Issue 19, July 2009

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Airports codes released

On 1 December 2008, SITA released the three-letter airport codes (location identifiers) - reserved exclusively for airport use since 2002 - for registration by eligible members of the aviation community, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Three-letter codes that have already been registered, or which cannot be registered due to contractual obligations between SITA and ICANN, have not been released as part of this process.

New .aero sponsorship agreement with ICANN

SITA has signed a new 10-year sponsorship agreement with ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). The original agreement, signed in December 2001, had been due to expire in December 2006 but had been extended by ICANN (as was the case with other proof-of-concept sTLDs), to allow time for the conclusion of renewal negotiations.

Under the fresh agreement, SITA will remain the sponsor for the .aero top-level domain.

Skysoft-ATM Launches open source initiative through website

Skysoft-ATM, a major solution provider to the airport traffic management (ATM) industry, recently announced the launch of the Albatross open source community project, based at

The company also announced a commitment to contribute leading technologies to the project. The first of these is the Albatross Display - an advanced, flexible air traffic control radar display solution made available to the Albatross community under a GPL licence. "Securing the future of commercial aviation"

The Joint Co-Ordination Group (JCG) was formed by a group of aerospace industry information security experts to ensure harmonization between the information security efforts of all of the standards bodies affecting the commercial air transport industry.

The Group does not make standards of its own, but serves as an informal central forum for co-ordination and dissemination of information of interest to the civil air transport security community. It meets only as needed, with an agenda built on recommendations of representatives.

Meet the registrars: InterNetX / PSI-USA

Since its foundation in 1998 in Regensburg, Germany, InterNetX has been recognized as a top provider of domain products and hosting solutions. With more than 2.7 million managed domains and approximately 1,400 hosted servers, InterNetX is one of the most successful wholesale traders for resellers and professional users in the international market. The company, with a reseller network of more than 19,500 partners, has established itself as one of the leading providers for white label solutions in the international marketplace.

Deep down inside the Web

The World Wide Web Consortium (known universally as W3C) continues to be the driving force behind protocols and guidelines that ensure the long-term evolution and development of the Web. We took the opportunity of talking to one of the leaders behind that process, W3C Fellow Dave Raggett.

Dave Raggett has been deeply involved with the development of key Web standards since 1992. In 1994 he launched and chaired the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) HTTP working group and drove early standards work on HTML+, HTML 3.0, HTML tables and HTML forms.

Industry Events

Aviation Outlook Summit - Australia Pacific

03-06 August 2009.

Four Seasons Hotel - Sydney, Australia