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Eclipse Aerospace TSA China Bombardier Aerospace ASIG® Earth Networks GAMA Connecticut Delta Air Lines Clariant  Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Boeing LANDMARK AVIATION DOT SECRETARY RAY LAHOOD ACANA ACI...

Eclipse Aerospace < is working with engine-maker Pratt & Whitney to end the limits on the Eclipse 500, imposed by FAA’s issuance of an airworthiness directive (AD) that limits the EA500’s operating altitude to 30,000 feet.

TSA < Transportation Security Administration continues to ease access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Changes implemented on March 1 include increased flexibility with aircraft and crew use, as well as with screening times, says Signature Flight Support. TSA  has continued to add portal or gateway airports, from which operators can fly directly into DCA, and now numbers 44 locations.

China < is expected to increase Cessna 162 Skycatcher shipments this year via a new assembly plant. Cessna delivered 30 of the light-sport aircraft in 2010, and the company looks to deliver 150 this year. Skycatcher is built by China’s Shenyang Aircraft and shipped to the U.S. for final assembly.

Bombardier Aerospace < announces a new financing agreement and increased support with a memorandum of understanding with a leading leasing company in China, ICBC Financial Leasing Co., to secure up to $8 billion in financing for Bombardier customers, as well as for maintenance, service, and production initiatives.

ASIG® < based in Orlando  is awarded the contract to provide ramp handling services to US Airways Express at Buffalo Niagara Int’l Airport. ASIG is also providing further cabin cleaning services to US Airways’ mainline and express flights as well as cargo line hauling services for both carriers.

Earth Networks < the Germantown, MD-based provider of WeatherBug® products and services and operator of the largest weather observing and lightning network, contracts with Orlando Int’l Airport for improved ground crew safety and operations. The solution includes a professional-grade WeatherBug weather station equipped with a lightning sensor; StreamerRT, a web-based weather visualization and monitoring application; and lightning alerting devices.

GAMA < General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. welcomes the completion of the final step required for implementation of the landmark U.S. - EU Aviation Safety Agreement, which will be effective May 1, 2011.  Agreement will streamline transatlantic regulatory cooperation on certification, continued airworthiness, and maintenance. 

Connecticut < Governor Dan Malloy releases a budget proposal which includes a provision that  would repeal the current tax exemption for aircraft parts and maintenance on aircraft under 6,000 pounds and assess personal property tax on aircraft.  House Bill 6387, if passed, would tax aircraft at 70 percent of their value factored by a “mill” rate of 20 (one mill is one-tenth of a cent ($0.001)). According to NATA, a corporate jet valued at $20 million would be assessed an annual tax of $280,000.  It appears that there is no weight limit associated with this proposal; therefore, all aircraft in the state would be impacted.

Delta Air Lines < launches nonstop service to London Heathrow from Boston Logan Int’l Airport.

Clariant < a leading supplier of de-icers for aircraft and runways in Europe, is expanding its capabilities in North American by acquiring Octagon Process LLC, a privately-held company based in NY.  

 Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. < donates $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network in support of the charity’s 30-year program of arranging free flights to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats on business aircraft.

Boeing < completes the first flight of the 747-8, its largest-ever passenger jet.

LANDMARK AVIATION < enters into an agreement with Int’l Communications Group, Inc. (ICG) to obtain a Supplemental Type Certificates from FAA to install a version of its ICG’s Sora advanced voice and data satellite communications system on Bombardier Challenger 600 series aircraft.

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