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September 19, 2012
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  Company Watch 
  • Natural gas to fuel is "next big thing," JetBlue's founder says
    David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue, has his eyes on what he calls his "next big thing." Neeleman is looking at developing a way to convert natural gas into jet fuel that is also affordable for airlines. The technology to make the conversion exists but not on a global scale nor at a feasible cost. Neeleman hopes to generate support from other airlines for a fund to develop the necessary technology. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • American Airlines is improving financials, executive says
    Chuck Schubert, the vice president of network planning for American Airlines, says the carrier is nearing its goal of $3 billion in financial improvements by 2017. The figure includes $2 billion in cost savings through measures such as renegotiating employee contracts and restructuring debt. "We're making good progress on all these items, and we'll begin to see the savings flow through our financials later this year and into 2013," Schubert said. AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, filed for bankruptcy in November. American City Business Journals/Dallas (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside Aviation 
  • Boeing ecoDemonstrator tests several fuel-saving technologies at once
    Boeing this week showcased the ecoDemonstrator, a 737-800 jet on loan from American Airlines that has been equipped with several new technologies to reduce fuel consumption. The jet, which is in a 40-day testing period, is being flown without passengers while Boeing measures the efficacy of the new technologies. After the testing period is over, the jet will be refurbished and returned to American as a passenger jet. FastCoExist (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FAA orders further inspections for Boeing 737 cracks
    The Federal Aviation Administration has updated its policies regarding inspections for more than 1,600 737 Boeing jets. The move was prompted by concerns about undetected cracks in fuselages and bulkheads of the jets. The new rule extends a previous requirement to inspect older 737s to include more jets that are later models, likely leading to extra inspections every few months of many 737s. The Wall Street Journal (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. aviation workforce increased year-over-year, data show
    The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released preliminary data indicating a dip in the workforce of U.S. airlines in July compared with June's numbers. But the data also indicate that overall employment was higher for July than it was for the same month last year. Solid demand for air travel in the past year caused airlines to increase their employee ranks. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Energy Bulletin 
  • Delta's oil refinery is gearing up to reopen
    Delta Air Lines' oil refinery in Trainer, Pa., is slated to reopen after being closed for nearly a year, a source says. The plant was closed at the end of September 2011 by Phillips 66 and purchased by Delta in the spring. Delta, the first airline to own a refinery, expects to reduce fuel costs with the purchase. Reuters (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • FAA may delay drone access to U.S. skies
    The Federal Aviation Administration is under pressure from Congress, the aviation industry and other government agencies to allow civilian unmanned drones access to U.S. air space, but safety and security concerns may cause delays to meeting the deadline. Industry forecasts expect the commercial and military drone markets to account for nearly $90 billion over the next 10 years. State and local law enforcement departments are expected to have the largest demand for drones once the FAA clears the way for their use. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TSA says it has improved security at Newark, N.J., airport
    The Transportation Security Administration is reporting an improved security system at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The TSA's functions at the airport recently came under fire from lawmakers for security breaches. TSA Administrator John Pistole reportedly has written a memo to lawmakers stating that security concerns have been resolved. The Hill/Transportation blog (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

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  Association News 
  • A4A announces the 2012 NDT Forum
    Nondestructive Testing (NDT) refers to methods for inspecting structures for microscopic flaws without causing damage. Each year, the A4A NDT Forum assembles leaders in the field to exchange information on new methods, new applications and experiences related to aircraft. Visit the events section on the A4A website for information on the Sept. 24 to 28, 2012, NDT Forum in Seattle. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Trends 
  • Opinion: Peak travel costs make airline fees worth it
    According to airfare expert Rick Seaney, air travel during the holidays is the perfect time to pay for for airline extras. With higher airfares during peak travel times, "your fee-to-airfare ratio during the holidays is at its lowest," writes Seaney. He advocates considering some perks, including priority boarding and on-board Wi-Fi, to make the crowded flights easier to handle. USA TODAY (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Few fliers are paying for wireless access, analysis shows
    About 31% of domestic flights in the United States are equipped with wireless in-flight Internet access and few passengers are paying for the service, according to an analysis by the flight rating website Routehappy. Based on the latest Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Gogo, the leading provider of onboard Wi-Fi systems, 5.4% of the passengers aboard the 1,565 commercial aircraft it had equipped took advantage of the Internet service in the first half of this year. (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Senior A&P MechanicLynden Air Cargo, LLCAnchorage, AK
Sr. Analyst Operation PerformanceUS AirwaysPittsburgh, PA
Sr. Analyst, Product DevelopmentUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Analyst, Corporate TaxUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Software EngineerCLEARNew York, NY
Sr. Analyst II, Financial Planning & AnalysisUS AirwaysPhoenix, AZ
Manager Schedule PublicationsWestJetCalgary, Canada
VP OF TECHNICAL OPERATIONSCape Air/Nantucket AirlinesHyannis, MA
Senior Project Manager-SkyMiles Delta Air LinesAtlanta, GA
IT Business Systems Analyst | Planning & SalesVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Manager SustainabilityJetBlue Airways, IncLong Island City, NY
Vice President, Product DevelopmentConnexionsEden Prairie, MN
Planner - Line Maintenance United AirlinesChicago, IL
Sr. Accountant - LoyaltyVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Engineer / Structures / Fleet EngineerFedEx ExpressMemphis, TN
BUSINESS MANAGER at LAX, BUR and ONTServisairLos Angeles, CA
Maintenance PlannerVirgin AmericaBurlingame, CA
Aircraft MechanicAAR Aircraft ServicesIndianapolis, IN
Managing Director, Airline Industry Public Relations and CommunicationsAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Communications Airlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
Manager, Airports Division - Eastern RegionFederal Aviation AdministrationQueens, NY
General Manager Airport Services (DTW)Spirit AirlinesDetroit, MI
Manager MaintenanceAtlas AirAnchorage, AK
Senior Analyst - SchedulingUnited AirlinesChicago, IL
Manager MaintenanceAtlas AirHouston , TX
Manager Security TrainingJetBlue Orlando , FL
Airline Finance and Accounting PositionsJetBlue AirwaysLong Island City, NY
Manager, EngineeringFrontier AirlinesDenver, CO
Analyst, Operations ResearchFrontier AirlinesDenver, CO
Manager, Social MediaAirlines for America (A4A)Washington, DC
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