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Airport Organizations and Airport Associations

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Here, from AirportData.aero, is a nice set of resources about Airports and Aviation:
Airport Organizations
www.icao.int International Civil Aviation Organisation
www.iata.org International Air Transport Association
www.aci.org Airports Council International
www.canso.org Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation
www.eurocontrol.int EUROCONTROL – European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
www.easa.europa.eu European Aviation Safety Agency
www.jaato.com Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisation
www.iata.org/ighc IATA Ground Handling Council
Civil Aviation Agencies
www.faa.gov Federal Aviation Administration (USA)
www.aeronav.faa.gov National Aeronautical Navigation Services (AeroNav Services)
www.nfdc.faa.gov National Flight Data Center (FAA)
www.caa.co.uk Civil Aviation Authority (UK)
www.casa.gov.au Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Australia)
www.anac.gov.br Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (Brazil)
www.tc.gc.ca Transport Canada (Canada)
www.caac.gov.cn Civil Aviation Administration of China (China)
www.aviation-civile.gouv.fr Direction Générale de Aviation Civile (France)
www.bmvbs.de Directorate General for Civil Aviation and Aerospace (Germany)
www.dgca.nic.in Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India)
www.enac-italia.it Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile (Italy)
www.mlit.go.jp Civil Aviation Bureau (Japan)
www.favt.ru Federal Air Transport Agency (Russia)
www.fomento.es Dirección General de Aviación Civil (Spain)
Airport Associations
www.nbaa.org National Business Aviation Association (USA)
www.ebaa.org European Business Aviation Association
www.meba.aero Middle East Business Aviation
www.asbaa.org Asian Business Aviation Association
www.iaha.info International Aviation Handlers’ Association
www.iatp.com International Airlines Technical Pool
www.euaca.org European Airport Coordinators Association
www.iaopa.org International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations
www.tiaca.org
The International Air Cargo Association
Aviation Resources
www.acukwik.com AC-U-KWIK Inc.
www.nga.mil  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
www.routesonline.com  Routes Online
www.sita.aero    Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques
www.useg.org   United States Diplomatic Clearance and Landing Authorization Procedures
www.who.int  World Health Organization, International Travel and Health Interactive Map
www.oie.int   World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
www.osac.gov     Overseas Security Advisory Council (USA)
www.aisgroup.com MEDEX Global Solutions (security and risk information)
www.aviationweather.gov    US National Weather Service
weather.noaa.gov    US National Weather Service (global weather charts, b/w copies)
www.airlinequality.com   Airline Quality
Skytrax.com   Skytrax – Airline and Airport Reviews
www.flightstats.com   FlightStats
Aviation News
www.anna.aero    Airline, Airport and Aviation Route News and Analysis
www.airport-business.com    Airport Magazine produced for the ACI
www.flightglobal.com   Flightglobal
strike.skynetblogs.be  Airport, Airline and Air Traffic Strikes and Problems
Other Links
www.flyingineurope.be
General Aviation information for Europe
www.agschools.com Airline Ground Schools Inc. (aviation training company)
www.quickaid.com
Airport and airline blog
www.airtravelcenter.com Links to various aviation websites
www.hotelsneartheairport.com Airport hotels
bahamasaviator.com Bahamas aviation videos, resorts and pilots’ guide
www.janlefers.nl Enthusiast website covering aviation and nature
www.historyofpia.com History of Pakistan International Airlines (includes other information)
www.tenofsix.com
Links to various aviation websites
aerospotter.blogspot.com
Roll Out – enthusiast website
jameswiebe.blogspot.com
Enthusiast website for ultralight aircraft
napoleon130.tripod.com
Enthusiast website for Douglas A/B-26 Invader (includes links to other aviation sites)
www.s2ftracker.com
Enthusiast website for Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker (includes links to other aviation sites)

International Organisationswww.icao.int International Civil Aviation Organisationwww.iata.org International Air Transport Associationwww.aci.org Airports Council Internationalwww.canso.org Civil Air Navigation Services Organisationwww.eurocontrol.int EUROCONTROL – European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigationwww.easa.europa.eu European Aviation Safety Agencywww.jaato.com Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisationwww.iata.org/ighc IATA Ground Handling CouncilCivil Aviation Agencieswww.faa.gov Federal Aviation Administration (USA)www.aeronav.faa.gov National Aeronautical Navigation Services (AeroNav Services)www.nfdc.faa.gov National Flight Data Center (FAA)www.caa.co.uk Civil Aviation Authority (UK)www.casa.gov.au Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Australia)www.anac.gov.br Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (Brazil)www.tc.gc.ca Transport Canada (Canada)www.caac.gov.cn Civil Aviation Administration of China (China)www.aviation-civile.gouv.fr Direction Générale de Aviation Civile (France)www.bmvbs.de Directorate General for Civil Aviation and Aerospace (Germany)www.dgca.nic.in Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India)www.enac-italia.it Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile (Italy)www.mlit.go.jp Civil Aviation Bureau (Japan)www.favt.ru Federal Air Transport Agency (Russia)www.fomento.es Dirección General de Aviación Civil (Spain)Associationswww.nbaa.org National Business Aviation Association (USA)www.ebaa.org European Business Aviation Associationwww.meba.aero Middle East Business Aviationwww.asbaa.org Asian Business Aviation Associationwww.iaha.info International Aviation Handlers’ Associationwww.iatp.com International Airlines Technical Poolwww.euaca.org European Airport Coordinators Associationwww.iaopa.org International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associationswww.tiaca.orgThe International Air Cargo AssociationAviation Resourceswww.acukwik.com AC-U-KWIK Inc.www.nga.mil National Geospatial-Intelligence Agencywww.routesonline.com Routes Onlinewww.sita.aero Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiqueswww.useg.orgUnited States Diplomatic Clearance and Landing Authorization Procedureswww.who.intWorld Health Organization, International Travel and Health Interactive Mapwww.oie.intWorld Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)www.osac.govOverseas Security Advisory Council (USA)www.aisgroup.com MEDEX Global Solutions (security and risk information)www.aviationweather.govUS National Weather Service (global weather charts, coloured maps)weather.noaa.govUS National Weather Service (global weather charts, b/w copies)www.airlinequality.comSkytrax – Airline and Airport Reviewswww.flightstats.comFlightStats (airport and flight status and delays)www.qppstudio.netQ++ Studio (Worldwide Public Holidays)
Aviation Newswww.anna.aero Airline, Airport and Aviation Route News and Analysiswww.airport-business.com Airport Magazine produced for the ACIwww.flightglobal.comFlightglobalstrike.skynetblogs.be Airport, Airline and Air Traffic Strikes and Problems (details on industrial action)
Other Linkswww.flyingineurope.beGeneral Aviation information for Europewww.agschools.com Airline Ground Schools Inc. (aviation training company)www.quickaid.comAirport and airline blogwww.airtravelcenter.com Links to various aviation websiteswww.hotelsneartheairport.com Airport hotelsbahamasaviator.com Bahamas aviation videos, resorts and pilots’ guidewww.janlefers.nl Enthusiast website covering aviation and naturewww.historyofpia.com History of Pakistan International Airlines (includes other information)www.tenofsix.comLinks to various aviation websitesaerospotter.blogspot.comRoll Out – enthusiast websitejameswiebe.blogspot.comEnthusiast website for ultralight aircraftnapoleon130.tripod.comEnthusiast website for Douglas A/B-26 Invader (includes links to other aviation sites)www.s2ftracker.comEnthusiast website for Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker (includes links to other aviation sites)

TSA Tips for Travelers

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The TSA Website regularly offers features and tips on travel, and you’ll be better prepared if you check in before trips.     Rules are starting to stabilize after the dramatic security changes created by the 9/11 terror attacks on the USA, but unless you fly regularly you may be unpleasantly surprised by some of the rules.

The most important change since 9/11 has been the liquids rules, which restrict the amount of liquid you can bring through security.    I think the simplest approach if you check bags is to place your gels and liquids there, but if you need to carry them be sure they conform to the rules or you may loose that expensive new shampoo you just bought for the trip.

Liquids rules from TSA – remember it’s 3-1-1 3 ounce or LESS container in a SINGLE ONE QUART clear bag.    You may place several containers in the same quart clear bag.

Flights Cancelled as American and Delta do safety checks

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Delta has cancelled several flights to inspect them in line with the FAA rules that may not have been followed as closely as required:
Delta Grounds 133 Aircraft for Inspections Brian Finnegan at JetBlog! reports:
The airline is not sure how long the inspections will take but Delta cancelled about 56 flights out of Hartsfield Airport Wednesday evening. No flights to Tampa were affected but flights to Tallahassee, Sarasota, and Pensacola were …JetBlog! Interactive – http://pamablog.typepad.com/pama/

American cancelled some 200 flights over the past few days for similar reasons. This from the Huffington Post:

American Cancels About 200 Flights
26 Mar 2008 by The Huffington Post News Editors FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines canceled about 200 flights on Wednesday so its crews can inspect some wire bundles aboard its MD-80 aircraft.

There appears to be no reason for alarm on the part of travelers. These are fairly routine type inspections to make up for what may have been compromised inspection processes in the past. Air Travel is, in my opinion, actually far *too* safe. Risks more in line with what we experience with car travel would bring down the cost of flying dramatically, especially in the areas of security where the TSA’s massive, bloated budget and inefficient procedures threaten to cripple the American and perhaps even global Airline and Airport industry.

Cell phone as boarding pass in Houston Airport

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Barbara La Dollis writes about an experiment using cell phones as boarding passes at George Bush Airport in Houston, Texas USA. I think only Continental Airlines is using this right now, but I bet this will catch on fast.

This is a good idea because a cell phone is a very secure, info rich, “intelligent” environment. Most of us guard our phones carefully and report them when missing. The phone could easily contain an extensive amount of additional important information to expedite security and boarding, and ideally the airline could even more easily keep us informed of changes or issues.

Why not extend this to security? I’m sure my phone number and ID are already tagged in some TSA database, so why not pre-screen those who choose to participate as follows?

* Phone company is given permission to give TSA my data.
* I upload a set of photos for the master database. This data is also on the phone.
* At flight check in, internet or bluetooth or even a physical inspection of the phone is matched to the master database, pinpointing me as the travel guy who has been profiled already as “safe”.
* Only those who opt in are profiled, and anyone can opt out of the system once in, and items like credit card data are strictly off limits.

Summer Delays Expected

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Many are predicting airline delays this summer as travel heats up and airports are crowded.
The News Observer observes that increasing use of discount airlines for business travel and leisure travel is putting an added strain on existing airport facilities. I think this is a taste of how air travel will change in the future – basically we’ll continue to have relatively cheap cross country and international flights but we’ll see sacrifices in service, quality, on-time flights, and perhaps even safety.

In my opinion flying is actually *way too safe* right now because we spend *way too much* on airline safety and ineffective TSA measures while foregoing cheap life saving tools like more clever enforcements of smoke detector and seatbelt rules, drunk driving rules, etc. Each year only a few thousand people die from air crashes *world wide* while over 35,000 are usually killed on US Highways alone. US Air crashes are extremely rare despite the huge traffic from US air travel.

It’s ironic but true that lower safety standards … will save more lives.