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Alum, ExpressJet VP talks future of aviation

For Brad Sheehan, senior vice president of operations for ExpressJet and a 1997 graduate of Auburn University, the future of aviation is promising. Sheehan spoke to a group of Auburn students Thursday about current and future opportunities in aviation following several years of downturn in the industry. “I got an invitation to come back and talk at the school that I spent four years an...

United Airlines Fails To Reach Agreement With Teamster Aviation Maintenance Technicians

United Airlines'  labor woes continue as talks with International Brotherhood of Teamsters-represented aviation maintenance technicians and related workers stalled yesterday. "Delta and American are setting the pace and United is dragging its feet," said Clacy Griswold, lead negotiator for the Teamsters. "Our hardworking aviation professionals deserve industry- lead...

Officials hope to attract business aviation to Oakland County International Airport

Officials are trying to bring more business to the county through the runways of Oakland Country International Airport in Waterford Township. An estimated $300 million in business aircraft lined the runways as officials attempted to lure new clients to the state’s second-busiest airport at an expo — believed be the first of its kind in the state — on Sept. 25. Oak...

BAE Systems shame: defense contractor walks back part of IFE claim

In a stunning last-minute walkback as the APEX Expo ended on Thursday afternoon, BAE Systems changed its tune on precisely what is to be streamed, and to what devices, under its agreement with two Hollywood studios. It would now appear that only one studio has approved streaming early window content to passengers’ personal entertainment devices (known as BYOD...

Double-Check Pre-Departure Clearance to Avoid Possible Danger Near Denver International Airport

Denver Center has experienced numerous incidents in the last 13 months in which aircraft have incorrectly flown the YOKES4 RNAV SID, DEHLI transition by making an unexpected turn after YOKES and going direct to DEHLI or some other point in their flight plan instead of correctly following the procedure to CHICI and then DEHLI. This is potentially dangerous because turning unexpectedly after...

Kuwait Airways Faces Discrimination Charges from U.S. Government

The United States Government has ruled that Kuwait Airways unlawfully discriminated against at least one customer due to the fact that the person had an Israeli passport. In a report from The Associated Press, Israeli citizen Eldad Gatt filed a formal complaint to the United States Department of Transportation stating that Kuwait Airways refused to sell him a ticket for a flight from...

Boeing predicts freight to grow slower than passenger in 2015

Airfreight volumes are expected to grow by about four per cent in 2015, compared with passenger increases of six per cent, according to the Boeing vice president of marketing, Randy Tinseth. Tinseth delivered the Boeing current market outlook at a press event, which Air Cargo Week attended at Luxembourg Airport, where Boeing was delivering Cargolux’...

United, Maintenance Union Pause Contract Talks

United Airlines and its maintenance workers' union have paused talks on a new contract after American Airlines tentatively agreed to a wage increase. United said in an online message to employees that it met with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for the last two weeks and made headway on healthcare, sick time and hours of service. The message said the company offered significan...

Exclusive: Lockheed Martin mulls merger of some services units with peer - sources

Lockheed Martin Corp is exploring merging some of its information technology and services businesses, with a value of about $4 billion, with another government services contractor, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The contemplated transaction would create the largest government services contractor in the United States and would generate an estimated $2 billion windfall for L...

Incident: Delta B738 near Omaha on Sep. 28, 2015, Lavatory Fire

A Delta Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N3748Y performing flight DL-1490 from Detroit,MI to Las Vegas,NV (USA) with 161 people on board, was enroute at FL340 about 60nm west of Omaha,NE (USA) when the crew reported a fire in a lavatory and decided to divert to Omaha. On approach to Omaha the crew advised that the fire was confirmed out. The aircraft landed safely on Eppley Airfield...

Congress to hold UAV safety hearing Oct. 7

The US House of Representatives will hold an Oct. 7 hearing on unmainned aerial vehicle (UAV) safety issues. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s aviation subcommittee said in a statement that increasing UAV sightings by pilots and air traffic controllers “have raised safety questions among stakeholders and the public. This hearing will enable the s...

American Airlines files $1mn suit against Zodiac

American Airlines (AA,Dallas/Fort Worth) has filed a USD1 million breach-of-contract suit against the US subsidiary of French seat manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace following lengthy delays in the delivery of business class seats for American's Dreamliner and B777-200ER fleets, the latter of which is being refurbished.  The Dallas-based carrier is seeking a court order stating that it...