01/28/2011

Airport security: laugh or cry?

81461742_Toy_soldie_106720c.jpgAt Gatwick airport, London, a toy soldier had to be disarmed in order to fly to Canada, yet last year someone managed repeatedly to convince security officials in the USA that his real guns were only toys. Do you laugh or cry?

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01/27/2011

Psst: want to buy a gold ring?

Last Monday, around lunch time, I met three people. Two were committed environmentalists worried about the future. The third was a street trickster.

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01/26/2011

Pas de villas autour de l’aéroport, SVP !

Des propositions visant à changer les zones villas autour de l’aéroport en zones mixtes habitat/activités pourraient comporter quelques cachotteries politiques. Les politiciens, prendront-ils la décision de défendre correctement leur électorat ?

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01/25/2011

No villas around the airport, please!

Propositions to change zones of villas around the airport into mixed housing and light industry could have some political undertones. Will the politicians making the decisions defend properly the electorate?

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01/21/2011

40 years ago the first Boeing 747

The first commercial flight of the unmistakeable Boeing 747 was just 40 years ago, 21 January 1971. Nowadays we can still hear and see plenty of them.

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01/19/2011

The Tunisian Falcon private jet in Geneva

Tunisia Falcon 900B.jpgThere is a Tunisian private jet, type Falcon 900B, currently in Geneva. This is what it looks like!

 

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Vernier: another evening of unexpected noise

Last Monday evening, 17 January, the aviation activities at Geneva airport found multiple novel ways to disturb the sleep of Vernier residents.

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01/17/2011

When snow blocks flights, what are your rights?

On a morning radio program a listener who was blocked in Paris by snow asked about her rights. The answer was not entirely encouraging: snow in winter is both exceptional and normal!

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01/14/2011

The Beechcraft that blocked the runway

According to the Tribune de Geneve, on 13 January a private Beechcraft, after landing, got stuck in the grass and blocked the runway. However, there are some unexplained curiosities!

 

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01/13/2011

2010 Geneva Airport report: the dark side!

The airport spin doctors have, as usual, reported only the positive aspects of 2010 airport statistics. There were, however, various negative aspects!

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01/12/2011

Annulled early easyJet departures !

Yesterday, Tuesday 11 January, there were four less early departures of easyJet Switzerland aircraft than normal : flights previously cancelled? Was anyone originally booked on them?

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01/11/2011

Heliski: the helicopter ski-lifts

heliski.jpgThe conclusion of a TV report was pretty clear: using helicopters as ski lifts is big business and so, unlike France (which bans it completely), OFAC are very unwilling to put any curbs on it.

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01/09/2011

Airport noise zones and declassifications

Cointrin_declassification.jpgThere is currently a public enquiry on reclassification of land zones around the airport, which lasts from mid-December to mid-January. Christmas and the New Year: a good time to hold such an enquiry!

 

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01/08/2011

Breakdown of flights information for Geneva airport

How a desire to find out an easyJet flight status showed up a complete lack of information from the airport. Will we get an explanation?

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01/07/2011

England retained the Ashes!

The England cricket team beat the Australians in Australia to retain the trophy called "The Ashes". Here are some reasons to connect that to aviation.

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