The Obama administration announced Monday its third nomination to head the Transportation Security Administration.
Deputy FBI Director John Pistole becomes the third person selected for the job after former Los Angeles airport police executive Errol Southers and retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding stepped aside amongst possible hang-ups in congressional confirmation hearings.
“John’s national security and counterterrorism expertise will be a great asset to the Department in our efforts to enhance the security of our vital transportation systems,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “Strong and effective transportation security requires proactive measures and a strong understanding of the evolving threat picture. John’s significant experience and expertise in this field—which I have seen firsthand over the last 16 months—will serve both TSA and the traveling public well.”
Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, seen by the administration as a key dealmaker in Congress, showed early support for Pistole, as she initially did for the two prior nominees. However, consensus seems more positive this time around.
The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman says the White House sees Pitole’s nomination as “bulletproof.”
Our offices sit below the control tower at historic Bowman Field (LOU) in Louisville, Ky.
Its historical society cheered 90 years of history at the airport over the weekend. Local news coverage of the event, including video, can be found here.
To read deeper into what once was the busiest GA airport in the country, check out a brief history of the facility here.
Later in the week, we will post a deeper look at the history of amphibious naval aircraft in the area.
The news comes quickly, albeit delayed, to begin the workweek / close out Monday:
Both Gulfstream and Cirrus Aircraft reported positive news in first-quarter earnings reports. Gulfstream CEO Jay Johnson said its 2010 revenues through March finished 15 percent higher than during the pervious quarter, which closed out 2009.
Meanwhile, Cirrus said via the General Aviation Manufacturers Association that it delivered 53 aircraft in the first quarter, a 36 percent boost from a year ago.
The U.S. Department of Transportation released more details about its “Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.” An initial meeting will take place May 25. Executives from Cessna, JetBlue, Goodrich Corporation and Boeing are among those appointed to the panel.
Finally, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) recently touted being named among the most efficient of the largest American airports. It comes as no surprise that part of the success is attributed to the generally fair weather experienced in the area.
One of the many ways that GlobalAir.com aids the online aviation community is with its Aircraft Exchange, a host of aircraft for sale listings from brokers, dealers and individuals featuring all sorts of business and personal aircraft.
Thanks to our new partnership with Steve Weaver Aircraft Sales High Performance Aircraft, Inc. and The Plane Exchange Network we now have more than 80 additional aircraft listed on our site alone since mid-week last week.
Be sure to check out each page. We are excited to feature their aircraft.
In addition to our daily influx of aircraft ads, along with these new additions, our production department has been quite a beehive during the past several days.
Each being custom and unique, the advertisements we build for clients demand time and attention. As such, this blog has been quiet since lunchtime Friday. Our posting pattern soon again will return to normal.
Expect the usual mid-morning news post to arrive late this afternoon, jam-packed with as much information as ever. It will return to its regular time slot Tuesday morning.
Thanks once again for reading.
Quick-hitting news notes this morning in what should be a busy Friday for us here at GlobalAir.com (will post more about that later if time permits).
The big story coming into the day was the announcement yesterday of a committee to advise the federal Transportation Department in a concerted attempt to strengthen the economy within the aviation industry. Links are posted in the blog entry below this one. Other news tidbits:
- Aviation Week follows up on Chevron’s recent announcement that it will end the branding of its and Texaco fuels at 200 FBOs in 27 states by this fall. Benet Wilson reports that many FBOs first learned of the move from other fuel providers trying to win them over.
- An ATC tower will open for business at the Ocala (Fla.) International Airport (OCF) on May 17. Controllers will direct traffic with visual observation.
- Russian Helicopters plans to roll out a fifth-generation helicopter for combat that would be invisible to radar and able to attack fighter jets. The company needs a government contract before it can move forward.
Finally, the AP reports that 9-year-old Ruben Van Assouw, survivor of the Airbus crash this week in Libya, may soon return home. His parents and brother are thought to be among the 103 killed.