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January 07, 2006

Guarded By Nuclear Protection Teams, U.S. To Launch Fastest Spacecraft, Reports Aviation Week & Space Technology (RedNova)

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. is poised next week to fire an unmanned spacecraft toward Pluto at a speed of 10 miles per second, the highest velocity any space mission has ever been rocketed from Earth, Aviation Week & Space Technology reports in its January 9 issue.

Posted at 04:30 PM

Eclipse Aviation plans to hire 550 workers in Albuquerque (KVIA)

ALBUQUERQUE Albuquerque-base airplane manufacturer Eclipse Aviation plans to more than double its current work force.

Posted at 10:24 AM

Start-up airline seeks to fill vacant OIA slots (Orlando Sentinel)

Virgin America, a start-up low-fare airline, wants to become the newest carrier at Orlando International Airport, where several industry bankruptcies are likely to leave empty gates this year.

Posted at 05:41 AM

Return of aviation unit leaves one SD unit in Iraq (Sioux City Journal)

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) -- Five members of the South Dakota National Guard's 249th Aviation Battalion have returned to the United States. They arrived at Fort Bliss, Texas, Thursday after serving for a year in Iraq, the Guard said.

Posted at 01:26 AM

January 06, 2006

Southwest first airline to offer free travel to Independence Air customers (USA Today)

Federal laws passed after 9/11 already require surviving carriers to transport customers of a collapsed airline for a fee of no more than $50 each way. Southwest has become the first major airline to go one better by offering free travel to customers ticketed on now-defunct Independence Air.

Posted at 03:45 PM

Return of aviation unit leaves one SD unit in Iraq (AberdeenNews.com)

YANKTON, S.D. - Five members of the South Dakota National Guard's 249th Aviation Battalion have returned to the United States. They arrived at Fort Bliss, Texas, Thursday after serving for a year in Iraq, the Guard said.

Posted at 10:10 AM

ImageWare Systems Sponsors American Association of Airport Executives' 20th Annual Aviation Issues Conference (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

SAN DIEGO----Jan. 6, 2006--ImageWare Systems, Inc. , a world leading developer and provider of identity management solutions, today announced its sponsorship of the American Association of Airport Executives' 20th Annual Aviation Issues Conference, held January 8 - 12, 2006, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Kona, Hawaii.

Posted at 08:35 AM

January 05, 2006

Vietnam's Aviation Sector Gets Set For Takeoff (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

Vietnam's aviation sector is calling for VND185 trillion (US$11.6 billion) in investment in a bid to become the fourth-largest aviation market in the region by 2025, according to a senior official.

Posted at 10:50 PM

Bad business plan grounds airline (USA Today)

As an employee for one of Independence Air's competitors, I can't say I will miss the airline. Although I feel bad for its employees, the airline has no one to blame for its demise but its irresponsible management ("Independence quits flying Thursday," Money, Tuesday).

Posted at 08:46 PM

The Aviation Industry in Nigeria (AllAfrica.com)

The recent three air crashes in Lisa Village, Kaduna and Port Harcourt that consumed more than 200 lives, and the crisis in evacuating Hajj Pilgrims to Saudi Arabia have doubtlessly exposed the serious shortcomings associated with the aviation industry in Nigeria.

Posted at 12:45 PM

Rocky's aviation program recertified (Billings Gazette)

The Federal Aviation Administration has recertified Rocky Mountain College's flight school after a formal inspection in late December.

Posted at 02:49 AM

January 04, 2006

Emirates SkyCargo to Lilongwe

Emirates SkyCargo is to start freighter services from Dubai to Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, from January 13 in a joint operation with Air Cargo, a subsidiary of Air Malawi. This will be Emirates SkyCargo's 12th African destination, with an Airbus A310-300F freighter once a week on Fridays. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:26 PM

Law aids faltering airline's travelers (The Charlotte Observer)

Passengers booked on Independence Air still have a chance to get where they want to go, even if their flights are scheduled after the airline's planned shutdown on Thursday, thanks to a federal law.

Posted at 06:39 PM

DASSAULT AVIATION : Changes in general management (Market Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Saint-Cloud, January 4th, 2006 - Following the retirement of Christian Decaix and Jean-Marc Grillet, the organization of Dassault Aviation's general management is as follows from January 1st, 2006:

Posted at 11:56 AM

TEXT-China Aviation says share invite oversubscribed (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)

SINGAPORE, Jan 4 - (The following statement was released by the company) Creditors' share invitation - close of application and details of applications by tranche b creditors Reference is made to China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corp Ltd. 's announcements of 5th, 9th and 21st December 2005 ("Announcements").

Posted at 04:16 AM

Saudia receives Embraer 170s

Saudi Arabian Airlines yesterday celebrated the arrival of the first two aircraft of its new Embraer fleet. The company has bought 15 Brazilian Embraer 170 aircraft in a $400m self-financed deal for the first time in the history of the airline, reported Arab News. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:15 AM

January 03, 2006

ACE Aviation's Milton Sells Stock Worth C$11.3 Mln (Update1) (Bloomberg.com)

Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. Chief Executive Officer Robert Milton sold stock worth about C$11.3 million ($9.8 million) after exercising stock options awarded by the owner of Canada's biggest airline.

Posted at 03:39 PM

ACE Aviation's Milton Sells Stock Worth About C$11.3 Million (Bloomberg.com)

Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. Chief Executive Officer Robert Milton sold stock worth about C$11.3 million ($9.8 million) after exercising stock options awarded by the owner of Canada's biggest airline.

Posted at 12:53 PM

Air Arabia adds Tehran

Air Arabia will fly from Sharjah to Tehran three times week starting 1 February 2006. Flights run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, departing Sharjah at 10.50am and arriving in Tehran at 12.20pm. Return flights depart Tehran at 13.05pm and arrive at Sharjah at 15.45pm. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:14 AM

Al Ain air show gears up

The Al Ain Aerobatic Show has a line up of over 60 aircraft and pilots from 35 countries for the five-day event running from 11-15 January 2006. The schedule includes demonstration flights in military aircraft such as the F-16, Mirage 2000, and Apache and Chinook helicoptors. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:01 AM

January 02, 2006

US budget airline to close down (BBC News)

Budget US airline Independence Air announces it is to shut down after its parent company failed to find an investor or buyer.

Posted at 04:41 PM

ICAO to Audit Nigeria's Aviation Industry (RedNova)

ICAO to audit Nigeria's aviation industry LAGOS, Jan.

Posted at 10:46 AM

GCAA, new website

The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority has launched a new website at www.gcaa.ae. The site will have services such as e-Licensing, e-Payment, and e-Job to help UAE nationals with career applications. The website also contains the authority's 2006 safety training programme schedules. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:07 AM

January 01, 2006

Lufthansa flights to Doha

Lufthansa will operate flights between Doha and Frankfurt from 10 January 2006, reported The Peninsula. The carrier will run three weekly flights from Doha on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing 12.10am and arriving Frankfurt at 6.30am. Flights from Frankfurt go every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 12.55pm and arrive Doha at 10.10pm. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 09:43 PM

Dawson plane crash kills 2 (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Two people were killed when a plane crashed in the city of Dawson Sunday afternoon. The dual-engine six-seater Beech Barron aircraft was carrying five people when it went down near the Dawson-Terrell County Airport about 3 p.m., said Kathleen Bergen of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Posted at 06:25 PM

Flying into a turbocharged 2006 (The Hindu)

THE year gone by saw some far-reaching developments in the civil aviation sector.

Posted at 01:00 PM

Lucky Star back at Sanford airport after military plane's world travels (Orlando Sentinel)

From warplane to spy plane, a PV-1 Ventura returns to its Central Florida roots and restoration for an aviation park. Visitors see only the hollow, bare-metal nakedness about it now, but teams of restoration volunteers can imagine the wingless Lockheed PV-1 Ventura, after another two years or so of attention to detail, once again taking flight.

Posted at 03:04 AM