Monday, December 21, 2015

The Eastern Iowa Airport (KCID) Preparing for Rose Bowl

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The Eastern Iowa Airport's officials say there will be more than 3,000 passengers flying out of their airport starting next Tuesday. Dec. 29 is expected to be the busiest traveling day, because there will be 13 charter planes departing the airport.

The earliest charter is scheduled to leave at 5 a.m. and the last one leaves at 8:30 p.m. 

Airport director Marty Lenss is reminding passengers to budget extra time when preparing to leave. 

He suggests arriving at least two hours earlier than departure time. "The typical mistake for most people is they push the time, right?" he said. "You leave the house at the last minute." He says by allotting extra time, passengers will be able to ensure things go smoothly. 

The airport will have extra staffing available. For parking, the airport's long-term and short-term parking will be opened up for everyone to use. 

It will cost $6 each day for long-term parking and the short-term lost will cost $11 each day.

Once those lots fill up, the overflow parking will also be used. 

Charter passengers need to remember to enter at the west-end entrance. 

The fun is also starting early for those looking to cheer on the Hawkeyes.

 "We're going to be rolling out a turf field that's going to be all painted up and look like the Hawkeye football field," Lenss said. "Our restaurant and our bar area - we'll have additional offerings.  We also have some trivia games and contests going in the gate areas just to get the festive atmosphere kicked off." Extra staff will be around to show passengers to the right airline ticket counters. 

The City of Pasadena also sent out a media release saying they will have strict security regulations. "With such large events, it is important to make sure the public understands about the existing and new safety requirements," the media release said. "For example, drones are not allowed at either event, per federal regulations.

Selfie sticks and umbrellas are not allowed in the secured areas of the Parade Route at TV Corner or inside the Stadium." Lenss said preparing for the large crowd is just about creating a festive atmosphere. "At the end, it's a celebration of a great season," he said. 

The last time this much traffic came through the airport was during the 2002-03 season, when the Hawkeyes were in the Orange Bowl. 


Narcotics Agency Apprehends a co-pilot, steward and stewardess

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Banten Narcotics Agency have arrested a co-pilot along with a steward and stewardess in an apartment in Southern Tangerang on Saturday, December 19. 

“The agency apprehended a steward, stewardess and a co-pilot,” National Narcotics Agency (BNN) Human Relations Chief Senior Commissioner Slamet Pribadi said on Monday, December 21. 

Slamet is still concealing the details of the arrest; the airline company, the chronology of the arrest, and the type of drugs being used. He only said that he will be off to Banten concerning the arrest. 

“I will be going to Banten tomorrow (Dec. 22),” he said.  Slamet says Banten Narcotics Agency plans to have talks on the arrest today.


Air India cabin crew hangs herself

CHENNAI: A 32-year-old cabin crew member of Air India committed suicide by hanging at her house in Meenambakkam on Sunday evening, police said. 

While Manpreet Pal's parents told police they suspected the pressure of hectic work schedules led to her taking her life. 

Manpreet, employed in Air India since 2007, married her colleague Anoop Nayar, 35, a technician, in 2012 and they have a two-year-old daughter. The couple often left their daughter at Manpreet's parents' residence in nearby Teacher's Colony before leaving for work. 

On Sunday, police said, Nayar had left for work around 2pm after leaving his daughter at his in-laws' house. 

His wife was due to report at 4.15pm at the airport where she was to board the Chennai-Muscat Air India flight. Around 10pm, when Nayar went to Manpreet's parents' house to pick up his daughter, he found that her father Guru Pal Singh had injured himself after falling off his bike. 

His father-in-law told Nayar not to inform Manpreet of the incident as she would be upset. 

When Nayar returned home with his daughter, he found the front door had been left open. Surprised, he looked for his wife and found the bedroom door locked. 

He called up her office to find out if she had left early. Air India officials told him that Manpreet had never turned up for duty and that they had marked her absent. 

Nayar then broke open the door and found Manpreet hanging from the ceiling in the bedroom. 

He took her to a private hospital where doctors declared her dead on arrival. Manpreet's parents told police that they did not know of any personal issue between Manpreet and her husband that could have led to the suicide as the couple were very happy together. 

Manpreet's body was sent to Chromepet Government Hospital for postmortem. A case was registered under CrPC Section 174 (unnatural death).


Incident occurred August 04, 2014 at Winnipeg International Airport

WINNIPEG — The Transportation Safety Board says a close call between two aircraft at Winnipeg's international airport last year was due to a faded line on a runway.

The board says a WestJet de Havilland Dash 8 was taxiing for departure on Aug. 4, 2014, and was to hold short of the runway because a WestJet 737 jet was on final approach to land.

The TSB says the crew of the Dash 8 could not see the painted line they were supposed to stop at and moved into the intersection with the main runway.

The tower controller saw what had happened and ordered the 737 to go around for another landing approach.

A TSB report says what happened underlines the ongoing risk of aircraft colliding with vehicles or other aircraft on the ground at Canadian airports.

The Winnipeg Airport Authority repainted the degraded line the following day and made other changes, including realigning a runway guard light.


NetJets pilots approve new contract with pay raise

NetJets pilots have voted to approve a new contract that provides an average pay raise of 28 percent.

This follows more than two years of often-acrimonious negotiations.

The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots union says that 75.43 percent of members voted to approve the deal, with 96 percent of pilots participating.

“The unflinching resolve and dedication of the (union’s) membership has brought us to today – the ratification of a contract that sets the bar even higher in the fractional aviation community,” Pedro Leroux, a pilot and the union president, said in a statement.

Columbus-based NetJets had this statement: “Our pilots are a huge part of the NetJets story and a critical reason why we are leaders in our industry. ... This contract reflects their vitally important role in our success and the contribution they will make to our future.”

The pilots’ union represents more than 2,700 members. Union leaders have been seeking a new contract since mid-2013 and had been frustrated with the company’s negotiating position for much of that time.

That began to change in June when the company, owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. of Omaha, made an abrupt change at CEO. The new CEO, Adam Johnson, had a tentative agreement with the pilots by mid-October. Federal mediators played a role in the talks.

According to the union, the new contract does the following:

Maintains company-funded medical insurance.

Provides pilots with more scheduling options.

Pays a signing bonus and increases wages by an average of 28 percent.

“In our highly competitive segment of the industry, NetJets has established itself as the leader, and, as the parties move into a new chapter, the pilots will redouble their efforts to ensure customers and owners continue to enjoy an unparalleled experience,” Leroux said.

NetJets, the largest operator of private jets in the world, has about 6,000 employees, including 1,750 in central Ohio.


Sheriff's Office acquires 'new' plane from Department of Public Safety for extraditions

Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Colonel Frank Milstead talks with Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher about the Sheriff Office’s new plane, a six-passenger Cessna 210 that DPS donated to YCSO Tuesday morning, Dec. 15, at the Prescott Airport. 

A light dusting of snow glistened on the wings of the Cessna T210M at the Prescott Airport recently, as Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher officially accepted the airplane from Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Frank Milstead.

"It's a big thing for us," Mascher said about the donated aircraft. "It saves time and it saves the taxpayers money."

YCSO will use the "new" six-seater 1977 Cessna for extradition of in- and out-of-state prisoners, replacing the four-seater Cessna 182 it has been flying for the past 30 years. DPS obtained that airplane through a Drug Enforcement Administration's drug seizure case.

The Cessna 210 has a history of use by Arizona governors, Mascher said. It will save the county money on every trip with its ability to fly farther distances and for a cost less than the price of commercial flights.

The older Cessna 182 remains parked in its hangar for now, said Vince Carr, lead pilot for YCSO. He will be using it later this week to retrieve a prisoner from California. He and pilot David Williams have yet to fly the newer aircraft. 

Carr met with DPS officials in Phoenix a few months ago to go over the flight logbooks and talk to its pilots. 

"We liked it and the price was right," he said. 

Carr and Williams will train in the new plane to become "mission capable" before using it for extradition purposes. YCSO has contracted with Carr for the past 18 years, and with Williams for seven years.

YCSO will find a hangar soon for the Cessna 210.