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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.

 

Aviation News Rundown: Ocala airport to open ATC tower

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. 

Airports and social media

Airlines give customer support and announce promotions on Twitter. Their presence on the micro-blogging social media site has won them great gains, as well as cost them a couple PR black eyes.

Take Southwest for example.

Its airfare promotions and other tidbits announced on the site have resulted in its Twitter account gaining more than 1 million followers. Whenever the company makes an announcement, each one of those followers hear about it directly.  That kind of promotion cannot be bought.

On the other hand, when movie director Kevin Smith ran into a seating snafu with the airline, it created a fair amount of backlash for the company as the spit hit the fan on Twitter.  With the highs, so come the lows.

Social media accelerates both gains and losses for companies who utilize services such as Facebook and Twitter.

InventorSpot.com looked at how social media benefits airports that use it, and how untapped potential in the industry still runs rampant.

It pointed to how Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) offers online discounts that can be accessed via smart phone and presented to an airport retailer or restaurant for a discount.

The site then wonders how AirMall at Pittsburgh International (PIT), home of the highest grossing retail sites at a U.S. airport, would fare if it adopted a similar approach.

Read the complete article and its analysis here, and let us know in the comments how social media has affected your aviation business — or your experiences with aviation businesses — for better or worse.

Aviation News Rundown: Predator drones over Texas?

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The above video comes from a YouTube channel called National Business Series and, via Sterling Aviation, it highlights benefits of business aviation. Check it out.

- In the news today, the Texas border between the United States and Mexico could soon resemble the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, at least in one aspect.

Predator drones could deploy soon to monitor activity in the area. It is another effort to combat illegal immigration into the U.S., according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman. 

Though political figures have accused the FAA of foot dragging, a spokeswoman said the agency is working on approving a plan to allow the flights “as quickly as we can.”

The aircraft would be housed in a Naval base in Corpus Christ Christi.

- British firm Balli Aviation, Ltd., was recently fined $2 million by a U.S. Federal Court for illegally exporting a Boeing 747 into Iran.

Court documents contend that the company planned to bring three commercial jets into the country without a required export license.

- A recently published Harvard report outlines the steps needed to implement NexGen air traffic control nationwide.

Recommendations include a governance strategy to build support from pilots, controllers and travelers; leadership from government and commerce; placing incentives to speed up conversion; developing financing solutions; and creating an entity for risk management. Read the full report here.

- EAA Airventure will include a live auction this year, the first of its kind. To sign up to sell or buy a plane, or merely to get more info on the event, click the blue text here.

 

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