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Israeli Military Flights Face Turkey Airspace Restrictions

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The Turkish press reported Monday that an Israeli military plane was barred from entering Turkish airspace after the May 31st Israeli commando raid on the Gaza aid flotilla. After this was reported, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Toronto that Turkey imposed a ban on all Israeli flights. What appears to be the real story is commercial flights are not affected in any way, but Israeli military flights on a case-by-case basis must receive prior approval before flying into Turkey's air space.
Source: Planet Data
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FAA Reminder: Don't Take Fireworks on Airplanes

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This seems like it would be common sense information for anyone flying on an airplane, but with the 4th of July coming up the FAA wants to remind people that under no circumstances should any type of fireworks be brought onto a commercial airliner. (FAA) "Fireworks, including even the smallest sparklers, can pose a tremendous fire risk to aircraft both in the air and on the ground. They are not permitted aboard the aircraft. That means they cannot be stored in carry-on or checked bags and they cannot be brought on the plane in a passenger's pockets."
Source: Planet Data
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Alaska Controllers Using NextGen Technology

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Thursday (6/24) that air traffic controllers in the Alaska region are now officially using Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) technology. The system - Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) - is a core NextGen program technology. (FAA) "Controllers at both the Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center and at the Juneau Air Traffic Control Tower are using ADS-B, which is critical in Juneau because, like in the Gulf of Mexico, there is no radar coverage. Radar transmissions cannot pass through the mountains in Juneau, making it one of the nation’s most difficult airport approaches."
Source: Planet Data
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DHS Now Checks All U.S. Air Carrier Passengers Against Watch Lists

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Earlier this month the DHS assumed the responsibility for checking all domestic air travelers against the U.S. government's no-fly watch lists. On Thursday (6/24) DHS announced it is now checking 100% of all domestic and international travelers flying on U.S. air carriers as part of the Secure Flight program.
Source: Planet Data
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Air Forces Chooses Two Bases to House UAV Operations

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The Air Force announced Monday that it has selected Montana's Whiteman AFB and South Dakota's Ellsworth AFB to house ground control operations for the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The new UAV bases join ones already established at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, Cannon Air Force Base, NM; and Holloman Air Force Base, NM, reports AirForceTimes.com.
Source: Planet Data
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: ‘Vancouver International Jazz Festival’ [25th June - 4th July 2010]

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This year’s Festival features over 1800 musicians from Canada and around the world. Many free performances including large outdoor concerts, eight major indoor concert series and a host of nightclub shows. Over 510,000 people attended last year’s Festival.
Source:Coastal jazz
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Spain: Europe and U.S. Reach Air Traffic Research Agreement

Jun 21, 2010 — The FAA and the European Commission reached an agreement Friday (6/18) that will allow the U.S. and the European Union to continue collaboration aimed at providing aircraft with "consistent service" when transferring between the FAA's NextGen and its European counterpart, the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR).
Source: Planet Data
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Republic of the Congo: No Survivors Found at Sundance Plane Crash Site

Jun 21, 2010 — Search crews have located the wreckage of the airplane chartered by Sundance Resources that went missing Saturday during a flight from Cameroon to Republic of Congo. It is being reported that officials say none of the 11 people on board survived the crash, which happened just over the Cameroon border in Congo. The plane was carrying Australian mining tycoon Ken Talbot and Sundance's entire board.


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Bomb Scare Briefly Shuts LAX Terminal

Jun 20, 2010 — Part of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was evacuated Saturday afternoon for about half-an-hour because of a fake bomb threat. Reports say a man had grabbed a passenger's bag from outside Tom Bradley Terminal, ran inside and said the bag contained a bomb. Police subdued the suspect with a Taser.
Source: Planet Data
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New Commander at Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento

Jun 18, 2010 — Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento welcomed a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony on Thursday (6/17) at McClellan Field. Capt. Michael J. Eagle assumed command of Air Station Sacramento from Capt. Gregory A. Buxa, who had been stationed in Sacramento since August 2007. Buxa's next assignment will be in Alameda, Calif., as the chief of strategic operations planning, Pacific Area.


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Canada: After 25 Years Air India Bombing Questions Get Answers

Jun 18, 2010 — The long awaited report about the circumstances of the 1985 terrorist bombing of Air India Flight 182 was released on Thursday (6/17) by Former Supreme Court of Canada Judge John Major. In general, Major's inquiry concludes there were significant failures by the Canadian government, intelligence community, the RCMP and Montreal airport security prior to, as well as in the aftermath of the attack that killed 329 people.
Source: Planet Data
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London, England: ‘Wimbledon Tennis Championships’ [21st June - 4th July 2010]

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Anyone for Tennis? The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly referred to as Wimbledon, is the oldest major championship in tennis .It is also regarded by many to be the most prestigious tennis championship in the world and held at theAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. The Lawn championships at Wimbledon have developed from a garden party atmosphere to a highly professional event attracting over 500,000 spectators.

Source:The Championships Wimbledon


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Athens, Greece: ‘European Music Day’ [21st June 2010]

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Each summer solstice, members of the European Music Day network (aka Fête Européenne de la Musique) organize free concerts all around the city. The European Music Day is gladly entering its 10th year of existence in Greece. Only in Athens, more than 800 music acts or 6.000 artists have shared the experience with 500.000 attendants…so far!
Source:www.istc.org
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Reykjavik, Iceland: ‘Independence Day’ [17th June 2010]

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Celebrated throughout the country, 17th of June commemorates the day in 1944 when Iceland gained full independence from Denmark. The day is honored with all manner of events taking place around the country and particularly in Reykjavik ranging from parades and parties to street theatre and live music performances. The day itself is actually the birthday of Jon Sigurdsson, the peaceful campaigner who is largely credited for being the architect behind Iceland's move towards independence. The day is a national holiday throughout Iceland.
Source:Icelandic Tourist Board
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Saudi Arabia: Israel Has Permission to Use Saudi Airspace for Iran Attack

Jun 12, 2010 — The Times (UK) is reporting that Saudi Arabia has given Israel permission to use part of the Kingdom's airspace for a future bombing run on Iran's nuclear facilities. Furthermore Riyadh has already conducted tests to lower its air defenses in order to make sure Israeli jets have a clear path should Jerusalem call.
Source: Planet Data

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Ukraine: IATA Enters Strategic Partnership with Ukraine

Jun 11, 2010 — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) formalized a strategic partnership with Ukraine's Ministry of Transport and its State Aviation Administration on June 11 by signing of a Memorandum of Intention (MoI) that outlines seven specific areas of cooperation: safety, security, technology, airport infrastructure, air navigation, ground handling and training.
Source: Planet Data

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DHS Checks 100% Passengers Against Watchlists for Domestic Flights

Jun 10, 2010 — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week announced that 100 percent of passengers flying within the U.S. and its territories are now being checked against terrorist watchlists through the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight program. TSA has been working to assume this responsibility from individual airlines since 2007.
Source: Planet Data

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United Kingdom: Man Survives Trip from Austria to UK in 747's Wheel Well

Jun 9, 2010 — A 20-year-old Romanian man survived a trip from Vienna to London as a stowaway in the wheel well of a private Boeing 747 on Sunday (6/6). Police arrested the guy, but Scotland Yard told the Daily Mail that he was only "cautioned for the offence of being a stowaway and questioned about entering Britain without a passport" and then released.
It seems that because Romania is an EU member state, the man did not break any immigration laws. Of course he might be in trouble in Austria for breaching airport security.

Source: Planet Data

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Georgia Law Allows Licensed Firearms in Airport Areas

Jun 9, 2010 — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue today (6/9) signed a bill into law that allows people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns at airport pick-up and drop-off points. However, Perdue also vetoed another bill that would have permitted people to carry licensed weapons in parts of airport terminals not covered by federal restrictions.
Source: Planet Data

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain: ‘Grec Barcelona Festival’ [13th June - 1st August 2010]

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The Grec Arts Festival in Barcelona opens on 20 and 21 June, with the show 'El jardí dels estels' (Garden of Stars), by the great Italian masters, Marcello Chiarenza and Alessandro Serena. Festival de Barcelona Grec, originally simply known as Grec, is one of Europe’s top cultural festivals, offering a blend of national and international productions. It was born in 1976 when a group of theatre professionals began demanding more playhouses and a higher profile for their profession. Over the years, Grec expanded into dance and music, hosting top names. The Grec Festival is a Barcelona's largest annual Dance, Theatre and Music Festival with a huge programme of wonderful events in many venues in the city. There is something for everyone!
Source:Festival de Barcelona
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Krakow, Poland: ‘Lajkonik Festival’ [10th June 2010]

The Lajkonik is a parade through the streets of the city's old town celebrating historic events that have surrounded the city since its founding 1400 years ago. One part of the parade is to remember the defeat of the Tartars, also known as the Mongols, in 1241. In the procession a man dressed in Mongol attire with a wooden horse around his waist is followed by musicians, young children and revelers. Starting from the 12th Century Convent of St Norbet, the march lasts for hours until it finishes at the historic market square, which incidentally is the largest medieval square in the world. This festival has taken place every June for the past 700 years, indicating the mark the invading forces left on the city; the historic city, in which Pope John Paul IIwas born.
Source: Lajkonik Festival

Suriname: U.S. Officials Banned From Flying on Suriname-Based Airline

Jun 7, 2010 — The U.S. Embassy in the South American country of Suriname has issued a Warden Message to tell Americans there that embassy employees are barred from using Blue Wing Airlines for official travel on Suriname domestic flights due to safety concerns arising from the airline's three crashes since 2008. The U.S. Embassy Paramaribo issued the following Warden Message on June 7.
Source: Planet Data
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75-Year-Old Causes Airplane Bomb Scare

Jun 7, 2010 — A Southwest Airlines flight was delayed at Long Island MacArthur Airport Sunday after a 75-year-old Chicago man caused a bomb scare. The suspect, one Draco Slaughter, allegedly told a flight attendant he had a bomb in his carrying-on bag after the plane had made a scheduled stop at the airport on its way from Chicago to West Palm Beach. Slaughter was taken into custody and the aircraft was searched. Authorities did not find a bomb.
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France Lets U.S. Operate High-Risk Traveler Program at Paris Airport

Jun 5, 2010 — The U.S. has entered into an arrangement with France to implement the Immigration Advisory Program (IAP), which will allow for the identification of high-risk travelers at Paris' Charles De Gaulle International Airport before they board aircraft bound for the U.S.

Under the IAP program specialized U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel posted in foreign airports utilize current targeting and passenger analysis information and/or an assessment of passengers' documentation to identify high-risk persons bound for the U.S. and make "no board" recommendations to carriers and host governments. The DHS says IAP will help combat the use of fraudulent travel documents, prevent terrorists and other criminals from entering the U.S., disrupt human smuggling and strengthen cooperation between U.S. CBP and French officials.
Source: Planet Data
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United Kingdom: UK Airline Testing Ash Cloud Avoidance Technology

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Jun 4, 2010 — UK budget airline easyJet announced today it will be the world’s first airline to trial a new technology that will allow pilots to detect volcanic ash clouds and then fly around them. The so-called AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector) system involves placing infrared sensors onto an aircraft to supply images to both the pilots and an airline's control center. The company says AVOID will detect ash up to 62 miles ahead of the aircraft and at altitudes between 5,000ft and 50,000ft. The first test flight will use an Airbus 340 test aircraft and take place within two months.
Source: Planet Data
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$78 Million More in Recovery Act Funds Going to Airport Security Tech

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Jun 3, 2010 — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday announced approximately $78 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for airport security technology projects. Most of the money goes to four airports for specific projects, while $6.9 million in ARRA funds are being spread across 60 airports for the installation of over 250 reduced-size Explosives Detection Systems (RSEDS), which are used to detect explosives in checked baggage. The four largest single awards go to: San Diego International Airport: $28.3 million for the installation of an inline baggage system.Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: $26.6 million for the installation of two inline baggage screening systems.Little Rock National Airport: $11.5 million for the construction of an inline baggage screening system.Salt Lake City International Airport: $4 million to expand its closed circuit television (CCTV) system.Source: Planet Data 
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Fez, Morocco: ‘16th Annual World Sacred Music Festival & Tour’ [4th - 12th June 2010]

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Travelers from all over the world will meet in the holy city of Fez, Morocco for the 16th Annual World Sacred Music Festival. A sacred place and a noble event where leading musicians of world calibre will share sacred music from the spiritual traditions of both East and West. Join in the spirit of this unique multi-cultural event and experience the beauty and majesty of the world's most moving sacred music. "Creative Pathways" is this year’s theme.

Source:Fez Sacred Music Festival 
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St Petersburg, Russia: ‘White Nights Festival’ [20th May - 15th July 2010]

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The White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia is an annual international cultural event. The White Nights Festival consists of a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors, as well as famous international guest stars. The Scarlet Sails celebration is the culmination of the White Nights season, the largest public event anywhere in Russia with the annual estimated attendance about one million people, most of whom are students from hundreds of schools and colleges, both local and international. The White Nights Festival is officially organized under the egis of the Saint Petersburg City Administration. The festival officially begins in May with the "Stars of the White Nights" at Mariinsky Theatre and ends in July of each year. However, many performances in connection with the White Nights Festival may often take place before and after the actual White Nights timeframe.
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Evidence Eliminator - the world's #1 PC security utility

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Following our recent article on Privacy, we would like to share with you the best Security Utility that we know on the Internet > Evidence Eliminator.
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It is a proven fact routine Forensic Analysis equipment such as EnCase and F.R.E.D. used by Private and Business Investigators, Law-Enforcement and others, can recover evidence from parts of your hard drive that you thought were empty, parts that you had cleaned. 

Your hard drive might appear clean but still be full of 'sensitive material' that you did not want to download in the first place and it might very well be a Serious Criminal Offence in your country to have that data stored on your computer even if you didn't know it was still there. You could go to Jail! Pressing 'Delete' or emptying your 'Recycle Bin' - or even 'Formatting' your disk - simply will not work, the 'sensitive material' will still remain on your hard drive! 

Hiding your browsing hist…

TSA 2010 Summer Travel Tips

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Summertime isn’t officially here yet, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s summer as soon as the pools are open. So, in preparation for this holiday weekend and the summer travel season to come, I wanted to post some helpful travel tips. Our highly trained security officers are prepared for the increase in passenger volumes and are dedicated to ensuring safe travels. TSA will be fully staffed and prepared to address the needs of the traveling public this summer.

So lather up with your favorite suntan lotion, take your laptop out in the sun, and read all about TSA travel tips. Fruity beverages and lounge music are optional.

How to Get Through the Line Faster: Passengers can help speed up the screening process by packing their carry-ons in an organized manner. This helps our officers efficiently see what's inside to quickly process it through screening. We put together some great tips on how to get through our lines faster. Click here to read tips about how to pack your bags, the right…

The “easyJet ecoJet”: to cut CO2 emissions by 50% by 2015

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EasyJet has today become the first airline to outline the environmental requirements that must be met by the next generation of short-haul super-clean aircraft; and unveiled its design of what such an aircraft could look like for operation by 2015.


Dubbed the “easyJet ecoJet”, the aircraft would need to be 25% quieter and would emit 50% less CO2 and 75% less NOx than today’s newest aircraft (the 737 and A320 families of aircraft).


The aircraft will incorporate the latest research by airframe and engine manufacturers around the world – all of which can be incorporated into an aircraft that should be in operation by 2015. The projection for the 50% CO2 reduction is based on the findings from the latest research by the industry leaders and will come from the engines (25%), the lightweight airframe (15%) and from improvements to air traffic control technology and design (10%).


In easyJet’s current configuration and operation, the projection for the eco-liner would generate less than 47g of C…

British Airlines strike into fourth day after latest talks break up

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Day four: a number of BA planes will be grounded again at Heathrow.

The current five-day strike by BA cabin crew has entered its fourth day after fresh talks failed to reach a solution. The latest talks between the company and the Unite union, which represents cabin crew, broke up late on Tuesday without agreement.

There was no indication as to whether progress had been made. A spokesman for the conciliation service, Acas, said it would be be in touch with both sides to arrange a future meeting date.

The current strike is the second of three five-day walkouts planned by BA cabin crew. With another day to go in this block of strike action, BA has already said it is prepared for the next five-day run of industrial action, which is due to start on Saturday, and throughout that plans to fly more than three-quarters of customers who booked flights.

It has also said it expects to operate all flights to South Africa ahead of the World Cup. These departures will be part of the 80% of long-hau…

Ryanair Half Year Profit falls 47% to €215m!

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RYANAIR HALF YEAR PROFIT FALLS 47% TO €215m. 
FUEL UP 101% AS TRAFFIC GROWS 19% TO 32m.
Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline, today (3 Nov) announced half year profits of €215m, 47% down on last years interim profits as half year fuel costs more than doubled from €392.7m to €788.5m. Traffic grew by 19% to 32m, as average fares (incl. bag charges) fell by 4% to €47, while total revenues grew by 16% to €1.8bn. Unit costs excluding fuel fell by 6%, (incl. fuel they rose 21%), despite a 2% increase in average sector length.


Summary Table of Results (IFRS) - in Euro
Half Year Results Sept 30, 2007 Sept 30, 2008 % Increase
Passengers 26.6m 31.6m 19%
Revenue
€1,554m €1,811m 16%


Adjusted Profit after Tax (Note 1) €407.6m €214.6m -47%
Adjusted Basic EPS(Euro Cents) (Note 1) 26.61 14.44 
-46%


Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary said:
"Achieving a half year net profit of €215m in very difficult trading conditions with record oil prices …