...and Air Transport News chooses .aero

The recently launched Air Transport News - a daily e-mail and online newsletter produced in English by 11Aviation Publications, a specialist aviation publisher based in Athens, Greece - is affirming its industry credentials by using the .aero domain.

The newsletter (which can be found at www.airtransportnews.aero) provides a growing body of news and analysis, as well as a calendar of events, book reviews and industry-related jobs.

.aero announces reduction in domain name registration fees

Following successful transition of registry services to Afilias, the new registry operator for .aero, a number of enhancements have been made to the name registration process, which includes a reduction in registration fees.

The .aero registry now operates on the world-standard Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP). The upgrade allows increased flexibility, standardization, and access to a broader distribution channel of ICANN-accredited registrars. In turn, this has lead to a reduction in the price of domain name registrations.

8 New registrars join the .aero family

Over the past few months, SITA the sponsor of .aero has been actively recruiting new registrars, to join the current group of .aero authorized registrars. This expanded sales channel offers potential registrants, as well as existing registrants, a wider choice of registrar based services in a variety of languages such as web hosting and email services, corporate services and internet know-how, over and above domain name registration

Highlighting a few of our new registrars, offering .aero registrations

A memorable domain name - www.water.aero

In October 2005, International Water-Guard Industries Inc (IWG) affirmed its new focus as an all-aerospace company by launching a corporate identity based on an immediately memorable domain name   www.water.aero.

"A re-branding program like this is a major project, and one which we undertook for very specific reasons," said IWG President and CEO David Fox. "Chief among them was the fact that IWG had been through a dramatic renewal process.

Action on climate change

A global cross-industry initiative that is supported and financed by the commercial aviation industry has chosen .aero as a key part of its branding.

Enviro.aero has been established by the commercial aviation industry body, the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) to provide clear information on industry measures being undertaken to limit the impact of aviation on the environment.

Adding real benefit to the .aero domain

An important part of the work of the .aero team is to help the industry explore and understand some of the innovative thinking that is a continuing feature of the Internet community.

For example, in October last year, .aero chaired a session at the US-based Air Transport Association's e-business forum to discuss DNSSec, the technology that adds significant security benefits to the domain name system (DNS).

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.

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.

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.

DNSSec Workshop explores future air transport usage

The air transport community increasingly relies on the Internet to transmit business messages, yet the risk that a message will be altered when passed between servers ranks high among the top security challenges faced by the Internet's domain name system.

This is one of the conclusions made in a pre-publication issue of  Signposts in Cyberspace , a new study from the US-based National Academies Press1. The same study recommends that the Internet community focuses on implementing DNSSec.