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August 27, 2005

Qatar denies SriLankan interest

Qatar Airways is denying reports it plans to take over SriLankan Airlines or any other carrier. QA CEO Akbar Al Baker told Britain's Sunday Times that despite other opportunities, the airline is concentrating on developing itself. Al Baker also urged Sri Lankan media not to over-dramatise isolated terrorist incidents in the Gulf. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:09 PM

Diary find could solve Greek air crash mystery (Guardian Unlimited)

Diary found at scene of Cypriot airliner crash could provide clues to one of the most perplexing disasters in aviation history.

Posted at 06:53 PM

Cambodia to Rebuild National Aviation Company (RedNova)

Cambodia to rebuild national aviation company PHNOM PENH, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia will rebuild its national aviation company, local media reported on Friday.

Posted at 09:28 AM

66th Annual National Aviation Day Celebration honoring Orville Wright's Birthday (Outer Banks Sentinel)

On Friday, Aug. 19, 2005 National Aviation Day and Orville Wright's birthday will be celebrated at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

Posted at 07:58 AM

Spy craft take gull flight lesson (BBC News)

Aviation researchers look to seagulls for developing spy drones that can morph shape mid-flight.

Posted at 02:37 AM

August 26, 2005

Malaysian Airline May Hire Foreign Chief (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

Loss-making Malaysia Airline System Bhd. is on a global search for a new chief in an attempt to make the national flag-carrier more competitive, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Posted at 11:53 PM

Airline review after deadly crash (NEWS.com.au)

PERU'S government is reviewing the fate of embattled Tans Peru airline after a Boeing 737-200 operated by the state-owned company crashed in the Amazon, killing 40 people, President Alejandro Toledo said overnight.

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Hungary Cancels Airline Sale as Russian Talks Fail (Update3) (Bloomberg.com)

Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Hungary abandoned the planned sale of airline Malev Rt. after failing to reach an agreement with a Russian bidder and as unions and politicians complained the country was giving up control of its national carrier too cheaply.

Posted at 11:06 AM

Wing Aviation Tackles Simultaneous Blended Winglet Installation (dBusinessNews.com)

Houston - HOUSTON, August 25, 2005 Wing Aviation is the first and only aviation service center to install Blended Winglets to both a Gulfstream II and Hawker aircraft simultaneously.

Posted at 03:29 AM

Vietnam to free up aviation sector - report (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)

HANOI, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Vietnam plans to open up its state-controlled aviation sector to outside investors, including foreigners, allowing them to set up airlines and build more airports, state media quoted a government minister as saying.

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As airline programs turn 25, there are different kinds to suit your style (Macon Telegraph)

The airline frequent flier program turns 25 years old next year. What started out as a pretty straight-forward deal - accumulate miles by flying a lot and get a free ticket - has evolved into a more complicated and nuanced game.

Posted at 02:15 AM

August 25, 2005

U.S. Won't Require Toddlers in Airline Child-Safety Seats (Bloomberg.com)

U.S. Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. government won't require children under age 2 to occupy their own airline seats because parents otherwise may choose to drive and be at a greater risk of dying in an auto accident.

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Jet Aviation Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Privileged TRAVEL(TM) (RedNova)

TETERBORO, N.J., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Jet Aviation, the leading global aircraft charter services company, is celebrating the first anniversary of Privileged TRAVEL, a private jet travel card program offered within the company's award-winning charter services division.

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Jet destroyed, but 57 escape in Peruvian aviation 'miracle' (Chicago Sun-Times)

LIMA, Peru -- Trudging through knee-deep mud in a hail storm, at least 57 people escaped a flaming Peruvian airliner that crash-landed in the Amazon jungle, killing 31. An aviation expert Wednesday called it a ''miracle'' that so many walked away.

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Gulf Air ponders new fleet

Gulf Air is contemplating rival bids for Boeing's 787 against Airbus's planned A350 to replace its fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft between 2008 and 2010, reported Gulf Daily News. The regional carrier woul like to to switch to a combination of Boeing 787s and 737s or Airbus A350s and A320s to reduce maintenance, spare-part and pilot training costs, according to CE James Hogan. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:08 AM

August 24, 2005

58 Walk Away From Peruvian Plane Crash (AP via Yahoo! News)

Trudging through knee-deep mud in a hail storm, at least 58 people managed to escape a flaming Peruvian airliner that splintered as it crash-landed in the Amazon jungle, killing 37. One aviation expert called it a "miracle" that so many walked away.

Posted at 08:40 PM

Atlantis Systems wins $2M follow-on aviation training contract from Canadian Forces (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

TORONTO (CP) - Atlantis Systems Corp., a provider of aviation training services, has won a $2-million follow-up contract from the Canadian Forces.

Posted at 12:54 PM

Indian Airlines summer discounts

Indian Airlines is offering discounts on some flights from the UAE to India to take up spare capacity on additional services put on for summer. About 1,800 seats are being put up at discounts of up to 30% on regular fares. The offer runs until mid-September. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:32 AM

Kanoo, Singapore Airlines deal

Kanoo Travel has been appointed the general sales agent for Singapore Airlines in the Saudi Arabia's Western Province, and now runs the airline's sales for the whole of the Kingdom. The airline operates three flights a week from Jeddah. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:04 AM

August 23, 2005

Aviation company celebrates plant opening (BizJournals)

A mock-up of a $2.8 million Javelin jet plane was the backdrop for the jet-maker Aviation Technology Group to make its official announcement Tuesday morning that it will open its assembly plant at Front Range Airport.

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TVI, ENMU offer aviation manufacturing classes (BizJournals)

The Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute and Eastern New Mexico University's branch in Roswell will offer programs to train people for entry-level aviation manufacturing jobs, the schools and Eclipse Aviation said Tuesday.

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Fitch Rates Jacksonville Aviation Auth (Florida) Ref Revs, Series 2005 (AMT) 'AAA/F1+' (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $41,815,000 Jacksonville Aviation Authority revenue refunding bonds, series 2005 . The long-term 'AAA' rating assigned to the bonds is based on the support of a municipal bond insurance policy provided by Financial Guaranty Insurance Company , which insures scheduled payments of principal of and interest on the bonds, effective as of the date of

Posted at 10:53 AM

Civil Aviation sets for an image makeover (Express India)

The year 2005 is poised to be a landmark for the country's civil aviation in general and airport infrastructure development in particular with plans for airports in New Delhi, Mumbai and 25 non-metro airports.

Posted at 05:31 AM

Skyquest Aviation launch Enhanced Vision System cockpit display (Rotorhub)

Skyquest Aviation, the UK based supplier of specialist aircraft mission equipment, has launched a new 4***** cockpit video display designed for use with the increasingly popular enhanced vision systems (EVS) being retrofitted to existing business and utility aircraft.

Posted at 02:59 AM

August 22, 2005

Phoenix flies to Basra

Sharjah-based Phoenix Aviation Group has started twice-weekly flights between Dubai and Basra, carrying 22 passengers on its inaugural flight to Iraq's second largest city yesterday. Iraqi Airlines has recently commenced regular flights between Dubai and Baghdad. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:50 PM

Russia's Ilyushin 96-300 aircraft are grounded (CBC News)

All of Russia's Ilyushin 96-300 commercial jets are being grounded immediately. As a result, some Aeroflot flights to Toronto have been cancelled until the Russian airline can replace the four-engine long-range aircraft.

Posted at 08:23 PM

Downer in SingAir access talks (NEWS.com.au)

A REVIEW of aviation policy considering whether to allow Singapore Airlines to fly the trans-Pacific route was expected to be ready in two or three months, the Federal Government said today.

Posted at 08:13 PM

Airline mechanics say safety in jeopardy along with their jobs (Seattle Times)

The airline industry's ongoing push to reduce costs by outsourcing jobs *** a key issue for striking Northwest Airlines mechanics &...

Posted at 07:17 PM

Hi-Tec deploys aviation-security complaint system (FCW.com)

Hi-Tec Systems is helping NASA deploy a new system to confidentially acquire information about aviation security problems, company officials said today.

Posted at 05:13 PM

FAA picks Boulder company (BizJournals)

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration selected Vaisala for a $4.3 million contract for an airport runway visibility sensor system.

Posted at 04:34 PM

Airline mechanics say safety in jeopardy along with their jobs (Seattle Times)

The airline industry's ongoing push to reduce costs by outsourcing jobs *** a key issue for striking Northwest Airlines mechanics &...

Posted at 02:27 PM

Experimental aircraft group to host fly-in Saturday (Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune)

The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 944 of Chillicothe will hold their annual Fly-in on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Chillicothe Airport on Highway 36 East. A pancake breakfast will start the day's activities starting at 7 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.

Posted at 02:11 PM

US Airways to unveil aircraft design (BizJournals)

The chief executives of US Airways Group Inc. and America West Group Holding Corp. will unveil the first aircraft painted in the new US Airways design Tuesday at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.

Posted at 01:16 PM

US Airways to unveil aircraft design (BizJournals)

The chief executives of US Airways Group Inc. and America West Group Holding Corp. will unveil the first aircraft painted in the new US Airways design Tuesday afternoon at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.

Posted at 01:03 PM

Air Algerie: New Boeing 737-800 Aircraft Delivered (RedNova)

Air Algerie took delivery Saturday in Algiers of a new Boeing 737- 800 aircraft from the Boeing factory based in Seattle, according to the Algerian airline company's press release.

Posted at 12:41 PM

Reminder - Local Students Participate in Van Nuys Airport's Second Annual Summer Aviation Program (Market Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

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NASA research team envisions flock of robot aircraft monitoring wildfires (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Using the sort of small robotic aircraft flown by the military in Iraq, a NASA research team has developed techniques for launching a fleet of unmanned aircraft like a flock of birds to monitor fast-moving wildfires.

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Colombian airline crashed last week fined (Pravda Ru)

France discovered that a Colombian airline had been fined for safety violations only after a crash last week that killed 152 French people from Martinique, the national civil aviation director said in an interview published Monday.

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Belarus to purchase new combat aircraft after 2010 (Russian Information Agency Novosti)

MINSK, August 22 (RIA Novosti) - Belarus will start purchasing new combat aircraft after 2010, a senior Air Force officer said Monday. Major-General Mikhail Levitsky, the deputy commander of the Air Force and Air Defense, told journalists: "Modern aircraft have a service life of 25-30 years.

Posted at 09:13 AM

Track sputters to a finish Speedway lease expires; aviation expansion planned (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Track sputters to a finish

Posted at 09:06 AM

Malaysian Airline Posts 1st-Quarter Loss on Fuel Cost (Update1) (Bloomberg.com)

Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysian Airline System Bhd., the nation's biggest carrier, had its first quarterly loss in two years after record oil prices raised fuel costs.

Posted at 08:44 AM

Cyprus plane sent "Mayday" minutes before crash (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

An exhausted-sounding man sent last-minute Mayday calls from a Cypriot airliner that crashed earlier this month, Greek officials investigating one of civil aviation's most baffling incidents said on Monday.

Posted at 07:34 AM

Civil aviation inspects scene of plane crash (SABC News)

Civil aviation authorities are investigating yesterday's plane crash in Durban North, where a light aircraft carrying five Austrian tourists and a pilot nose-dived into the roof of a house.

Posted at 05:08 AM

Airline mechanics say safety in jeopardy along with their jobs (Seattle Times)

The airline industry's ongoing push to reduce costs by outsourcing jobs *** a key issue for striking Northwest Airlines mechanics &...

Posted at 02:31 AM

Candover sells aviation group (ShareCast)

"Swissport has been an excellent investment for the Candover 2001 Fund, generating a return of 2.6 times the original cost," said Candover director Charlie Green.

Posted at 02:19 AM

High-flying Lowe: Son keeps Macon's family-owned Lowe Aviation going strong (Macon Telegraph)

Henry Lowe made his first solo flight when he was 16 years old and was a private pilot at age 17. Now 54, he's still excited about flying.

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Airline Northwest strike threatens flights in U.S. (Pravda Ru)

Airline Northwest strike threatens flights in U.S. The first in seven years large strike in U.S. Northwest airline began Saturday, the lightest day for flights. Now, as the working days started, it threatens major disruptions.

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Strike at Northwest raises concern over airline safety (Houston Chronicle)

WASHINGTON - The mechanics' strike at Northwest Airlines Corp. has refocused attention on the airline industry's ongoing push to reduce costs by outsourcing maintenance jobs.

Posted at 12:47 AM

August 21, 2005

Chartering an upgrade: Sterling Aviation adds jet, improves hangars (BizJournals)

Sterling Aviation has added a jet to its fleet and is upgrading its hangars near General Mitchell International Airport in order to attract more customers seeking an alternative to commercial air travel.

Posted at 11:12 PM

ANI, Kathmandu to Dubai

Air Nepal International, the country's new private carrier, will operate three flights a week between Dubai and Kathmandu. It will operate a Boeing 767-300 aircraft on the route with 24 business and 221 economy class seats. ANI will handle ticket sales through Advanced Travel and Tourism in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and Al Sayegh Brothers in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:50 PM

Morrow aviation museum taking off (News Daily)

Karl Walter is cleaning out his attic, rounding up symbols of a past he shared with his wife so he can preserve the memory forever.

Posted at 09:40 PM

Northwest Mechanics Refusing Pay, Job Cuts Go on Strike; Replacement Workers Will Keep Airline Going (RedNova)

WASHINGTON - Northwest Airlines mechanics went on strike early today after refusing big pay cuts and layoffs that would have cut their numbers almost in half. The nation's fourth largest airline pledged to keep flying with replacements.

Posted at 07:56 PM

Aircraft with six occupants crashes in S. Africa (People's Daily)

An Aircraft with six occupants crashed into a house in Durban North, about 600 km southof Johannesburg, on Sunday morning.

Posted at 07:33 PM

Branson happy to increase airline stake (The Age)

Sir Richard Branson says he is delighted to be able to increase Virgin Group's stake in Australian discount airline Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd under a proposal by logistics group Toll Holdings Ltd.

Posted at 07:21 PM

Airline caterer could cause more problems at Heathrow (Stuff)

LONDON: Beleaguered British Airways faces a Tuesday night deadline to resolve a dispute with Gate Gourmet or the caterer will go into administration, a source close to the airline's sole supplier of in-flight meals said on Sunday.

Posted at 05:46 PM

Airline reports no strike disruption (The Australian)

NORTHWEST Airlines flights were "running smoothly" overnight, the second day of a strike by mechanics at the fourth-largest US airline, a company spokeswoman said.

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ONGC to sell aviation fuel (The Telegraph)

Calcutta, Aug. 21 (PTI): The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, which has obtained the approval from the Centre for marketing aviation turbine fuel and refuelling at airports 10 days ago, would start marketing its own air fuel from 2006-07, said Subir Raha, chairman, ONGC.

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Russian Air Show Exhibits Best Aircraft, Technology of Many Nations (Voice of America)

A week-long air show near Moscow brought together state-of-the-art aircraft and technology from around the world, and allowed Russia to showcase its latest aerospace technology.

Posted at 03:50 PM

Defense Agency eyes funds for studying local, U.S. recon aircraft (Daily Yomiuri Online)

The Defense Agency will incorporate in its budgetary request for fiscal 2006 outlays for studies on the possible introduction of U.S. unmanned reconnaissance aircraft and research expenses for domestic production of such aircraft, sources close to the agency said Sunday.

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N.C. Aircraft Mechanics Help Marines With Helicopter Shortage (WRAL-TV 5 Raleigh)

The Marine Corps is coping with a shortage of heavy cargo helicopters by dusting off choppers that have been mothballed in the Arizona desert for a decade and retrofitting them for service.

Posted at 01:45 PM

Airline caterer in deadline threat (ic Ealing.co.uk)

Airline catering firm Gate Gourmet has threatened to put its UK business into administration if British Airways fails to agree to a new contract. The caterer, which was at the heart of the recent chaos at Heathrow airport, has given the airline until Tuesday night to agree to new terms.

Posted at 01:11 PM

As Portugal's fires rage on, EU neighbours weigh in to help (AFP via Yahoo! News)

As thousands of firefighters continued to battle tenacious summer forest fires across Portugal, the parched country's fellow European Union members were moving to provide aid, particularly in the form of aircraft.

Posted at 01:07 PM

Airline caterer in deadline threat (PA via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)

Airline catering firm Gate Gourmet has threatened to put its UK business into administration if British Airways fails to agree to a new contract.

Posted at 12:33 PM

Cyprus probes whether crash airline merited license (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Cyprus is examining whether an airline whose plane crashed last week with the loss of all 121 people on board should have been granted an operating permit.

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France opens probe into firefighting aircraft crash (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

France has opened an involuntary manslaughter probe into the death of two pilots from a firefighting Tracker aircraft that crashed on Saturday, the region's public prosecutor's office said on Sunday.

Posted at 11:46 AM

Cyprus probes whether crash airline merited license (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Cyprus is examining whether an airline whose plane crashed last week with the loss of all 121 people on board should have been granted an operating permit when it was founded.

Posted at 08:29 AM

Northwest, striking workers wait to see if replacements can maintain fleet (USA Today)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Northwest Airlines and its striking mechanics are both watching to see if replacement workers can maintain the fleet of the nation's fourth-largest airline.

Posted at 08:15 AM

As Portugal's fires rage on, EU neighbours weigh in to help (AFP via Yahoo! News)

As thousands of firefighters continued to battle tenacious summer forest fires across Portugal, the parched country's fellow European Union members were moving to provide aid, particularly in the form of aircraft.

Posted at 08:04 AM

Airline firm fails to block mass protest (Telegraph.co.uk)

Embattled airline catering firm Gate Gourmet has lost a High Court battle to ban a mass protest near its Heathrow headquarters. But the firm was granted an injunction limiting the number of pickets immediately outside its gates to six.

Posted at 05:59 AM

66th Annual National Aviation Day Celebration honoring Orville Wright's Birthday (Outer Banks Sentinel)

On Friday, Aug. 19, 2005 National Aviation Day and Orville Wright's birthday will be celebrated at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

Posted at 05:58 AM

Airline firm fails to block protest (PA via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)

Embattled airline catering firm Gate Gourmet has lost a High Court battle to ban a mass protest near its Heathrow headquarters.

Posted at 05:30 AM

Airline strike no trouble locally (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Orn Gudmundsson flew to Memphis on Northwest Airlines Wednesday, planning to return yesterday. When he heard the airline's mechanics were going on strike, he made a rental-car reservation in case he needed to drive back to Louisville.

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Emirates Airline seeks Cabin Crew in Malta (di-ve)

Emirates Airline is hosting another recruitment drive in Malta between 26 and 29 August in search of confident, service-oriented cabin crew to join its rapidly expanding, multi-national workforce. This is the second recruitment drive in Malta in the last three months.

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