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NOMINEE NAMED TO HEAD TSA
President Barack Obama has
nominated John Pistole to take over as the next head of the
Transportation Security Administration, his third effort to fill the
long-vacant position. Two other recent nominees failed to win
confirmation. Pistole, deputy director at the FBI, has been described as
"bullteproof." In announcing his choice, President Obama said: "The
talent and knowledge John has acquired in more than two decades of
service with the FBI will make him a valuable asset to our
administration's efforts to strengthen the security and screening
measures at our airports." Pistole helped to lead the investigation of
the Egypt Air Flight 990 crash in 1990, and recently was involved with
the pursuit of the Times Square bombing suspect. Pistole is expected to
attract bipartisan support, according to The New York Times. More...
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WELCOMING BACK BIZ TRAFFIC
Normally business-friendly Japan
is revamping its rules for business aircraft after realizing the
strangely stringent regulations were detouring the world's business
elite. The Daily Yomiuri reports that business aircraft traffic at Japan's
largest airports, Narita and Haneda, has dropped drastically in recent
years and totals just 3,000 operations a year. By contrast, New York
airports saw 255,000 business aircraft movements last year. The
newspaper quotes unnamed government sources as blaming a lack of
facilities for business aircraft and some inconvenient regulations for
the almost nonexistent traffic. More...
Business Aviation Will Help
Companies Not Only Survive
But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis
To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep
flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even
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surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for
FRANCE LAUNCHES A380 SHUTTLE
Airbus likely didn't envision
its super-long-range flagship A380 being used as a shuttle but Air
France apparently thinks it can make money hopping across the English
Channel with the giant airliner. The airline will begin summer weekend
A380 service between London's Heathrow and Paris's Charles de Gaulle
airports June 12. There will be one flight a day each way from Saturday
to Monday for most of the summer and Friday flights will be added for
July. Air France is launching the service with a seat sale and one-way
tickets are about $275 on the reservations Web site. More...
Eur-Avia Cannes Is Southern
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UP AT GULFSTREAM
Gulfstream says business is up and it's
predicting continued slow recovery through the coming year. In a
conference call to discuss its first quarter results of parent company
General Dynamics, CEO Jay Johnson said Gulfstream, buoyed by 200 orders
for its new G650 ultra-fast and ultra-long-range business jet, is in a
solid position. "First quarter revenues are up 15 percent over the last
quarter of 2009, and the G650 order book remains strong," he was quoted
as saying by the Savannah Morning News. "Aircraft maintenance,
repair and overhaul demand is good." Johnson said the company expects to
build 77 large and 14 midsized jets in 2010 against an order backlog of
$18.5 billion. More...
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ISSUE STALLS FAA BILL
When the Senate OK'd an FAA funding
bill back in March, it looked like the agency would finally see an end
to a long series of short-term extensions dating back to 2007, but now
the bill remains stalled due to a dispute over union rules. The House
version of the bill includes a provision that would change the status of
some FedEx workers who are now regulated under the Railway Labor Act,
which also covers airlines. The House bill would place those workers
instead under the National Labor Relations Act, the same rules that
govern UPS workers. The Senate version of the bill doesn't include this
provision, and the two sides have been unable to reconcile their
differences, resulting in a delay in completing the bill so it can go to
the White House. The current FAA funding has now been extended to July 3
in the hope that the two sides can work things out by then.
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INFLATABLE WING ULTRALIGHT AIRCRAFT
The Woopy-Fly, a
sort of paraglider/trike/ultralight hybrid shown on the world stage at
AERO Friedrichshafen this April 2010 in Germany, has a wing that folds
for storage like a paraglider because it's inflatable. Currently,
it appears the wing itself is only available from distributors in
Switzerland, Russia, and Japan. Those wishing to buy the trike (plus
wing) can expect a complete kit cost to run about 13,780 Swiss Francs,
which currently is about US$12,400 plus the legal disclaimer that
releases the manufacturer of liability. More...
NEW DIESEL PROJECT
said more than a year ago that it wanted to get an aerodiesel into its
product line, and now it has one. The company bought diesel technology
already developed from a European source and is forging ahead with its
own program. More...
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