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As .aero has developed, the awareness of airport three letter location identifiers as shortcuts for pilots, travelers and other industry professionals has also increased.

Current .aero registration policy allows the reservation and registration of IATA-assigned location identifiers for this purpose but most airports in the US know the code as their three letter location identifiers as assigned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – and these are not always the same as the IATA codes.


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:


Traditionally the air transport community has had rigid standards for inter-system communications pinned to the underlying centralized network. However with advent of IP communications over the Internet fast becoming the de facto standards for business to business transactions and as the community begins to embrace this new technology, the absence of well defined standards restricts the flexibility and scalability of the solution.


Most Internet users rely on the domain name system (DNS) and navigation to find the resources they seek or to attract users to the resources they provide. The system has worked well for over two decades but a number of security and governance challenges need to be addressed if it is to meet future challenges from hackers and be capable of accommodating Internet growth, according to a new report to be published by the Washington DC-based National Academies Research Council*.


One of the principle elements of a future voice over Internet (VoIP) world is called the Enumbering, or Enum, initiative. Simplistically, it is a means of mapping phone numbers to Internet addresses, in the same way that domain names are mapped via the domain naming system (DNS).

It will enable networks to know where you can best be contacted, so re-routing calls as necessary via fixed line, mobile, Web etc – or even to translate a phone call into a voice message and attach it to an e-mail for forwarding.