European Business Aviation Association — increases its reach in the European region with the addition of five new affiliate national associations representing the local interests of business aircraft operators in the region.
FAA — adds three airport projects for $2.5 million in funding from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars, which became available because of airport projects that came in under budget nationwide.
• FAA announces a new grant program designed to fund projects that develop and expand commercial space transportation infrastructure. The Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants will be awarded to four separate projects located in Alaska, California, Florida, and New Mexico.
• FAA approves full-scale, nationwide deployment of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast satellite-based surveillance system. The move follows the successful rollout of the system in Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, Louisville, and Philadelphia, the agency says. FAA expects the system will be implemented nationwide by 2013, noting that more than 300 of the planned network of 800 ADS-B ground stations already have been installed. Aircraft must be equipped with ADS-B “In” avionics by 2020, enabling controllers to track the aircraft.
• FAA awards Lockheed Martin a three-year contract extension to continue to provide automated flight service station services. The contract option that is being exercised is worth $356 million and is a follow-on to the initial contract awarded in 2005.
Flightcraft Inc — teams up with Cirrus Aircraft as a new Cirrus authorized service provider in the Portland, OR region.
Forecast International — projects that 1,941 rotorcraft will be built between 2010 and 2019. The value of this production is estimated at $23.4 billion in constant 2010 U.S. dollars. The Forecast International study generally defines a light military rotorcraft as one with a maximum gross weight of less than 6,804 kilograms (15,000 pounds).
• Forecast International projects that 4,016 regional aircraft, valued at some $123 billion, will be produced from 2010 through 2019. The forecast by the Connecticut-based market research firm includes both regional jets and regional turboprops, with jets accounting for some 64 percent of the total. FI projections indicate that Bombardier, Embraer, and ATR will be the leaders among regional aircraft manufacturers during the ten-year forecast period.
Frederick (MD) Municipal Airport — will receive a new $4.8 million air traffic control tower, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
GAMA — General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. president and CEO Pete Bunce made the following statement following President Obama’s signature on the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010: “GAMA is pleased that President Obama has signed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 into law. The bonus depreciation provision included in the bill, which can be applied to both general aviation aircraft purchases and components such as engines and avionics, will allow operators to take advantage of this critical incentive before the end of this year.”
Garmin International — is awarded FAA supplemental type certificate approval for its Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems, clearing the unit for installation.
Goodrich Corp. — increases its interiors business with its $280 million acquisition of the Cabin Management assets of DeCrane Holdings. Cabin Management is a provider of seating, furniture, veneers, and cabin management systems for business jets.
Greater Toronto Airports Authority — approves reductions to the connecting Airport Improvement Fee and cargo aircraft landing fees for 2011 at Toronto Pearson. Additionally, aeronautical fees for passenger aircraft have been held in line with 2010 levels.
Hawker Beechcraft — unveils Bonanza XTRA, a program that offers the company’s most popular upgrades in a bundled package directly from Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution.
• Hawker Beechcraft and Piper Aircraft warn employees of upcoming layoffs. Hawker chairman and CEO Bill Boisture told employees that “the market for new production aircraft has stagnated at a very low level,” prompting the company to lay off 350 more workers.
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