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New York (AirGuide - Airline In-Flight Services News) Oct 13, 2013

A WTSP investigative report unveils an internal airline industry memo warning of terrorist dry-runs An internal memo from the union representing US Airways pilots details a frightening incident that brings back memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, WTSP-TV in Tampa-St. Petersburg reports. The US Airlines Pilots Association memo says "there have been several cases recently throughout the (airline) industry of what appear to be probes, or dry runs, to test our procedures and reaction to an in-flight threat." The pilots say the most recent dry run occurred on US Airways flight 1880 on Sept. 2. The flight left Reagan National Airport outside Washington, D.C., bound for Orlando. The memo says that shortly after takeoff a group of four "Middle Eastern" men caused a commotion. Witnesses claim one of the men ran from his seat in coach toward the flight deck door. He made a hard left and entered the forward bathroom "for a considerable length of time." While he was in there, the other three men moved about the cabin, changing seats, opening overhead bins, and "generally making a scene." They appeared to be trying to occupy and distract the flight attendants, the memo said. US Airways and the Transportation Security Administration confirmed the incident with WTSP. US Airways said it won't discuss the details of security measures, but that it works closely with authorities. The TSA said it takes all reports of suspicious activity aboard aircraft seriously, and the matter requires no further investigation at this time. Wolf Koch, who flies Boeing 767s for Delta Airlines and is the Aviation Security Committee Chairman for another union, the Air Line Pilots Association International, says many flight crews are concerned the planning may already be underway for a 9/11-type attack. Koch describes the events of 9/11 as "an incredible attack on us. It was very well orchestrated and they're going to try it again... 100%, no question in my mind. They're going to try it again." WTSP-TV in Tampa-St. Petersburg report. Oct 11, 2013

Boeing and South African Airways will work together to develop aviation biofuel supply in Southern Africa Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) announced on Oct. 10 that they will work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding for sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain development at The Corporate Council on Africa's 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business, attended by executives from leading U.S. and African firms and government representatives from several countries. This collaboration between Boeing and SAA is part of the companies' broader efforts to support environmental sustainability for the airline's operations and the commercial aviation industry overall, in addition to advancing South Africa's social and economic development. Boeing has collaborated extensively with airlines, research institutions, governments and other stakeholders to develop road maps for biofuel supply chains in several countries and regions, including the United States, China, Australia and Brazil. The aerospace company's plan to work with SAA is the first such project in Africa. Flight tests show that biofuel, which is derived from organic sources such as plants or algae, performs as well as or better than petroleum-based jet fuel. When produced in sustainable ways, biofuel contributes far less to global climate change than traditional fuels because carbon dioxide (CO2) is pulled out of the atmosphere by a growing plant-based feedstock. Boeing and SAA believe that new developments in...

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