Any hopes by Barbadians that they would soon be flying new low-cost carrier REDjet to the United States has been set-back by US flight regulators.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Tuesday that Barbados does not meet standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which means that no Barbados-based airline that does not already serve the US (currently just REDjet), can establish a route to the US. Redjet received operation approval from Barbadian flight regulators this week and is scheduled to start flying between Barbados and Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad in early May.The US FAA assigned Barbados a Category 2 safety rating, which means that Barbados does not comply with international safety standards set by ICAO (a United Nations technical agency), based on an assessment by Barbados’ civil aviation authority.An International Aviation Safety Assessment Category 2 rating means a country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or that its civil aviation authority is deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping or inspection procedures, the FAA stated.However, FAA spokeswoman, Alison Duquette, stressed that the FAA’s assessment does not mean regulators think it is unsafe for airlines based elsewhere to serve Barbados.In speaking to the media on this issue, Minister of International Transport George Hutson acknowledged the problem but gave the assurance that by month-end major steps would be taken to help bring the island fully in line with the ICAO’s aviation safety oversight provisions.Minister Hutson pointed out that over the past few years the island “has been taking steps to satisfy the international requirements for aviation safety oversight” and that the island had satisfied seven out of nine required elements.“Of these … nine elements … Barbados has fully satisfied seven and is in the process of addressing the others. These elements addressed are the Civil Aviation System and increasing the required number of personnel to adequately staff the Civil Aviation Department,” he said on Tuesday evening.“In this regard the Government is working with the International Civil Aviation Organisation on a strategic study to inform on the structure, staffing and organisation of the entity to administer and direct civil aviation in Barbados.” Hutson said the exercise “is expected to begin by the end of April and is expected to be completed by the end of May”.“Following the recommendations from the ICAO, the necessary actions can be taken to satisfy the two outstanding requirements,” he stated.Caribbean 360 News Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 34 Views no discussions LifestyleNewsTravel REDjet can’t fly to the US just yet says federal authorities by: – April 14, 2011 Share
Madison, IN — The City of Madison held a press conference yesterday regarding 13 men who were all arrested during an online investigation in Madison. Madison Police Department’s Crime Suppression Team began an online investigation in August, according to Madison Police Chief John Wallace. Wallace stated that many of the men arrested were from outside the city of Madison, traveling from Aurora, North Vernon, and even Michigan and Kentucky to meet with what they thought would be a minor. Chief Wallace added that the investigation, which has lasted over 300 hours so far, remains ongoing and more arrests are likely. Jefferson County Prosecutor David Sutter stated the 13 men arrested range in age from 24 to 63.Those arrested were:Bryton Wise, 26 of Lexington, Indiana: Charged with possession of marijuana, hash oil, or hashish; child solicitation; and sexual misconduct with a minor.Christopher Warren, 44 of Milton, Kentucky: Charged with child solicitation, possession of methamphetamine, and sexual misconduct with a minor.Jonathan Smith, 35 of Clarksville, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, child solicitation, false informing, battery on a law enforcement officer, dissemination of matter harmful to minors, and resisting law enforcement.Michael Spradling, 30 of North Vernon, Indiana: Charged with child solicitation and attempted sexual misconduct with a minor.Travis Case, 27 of Madison, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.Dillon Stewart, 24 of Madison, Indiana: Charged with providing obscene material/pornography to minors and child solicitation.Matthew Sowers, 47 of North Vernon, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.John Barlett, 30 of Bloomington, Indiana: Charged with child solicitation and sexual misconduct with a minor.Adam Gaskins, 41 of Aurora, Indiana: Charged with possession of methamphetamine, sexual misconduct with a minor, possession of anabolic steroids, and child solicitation.Ray Bell, 57 of Madison, Indiana: Charged with possession of child pornography.Ryan Perdue, 37 of Scottsburg, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.Dennis Mothersbaugh, 40, of North Vernon, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, child solicitation, and resisting law enforcement.George Grosse, 63 of Hamilton, Michigan: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, possession of methamphetamine, and child solicitation.