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US air traveler treated in Iran after heart attack

April 14th, 2012 Comments off

Iran’s civil aviation spokesman says an American is receiving medical treatment in Tehran after his plane was diverted to the Iranian capital when he suffered a heart attack on a flight from Dubai to Seattle.
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UAE, Afghanistan hold bilateral talks

September 5th, 2011 Comments off

The United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan have held bilateral talks, emphasising on the areas of transport and civil aviation.
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Al Schwimmer and Israel’s Air Force and Aviation Industry

June 17th, 2011 Comments off

Adolph “Al” Schwimmer died on June 10 in Tel Aviv at age 94, but the obits appeared in the last day or two. Schwimmer, an American who violated US laws to provide aircraft to Israel at its birth, later became the first President of Israel Aircraft Industries (now Israel Aerospace Industries), and is generally considered the father of the Israeli Air Force. Ironically, he died on his 94th birthday.

Born in New York in 1917, Schwimmer worked for Lockheed Martin and TWA, and in the Israeli War of Independence helped smuggle surplus US military and other aircraft through Europe to the new state of Israel. Some credit him with the birth of the Israeli Air Force. He returned to the US after the establishment of Israel, and was tried and convicted of vi9lations of the Neutrality Act, and stripped of his right to vote, though not imprisoned. David Ben Gurion invited him to Israel, where he founded the country’s aviation industry. He headed Israel Aircraft Industries until 1978.


In the 1980s, when I was working on Middle Eastern defense production issues, I got to know IAI pretty well, and Schwimmer was legendary, though I never met him.

The Jerusalem Post has a much more detailed obit here.  Along with the photo at right of Schwimmer in a cockpit with Ben Gurion.


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UAE, Algeria discuss trade

May 26th, 2011 Comments off

The UAE and Algeria have begun discussions here to boost trade cooperation, particularly in the fields of aviation, energy, industry and finance.
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UAE firm to support Pakistan relief efforts

September 14th, 2010 Comments off

An aviation company in the United Arab Emirates said Monday it will not charge for transporting UN World Food Programme (WFP) relief material for Pakistan's flood-affected areas.
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UAE, Kuwait ink civil aviation deal

June 3rd, 2010 Comments off

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait have agreed to enhance exchange of knowledge, training, consultation and expertise in the area of civil aviation.
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Non-crew in cockpit of Kaczynski plane

May 19th, 2010 Comments off

WRAP 2: Aviation officials say non-crew members present in cockpit of plane of Polish president before crash.
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UAE to host aviation search and rescue forum

May 11th, 2010 Comments off

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Global Civil Aviation Search and Rescue Forum here June 21-22.
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This is your captain speaking

October 14th, 2009 Comments off

“U.S. airlines and their unions have joined forces to push the Federal Aviation Administration to let pilots do what was once unthinkable: sleep on the job. Though the practice of nodding off midflight in the cockpit is now strictly forbidden by the FAA, U.S. airlines and pilot unions say there is reputable research supporting the notion that so-called controlled napping can enhance safety by making crews more alert during critical, often hectic descents and landings.” I am already nervous when I fly, so I don’t like this at all. Can you imagine how I would feel if I heard this announcement: This is your captain speaking. I just wanted to say good night to you all, before I take my usual nap. I will turn all lights off to make it better for me to fall asleep.

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