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  • NASA’s Perseverance rover landed successfully on Mars on February 18 and this planet is now watching for a takeoff. The Ingenuity helicopter won’t fly before April 11, but if it does, it’ll do so with the Wright Brothers aboard and the legacy of another pathfinding Mars mission.
  • As it charts its path on the other side of the pandemic, Alaska Airlines membership to the oneworld alliance became official on March 31. With that membership comes a serious bulking-up with American Airlines as it defends its home turf in Seattle.
  • The February 2018 engine failure aboard United flight 1175 was far more harrowing than its outcome suggested, according to its captain. That has broader implications for an industry studying putting fewer pilots in the cockpit.
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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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