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May 20, 2006

No fears for Air NZ key role job loss (TVNZ)

The country's aviation safety watchdog says it holds no fears regarding safety at Air New Zealand, despite the disestablishment of the chief electrical inspectors role at the airline.

Posted at 08:49 PM

Aircraft carrier captain tours Missouri (Jefferson City News Tribune)

While the 98,000-ton aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman was shored for its first major tune-up since first taking to sea eight years ago, commanding officer Capt. James P. Gigliotti made a tour of Missouri, stopping in Jefferson City on Thursday.

Posted at 12:32 PM

Emirates flight skids off runway

An Emirates flight bound for Dubai skidded off the runway at Manila International Airport on Thursday, but there were no injuries, reported Gulf News. 427 passengers were on board flight EK335 when the plane skidded into a soft surface, damaging its nose wheel and was unable to move forward. The flight was rescheduled and arrived in Dubai on Thursday evening. []

Posted at 05:38 AM

Egypt hopes for Saudi record

Egypt is hoping to receive a record number of tourists from Saudi Arabia this summer. Last year, the number of GCC tourists visiting Egypt rose by 40%, helped mainly by more than 350,000 Saudi visitors. So far this year, from January to April, just over 80,000 Saudis have holidayed in Egypt, and tourism officials in the North African nation are anticipating record numbers this summer to popular destinations such as Cairo and Alexandria. []

Posted at 02:40 AM

May 19, 2006

TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc. Names John R. Cawthron as Chairman of the Board of Directors (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc. today announced that John R. Cawthron, who currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Posted at 03:30 PM

Nigeria: Borishade Tasks Aviation Parastatals On Safety (

Andy Ekugo Abuja. Minister for Aviation, Professor Babalola Bori-shade, has directed all Heads of Parastatals in the ministry to improve their responsibilities, to ensure safety during rainy season.

Posted at 11:26 AM

Army names new commander of Fort Rucker Aviation Center (

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (AP) *** Army Major General Virgil L. Packett the Second has been named the new commander of Fort Rucker and its Aviation Warfighting Center.

Posted at 07:46 AM

Aviation museum names three award winners (The Wichita Eagle)

The Kansas Aviation Museum announced Wednesday the recipients of its To the Clouds Award. The award recognizes people who have advanced Wichita's art, community and culture.

Posted at 01:44 AM

May 18, 2006

BTC delays renovation of its Aviation Center (Gazette Extra Sports)

Hurricane Katrina still hammers the country, even hundreds of miles from the Gulf Coast. Example: The Blackhawk Technical College Board decided Wednesday to delay the renovation of its Aviation Center for at least one year because of higher-than-expected costs.

Posted at 01:10 PM

Japan to fingerprint visitors

Foreign visitors to Japan will be fingerprinted and photographed, after the country's parliament passed a controversial law in an effort to fight terrorism, according to the BBC Online. The measures will apply to all foreigners over the age of 16, except permanent residents and those on official business. []

Posted at 03:58 AM

May 17, 2006

Bombardier moves sales to Dubai

Bombardier Business Aircraft has moved its Middle East and African sales operation and Skyjet International Middle East office to Dubai International Airport. It is located within ExecuJet's new facility, which also houses a Bombardier authorised service facility and parts depot. []

Posted at 11:52 PM

Security Aviation: opening statements (KTVA)

After an intense jury selection, prosecution and defense attorneys make their opening statements Tuesday in the trial where the feds accuse Security Aviation officials of plans to use rocket pod launchers as destructive devices.

Posted at 04:52 PM

Airline stocks pull back in broad market sell-off (Market Watch)

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - AMR Corp. and ExpressJet Holdings helped support the airline sector early Wednesday only to see initial gains on lower oil prices swept away as the sector was caught in a steep, triple-digit drop in the broad market.

Posted at 09:45 AM

Emirates ups Gatwick capacity

Emirates has increased its passenger capacity on flights from Dubai to London Gatwick by 500 seats, by adding the larger Boeing 777-300ER on the route for one of its three daily flights. It has 364 seats in a three-class configuration, with 12 seats in first, 42 in business and 310 in economy. The aircraft also carries Emirates' in-flight entertainment system which offers more than 500 channels on demand. []

Posted at 05:41 AM

May 16, 2006

Airlines wait for A350 plan

Airbus is likely to decide before July whether to modify its wide-body A350 plane, according to an AP report. Some airlines and jet leasing companies are pushing for a larger and more fuel efficient version. Airbus and Boeing - with its 787 Dreamliner - are competing head to head for sales, including a potentially huge order from Emirates. []

Posted at 10:30 PM

Aviation Photographer George Hall Dies At 65 (PDNonline)

George Hall, a leading aviation photographer and founder of two stock photography agencies, died April 20 as a result of complications from open heart surgery. He was 65.

Posted at 09:11 PM

Domestic aviation to open up (Business Standard India)

The government is likely to allow foreign airlines to invest in Indian domestic air carriers in the forthcoming civil aviation policy and also raise the ceiling on foreign investment to considerably more than the current 49 per cent.

Posted at 02:31 PM

Skywards goes skiing

Skywards, the frequent flyer programme of Emirates and Sri Lankan airlines has taken on Ski Dubai as a partner. Skywards members can now redeem miles with vouchers for skiing, snowboarding and Snow Park access at the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. []

Posted at 04:10 AM

Oman, $66m ferry purcahse

Oman has ordered two multipurpose passenger-vehicle catamaran ferries at a cost of $66m from Australian shipbuilding firm Austal, according to the Oman Daily Observer. Each 213-foot vessel has the capacity to carry 203 passengers and 56 cars. They will be used to provide a tourist service for trips to Oman's northern coastline. []

Posted at 01:55 AM

May 15, 2006

Aviation Authority starts $2M project at JIA (The Business Journal of Jacksonville)

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority on Monday began construction on a $2 million project to improve the upper level departures entrance at Jacksonville International Airport.

Posted at 02:44 PM

GE-Aviation finalizes design for Boeing engine ( via Yahoo! Finance)

GE-Aviation said it has finalized the architectural design of its GEnx engine that will power Boeing's 747-8 aircraft. The engine will now enter the detailed design phase.

Posted at 11:05 AM

Al Habtoor, DAR Palm deal

The Al Habtoor Group has appointed DAR to design its $204m resort on Jumeirah Palm. The new resort, which will be managed by Habtoor Hospitality, will be located on plot No. 34 on the crescent and total land area is approximately 500,000 sqft. The theme of the Resort is planned to be a mix between Thai and Balinese with low rise buildings. []

Posted at 03:53 AM

Boeing, 4% price rise

Boeing, the world's second biggest producer of commercial aircraft, yesterday raised the average list price of its airliners by 4%, reported Bloomberg. Prices went up on all models and the company attributed this to a rise in the cost of manufactured parts used to make planes. []

Posted at 01:26 AM

May 14, 2006

Army Aviation Warfighting Center Assumes UAS Training Mission (Space War)

by Michael Collins Fort Huachuca AZ (AFNS) May 15, 2006 The newly activated Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Battalion (provisional) assumed responsibility for training operators and maintainers of the Army's unmanned aerial systems last month at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Posted at 08:21 PM

Washington State DOT Receives FAA Grant to Begin Long-Term Aviation Study (The Aero-News Network)

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has received an FAA grant to begin work on the Long-Term Air Transportation Study (LATS). Authorized by the Legislature, LATS is a three-year comprehensive airport system study to guide future investments in Washington's public use airports.

Posted at 02:12 PM

Kuwait plans metro

Kuwait's government has formed a ministerial committee to take charge of planning the construction of a large metro network, in order to end serious traffic congestion problems, reported the Arab Times. The Minister of Public Labour and Housing, Bader Al-Humaidi, said that no date has yet been set for the start of the design process and international consultants will first carry out a full study. []

Posted at 05:05 AM