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Briefings ... Morpho Detection, Inc. — a Safran group security business based in Newark, CA, enters into a definitive agreement to acquire Syagen Technology, Inc., Tustin, CA — a leading mass spectrometry technology development company for...

NTSB — National Transportation Safety Board reports the U.S. civil aviation sector has seen incremental improvements in safety, with 26 accidents recorded in 2010 for U.S. scheduled Part 121 airlines and six accidents on scheduled Part 135  commuters, all non-fatal. Also, the decline in general aviation accidents in 2010 continued a downward trend, with a total of 1,435  accidents, 267 of them fatal, resulting in 450 fatalities.

ARGUS INT’L — announces that its subsidiary, PRISM (Professional Resources In System Management), has been qualified by FAA as a certification consultant for 14 CFR Part 121 Air Carrier applicants. PRISM is now capable to assist air carrier applicants as they proceed through the Part 121 certification process.

Avfuel Corp. — based in Ann Arbor, MI enhances its  worldwide contract fuel program with an enhanced billing process that is customizable to individual flight departments’ needs; expedited invoicing; and faster price quotes;

Asheville (NC) Regional Airport — is awarded the General Aviation Project of the Year by the Southeast Chapter of AAAE for its creative use of a regional partnership to efficiently, effectively, and safely conduct a major fill project that created 15 usable acres of aeronautical use land on the airport campus.  Project capitalized on an EPA-encouraged beneficial use program utilizing coal combustion byproducts (CCBs) for engineered-fill material. 

DELTA AIR LINES — Beginning June 6th, you can enjoy new, nonstop Delta service to Kansas City from Columbus. This new flight will add another city to Delta’s many nonstop destinations from Columbus, including Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York City (JFK & LaGuardia), Raleigh-Durham, Washington, DC and seasonal service to Cancun. And don’t forget with Delta’s worldwide network you can get to places like Asia, Europe and the Caribbean with just one stop.

Hawker Beechcraft — is accelerating the Hawker 400XPR development program by adding a second aircraft to the test program.

IATA —  Int’l Air Transport Association calls on the U.S. government to reinforce the competitiveness of the nation’s air transport industry with strategic long-term thinking, and urges the U.S. accelerate NextGen implementation, renew its focus on liberalization, revise proposals for passenger rights legislation, and address the rising cost of security.

MYPILOTSTORE.COM — of Scottsdale, AZ is named 2010 dealer of the year by Sennheiser.

Mid-Continent Instruments — of Wichita is selected as Kannad’s Midwest factory-authorized repair and warranty center for the line of standard and compact 121.5 MHz and 406 MHz digital emergency locator transmitters (ELTs).

AEROMEXICO — on July 16 begins daily nonstop service to Guadalajara from Sacramento Int’l Airport. 

COMEFLY — a Scandinavian tour operator, will debut nonstop service between Southwest Florida Int’l Airport in Ft. Myers and Aalborg, Denmark will begin on June 21,

Connecticut DOT — receives an FAA grant for $3.29 million for runway safety improvements at Groton-New London Airport. Grant will be combined with $790,000 in state bond funds to underwrite the project.

Flight Options, LLC — based in Cleveland reports strong year-over-year growth in sales and operations during the first quarter of 2011. Company recorded a 467 percent increase in fractional jet sales and a 46 percent increase in JetPASS Card Sales during the first quarter.

ACI-NA — Airports Council International – North America submits comments in response to a DHS Notice on Reducing Regulatory Burden and Retrospective Review and the DOT’s Regulatory Review of Existing Regulations. Among its recommendations, ACI-NA urges both agencies to establish a transparent regulatory review process with a reasonable schedule so that industry stakeholders can provide input; see complete report at

OAG — in its latest monthly snapshot of airline activity reveals unprecedented capacity levels planned for April, with the world’s airlines scheduled to offer 317.4 million seats for the month. Additionally, for the first time, low-cost carriers now represent over 30 percent of available capacity of the domestic U.S. market. 

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