The happily married, but politically opposed, media stars, James Carville (Democrat) and Mary Matalin (Republican) agreed at the NBAA 2014 second-day general session on Wednesday that the Republican Party would likely take control of the U.S. Senate in the upcoming midterm elections on November 4.
Losing bidders have protested the U.S. Air Force’s contract award to Raytheon for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program to replace the service’s primary ground-based aerial search radar. Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin filed protests with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on October 21 and 22, respectively.
Avionics manufacturer Avidyne of Lincoln, Mass., has extended its agreement with Duncan Aviation to include the Avidyne EX500 series of multifunction display (MFD). This makes Duncan Aviation the exclusive provider of repair services for the EX500, as well Avidyne’s first-generation Flight Situation Displays and early-model FlightMax MFDs
“We have had a great working relationship with Duncan Aviation and we are pleased to have Duncan as our worldwide repair center for our legacy MFD products,” Patrick Herguth, COO, Avidyne, said.
At the second-day NBAA 2014 general session this morning in Orlando, Fla., the politically opposed and married media stars James Carville and Mary Matalin agreed the Republicans would likely take control of the Senate in the upcoming November 4 midterm elections. Carville pointed out that since World War II, the party with an incumbent president and a majority in the Senate had lost that majority in every mid-term election except one.
U.S. secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson used an analogy from American football to explain why his department will open new customs pre-clearance facilities at foreign airports to screen against potential terrorists. “Any opportunity I have to defend the end zone from the 50 (yard line) and not just my one-yard line, I will take,” Johnson said October 14 in a speech to the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. government will begin screening arriving travelers from West Africa for the Ebola virus at five major airports beginning this weekend. New layers of screening will be conducted at New York JFK International Airport on October 11, followed by Washington-Dulles, Newark Liberty, Chicago O’Hare, and Atlanta international airports, which combined receive 94 percent of travelers from Ebola-affected nations.
American-led airstrikes over Iraq and Syria will likely continue for many months, and cannot alone fix the long-term problem of eliminating Islamic State (IS) insurgents, the Pentagon press spokesman admitted yesterday. U.S. Defense Department spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said that there is no “willing, capable, effective partner on the ground inside Syria,” and the same is essentially true in northern Iraq, outside Kurdish-controlled areas, after the collapse of the Iraqi army there. Kirby called for “strategic patience,” claiming that the Iraqi security forces are “developing plans” to retake lost territory.
Silver Airways chief financial officer Sami Teittinen replaced Dave Pflieger as the airline’s CEO as of September 5. The switch came after Pflieger accepted Hawaii Island Air’s chief executive position, held by Paul Casey until October 1. Casey has agreed to serve as a senior advisor for Island Air’s board of directors.
Regulators have decided not to allow China’s domestic airlines and regional/low-cost carriers from Japan and Korea to operate at Beijing Daxing International Airport (BDIA) when it opens in late 2018 or early 2019. Those airlines will continue to operate at Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), located in the Chaoyang district, some 12 miles outside the city.
The repair service agreement between Avidyne and Lincoln, Neb-based Duncan Aviation has been extended to include Avidyne’s EX500 series of multifunction displays (MFD). Under the terms of the agreement, Duncan Aviation will be the worldwide repair center for Avidyne’s EX500 series of multifunction displays. Duncan Aviation is now the exclusive provider of repair services for Avidyne customers using the EX500 as well as its first-generation flight situation displays (FSD) and early-model FlightMax MFDs.
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