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By Ken Khteian | June 5, 2008
This particular business trip in December 2006 was to be my last of that year, but as it turned out, it could very well have been my last for a very long time. I had traveled the world as a commercial airplane marketing and sales director for cabin interior equipment for over 20 uneventful travel years. I was in Paris on this trip and had met with my airline customers, closing a very important company deal and handing out small Christmas gifts. I got back to my hotel that Friday afternoon exhausted.
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December 2, 2004
Have you noticed? For those of us who traveled out of town for Thanksgiving, as I did during my annual pilgrimage to be with family in Tucson - airports have become rather complicated places. I mean, even more complicated than before. Some years ago I confessed to my mother that I had become a nervous flyer. "Nonsense," she replied, in that no-nonsense tone that moms have perfected over the eons, "You were raised on airplanes." This was only a slight exaggeration as our family lived abroad for most of my childhood.
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September 28, 2006
I always get busted at the airport. I am security's answer to the anti-profile: Not young, male, dark, possibly of Middle-Eastern descent, possibly scowling (or smiling, thinking about all those nubile virgins waiting for me in heaven if I succeed in a pyrotechnic's wet dream). So I get pulled aside, and being pro heightened airport security, it's a grateful nuisance. Who knows? I could be the one very, very cross PTA mommy. The first time I was pulled over by security many years ago, my husband and I were homeward bound from Rome, Italy.
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By Christopher Cadelago | April 29, 2010
Southwest Airlines, which accounts for two-thirds of passenger traffic at Bob Hope Airport, will phase out 12% of its weekly flights by September, airport officials said. The carrier?s decision to trim 82 flights from its weekly schedule is expected to further decrease already-declining passenger numbers at the commuter hub. The drop from 712 to 630 weekly flights will mean a 6% reduction in the total weekly flights leaving the airport. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority last week presented the proposal to airport commissioners.
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By Bill Kisliuk and Joe Piasecki | May 4, 2011
Airport security tightened in Burbank and long-held emotions were cut loose in Glendale as news surfaced Sunday that U.S. Navy Special Forces had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. “It was the first time I cried in a long time, since we buried my brother,” said Brandon Valvo of Glendale, whose brother Carlton Valvo II, a graduate of the St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge, died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Valvo, who also attended Flintridge Prep before graduating from St. Francis in 1981, was killed while at work on the 105th floor of the north tower.
NEWS
July 31, 2012
The U.S. Forest Service is dismissing a study it commissioned that recommends a major overhaul in its approach to fighting wildfires, suggesting swapping out expensive retardant-dropping air tankers in favor of less costly water-scooping planes. A Rand Corp. study examined the optimal combination of large planes and helicopters deployed to fires, providing an analysis of the effectiveness and efficiency of each type of aircraft. The Forest Service relies heavily on an aging fleet of WWII-era tankers to fight fires, which drop thousands of gallons of fire retardant that slows the spread of fires and allows crews on the ground to build containment lines.
NEWS
November 3, 2005
La Cañada Cadette Girl Scout Troop 656 recently visited Van Nuys Airport to interview Stacy Sheard, a helicopter pilot for Helinet Aviation Services whose job is to transport sick children to and from Children's Hospital. Stacy began her flying career in the army and is one of very few women trained to fly Blackhawk helicopters. She shared her passion for flying and inspired the girls to consider a very unusual career. Because of this visit, the scouts completed their Dreams to Reality Award, which encourages girls to explore careers.
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By Mary O'Keefe | July 19, 2007
A La Cañada resident lost power in his home-built Zenith Zodiac plane Saturday while performing a test flight and crashed into a home in Rosamond, north of Lancaster. Paul Clement, the pilot and sole occupant of the plane, had taken off from the Skypark airport shortly before noon on July 14. The plane got into trouble less than a mile from takeoff and crashed onto the roof of the Rosamond house. The cause of the power loss is still under the investigation of the Federal Aviation Administration, according to Ian Gregor, FAA spokesman.
FEATURES
December 3, 2009
Three La Cañadans new to board Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, a nonprofit, private children?s mental health and welfare agency, has named three La Cañada Flintridge residents? Brad Freer , Mark Jewell and Paulette Lang ?to its board of directors. Freer is a senior vice president and director of research for Capital World Investors, a division of Capital Research and Management Company. He is also an equity investment analyst with research responsibilities for small companies in India, New Zealand, and Australia.
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By Bill Kisliuk and Joe Piasecki | May 4, 2011
Airport security tightened in Burbank and long-held emotions were cut loose in Glendale as news surfaced Sunday that U.S. Navy Special Forces had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. “It was the first time I cried in a long time, since we buried my brother,” said Brandon Valvo of Glendale, whose brother Carlton Valvo II, a graduate of the St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge, died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Valvo, who also attended Flintridge Prep before graduating from St. Francis in 1981, was killed while at work on the 105th floor of the north tower.
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By Christopher Cadelago | April 29, 2010
Southwest Airlines, which accounts for two-thirds of passenger traffic at Bob Hope Airport, will phase out 12% of its weekly flights by September, airport officials said. The carrier?s decision to trim 82 flights from its weekly schedule is expected to further decrease already-declining passenger numbers at the commuter hub. The drop from 712 to 630 weekly flights will mean a 6% reduction in the total weekly flights leaving the airport. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority last week presented the proposal to airport commissioners.
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By Ken Khteian | June 5, 2008
This particular business trip in December 2006 was to be my last of that year, but as it turned out, it could very well have been my last for a very long time. I had traveled the world as a commercial airplane marketing and sales director for cabin interior equipment for over 20 uneventful travel years. I was in Paris on this trip and had met with my airline customers, closing a very important company deal and handing out small Christmas gifts. I got back to my hotel that Friday afternoon exhausted.
NEWS
September 28, 2006
I always get busted at the airport. I am security's answer to the anti-profile: Not young, male, dark, possibly of Middle-Eastern descent, possibly scowling (or smiling, thinking about all those nubile virgins waiting for me in heaven if I succeed in a pyrotechnic's wet dream). So I get pulled aside, and being pro heightened airport security, it's a grateful nuisance. Who knows? I could be the one very, very cross PTA mommy. The first time I was pulled over by security many years ago, my husband and I were homeward bound from Rome, Italy.
NEWS
December 2, 2004
Have you noticed? For those of us who traveled out of town for Thanksgiving, as I did during my annual pilgrimage to be with family in Tucson - airports have become rather complicated places. I mean, even more complicated than before. Some years ago I confessed to my mother that I had become a nervous flyer. "Nonsense," she replied, in that no-nonsense tone that moms have perfected over the eons, "You were raised on airplanes." This was only a slight exaggeration as our family lived abroad for most of my childhood.
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