Issue 11, October 2005

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Introduction Issue 11


Our identity is something we spend a lot of time nurturing. Corporate identity budgets absorb millions of dollars every year, to ensure that the company is correctly presented to its stakeholders. Getting the right domain name has become a crucial element in the mix, but the availability of top level domains has become increasingly scarce, requiring increasingly creative approaches.

Domain hijacking - be prepared

The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently published a report on "domain hijacking" and its consequences. It should be essential reading for all .aero domain owners.

The report, "Domain Name Hijacking: Incidents, Threats, Risks, and Remedial Actions", provides a succinct summary of the definition and risks of domain hijacking:

International registry of mobile aircraft assets

This registry will allow financial institutions to register their financial interest in aircraft and through this establish their priority of interest in such holdings. As a result, the risk of lending can be better assessed allowing financial institutions to drastically reduce the interest rates they currently charge.

Aviation's own on-line directory now LIVE

With more than 100 subdivisions of 19 categories, each of which is specific to the aviation, .aero's new on-line directory has the capacity to become a truly comprehensive directoy of aviation industry and associations.

The .aero directory was first introduced in May 2004 as a community service from SITA, the sponsor of the .aero domain. It has now been upgraded and expanded to provide a comprehensive online guide to .aero domain registrants, covering all sectors of the community – from airlines to air sports companies and aviation media.

What's in your name?

How complex was the process of selecting and securing your domain name? Was the name of your choice available? SITA's .aero office and .aero registrars alike are often asked why this or that name is not available.

In this article we explain some of the basic rules of domain name registration within .aero – as well as some of the developments taking place in the .aero name space.

Point number one: domain names are your digital identifier

It's all in the name - provides a case book example of the benefits of using the .aero domain as a means of providing the essential differential among domains.

The National Aircraft Finance Association, NAFA, is a US-based non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improve the industry's service to the public; to work with government agencies to foster a greater understanding of our member's needs.

SITA seeks to renew sponsorship of the .aero TLD

It has been five years since SITA first sought to sponsor the application for the new Top Level Domain Name (TLD) .aero, reserved exclusively for members and governed by the aviation community. Now it's time for renewal.

The aviation community operates through and relies on shared infrastructure, procedures and standards. Through the .aero domain, these benefits continue to be available for communications over the Internet.

Forthcomming Aviation Association sponsored events

Forthcomming Aviation Association sponsored events

NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention will be relocated to Orlando, FL. The Convention will take place from Wednesday, November 9 – Friday, November 11, a week earlier than originally planned.

For more information visit

IATA's Strategic Information Technology Conference, 29 – 30 November 2005, Bangkok, Thailand