigates these challenges, adaptation, innovation, and collaboration will be key to ensuring the continued growth and resilience of air cargo in an increasingly interconnected world.

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UPS to Replace FedEx as U.S. Postal Service’s Primary Air Cargo Provider

In a significant development within the logistics industry, United Parcel Service (UPS) has announced its pivotal role as the primary air cargo provider for the United States Postal Service (USPS), effectively replacing its longstanding rival FedEx. The decision marks the culmination of FedEx’s more than two-decade partnership with USPS, signaling a strategic shift in the dynamics of air-based express deliveries.

USPS, a major customer for FedEx’s air-based Express segment, has undergone operational restructuring, transitioning from planes to more cost-effective truck-based transportation for letters and packages. While this move has led to a decline in payments to FedEx, UPS views this contract win as a substantial opportunity to bolster its market presence.

Faisal Hersi, an equity analyst at Edward Jones, notes that although FedEx’s revenue loss from the USPS contract is not immense, it will impact their business density. USPS constituted approximately 4% of FedEx Express’ annual revenue, highlighting the significance of this transition. However, Hersi suggests that this shift does not entirely disadvantage FedEx, as it allows for potential improvements in revenue consistency and operational focus.

UPS, on the other hand, anticipates significant benefits from the contract, particularly in terms of revenue and density enhancement. The financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed by UPS, but the company has affirmed its significance.

Following the announcement, FedEx’s stock experienced a modest decline of nearly 2%, while UPS saw a 1% decrease. FedEx has also revealed plans to adapt its network to compensate for the loss of the lucrative USPS contract, which contributed nearly $2 billion annually to its business.

The inability of both parties to reach mutually beneficial terms for contract extension led to the cessation of their partnership. This decision could potentially impact around 300 pilots at FedEx, raising concerns among aviation unions about job security and corporate priorities.

Despite the contractual changes, USPS’s payments to FedEx have diminished in recent years, reflecting broader shifts in the agency’s operational strategies. As USPS undergoes reorganization to align with evolving market trends, including the rise of e-commerce giants like Amazon, there is a reduced reliance on air services for rapid deliveries.

In essence, UPS’s ascension as USPS’s primary air cargo provider signifies a significant realignment in the competitive landscape of express logistics, with implications for both companies and the broader industry.


CargoAi Introduces Groundbreaking Air Freight Load Board for Airlines and Forwarders

CargoAi, a leading global provider of airfreight technology solutions, is revolutionizing the industry with the launch of its latest innovation: the Air Freight Load Board. This new feature, integrated into CargoAi’s existing marketplace and API solutions, is poised to transform how forwarders and airlines handle spot requests, offering unprecedented ease and efficiency.

The Air Freight Load Board empowers airlines and forwarders by providing access to a comprehensive database of available freight directly through the CargoMART Airline App. Key features of this innovative tool include:

– Seamless Search Functionality: Effortlessly browse through a wide array of available freight listings tailored to specific preferences and requirements.
– Direct Connection: Connect directly with the right contacts, eliminating the need for intermediary communication and expediting the booking process.
– Real-Time Updates: Stay informed with real-time updates on available cargo, ensuring timely decision-making.
– Enhanced Visibility: Gain unparalleled insight into the air freight market, enabling informed decisions and operational optimization.

Matt Petot, CEO at CargoAi, expressed the company’s dedication to innovation and customer value, stating, “At CargoAi, we are committed to driving innovation and delivering unparalleled value to our customers. With the launch of the Air Freight Load Board, we complete our value proposition, allowing forwarders to manage spot requests across airlines while empowering airlines to proactively discover these opportunities.”

The CargoMART Airline App, already widely used by airlines and GSAs, requires no API integration or extensive configuration. After a brief online training, users can seamlessly receive and manage spot requests, aided by augmented data. Additionally, a comprehensive market analysis dashboard provides invaluable insights into market conditions, enabling local sales teams to adjust their strategies effectively.

The Air Freight Load Board is now available to airline users, offering a transformative solution to the challenges of modern air freight logistics. For more information and to experience the future of air freight firsthand, visit today.


Emirates SkyCargo Expands Digital Footprint with Partnership

Emirates SkyCargo, a leading player in the air freight logistics sector, has further solidified its digital presence by joining, one of the largest digital marketplaces for air freight. This strategic partnership marks Emirates SkyCargo’s commitment to enhancing customer convenience and streamlining operations through advanced digital solutions.

By integrating with, Emirates SkyCargo now offers its comprehensive range of air freight services on three major digital platforms, providing customers with increased choice and flexibility. This move underscores Emirates SkyCargo’s dedication to embracing digital innovation to drive efficiencies and deliver value to its global customer base.

Through, customers gain access to Emirates SkyCargo’s schedules, tariff and contract rates, as well as real-time information on available capacity. This empowers freight forwarders to make immediate bookings at any time, enhancing the overall booking experience and enabling seamless transactions.

Initially launched in select European countries, the partnership will soon expand its reach across the Americas, Africa, the Far East, and Australasia. With’s extensive network of 15,000 freight forwarders worldwide, Emirates SkyCargo aims to strengthen its digital presence and streamline the booking process for its customers.

Jeffrey van Haeften, Senior Vice President Cargo Commercial Worldwide at Emirates SkyCargo, emphasized the significance of digitalization in improving customer service and operational efficiency. He highlighted the company’s commitment to investing in digital solutions and partnerships like to expedite the movement of goods globally while maintaining a focus on outstanding customer service.

Emirates SkyCargo’s core products, including Emirates Fresh, Emirates Fresh Breathe, Emirates Airfreight Priority, and Emirates Airfreight, are now available on These offerings cater to various shipping needs, from perishables to urgent shipments requiring speed and reliability, further enhancing Emirates SkyCargo’s digital presence and service offerings in the air freight industry.


The Exclusive Sky Route: Miami to New York City with Monarch Air Group

The route between Miami and New York City is a bustling pathway frequented by both business professionals and leisure travelers alike. Monarch Air Group, a premier private jet charter company, offers insights into this highly-traveled air route, providing a luxurious and seamless travel experience for discerning passengers.

This aerial corridor sees a significant amount of traffic, with an average of 500-600 flights scheduled each week. The demand for air travel between these iconic metropolitan hubs is fueled by a combination of tourism and commerce, highlighting the vibrancy of this popular route.

Monarch Air Group specializes in providing exclusive air travel experiences, offering access to a diverse fleet of aircraft tailored to meet the unique preferences of travelers. From light jets to ultra-long-range behemoths, every model is available on demand, ensuring a perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and range.

For travelers on this route, a variety of aircraft options are available, catering to different needs and preferences. Light jets like the Cessna Citation series and HondaJet offer agility and cost-effectiveness, while midsize jets such as the Hawker 800/900 series and Cessna Citation XLS+ provide a fusion of capacity and performance.

Super-midsize and heavier jets offer increased cabin space and range, ideal for both business and leisure travel. For those seeking the ultimate luxury and range, ultra-long-range jets like the Gulfstream G700 and Bombardier Global 7500 provide unparalleled comfort and cutting-edge technology.

Private jet travelers departing from Miami have access to prime airports like Miami International Airport (MIA) and Miami Opa-Locka Executive Airport (OPF), while those in New York City can opt for Teterboro Airport in New Jersey or Westchester County Airport in White Plains, among others.

Flying privately from Miami to New York City with Monarch Air Group offers a bespoke travel experience characterized by luxury, comfort, and convenience. With unrivaled amenities and personalized service, passengers can enjoy a stress-free journey, arriving at their destination refreshed and ready for their next adventure.

As a leading provider of private jet services for affluent travelers along this popular route, Monarch Air Group sets the standard for excellence, ensuring an exceptional travel experience from take-off to landing.