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  • US Air Force Pilots to train on Diamond DA20-C1s

    Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2006
    The US Air Force Air Education Training Command has selected DOSS AVIATION of Colorado Springs, as provider of the Initial Flight Screening (IFS) program for US Air Force Pilots. DOSS was selected from three finalist bidders, all of whom had bid with a customized version of Diamond's DA20-C1.

    The program is a 40 day 25 hr flight screening course for up to 1700 cadets annually. It includes cadet housing, dining, recreation, ground school, flight operations and maintenance and will operate out of a single facility in Pueblo Colorado with nearly 200 full time employees. The 10 year value of the program exceeds US$ 178 Million.

    “We are particularly pleased to provide the aircraft for this program, because it underscores why DA20-C1s have been used to train US Air Force Academy cadets since 2002. The aircraft have proven themselves as capable flight training aircraft operating in a challenging high density altitude environment,” said Peter Maurer, President of Diamond Aircraft Industries.

    “We chose to bid with the DA20-C1 because it best met the USAF technical specification. It combines excellent high density altitude performance with a proven record at the US Air Force Academy and low operating, insurance and acquisition costs. There simply is no proven cost competitive aircraft on the market and without the DA20-C1s, our bid would simply not have been as competitive,” said Frank Hunter, President of DOSS AVIATION. “Being located in Colorado Springs, we have had the opportunity to monitor the performance of the USAFA fleet and we have been impressed with the aircraft performance, safety, operating cost and Diamond's service support.”

    The program is expected to commence operation in Q4 2006, eventually ramping up to a fleet of 45 aircraft.


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  • Jet set to lose loads of luggage

    Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2006

    GENEVA, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Some 30 million pieces of airline luggage -- about one percent of the bags passengers check in -- will go astray this year, the air travel industry's information technology systems provider SITA said on Tuesday.

    Around 204,000 pieces -- a minute proportion of the 3 billion bags expected to be checked in at world airports by around 2 billion passengers in 2006 -- would never be found after getting lost in the system or stolen.

    Francesco Violante, managing director of SITA INC, the commercial arm of SITA, said the air transport industry spent about $2.5 billion a year tracking down and returning luggage and compensating passengers for lost items.

    While the present rapid growth in air travel -- about 6 percent a year -- is welcome, Violante said, "it has to be better managed if airlines and airports want to improve the passenger experience by eliminating delays from the system".

    SITA, which along with the global airlines body IATA operates a baggage-tracing system used by 391 carriers, issued its report for an exhibition in Paris.

    More and more bags are going missing because of airport congestion, short transition times, frequent switches from one airline to another during a journey, tight security rules and rising passenger and baggage volumes, SITA said in the report.

    More sophisticated systems linking bags and owners and more self-service check-in kiosks could help the industry keep better tabs on luggage, SITA added.

    The report said the chief cause of late-arriving bags was mishandling when luggage is transferred between flights. This accounted for 61 percent of hold-ups in 2005.

    Next came failure to load bags at the original departure point, which made up 15 percent of delays. The attaching of incorrect destination tags at check-in accounted for just 3 percent, according to the report.

    Lost pieces of luggage are used at the Denver International Airport for a baggage-handling system test.
    The Geneva-based company, which tracks baggage in 220 countries and territories, said virtually all missing bags would be returned to their owners within an average of 31 hours after being reported missing.
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