Author: Julia Lauria-Blum

Julia Lauria-Blum earned a degree in the Visual Arts at SUNY New Paltz. An early interest in women aviation pioneers led her to research the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of WW II. In 2001 she curated the permanent WASP exhibit at the American Airpower Museum (AAM) in Farmingdale, NY, and later curated 'Women Who Brought the War Home, Women War Correspondents, WWII’ at the AAM. Julia is the former curatorial assistant at the Cradle of Aviation Museum and is currently an editorial contributor for Metropolitan Airport News.

Cheryl McKissack Daniel - Pier-42

Cheryl McKissack Daniel is the president and CEO of McKissack & McKissack, the oldest family-run, minority-woman-owned professional design and construction company in the United States. She carries on a family legacy that traces back five generations to her great, great grandfather, Moses McKissack, a former slave who was brought to the United States from West Africa just before the turn of the 18th Century. Moses, who was given the surname of slave owner William McKissack, learned the trade of making bricks. At some point Moses was given his freedom, and he went on to sell his bricks to an eminent…

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TWA Flight Center Hotel

As the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey continues a multibillion-dollar redevelopment and modernization of each of its three principal metropolitan airports to meet the needs of air travel in the 21st century, the price of progress marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. While familiar architectural markers disappear to make space for creative airport terminal design and infrastructure, their visible departure is a bittersweet reality. Aged structures that have borne witness to a town or city’s cultural history help to give people a sense of place and a connection to the past.…

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Willa Beatrice Brown

Trailblazing pilot Willa Brown will be posthumously inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio on September 24, 2022. Born in Glasgow, Kentucky in 1906, Brown graduated from Indiana State Teacher’s College in 1927 and received an M.B.A. from Northwestern in 1937. While enrolled at Northwestern, Brown sought greater challenges in life, apart from the limited career fields open to African Americans, and she decided to learn to fly. Lola Albright (left) and Willa Brown (right) at Harlem Airport, Chicago Illinois, USA Brown joined the Challenger Air Pilots Association on the south side of Chicago, a major center for African…

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Providing a loving home for a rescued pet is undoubtedly one of life’s greatest pleasures, as well as an important commitment that an adopter makes toward caring for a deserving animal, companion, and treasured friend. Adopting a dog or cat through a rescue organization saves lives and gives them a second chance. Many rescues come from unimaginable circumstances such as cruelty, neglect, abandonment, or owners who are no longer able to care for them due to illness or a change in living situations. Some have never known a life off the streets, outside of a kennel, or a puppy mill,…

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Lillian Yonally

In 2005, while recording her oral history, Lillian Yonally recalled the thrilling sensation of lifting up from a runway and into the air. “When you take off, it’s power,” she said, “you push the throttle forward and it pushes right back into the seat, and you go on up. And it’s beautiful up there.” Seated in the den of her family seaside retreat overlooking Pico Beach in Massachusetts, Lillian’s face lit up as she recounted the experience, as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II. Over six decades later, her love for flying in…

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ABMCares Donation Goods

ABM Aviation Landside and Airside has been busy hosting ABM Cares events. During the month of October, ABM’s JFK and LaGuardia teams for Parking, Taxi, and Shuttle operations hosted a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness. Led by Shamelie Rafick and Migdalia Marrero, a total of $3,000 was raised! During the fundraiser, ABM staff and others from JFK and LaGuardia purchased delicious bake sale offerings and purchased items and raffle tickets for prizes, with 100% of the proceeds going toward the fight against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital were the happy recipients of the ABMCares…

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Training Programs for a Career in the Aviation Industry

When preparing for the future and considering a career path, the aviation industry offers a wide variety of occupational opportunities and an abundant number of training courses to choose from. Many of these courses are just the right start to provide a student with the skills needed for an entry-level position and a well-paying job. Other programs may advance him or her to a more senior role in the aviation field. From trade schools and colleges to airlines and manufacturers; from the growing need for pilots and Aviation Maintenance Technicians/A & P Mechanics, the sectors that play a major role…

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On December 7, the Long Island Air Force Association chapter honored the 80th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and all veterans of World War II with the annual Dropping of the Roses program. The program was started by the late Joseph Hydrusko who was a Navy medic serving at Pearl Harbor during the attack on December 7th, 1941. He was credited with saving countless lives as the Japanese aircraft dropped their bombs on the Navy fleet. In 1970, Hydrusko started a tradition of dropping American Beauty Roses, one for each anniversary year, over the Statue of Liberty while…

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Breeze Airways adds Flights from Long Island MacArthur

Breeze Airways announced that it is adding eight new routes in February 2022 from New York’s Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), the first market additions since the new carrier’s debut in May of 2021. “Breeze’s business model is to add nice, new nonstop flights on routes where only connecting service is offered by other carriers,” said Breeze CEO David Neeleman in a Monday news release. “We’re excited to introduce Breeze service to South Florida and the New York area, and look forward to adding more routes from both Palm Beach and Islip.” The eight new…

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Port Authority providing economic, community benefits through LaGuardia Redevelopment project

As a host of businesses in southeast Queens were forced to shut down in the spring of 2020 due to the dire economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, Principal and Founder of RCGA Architects, Robert Gaskin credits the MWBE (Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises) initiative through New York State’s LaGuardia Redevelopment project for supplying critical support. On Tuesday, November 30, Gaskin attended a Port Authority briefing where Governor Kathy Hochul announced a record-setting $2 billion in contracts have been awarded thus far to Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program, which is the largest participation by MWBE firms at any public-private partnership…

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