Industry News Jun11

Briefings ... ACI-NA — Airports Council Int’l - North America names Katherine B. Preston as its director of environmental affairs. Preston recently worked as policy analyst in Boeing’s Arlington, VA office. • ACI-NA raises concerns in comments...

ORLANDO INT’L AIRPORT — welcomes the first-ever Build-A-Bear Workshop airport location.

PA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD — opens a helicopter flight training facility at Capital City Airport (CXY) in New Cumberland. CXY is the nation’s sole training facility for the Army’s new UH-72 Lakota helicopter.

PHOENIX SKY HARBOR INT’L AIRPORT — awards the first of two Terminal 4 concessions contracts to Host International, which is estimated to produce at least $45 million a year in gross sales.

PORTLAND (ME) INT’L JETPORT — begins constructing its $75 million terminal expansion and gets FAA support from the Voluntary Airport Low Emission program with a $2.5 million VALE grant for geothermal heating and cooling that will save more than 50,000 gallons of oil every year — or a savings of more than $200,000 per year and more than $8 million over the system’s life.

PORT OF OAKLAND — and Coulomb Technologies expand “new generation” electric vehicle (EV) charging services at Oakland Int’l Airport with eight ChargePoint® networked charging stations as part of the ChargePoint America program.

PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES — a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, makes a 20,000-sq. ft. expansion to its facility at Titusville, FL.

QATAR AIRWAYS — switches its operations at JFK Int’l Airport from Terminal 4 to Terminal 8.

REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT — begins resurfacing runway 1/19, which will necessitate nightly closures of the runway through 2011.

SOLAIRUS AVIATION — opens a new office at Centennial Airport in Denver, while adding two Oakland-based large cabin aircraft, a Bombardier Global Express and a Challenger 604, for Part 135 charter operations.

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INT’L AIRPORT — in Ft. Myers is presented the 2011 Commercial Airport Project of the Year Award for Excellence in Wildlife Management by the SE Chapter of AAAE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS — begins a study of airports in Illinois to find out their economic benefits to local economies, which will include more than 100 airports across Illinois.

ST. LOUIS, MS — Despite extensive damage from the EF-4 tornado that hit Lambert-St. Louis Int’l Airport, work on Phase II of a $70 million interior renovation known as the Airport Experience Program continues.

SUNSTATE AVIATION FLIGHT SCHOOL — at Kissimmee (FL) Gateway Airport receives FAA Part 141 certification.

TAMPA INT’L AIRPORT — and JetBlue Airways announce daily nonstop service between Tampa and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

TETERBORO AIRPORT — is getting a $27.1 million Engineered Material Arrestor System (EMAS) to be installed at the southwestern end of Runway 6/24.

UNIVERSAL WEATHER AND AVIATION, INC. — of Houston acquires Air Chef Holdings, LLC, including Air Culinaire, Air Culinaire Int’l, and CaterLink Worldwide.

U.S. DOT — reports that domestic airlines’ overall work force rose 1.7 percent in March from a year earlier, with total full-time and part-time employment at 571,873. Airline with the biggest increase was American Eagle, with 6.8 percent more employees, followed by Delta, with a 5.2 percent increase.

VISION AIRLINES — begins nonstop flights from Tunica, MS to Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, FL using a 32-seat Dornier 328 turboprop.

VOLARIS — will start nonstop service July 15 between San Diego Int’l and Guadalajara and Mexico City.

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