Being a UN peacekeeping troop is tough under any circumstances,
but along the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia, that job as been
made a whole lot tougher. Eritrean government officials have banned
the use of helicopters along that tense frontier, putting the lives
of peacekeepers in danger, according to UN officials.
The already strained relationship between the US and the
European Union is being put to the test this week, as trade
negotiators work to replace the myriad of aviation agreements
between the continents with a single, unified open skies pact.
There's money on the line here -- industry executives figure a
unified deal will mean about $5 billion more air travel business
It started when a German passenger aboard and Air China flight
from Beijing to Nanchang noticed something just didn't sound right
as the pilot started the engines. In spite of an apparent language
barrier, the German's concerns became the entire cabin's concerns
and the flight was stopped before it could take off.
Virginia Beach Mayor Now "Extremely Cautiously Optimistic"
About Chance To Keep Oceana
The battle between Virginia Beach, VA, and Jacksonville, FL, may
be over. At least, the mayor of Jacksonville has declared a
unilateral truce and the mayor of Virginia Beach says she's
"extremely, cautiously optimistic."
A TSA screener at JFK International in New York was charged
Thursday with stealing $80,000 in cash from luggage bound for
Pakistan. The 23-year old screener reportedly admitted he'd stolen
at least some of the cash and was promptly arrested.
Despite Concerns Raised by FAA, Congress, Industry, Tax Rules
Remain in Effect
Business aviation groups Thursday applauded the FAA for sending
a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeking suspension
of tax rules that are confusing for the business aviation industry
to implement and have the potential to decrease funding for
important aviation infrastructure projects.
BAE Systems has announced deployment of the company's AN/ALQ-221
Advanced Defensive System (ADS) on US Air Force U-2S reconnaissance
airplanes. The system will now be deployed in military operations,
after achieving initial operating capability.
Catering Outfit Says It's Exceeded All Expectations This
Catering consortium Aviation Services Network (ASN) says it has
exceeded all expectations in the year since its founding, and
recently added the milestone 300th airport FBO to its nationwide
network. ASN aims to establish bring common standards for quality,
technology, customer service and financial management to the
business of in-flight catering, and counts more than 60 caterers as
part of its network.
"The feedback I've received in recent weeks makes it clear that
the community does not want the master jet base to return, and I
Source: Jacksonville, FL, Mayor John Peyton,
quoted by the Associated Press, pulling his city out of the running
to base the naval air contingent now stationed at NAS Oceana in
Virginia. Although Peyton had earlier pledged $50 million to return
military operations to Cecil Field, he cited growing opposition in
the community as his reason to just say no.