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July 01, 2006

Dubai Metro moving on

The Dubai Metro's first pier has been constructed on the Sheikh Zayed Road, between the sixth and seventh interchanges, marking the first visible sign of the project's progress along Dubai's main road. A total of 1,205 piers will be installed along the Metro's Red Line by the middle of next year. Piling work for pillars is scheduled to progress at a rate of one pile per rig every day. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:04 PM

Instead of Walking a Beat, Flying One (New York Times)

The New York Police Department's aviation unit has quietly taken an aggressive role in law enforcement, transforming the age-old model of policing.

Posted at 03:17 PM

Audit finds gains in Aviation Department (Dallas Morning News)

Dallas' Aviation Department has improved its fiscal operations during the past 18 months despite lingering problems, according to a report released Friday night by the office of the city auditor.

Posted at 12:08 PM

Jumeirah eyes new business

Jumeirah is currently looking at 90 potential projects across the globe but expects only a small number of them to become new business concerns for the group, reported Gulf News. Bill Walshe, Jumeirah's Chief Marketing and Business Innovation Officer, said that the company is looking to have hotels in Russia and Paris, as well as in popular resort areas like the Maldives and Mauritius. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:06 AM

Virgin now daily to Dubai

Virgin Atlantic is to up its flight frequency from London to Dubai, starting from today, with flights now available on a daily basis. The move comes in the wake of Virgin enjoying very high load factors since launching the new route back in March of this year. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:38 AM

June 30, 2006

Airline worker fails breath test (BBC News)

An airline crew member is arrested after failing a breath test at Gatwick Airport.

Posted at 02:35 PM

TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc. Announces Resumption of Negotiations Regarding Proposed Merger With TAS Holding, Inc. (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc. today announced that it has resumed the negotiations that were suspended in April 2006 regarding a proposed merger between the Company and TAS Holding, Inc., a company controlled by our principal stockholder, LJH, Ltd. and affiliates of Owl Creek Asset Management, LP, in which the holders of the Company's outstanding common stock will receive cash consideration of

Posted at 12:44 PM

Heart of Kentucky Aviation Celebration is Saturday (Lebanon Enterprise)

Planes will fill the air and line the tarmac Saturday as the Heart of Kentucky Aviation Celebration makes its debut at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

Posted at 07:53 AM

June 29, 2006

1st MAW Marines receive aviation awards (United States Marines)

CAMP FOSTER,OKINAWA,Japan (June 30, 2006) -- Maj. Jon D. Rabine (right) receives the Marine Corps Aviation Association's Marine Aviator of the Year Award from retired Lt. Gen. Bruce B. Knutson Jr. during the MCAA Joe Foss Squadron Awards Dinner June 17 in the Butler Officers' Club at Plaza Housing.

Posted at 10:34 PM

Historic Aviation Memorial Museum Moving (KLTV Texas)

It is official. The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum is moving. Today, the lease was signed to move the museum to the old terminal at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. Museum volunteers say they are

Posted at 08:29 PM

Stevens Aviation Awarded T-34/T-44 Depot Maintenance Contract (Aircraft Maintenance Technology)

Stevens Aviation has been awarded the contract to provide Depot Maintenance services for the U.S. Navy***s T-34/T-44 fleet in support of the Contractor Logistics Support Services contract awarded to Sikorsky Support Services Inc. (SSSI). The contract will support the Chief of Naval Air Training's Undergraduate Student Naval Aviator training missions.

Posted at 10:15 AM

Etihad covers GCC

Etihad Airways will fly six times week between Abu Dhabi and Kuwait from 1 July 2006. The airline now flies to all GCC member countries. Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 777-300 ER planes with two classes will service the route. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 03:04 AM

June 28, 2006

Thales wins Dubai Metro contract

Thales says it has won a contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to provide the fare collection system for the Dubai Metro rail network. Thales will equip stations with access gates, ticket vending machines, station computers and a central controlling system. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:43 PM

Aviation Career Ends for Arkansas General (KARK Little Rock)

An Arkansas commander takes to the skies for the last time. Brigadier General Shelby Bryant has been flying C-130 cargo planes since 1968. But Wednesday`s flight marks the end of his aviation career with the Arkansas National Guard.

Posted at 05:08 PM

Aviation Innovator Uses SolidWorks and COSMOS Software to Power Design of New Class of Aircraft (RedNova)

3D CAD and analysis products help Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc.

Posted at 11:38 AM

SDSU Expands Its Aviation Offerings (The Aero-News Network)

Growth Requires Add'l Courses, Degree Programs The Board of Regents at South Dakota State University believe that aviation has a future at their school... and to show their commitment, they agreed this week to expand the school's aviation-related course offerings.

Posted at 04:02 AM

June 27, 2006

Reef $500m budget hotel plan

UAE-based Reef Real Estate Investment Company will invest $500m in up to 10 budget in the UAE, according to Gulf News. The properties will be managed by new hotel management firm Corp Executive Hotels, in which Reef has a 50% interest. The first hotel is being built in Dubai's Al Barsha area, the second at Business Bay. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:30 PM

FG Sets Up C'ttee for Aviation Industry White Paper (This Day)

The Federal Government has set up an 11-member committee to implement the white paper on the aviation industry which followed the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force then headed by incumbent Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Paul Dike.

Posted at 07:07 PM

Heart of Kentucky Aviation Celebration is Saturday (Lebanon Enterprise)

Planes will fill the air and line the tarmac Saturday as the Heart of Kentucky Aviation Celebration makes its debut at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

Posted at 01:04 PM

Air Arabia, Kuwait early bird

Air Arabia will introduce three weekly morning flights between Sharjah and Kuwait from 2 July 2006. Flights depart Sharjah at 8am every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Return flights leave Kuwait at 9.25am. The airline now has 10 flights between the destinations. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:04 AM

Lebanon mountain villa project

Reef Real Estate has unveiled Bhersaf Tourist Village, a 17-villa mountain project it will build at a cost of $20m in Bhersaf, Lebanon. The four-storey villas will each have their own swimming pool and views of Beirut and the Mediterranean Sea. They are due for completion by the end of 2008. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:16 AM

June 26, 2006

New bidder for bankrupt airline Varig makes deposit (AFP via Yahoo! News)

A US-Brazilian consortium has offered 495 million dollars to buy bankrupt Brazilian airline Varig, a court official said, raising hopes dashed last week by the failure of another bid.

Posted at 03:51 PM

Former Thales exec named CFO of Proxy Aviation Systems (Washington Business Journal)

Proxy Aviation Systems, which established its headquarters in Montgomery County about a year ago, has appointed a CFO.

Posted at 09:41 AM

$300m Najaf airport renovation

Iraq's Najaf Province has entered into a 10 year agreement with Dubai's World Strategic Initiatives Group and the Sahel Al Jazera Group to revamp and modernise Najaf International Airport. The renovation is likely to cost around $300m but flights will begin in a matter of months. Najaf, located near to Karbala, receives millions of pilgrims every year. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:54 AM

Belly dancing banned in Qatar

Belly dancing has been banned in Qatar's hotels following a ruling handed out by the Qatar Tourism Authority, reported Gulf News. IT is thought the ban might have been forwarded via the authority from a government department. Belly dancing performances are still being offered as part of desert tours for private parties. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:26 AM

June 25, 2006

U.S. outlays for airports on A380 are opposed (International Herald Tribune)

A senior Republican lawmaker with influence on aviation transportation matters says that he wants Congress to prohibit U.S.

Posted at 04:20 PM

Indian aviation industry on shaky grounds (NDTV Profit)

The Jet-Sahara deal may have been between two airlines but the entire episode has once again raised several important questions about the Indian aviation industry.

Posted at 11:34 AM

Jumeirah Beach Club to close

Jumeirah has announced the closure of the Jumeirah Beach Club Resort and Spa for complete redevelopment. The property will re-open in late 2007 as a 141 all suite boutique resort. In addition, the resort will feature a purpose built island spa, six restaurants and bars as well as an infinity pool overlooking the Arabian Gulf. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:09 AM

Oasis hands over A320s to LTE

Abu Dhabi's Oasis International Leasing Company has delivered the second of two Airbus A320 aircraft to Spanish carrier LTE International. The two aircraft, which are part of the existing Oasis fleet, have been placed on operating leases with LTE. The A320s will be used to expand the charter services of the airline, which operates a fleet of seven A320 aircraft from its bases in Majorca and the Canary Islands. [AMEInfo.com]

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