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September 10, 2005

BA raises fuel surcharges

British Airways has increased fuel surcharges on its long-haul flights to $55 per flight due to record fuel prices. Other European carriers are expected to follow the BA lead. BA first introduced surcharges of under $5 in May 2004, and this is the fifth increase in a year. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:36 PM

Aviation pioneer and Howard Hughes confidant Jack Real dies at 90 (KESQ)

LOS ANGELES Aviation pioneer Jack Real, who helped develop the Apache helicopter and authored a book on his friendship with reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, has died. He was 90.

Posted at 07:05 PM

Aviation Pioneer Jack Real Dies at 90 (ABC News)

Aviation Pioneer Jack Real, Who Wrote of Friendship With Reclusive Howard Hughes, Dies at 90

Posted at 06:57 PM

Aviation Pioneer Jack Real Dies at 90 (WINK TV Southwest Florida)

MISSION HILLS, Calif. Aviation pioneer Jack Real, who helped develop the Apache helicopter and authored a book on his friendship with reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, has died. He was 90.

Posted at 06:35 PM

Aviation Pioneer Jack Real Dies at 90 (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

Aviation pioneer Jack Real, who helped develop the Apache helicopter and authored a book on his friendship with reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, has died.

Posted at 06:26 PM

Aviation Pioneer Jack Real Dies at 90 (AP via Yahoo! News)

Aviation pioneer Jack Real, who helped develop the Apache helicopter and authored a book on his friendship with reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, has died. He was 90.

Posted at 06:24 PM

Aviation authority to investigate jet crash (SABC News)

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it would investigate the cause of a jet crash which left two people dead in Vereeniging. Gilbert Twala, CAA spokesperson, said four jets from the Sasol team were performing stunts at a Vereeniging airstrip in front of a crowd on Saturday morning.

Posted at 02:23 PM

Northwest mechanics expect deal with airline (Houston Chronicle)

Striking Northwest Airlines mechanics said today they expect to make a deal with the airline, although striking workers probably won't like it.

Posted at 01:45 PM

Striking Northwest mechanics say they expect deal with airline (Kansas City Star)

MINNEAPOLIS - Striking Northwest Airlines mechanics said on Saturday they expect to make a deal with the airline, although striking workers probably won't like it.

Posted at 01:11 PM

Manchester United: United seal airline deal (Manchester Online)

UNITED have confirmed a 12-month sponsorship deal with Malaysian-based low-cost airline Air Asia.

Posted at 07:59 AM

Aviation authority to investigate crash (Independent Online)

The Civil Aviation Authority is to investigate the cause of a jet crash which left two people dead in Vereeniging.

Posted at 07:44 AM

United seal new sponsorship deal with budget airline (ESPN Soccernet.com)

United seal new sponsorship deal with budget airline by England

Posted at 07:19 AM

RIL is sole bidder for aviation fuel stations (Rediff.com)

The Airports Authority of India is in a fix as Reliance Industries has emerged the sole bidder for setting up 25 aviation fuel stations in the country.

Posted at 01:52 AM

September 09, 2005

Waco, Texas, Celebrates Aviation Potential (RedNova)

Sep. 9--The Waco community turned out in force Thursday evening to celebrate the city's aviation potential. And the city's future got even brighter with news that six aviation-related companies are seriously looking at locating here.

Posted at 03:40 PM

Planes, pilots in Galion for Aviation Day (CentralOhio.com)

GALION -- Free airplane rides are only part of the fun available to north central Ohioans on Saturday as the city celebrates another Aviation Day.

Posted at 10:43 AM

Baghdad airport closed to civilian traffic (CNN.com)

Iraqi forces will assume responsibility for airport and aviation security at Baghdad International Airport, a government official said, following its closure to civilian traffic Friday.

Posted at 08:04 AM

Global ePoint's Aviation Division, Global AirWorks, Awarded $4.375 Million Contract by Grupo Synergy (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Global ePoint, Inc. , a leading manufacturer of security technologies for aviation, law enforcement, industrial and commercial markets, today announced that Global AirWorks, its Aviation Division, has received from Grupo Synergy of Brazil purchase orders totaling $4.375 million.

Posted at 07:50 AM

Websites allow travelers to research airline safety records (USA Today)

Websites allow travelers to research airline safety records

Posted at 04:56 AM

Get Your Copy of the Public Service Aviation Handbook 2005/06 Today (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Public Service Aviation Handbook 2005/06 to their offering.

Posted at 04:46 AM

Waco celebrates aviation potential (Waco Tribune-Herald)

The Waco community turned out in force Thursday evening to celebrate the city's aviation potential. And the city's future got even brighter with news that six aviation-related companies are seriously looking at locating here.

Posted at 12:27 AM

September 08, 2005

Kelly Aviation Center Adds Rolls-Royce to Joint Venture (The Auto Channel)

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 8 -- The Kelly Aviation Center, L.P., a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Aircraft & Logistics Centers and GE Transportation, has announced that Rolls-Royce will join the partnership at the KellyUSA industrial park in San Antonio.

Posted at 10:06 PM

Kelly Aviation Center Adds Rolls-Royce to Joint Venture (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

The Kelly Aviation Center, L.P., a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Aircraft & Logistics Centers and GE Transportation, has announced that Rolls-Royce will join the partnership at the KellyUSA industrial park in San Antonio.

Posted at 04:05 PM

Shutdown of key fuel pipeline sends airline prices soaring (Kansas City Star)

Sep. 8--GULFPORT - Rising fuel costs and damage to a pipeline that supplies 13 percent of the jet fuel to the country's airline carriers are being blamed for price increases, according to airfare experts.

Posted at 03:55 PM

Hughes confidant, aviation leader Jack Real dies (Las Vegas Sun)

Aviation pioneer Jack Real enjoyed spending hours on the phone with reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes discussing their favorite subject -- flight. Real, who worked for more than 30 years for Lockeed, was Hughes' personal advisor on aviation matters from 1957 until Hughes' death in 1976.

Posted at 12:10 PM

Qatar, tourism capital for a day

Qatar has been appointed host of World Tourism Day for 2005 by the UN's World Tourism Organisation, becoming the first Middle East country to hold the annual event. The day will feature a national tourism conference and various activities put on by the Qatar Tourism Authority. WTD falls on 27 September and is held in a different destination every year. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:58 AM

FAA won't stop use of runways (Sun-Sentinel)

Despite a request from Broward County officials, the Federal Aviation Administration refused Wednesday to stop using two secondary runways at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to ease growing travel delays.

Posted at 02:21 AM

September 07, 2005

Qatar Airways, Bahrain deals

Qatar Airways is offering discounted economy class fares from Bahrain to five destinations for tickets purchased until 18 September. The offer is on fares from Bahrain via Doha to Karachi for $188, Istanbul for $310, Bangkok for $400, and Manila and London for $475. Tickets are valid for outward bound travel until December 8, while inbound travel must be completed before December 15. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:51 PM

Govt may suspend airline ticket tax (CNN Money)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Regulators are considering a suspension of the 7.5 percent ticket tax paid by airline passengers, a move that would help carriers more easily raise fares and recoup some losses blamed on soaring fuel prices, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Wednesday.

Posted at 05:46 PM

Leading Aviation Security Expert / Former Head of Security for BAA Joins QRSciences Board (Market Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

QRSciences, a developer of advanced technology and leader in the development of Quadrupole Resonance technology for explosive detection, today announced the appointment of aviation security expert, Norman Shanks FSyI, as a non-executive Director.

Posted at 03:58 PM

Italian aviation authority suspends Tunisian airline whose plane went down off Sicily (The Tucson Citizen)

ROME - The Civil Aviation Authority on Wednesday suspended a Tunisian airline from operating in Italy after an investigation found that one of its planes went down off Sicily last month because the wrong type of fuel gauge had been installed.

Posted at 10:32 AM

New Airbus North America, ACI Chiefs to Participate in Las Vegas World Aviation Forum in October (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport today announced that the new chief executives for Airbus North America and Airports Council International - North America will participate as panelists at the inaugural Las Vegas World Aviation Forum, to be held this Oct. 24-26 in Las Vegas.

Posted at 08:16 AM

Global Aerial Surveillance Signs Agreement to Begin Working on Proprietary Airframe Technologies With Leading (Market Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Global Aerial Surveillance, a developer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles for both commercial and military applications, announced today that it has signed an NDA with Sparta Composites www.composites.sparta.com, a leading composite manufacturer for the aviation and aerospace industry, to begin working on proprietary airframe technology and design.

Posted at 05:32 AM

Marriott RiverWalk hotels

Marriott International is opening two hotels at the $1bn RiverWalk development in Dubai Internet City in 2008, the 300-room Courtyard RiverWalk and 120-unit Marriott Executive Apartments RiverWalk. Dubai RiverWalk is a mixed use development by US private equity firm Capital Partners that will include over 4,600,000 sqft of office, residential and retail space. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:13 AM

QFA develops sports hotel

The Qatar Football Association is building a $134m, 30-storey seven-star hotel with a sporting theme. The Digital Sports Hotel will have conference halls, a business centre and a dedicated floor to hold sports conferences, including sports management training programmes. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:51 AM

September 06, 2005

GTCC Aviation Center Cancels Classes (WXII ThePiedmontChannel.com via Yahoo! News)

Guilford Technical Community College's Aviation Center is closing for Hurricane Katrina evacuee processing, the school said Tuesday.

Posted at 02:40 PM

GTCC Aviation Center Cancels Classes (WXII ThePiedmontChannel.com via Yahoo! News)

Guilford Technical Community College's Aviation Center is closing for Hurricane Katrina evacuee processing, the school said Tuesday.

Posted at 02:40 PM

Brazilian airline increases 2006 deliveries (BizJournals)

GOL Linhas Aeras Inteligentes S.A. said Tuesday it ordered five more Boeing 737-800 jets for 2006, raising the Brazilian airline's delivery schedule next year to 11 aircraft.

Posted at 02:11 PM

Brazilian airline increases Boeing delivery (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)

GOL Linhas Aeras Inteligentes S.A. said Tuesday it ordered five more Boeing 737-800 jets for 2006, raising the Brazilian airline's delivery to 11 aircraft.

Posted at 11:07 AM

ACE Aviation Holdings "buy," estimates reduced (New Ratings)

NEW YORK, September 6 (newratings.com) - Analyst Jacques Kavafian of Research Capital maintains his "buy" rating on ACE Aviation Holdings Inc (HV7.BER), while reducing his estimates for the company. The target price is set to $60.

Posted at 10:23 AM

Dassault Aviation says Singapore chose Boeing's F-15 (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)

PARIS, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Singapore has chosen Boeing Co.'s F-15 jet over France's Dassault Aviation's Rafale, Dassault Aviation said on Tuesday.

Posted at 08:28 AM

Lufthansa, Munich flight offer

Lufthansa are recommencing daily flights from Dubai to Munich as of 5 November 2005. The airline is offering a discount rate of $408 for flights booked from now until 10 November, for travel between 10-30 November. The service departs Dubai at 8.50am arriving Munich at 12.25pm. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:18 AM

September 05, 2005

Emirates hikes fuel surcharge

Emirates is set to raise its fuel surcharge by 33% from $65 to $87 on return flights, effective 14 September, reported Gulf News. It is the third increase in the fuel surcharge in 16 months which is aimed at offsetting the increase in aviation fuel prices. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:37 PM

Susilo questions aviation safety standards (Jakarta Post)

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered on Monday Minister of Transportation Hatta Radjasa to investigate the implementation of aviation safety standards in the country in order to prevent more aircraft crashes.

Posted at 10:10 PM

NCAA, Aviation Firm Trade Accusations (This Day)

Controversy could brew in the aviation industry as Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) which regulated aviation in Nigeria, yesterday threatened to shut operations of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) citing breaches that bordered on standards, safety and security at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

Posted at 09:43 PM

EU eyes aviation talks with Australia, Chile, India (The New Zealand Herald)

The European Union's executive Commission wants to start talks with Australia, Chile and India to pave the way for more flights and co-operate on safety and air regulation, it said today.

Posted at 08:28 PM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-09-06 00:49 GMT: EU proposes new aviation talks with India, Australia, Chile (Interactive Investor)

BRUSSELS (AFX) - The European Union's executive arm proposed new aviation talks with India, Australia and Chile aimed at further opening their markets and improving regulatory cooperation.

Posted at 07:16 PM

Black summer for world aviation as plane crashes near Indonesian city (Channel NewsAsia)

SINGAPORE - The deadly crash of an Indonesian airliner Monday brought more gloom to a black summer for world aviation, with more than 530 people killed so far in commercial air accidents since July.

Posted at 06:17 PM

ABC Asia Pacific - News - Indonesian airline examines cause of Sumatra crash (ABC Asia Pacific)

The airline operating a 737 passenger jet that crashed and exploded in a crowded suburb in the Indonesian city of Medan on Monday says it is not yet known why the plane's take-off failed.

Posted at 05:36 PM

Airline entrepreneur beds down in Basel (Swissinfo)

Having turned the airline industry on its head, the founder of easyJet tells swissinfo why he has chosen Switzerland to launch his first easyHotel outside Britain.

Posted at 04:58 PM

EU wants India to sign unified aviation pact (The Telegraph)

New Delhi, Sept. 5 : The European Union wants India to sign a single ***horizontal pact*** with Europe instead of the numerous bilateral air services agreements it has with the UK, Germany, Netherlands and other western European nations.

Posted at 04:41 PM

Nigeria shuts airport over security reasons (AngolaPress)

Lagos, Nigeria, 09/05 - Nigerian aviation authorities have slammed a partial ban on the Maiduguri Airport in the northern state of Borno for safety reasons.

Posted at 02:34 PM

Eleven killed as aircraft strikes tree (NEWS.com.au)

ELEVEN people were killed overnight when an Antonov 26 freight aircraft struck a tree near Isiro airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), aviation officials said.

Posted at 01:37 PM

Aviation officials to probe helicopter crash (Independent Online)

Members of the Civil Aviation Authority, the National Ports Authority and the South African Maritime Safety Authority have met in Richards Bay to discuss their investigations into this weekend's fatal Portnet helicopter crash.

Posted at 11:12 AM

Eleven dead in DR Congo plane crash (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Eleven people were killed when an Antonov 26 freight aircraft struck a tree near Isiro airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), aviation offials said.

Posted at 10:08 AM

Taiwan airline cleared for flights over mainland (International Herald Tribune)

Taiwan's China Airlines has received permission from China to fly over mainland airspace, beginning this week, the airline said, in the latest sign of easing cross-Strait tensions.

Posted at 09:55 AM

Taiwan Airline to Buy China Carrier Stake (AP via Yahoo! News)

China Airlines Ltd., Taiwan's largest airline, said Monday it will join with two shipping companies to buy a combined 37 percent stake in mainland Chinese air cargo carrier Yangtze River Express Airlines Co.

Posted at 09:33 AM

Taiwan Airline to Buy China Carrier Stake (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

China Airlines Ltd., Taiwan's largest airline, said Monday it will jointly buy a combined 37 percent stake in mainland Chinese air cargo carrier Yangtze River Express Airlines Co. with the island's two major shipping companies.

Posted at 07:29 AM

Taiwan's airlines make historic flights over mainland China (Channel NewsAsia)

TAIPEI : Taiwan made aviation history on Monday when three of the island's commercial planes flew over mainland China's airspace, ending a no-fly zone policy imposed in 1949.

Posted at 07:03 AM

Galion ready to welcome pilots, crowds to air celebration (News Journal)

GALION -- Free airplane rides are only part of the fun available to north central Ohioans next week as the city celebrates another Aviation Day.

Posted at 06:13 AM

Indonesia airline says several survivors from crash (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Several passengers survived the crash of an Indonesian Boeing 737-200 in the city of Medan on Monday, a spokesman for the airline said.

Posted at 03:42 AM

European Airline, Utility Stocks Advance; Julius Baer Falls (Bloomberg.com)

Sept 5. (Bloomberg) -- European airline stocks including Air France-KLM Group and utilities such as E.ON AG advanced. Julius Baer Holding AG fell after it agreed to buy three private banks and a fund-management unit from UBS AG for 5.6 billion Swiss francs ($4.6 billion).

Posted at 02:38 AM

Crowds, noise chasing fliers away from airline lounges (Sun-Sentinel)

On a trip to Beijing last spring, Christian C. Johnson, a consultant with BearingPoint Emerging Markets and an elite member of United Airlines' frequent-flier program, went to the carrier's Red Carpet Club at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to get some work done.

Posted at 02:22 AM

Movie Pilot's Company Wins Raves for Real Disaster Video (Los Angeles Times)

Helinet Aviation of Van Nuys becomes the main source of aerial footage from the storm zone. As an aerial coordinator for Hollywood movies, helicopter pilot Alan Purwin has witnessed plenty of make-believe mayhem.

Posted at 02:05 AM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-09-05 07:07 GMT: China to sign aircraft purchase deal with Airbus UPDATE (Interactive Investor)

(updates to add quote from Airbus president, comment from Air China) BEIJING (AFX) - China will likely sign a deal to buy aircraft from Airbus Industrie tomorrow, Airbus officials said.

Posted at 01:40 AM

Changi Airport May Bid To Run Abu Dhabi Airport -Sources (Dow Jones via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance)

Changi Airport May Bid To Run Abu Dhabi Airport-Sources (MORE TO FOLLOW) Dow Jones Newswires September 05, 2005 02:05 ET (06:05 GMT) Copyright (c) 2005 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Changi Airport May Bid To Run Abu Dhabi Airport -Sources By Abdul Hadhi Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)--Singapore's Changi Airport may bid to operate the multibillion dollar Abu Dhabi International Airport

Posted at 01:11 AM

September 04, 2005

Airline Kmart gets new life as shelter Store transformed to fill medical needs (2theadvocate.com)

State officials have turned an empty Kmart building on Airline Highway into a makeshift medical facility for evacuees.

Posted at 11:58 PM

Damascus Four Seasons recruits

The Four Seasons Hotel Damascus is recruiting staff in the UAE ready for its launch in late 2005. The management is particularly looking for Syrian nationals who have acquired international skills in the hospitality sector for this pioneering five-star hotel. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:54 PM

Emirates SkyCargo, new website

Emirates SkyCargo has launched a new website that integrates its SkyChain operation, Emirates' one-stop web shop to check flight schedules and cargo capacity, as well as tracking the progress of cargo. The new Price Quote provides a useful estimate of charges. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:38 PM

Despite higher prices, FBOs pumping more jet fuel (BizJournals)

Bob Karslake, president of Midwest Corporate Aviation, says his jet fuel sales for the first half of this year are up 23 percent over last year -- 384,098 gallons this year versus 312,165 for 2004.

Posted at 11:31 PM

ESA at MAKS 2005 (EurekAlert!)

MAKS 2005 - the biennial Russian International Aviation and Space Salon - is being held in Zhukovsky, close to Moscow, from 16 to 21 August. Space exploration has a prominent role at MAKS 2005 as for the first time the Russian Federal Space Agency, as well as ESA, are exhibitors.

Posted at 11:11 PM

Aviation Minister Moves to Upgrade Airports (This Day)

Aviation Minister, Dr. Babalola Borishade at the weekend directed chief executives of aviation parastatals to evolve a blueprint aimed at upgrading facilities at the nation's four international airports before the visit of an audit team from the International Civil Aviation Oragnsiation (ICAO) next year.

Posted at 10:56 PM

Airline to start no-frills flights (Gulf Daily News)

INDIA's national airline is to replace its normal operations to Bahrain with low-cost services early next year, it was revealed yesterday.

Posted at 09:19 PM

SPEAKING OF WORK: Are inattentive management, airline's financial woes tied? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

SPEAKING OF WORK: Are inattentive management, airline's financial woes tied? Ihave had another negative airline experience since the last column. This time, no fellow passengers were an issue.

Posted at 08:16 PM

Brett Favre Joins Relief Effort (NBC15)

A few more planeloads of donated goods are headed south to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, courtesy of Wisconsin Aviation and Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre.

Posted at 08:12 PM

Conference to be held in Ethiopia to discuss aviation in Africa (People's Daily)

Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababawill host two international meetings discussing civil aviation in Africa, the authorities said Saturday.

Posted at 07:20 PM

Singapore Airocean,A-Sonic Shelve Plans For China Airline (Dow Jones via Yahoo! Asia News)

SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)--Airocean Group Ltd. (A53.SG) and A-Sonic Aerospace Ltd. (A21.SG) have shelved plans for a Chinese budget airline after failing to secure an air operator's certificate.

Posted at 07:14 PM

Singapore Airocean,A-Sonic Shelve Plans For China Airline (Dow Jones via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance)

DJ Singapore Airocean,A-Sonic Shelve Plans For China Airline SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)--Airocean Group Ltd. (A53.SG) and A-Sonic Aerospace Ltd. (A21.SG) have shelved plans for a Chinese budget airline after failing to secure an air operator's certificate. In a joint statement issued Saturday, the companies said they will continue efforts to own and operate an airline in China either individually or

Posted at 07:13 PM

Airport gets nearly $400,000 in grants (Lompoc Record)

9/2/05 The Lompoc Airport will receive nearly $400,000 in grant money from the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) for use in the coming year. The money will be paid in the form of two separate grants. The first grant was applied for in March and is in the final stages of issuance.

Posted at 06:49 PM

Malaysia Airline May Have Foreigner Take Helm, Newspaper Says (RedNova)

Aug. 27--KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia Airline System is considering hiring a foreigner to take the helm of its operations as it seeks to overhaul the company, which has just reported its worst quarterly result in four years, the New Straits Times reported Saturday.

Posted at 06:33 PM

Airline Apparently Not Spinning Flight Delays (RedNova)

MINNEAPOLIS -- While striking mechanics have accused Northwest Airlines of misleading the public about flight delays, interviews with more than a dozen passengers flying out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport showed the airline's information matches passengers' experiences.

Posted at 06:24 PM

Aircraft vanishes off Welsh coast (BBC News)

A major search is taking place for a light aircraft carrying two people that disappeared over the Irish Sea.

Posted at 06:13 PM

Aircraft fly high again (Toowoomba Chronicle)

THE pioneering spirit of those magnificent military men in their flying machines was celebrated by hundreds of aircraft enthusiasts at the new Museum of Australian Army Flying on Saturday.

Posted at 05:31 PM

Lack of communications and comfort make Iraq look "fantastic" (The Biloxi Sun Herald)

GULFPORT, Miss. - Conditions for soldiers in Iraq make Mississippi look like hell on Earth. "We had it made in Iraq, absolutely had it made," said Col. Brad MacNealy of the Mississippi National Guard, who spent a year commanding the 185th Aviation Brigade's 134 helicopters there.

Posted at 03:49 PM

Airline failed duty of care, says mother (The Age)

Karen Marks (right) and Pam Whyte. THE mother of a Melbourne woman trapped in New Orleans is furious that her daughter was flown into the city just 36 hours before hurricane Katrina lashed it and is outraged at the Australian Government's failure to come to her rescue.

Posted at 02:25 PM

China to sign Airbus deal during Blair visit (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)

China will sign a contract to buy aircraft from European planemaker Airbus during this week's visit to Beijing by Tony Blair, the prime minister's spokesman said on Sunday.

Posted at 02:13 PM

Search for missing aircraft off Wexford (RT** News)

A search is underway after a plane bound for Cardiff went missing off the Wexford coast. The Piper Apache single engine aircraft, with two people on board, left the Weston Aerodrome in Dublin this morning.

Posted at 02:07 PM

Kansas City man offers airplane treasures to help save aircraft (Kansas City Star)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City man who has spent his life and thousands of dollars buying airline memorabilia will donate part of his collection to raise money to get a beloved aircraft flying again.

Posted at 12:21 PM

Eclipse Test Jet Lands Without Gear (The New Mexico Channel)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- An Eclipse Aviation Corp. test jet was damaged when it touched down without its landing gear Saturday at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport.

Posted at 12:12 PM

Airbus to Win Sales From China While Blair in Beijing (Update1) (Bloomberg.com)

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- China will sign a contract to purchase aircraft from Airbus SAS, Europe's biggest plane maker, during a visit of U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair to Beijing this week, a spokesman for Blair said.

Posted at 12:05 PM

Airline merger brings optimism (The Charlotte Observer)

W. Douglas Parker, chief executive officer in waiting of US Airways, ventured into the employee-only areas of the Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C., airports last month, meeting dozens of the airline's ticket agents, flight attendants, pilots and baggage handlers.

Posted at 11:27 AM

2006 Honda Civic Coupe and Si designed in... Ohio? (Autoblog)

That***s right, you can thank the great state of Ohio, ***The Heart of it All*** and ***The Birthplace of Aviation***, for the Gen Y/X design of Honda***s new Civic Coupe and Si. A team of 20- and 30-somethings was assembled at the company***s research center in Raymond, OH to design the body styles, while the sedan was apparently developed by, who knows, stodgy old farts in Japan? Actually, we***re totally down

Posted at 10:37 AM

Eclipse test jet lands without gear (KVIA)

ALBUQUERQUE An Eclipse Aviation Corporation test jet was damaged when it touched down without its landing gear. Eclipse spokesman Andrew Broom says the company was still investigating the cause of the accident and the extent of the damage to the N505EA yesterday.

Posted at 09:11 AM

Crash and burn for blockbuster (Sydney Morning Herald)

A year ago the giant dragonflies of the Blue Mountains narrowly avoided a skirmish with a bunch of supersonic, killer aircraft from Hollywood. The dragonflies, it was feared, might be collateral damage in the making of the testosterone-fueled $US130 million ($170 million) blockbuster, Stealth .

Posted at 08:51 AM

Air Arabia adds Mumbai flights

Air Arabia, the only low-fares airline in the Middle East and North Africa, has added seven additional flights to Mumbai from September 6-14 to assist more people to return home to the UAE as the summer holidays come to an end. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:22 AM

Iowa top 10 cool things to do this week (The Des Moines Register)

"Heroes and Legends" is the theme for Clarinda's Fly Iowa aviation event, expected to draw more than 10,000 people to see more than 400 aircraft at the Clarinda Municipal Airport. Aircraft include P-51 Mustang fighters, a Japanese Zero fighter, B-17 Flying Fortress and F-4 Navy Corsair fighter.

Posted at 04:09 AM

On a Wing and a Prayer (RedNova)

The government insists that Britain needs to massively expand its airports to cope with a rapidly growing aviation industry. In actual fact, the sector's boom years could be over A total of 32 million people flew in and out of UK airports in 1970.

Posted at 03:13 AM

Wounded city buoyed by troops' response (Boston Globe)

NEW ORLEANS -- Caravans of buses and fleets of aircraft struggled to carry storm-battered residents away from this wounded city yesterday as military might began to take hold and authorities declared that they had started to restore the peace after nearly a week of death, vast displacement, and chilling lawlessness.

Posted at 02:59 AM

Wounded city buoyed by troops' response (Boston Globe)

NEW ORLEANS -- Caravans of buses and fleets of aircraft struggled to carry storm-battered residents away from this wounded city yesterday as military might began to take hold and authorities declared that they had started to restore the peace after nearly a week of death, vast displacement, and chilling lawlessness.

Posted at 02:56 AM

Army modernises aviation:to purchase 197 choppers (Deccan Herald)

In its major drive underway to modernise all arms -- Infantry, Armour, Artillery and Mechanised units, Army has finalised plans to expand its aviation wing with acquisition of 197 light helicopters as also to equip itself with light helicopter gunships for use in high-altitude areas.

Posted at 01:56 AM

Move to SW Fla. no vacation Director knew area from childhood trip (The News-Press)

Ask Bob Ball about commercial aviation history and he ll talk your ears off. Ask about his personal life or how he copes with the stresses associated with building a new $438 million airport terminal and Southwest Florida International s top executive falls silent or changes the subject.

Posted at 01:38 AM

Army plans expansion of aviation wing by buying 197 choppers (Hindustan Times)

In its major drive underway to modernise all arms -- Infantry, Armour, Artillery and Mechanised units -- Army has finalised plans to expand its aviation wing with acquisition of 197 light helicopters as also to equip itself with light helicopter gunships for use in high-altitude areas.

Posted at 01:04 AM

Jordan expects record year

The tourism sector in Jordan expects to enjoy record revenues of $1.4bn this year due partly to Arab visitors scared by bombings in rival locations. Gulf Arabs, led by Saudi Arabians, comprise around 60% of visitors, and total visitors in the first half of 2005 were up by 9.5% to 2.4m, said the Tourism Ministry. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:05 AM