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[airportcybersecurity.com] ServiceTec is delighted to announce the launch of a new website for its cyber security division, Airport CyberSec. 

AirportCyberSecurity

Airport CyberSec offers airports all over the world a full range of Cyber Security services designed to keep their staff, passengers and data safe.

Airport CyberSec’s cyber security experts work alongside airport IT and security teams to help protect against all aspects of cyber-attack.

Aside from an overview of the services offered by Airport CyberSec, the site will feature expert opinion and insight on the latest developments in the field of cyber security from the team, including Dr. John McCarthy, a world renowned authority on cyber-security strategy, development and Airport CyberSec services include:

Social Engineering Training, to protect against the practice of manipulating people into subverting security procedures or divulging confidential information

CyberIMMUNE, a unique software that mitigates the threat of malware by disabling its ability to write to disk and therefore preventing it from delivering its payload. This unique and powerful tool offers greater protection than any alternative against a zero-day attack – a threat that exploits a previously unknown vulnerability, i.e. one that is so new that the airports IT security team have had no time to address it.

Network & Web-site Security – the integrity of an airport’s network, intranet and website as well as its data security policies will quite obviously have a major influence on that airport’s vulnerability to cyber-attack. Airport CyberSec offers network security audits to test the integrity of an airport’s entire IT infrastructure.

Cyber Security Policies – Airport Cybersec can  offer assistance in the preparation and reviewing of cybersecurity policies based on world-wide best practice.

Monitoring Compliance with CyberSAFE – once best practice cyber-security policies are established staff may know what they should do, however it is also necessary to ensure staff are compliant with the policy on a day to day basis. CyberSAFE assists with both monitoring and enforcement.

 

The website can be found at www.airportcybersecurity.com

 

 


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Airports served include JFK, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Berlin,

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[BBC News] Runways at London’s Heathrow airport have closed after a fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet.

No passengers were on board at the time of the fire

No passengers were on board at the time of the fire.  Image: BBC News

Arrivals and departures were suspended after the incident at 16:30 BST, a spokesman for the airport said. No passengers were aboard at the time.

Fifty Dreamliners worldwide were grounded in January because of battery malfunctions.

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Aerial pictures show damage to the planes structure under the tail fin.   Image: BBC News

Aerial pictures show damage to the planes structure under the tail fin. Image: BBC News

Boeing later modified the jets with new batteries and flight resumed in April.

An Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner named the Queen of Sheba – the same plane involved in the Heathrow incident – flew from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on the first commercial flight since the grounding.

Pictures of the Heathrow fire on Twitter show an aircraft close to a building and surrounded by fire vehicles. London Fire Brigade said its crews were standing by to assist Heathrow staff.

Fire-retardant foam appeared to have been sprayed at the airliner, but no damage to the aircraft was immediately apparent.

A Heathrow spokesman said: “We can confirm there has been an on-board internal fire involving an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft and the airport’s emergency services are in attendance.

“The aircraft was parked on a remote parking stand. There were no passengers on board and there are no reported injuries at this time.

“Arrivals and departures are temporarily suspended while airport fire crews attend to this incident. This is a standard procedure if fire crews are occupied with an incident.”

The airport is advising passengers to check the status of their flights with the airlines.

The Metropolitan Police said: “Police at Heathrow were alerted to a fire on a plane. Emergency services are in attendance.

“At this time it is believed no one was on board and there are no reports of any injuries. The fire is being treated as unexplained.”

Read the original story at BBC News……


BBC News
12 July, 2013



[BBC News] A body has been found inside a jumbo jet landing at Heathrow Airport.

It is believed the dead man could be a person who was spotted scaling the fence at Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday night.   Photo: Wikipedia

It is believed the dead man could be a person who was spotted scaling the fence at Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday night. Photo: Wikipedia

The body was discovered in the landing gear bay of a British Airways Boeing 747 after it arrived at the London airport from Cape Town, South Africa.

BA said it was liaising with South African authorities over the discovery, which was made at about 06:25 BST on Thursday.

A spokesman said: “This is a very rare and sad event and our thoughts are with the individual’s family.”

He continued: “We are liaising with the South African authorities and Cape Town airport after a body was found in the landing gear bay of one of our aircraft.

“They are investigating how this incident took place, which involved a Boeing 747 which arrived this morning from Cape Town.”

The death is being treated as non-suspicious.

Inquiries are being made to establish the man’s identity.

Read the full story at BBC News…..


BBC News
23rd August, 2012



[The Seattle Times] Russia’s attempt to reassert itself on the global aviation scene after a two-decade absence in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, hit turbulence in the tragic crash of one of its Sukhoi SuperJets in Indonesia, even if it was pilot error.

Superjet 100 prototype on its maiden flight, 19 May 2008.

Superjet 100 prototype on its maiden flight, 19 May 2008. Phot: Wikipedia

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin‘s ambition to revive Russia’s aerospace industry will hang on one question dominating the Sukhoi SuperJet crash probe in Indonesia this week: pilot or plane?

Investigators have located the remains of the 90-seat Russian-built aircraft that crashed into a mountainside on Wednesday with 45 people on board. Salvage crews also located the flight recorder, which may offer vital clues to the cause of the crash, after the same jet had performed flawlessly on earlier flights piloted by an expert crew.

“There’s a very good chance this crash wasn’t related to the design of the plane, but battling negative perceptions is very difficult,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of Teal Group in Fairfax, Va., an aviation-consulting company.

At stake is Russia’s attempt to reassert itself on the global aviation scene after a two-decade absence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The SuperJet, which carries about 100 passengers, was designed with Western partners and equipped with cutting-edge systems, as Russia seeks to win a slice of the regional jet market now…..

Read the full story at The Seattle Times……


Friday, May 11, 2012
By Andrea Rothman
Bloomberg News



[NY Post] A South African airline came up with a novel promotion this week for male passengers traveling with multiple wives.

You get a great deal on kulula.com ...  your fourth wife will fly free!

You get a great deal on kulula.com ... your fourth wife will fly free!

Kulula Airlines, based in Johannesburg, is offering a free ticket for a man’s fourth wife if the entire family flies together between the city and Cape Town.

The ad reads, “Not only will you get a great deal on kulula.com flights for your first three wives, but your fourth wife will fly free, mahala, on the house.

”The stunt, which runs until April 30, coincides with South African president Jacob Zuma’s marriage to his fourth wife over the weekend.

Zuma has been married six times in total, but one of his wives committed suicide in 2000, and he divorced his second in 1998…..

Read the full story at the NY Post….


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Last Updated: April 25, 2012



Addis Ababa, April 17, 2012  – Ethiopian Airlines will be the first to operate the 787 Dreamliner in Africa, Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said.

"All of Ethiopia is excited about the delivery of our first Dreamliners" Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said

"All of Ethiopia is excited about the delivery of our first Dreamliners" - Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam

While in Seattle to meet with Boeing executives to discuss delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliners, Tewolde took a special tour of the airline’s first 787 to be delivered later this year, according to a statement Ethiopian sent to ENA on Tuesday.
The statement said Tewolde met with President and CEO of Commercial Airplanes, Jim Albaugh as well as 787 vice president and General Manager, Larry Loftis and other program leaders to talk about the airline’s first delivery and to receive an update on the 787 program and production.

“All of Ethiopia is excited about the delivery of our first Dreamliners and the whole country can be proud of being the first in all of Africa to receive this game-changing airplane,” the statement quoted Tewolde as saying.
Ethiopian Airlines was the first African airline to order the 787 Dreamliner when they placed their order for ten 787s in February 2005.
The airline currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737,757,767 and 777 airplanes in passenger service and a 757, MD11 and 747 in cargo operations….

Read the original story at NewsDire.com…..


April 17
Story by: Dave



Kenya Airways plans to launch its first services to North America, South America and Australia by 2017, making it one of the few carriers to serve every inhabited continent.

Kenya Airways plans to launch its first services to North America, South America and Australia by 2017

Kenya Airways plans to launch its first services to North America, South America and Australia by 2017

Kenya Airways plans to launch its first services to North America, South America and Australia by 2017, making it one of the few carriers to serve every inhabited continent. While these three continents will give Africa’s currently fifth-largest airline by seats a global presence, its future is pegged on Asia, with the carrier over the next 10 years planning to launch seven new routes into China, six in the Indian Subcontinent and three across North and Southeast Asia as well as having a growing presence in Europe and the Middle East. It is poised to become Africa’s largest carrier.

Growth will be fuelled by Africa’s status as a burgeoning market, as well as reliance on partners: KenyaAirways will open routes to SkyTeam member hubs in Xiamen (Xiamen Airlines), Hanoi (Vietnam Airlines),Seoul (Korean Air), Moscow (Aeroflot) and Prague (Czech Airlines). The intercontinental focus follows Kenya’s strong emphasis on regional Africa, with the carrier aiming to serve every African nation by the end of 2013.

With the carrier intending over the next decade to add 60 destinations in 32 countries while more than tripling its fleet to 107 aircraft, almost half widebodies, Kenya Airways will become a formidable force and help to finally bring African aviation into the world’s limelight. Its strength along with that of Ethiopian Airlines will shift the continent’s focus from South Africa, home of traditional heavyweight South African Airways, to East Africa, giving the two carriers network opportunities but also creating a competitive rivalry – a welcome addition for a continent that for too long has played in the world’s shadows.

Kenya Airways’ growth is part of its strategic management plan called Project Mawingu, named after the Swahili word for clouds. And that is where Kenya Airways is aiming for: clouds, not the stars. Growth projections are high, making additional destinations and frequencies, beyond this initial plan, very likely, especially in the latter half of the decade. As ambitious as the plan may seem – in the last 10 years the carrier went from 30 destinations to 55, but in the next decade will increase to 115 – it is not entirely bullish but instead represents the start of African carriers taking a greater place on the world stage as the continent finally starts recording continuous high growth….

Read this in-depth study at CAPA Centre for Aviation….


CAPA
16th April, 2012