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Atlantic Aero — expands its Falcon Jet Services to include F900 and F2000 business aircraft. The expansion into the F900/F2000 fleet includes the addition of a 23,660-sq. ft. hangar to Atlantic Aero’s aircraft maintenance campus capable of housing ultra long range business jets.

Boeing — blames Rolls-Royce for the latest in a series of delays that now has the company estimating first delivery of its 787 Dreamliner sometime in the first part of 2011. Boeing needs Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000 engines, an engine option for the 787, for the final phase of flight testing this fall.

• Boeing releases a commercial airplanes market forecast predicting air carriers in North America will take delivery of around 7,200 new airplanes over the next 20 years, worth roughly $700 billion. The manufacturer said new airplane deliveries in Canada and the U.S. will be mostly driven by carriers retiring old, less fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes and regional jets.

Bombardier — says an overwhelming majority of its are orders coming from outside the U.S.; in the most recent quarter, only 10 percent of new orders came from the U.S.

• Bombardier Aerospace’s fiscal second quarter revenues of $2 billion matched those of the first quarter, but represented an 18 percent decrease from the second quarter a year earlier.

California Legislature — passes Assembly Bill 1889, which offers a delay in compliance from the rules issued by the CA Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) for facilities “certified” by the FAA to perform flight training. NATA has begun the process of attempting to get a delay for flight training passed by the legislature during its upcoming special session, in a form that would garner a signature from the Governor.

Cessna — issues layoff notices to 75 workers on the Citation Mustang line. The affected employees were given 60-day notices, and the layoffs take effect in late October.

Consumer Travel Alliance — along with Business Travel Coalition (BTC) and American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) releases the results of an online survey of 1,396 travelers showing widespread surprise and anger over hidden airline fees for services such as checked baggage, advance seating, and priority boarding.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley — announces the formation of a new O’Hare Express Blue Ribbon Committee to undertake a comprehensive study for express train service between O’Hare Int’l Airport and downtown Chicago.

Delta Airlines — plans to park half of the regional jets in the fleet of its Comair subsidiary over the next two years and cut its number of employees at its Cincinnati hub.

• Delta Air is eliminating flights between Lexington and Cincinnati beginning Nov. 1.

Eclipse Aerospace — receives FAA Level D approval of EA500 full-motion simulators based at SimCom Training Centers in Orlando, Fla. Eclipse announced its partnership with SimCom earlier this year to provide pilot training for the EA500, including plans to relocate two simulators to SimCom’s Orlando facility.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — and U.S. Rep. John Mica unveil the first demonstration of Next Generation Aviation and Air Traffic Control Technologies at the Daytona Beach test hub.

Emerald Jet Charter — has added helicopter service to its travel portfolio, arranging trips from the three heliports in Manhattan.

Executive Charter Services — is offering clients carbon offsets through carbon retailer TerraPass. TerraPass supports domestic wind farms, “cow-power” projects, and energy efficiency projects. ECS estimates it initially will offset some 500 hours of private jet travel, equaling an estimated 1.7 million lbs. of carbon emissions.

FAA — revokes the air agency certificate of Phoenix Heliparts, Inc.(PHI) of Mesa, AZ for allegedly performing improper repairs and deliberately falsifying maintenance records.

• FAA is requiring Cirrus to complete function and reliability (F&R) tests on its new Model SF50 Vision single-engine personal jet as part of special conditions for completing the certification process.

• FAA wants to fine Oregon-based Hillsboro Aviation $580,000 for three separate alleged safety and operational lapses, one of which it says involved a Bell 206 JetRanger that flew for several months after it was serviced with improper parts by an unqualified employee.

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