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Virgin Galactic Opens Spaceport Runway

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Last Friday the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) dedicated the nearly two-mile long "Governor Bill Richardson Spaceway" at the Virgin Galactic Spaceport America. The event included a flyover and landing by Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo, in a captive carry with the mothership SpaceShipTwo.
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FAA Funding Air Traffic Control Tower in Frederick, Maryland

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Last week work began on a new air traffic control tower at Maryland's Frederick Municipal Airport. The FAA is funding the construction with $5.3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Michael Huerta, FAA deputy administrator said, "These Recovery Act dollars will improve the safety and efficiency of Frederick's airport while providing a boost to Maryland's economy."
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Larnaca Airport on Strike from 15th and 24th of October

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The new International Airport of Larnaca is likely to be shut down by force coming from its own staff, due to an ongoing protest that challenges the daily use of metal detectors. which are in place like in many destinations across the world for security reasons. The planned dates for the protes are as follows:
15th of October  10-hours strike from 9:00am till 5:00pm 24th of October  24-hours strike from 9:00am
Airport workers claim, that they have rights to change the metal detector security check for a manual check.
Larnaca Airport Workers seem to be convinced that exposure to everyday electro-magnetic waves can negatively affect their health. A


 Staff Union appeal indicated
 that the Government was informed and given a month to resolve the problem, yet no action action had been taken,.


What is interesting here is that the principle of using a metal detector security test is not against any European or Cypriot law. 


Is this an isolated case or will the rest of the EU follow the lead of the…

EU discuss plane ban

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NICOSIA – Turkey’s ban on Cypriot airliners using its airspace will be on the agenda of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council to be held in Luxembourg friday. Cyprus will be represented at the Council by Communications and Works Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoulli who will inform the Council about the violations on the part of Turkey of international conventions and on particular of the Chicago Convention for International Civil Aviation, as well as the fact that Turkey’s policy contradicts EU goals in the field of air transport, in particular to the issues of competition and avoidance of discrimination, the use of short routes and the provision of qualitative services to EU citizens. Marcoulli will also refer to the adverse financial and environmental consequences due to Turkey’s policy and will call on the EU to make use of political, legal and other means for collectively addressing this problem. On the sidelines of the Council, Marcoulli will meet European Commission Vice…

UK court upholds ban on direct flights to the north

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CYPRUS Turkish Airlines, known as KTHY, has lost its bid in the Court of Appeal to overturn the ban on flights from the UK to the north. KTHY and its UK tour operator, CTA Holidays Limited, argued that the ban unfairly restricted Turkish Cypriots and their companies wishing to travel and conduct business with the EU and the rest of the world. Currently, flights to northern Cyprus must land in Turkey first, which is the only country in the world that recognises the ‘TRNC’. Yesterday three appeal judges ruled that granting permits would contravene the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation and constitute a breach of the UK's obligation to respect the rights of the Republic of Cyprus (RoC). The High Court held that the UK Government was right to refuse permits to KTHY and CTA Holidays as granting them would breach the RoC's rights under the Chicago Convention. Yesterday the decision was upheld by appeal judges Lord Justice Ward, Lord Justice Richards and Sir David Keene. Lo…

President Signs NASA Blueprint into Law

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President Obama on Monday signed into law the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. The legislation among other things, adds a third and final space shuttle mission next year, ends the former Bush administration's plan to return to the moon, and extends space station operations five years to 2020.
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United Arab Emirates: Canadian Military Booted from UAE Air Base

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The UAE has fired back at the Canadian government's denial of opening up of new commercial air routes between the two countries, by revoking the Canadian military's ability to operate from Camp Mirage in Dubai. Canada has less than 30 days to vacate the base that provides logistical support for Canadian troops fighting in Afghanistan.
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FAA Proposes New Safety Rules for Helicopter Operators

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(FAA) "The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) [on Thursday] proposed broad new rules for helicopter operators, including air ambulances, which, if finalized, would require stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications and training, and additional on-board safety equipment."
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Suspicious Baggage Handler Causes Plane Evacuation

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Authorities are looking for a suspected unauthorized person who was loading baggage onto a US Airways Flight at Philadelphia International Airport that was bound for Bermuda 7th of October. The flight has been postponed and everyone aboard evacuated, while the plane is searched. The incident began when two US Airways baggage handlers noticed a third man helping to load the plane was not displaying his credentials. When the employees asked the man for identification, the man ran away and has not been located.
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Greek Air Force was losing fuel

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Larnaca Airport went on alert Tuesday after a Greek Air Force C130  carrying troops informed the control tower it was losing fuel.
The airport authorities immediately signalled for full mobilization of the emergency services.
The military plane landed safely at noon and nobody was hurt and experts are now examining the aircraft.


Source: cyprusweekly.com.cy

Ryanair launches one million €8 seat sale

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Ryanair on the 05 October announced that from midnight it would release one million €8 seats – including taxes and charges - for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in November. The low-cost Irish carrier will be commencing flights from Larnaca to Brussels in November and from Larnaca to Barcelona as of December so the offer would apply only to the Brussels flights. The “all in” low fares will be available on over 500 of Ryanair’s European routes but must be booked on www.ryanair.com before midnight on Thursday this week. Read More

U.S. Issues Alert to Americans Traveling in Europe

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On October 3rd, the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Alert to Americans traveling in Europe, warning them to be alert as al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups "continue to plan terrorist attacks." While the State Department does not say it has specific information about an impending attack, it does cite the potential for terrorists to attack tourist infrastructure and transportation systems including "subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services." It is worth noting that in the past the State Department has rarely if ever issued a Travel Alert, or a more long term and serious Travel Warning, on a Sunday. Full Travel Alert
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747 Makes Emergency Landing at Heathrow

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A British Airways Boeing 747 taking off from London and headed to New York, had to return and make an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport Saturday after a cockpit warning light indicated one of the aircraft's doors was not completely closed.
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TSA Funds Another In-Line Baggage Handling System

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this week announced an award of approximately $4.6 million to Colorado's Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) for construction of a new in-line baggage handling system.
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Savings on ARRA-Funded Airport Projects Available for Other Airports

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday announced that $2.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding is being used for three airport rejuvenation projects. The money is available because other ARRA-funded airport projects came in under budget. The three additional rehabilitation projects are: Lawrence, Mass., Municipal Airport -- $1.2 million for several pavement rehabilitation projects on airport taxiways and aircraft parking aprons.Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport -- $1 million for the ongoing construction and paving of the new international terminal apron.Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa, CA -- $379,000 for the airport to complete the second phase of its terminal rehabilitation and replace the terminal building roof.Source: Planet Data
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Former Airmen Say UFOs Visited Nuclear Sites, Affected Missiles

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Seven retired United States Air Force officers told a press conference on Monday that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) have visited U.S. Air force bases, and in some cases temporarily disabled nuclear missiles.
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