NBAA — National Business Aviation Assn. applauds the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee for approving legislation (H.R. 2594) prohibiting U.S. participation in the European effort to limit and tax carbon emissions from civil aircraft.
• NBAA selects pilot/entrepreneur Clay Lacy to receive its 2011 NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, and international business aviation pioneer Don Spruston for its John P. “Jack” Doswell Award. Awards will be given at the upcoming Annual Meeting & Convention Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas.
COCHRAN — of Seattle launches Solar Secure, a solar-powered structure that enables the deployment of Emergency Assistance Stations. It houses the communications, energy, and technology patent-pending platform named Solar System™; www.solarsecure.net.
NCR CORP. — of Princeton, NJ releases a study, “More Airport Revenues Coming From Concessions”, which finds that nearly half of airport income is now generated by retail and concession sales and parking as travelers spend at least one hour between clearing security and boarding their flights, according to a study commissioned by
Lee County Port Authority — of Ft. Myers, FL receives the Award of Distinction from the Florida Public Relations Assn., which recognizes outstanding public relations programs. LCPA was recognized for its United Way Campaign 2011.
Icelandair — will begin service from Denver next spring with four flights a week to Reykjavik, Iceland.
ARGUS — reports that business aircraft activity was up 4 percent in August from July. Part 91 operations jumped 7.4 percent, while the Part 135 charter segment rose 0.5 percent. Fractionals were down 0.6 percent.
FT. LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INT’L AIRPORT — gets FAA approval for modifications to its $1.16 billion, three-part plan for terminal construction and runway expansion. Demolition of properties to extend the South Runway to 8,000 feet and widen it to 150 feet will begin by early 2012.
California Senate — approves a bill, already passed by the Assembly, to exempt state flight training organizations from fees and reporting requirements recently implemented by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. AOPA and NATA had pushed for the relief bill.
MASSPORT — teams with the FBI to establish the first airport-based office in the U.S. dedicated to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a federal, state, and local law-enforcement body.
Eagle Creek Aviation Services — of Indianapolis delivers the first of two refurbished Grand Renaissance Twin Commanders to the Colombian Army.
West Star Aviation — at East Alton, IL is appointed an authorized service center for Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 aircraft.
AIRSPRINT — of Calgary, Alberta begins to build a second base in Scottsdale, AZ to expand its Pilatus PC-12 fractional ownership business.
Flexjet — begins selling fractional shares in Bombardier’s newest Learjet, the Model 85.
JetFlite International — an aircraft management/charter firm based at Long Beach, CA, expands its Moscow presence by adding a Challenger 601 based at Vnukovo Airport.
Detroit Metro airport — plans to offer buyouts to as many as 100 employees to cut costs, in a move annouced by new airport CEO Turkia Awada Mullin.
Tucson Airport Authority — Board of Directors approves a $43.5 million operating and capital budget that includes TAA’s first-ever Air Service Incentive Program to encourage new non-stop flight destinations for the region. Under the plan, landing and other fees would be waived and TAA would provide marketing support for up to one year for new entrants.
ACI-NA — Airports Council Int’l – North America submits comments in response to DOT’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding “Reporting Ancillary Airline Passenger Revenues”. ACI-NA supports the proposal to create a stand-alone reporting form to accurately capture airline ancillary revenues.
SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Australia’s Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue research and development of clean, sustainable alternative aviation fuels. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Australian Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley signed the agreement today.
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