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Briefings ... GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. — renames the Gulfstream G250 business jet the G280, prompted by the company’s sensitivity to the varied cultures of its international customer...

REDBIRD FLIGHT SIMULATIONS, INC. — of Austin, TX delivers two aircraft-specific Advanced Aviation Training Devices for Piper Meridian and Beechcraft King Air C90GTx models.

MSP — Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airport (MSP) offers a 50-year display from 1921 to 1971 at Terminal 1-Lindbergh. “Views Across Time” is a joint effort of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minnesota Historical Society, the NWA History Centre, Inc., and the Airport Foundation MSP, a non-profit that administers the airport’s Arts and Culture and Travelers Assistance programs.

MIDWAY INT’L AIRPORT — in Chicago makes available two public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, in garages. Each will fully charge a vehicle in 3-8 hours. Users are expected to “top off” their charge as needed — with 1.5 hours of charging providing 20-25 percent of the full charge capability.

ACC — Airport Consultants Council selects TSA’s Doug Hofsass and FAA’s Aimee McCormick as recipients of the 2011 ACC Agency Best Practices Award, presented during the ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series in July.

BRIGHAM CITY (UT) MUNICIPAL AIRPORT — completes a $25 million runway upgrade with a new 8,900x100-ft. runway.

TAC AIR — a division of Truman Arnold Companies, donates a portion of proceeds from August fuel sales (2 cents/gal.) at the chain’s Chattanooga facility to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

THUNDER BAY INT’L AIRPORT — in Canada marks the 10th year since it has cancelled collection of its Airport Improvement Fees. Since that time, the airport has posted record passenger volumes and profits; the opening of a 93-acre solar farm, continued growth in subsidiary companies; and a new tenant, Pilatus Centre Canada.

AIRMALL USA — reports AIRMALL at BWI welcomes Be Relax and Jamba Juice for travelers.

FEDEX — donates a Boeing B727-200 to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department that will also be used by George T. Baker Aviation School, The plane will be housed at MIA for use in FAA airport certification drills and maintenance and repair training.

INT’L PARKING INSTITUTE — awards its 2011 Awards of Excellence to the Rental Car Center at Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Airport, in Atlanta, and for a center at Mineta San Jose Int’l Airport in San Jose.

INTERVISTAS CONSULTING INC. — is commissioned by Kelowna (B.C.) International Airport to conduct an economic impact study for Kelowna Int’l Airport’s (YLW) operations in 2010. The result: $120 million in GDP; $300 million in economic output; and $70 million in wages.

CLARION PARTNERS — and Trammell Crow Co. begin construction of the first building at the KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre. Blount International will occupy 349,440 square feet in LogisticsCentre I®, a LEED-Certified, Class A distribution center situated on 22.54 acres at Kansas City Int’l Airport. It will serve as Blount’s national distribution center for North American operations. completion in January 2012.

TUCSON AIRPORT AUTHORITY — seeks to commemorate the state of Arizona’s centennial on Feb. 14, 2012 and issues a Call to Artists, seeking an artist or team of artists to create a solar sculpture artwork (its first) for display at Tucson Int’l Airport.

TAMPA INT’L AIRPORT — reports Cuba authorizes flights between Cuba and Tampa after almost 50 years.

     • Tampa Int’l Airport continues with its $20 million terminal redesign, awarding the design/build contract for the Main Terminal Modernization project to Hardin Construction Co.

LANDMARK AVIATION — at LAX opens their a Customs and Border Patrol facility, allowing international customers to be processed on site.

TRUE BLUE POWER — a division of Mid-Continent Instruments in Wichita contracts with Eurocopter Deutschland, a subsidiary of EADS, to provide the True Blue Power MD835 Emergency Power Supply (EPS) for the EC135 and EC145 T2 next-generation civilian helicopters.

LOS ANGELES — Board of Airport Commissioners okays a $40 million reimbursement agreement via TSA with United Airlines for costs associated with an in-line Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) Project in Terminals 7/8 at LAX.

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