I’m back, and that means so is the weekly 3 Links post. This does bring up a question… did you miss it while I was traveling? Or should I just drop this entirely? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

This week’s featured link:

Airline faces criminal charges for violating Long Beach Airport’s noise ordinanceLong Beach Press-Telegram
Mesa has been absolutely pummeled lately. First it failed to meet operational requirements under its American contract and American removed two more aircraft from the deal. Mesa also says it won’t meet its goals this quarter so further action is possible. At the same time, it hasn’t renewed its expiring deals with United either. And now, it gets sued by the city of Long Beach for noise ordinance violations. Good times.

Image of the Week: I took a lot of pictures I love when I was in Hawai’i, but this is one of my favorites. I took this in the early morning light just after I landed in Hilo on this very 717. That is the mighty Maunakea looming behind.

Two for the road:

United Airlines Announces 12 New and Expanded International Destinations from Chicago, Denver, New York/Newark and San FranciscoUnited Hub
United really teased this announcement of new international routes as being something huge. It even had an embargoed conference call for the media (though I skipped that). So you can understand why I was a little underwhelmed by this. Other than new frequencies and making seasonal service year-round, it’s going to start flying from Newark to Palermo, Nice, and Curacao. That’s not to say this is a bad move by United. It’s just not particularly exciting.

This little-known inventor has probably saved your life – BBC
More than one person sent me this excellent article on the history of the blackbox. (Thanks Virginia and Brendon.) It’s well worth the read.