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Frontier Airlines — decides to move to Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport(HOU) beginning November 18, 2010. In addition to the three daily, non-stop flights that Frontier will provide to Denver at HOU, it will add three connections from Denver currently not served by nonstop service from Houston.

Frost & Sullivan — analysis finds that the helicopter market is expected to grow from 24,625 helicopters in 2009 to 36,946 helicopters in 2015.

Gulfstream Aerospace — receives type certificate validation from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand for the Gulfstream G550 and G500 bizjets.

Hawker Beechcraft — begins official negotiations with the Int’l Association of Machinists on a new contract a year before the existing contract was set to expire. The company had been pushing the union to make an early return to the bargaining table citing a challenging economic environment and the possible need to move most work out of Wichita to save costs.

Honeywell — HTF7500E engine continues toward a 2011 certification, completing the “First Engine To Test” and achieving full-rated thrust in static and flight testing. Based on the HTF7000 that powers the Bombardier Challenger 300, the HTF7500E is under development for Embraer’s Legacy 450 and 500.

• Honeywell unveils its latest moving map upgrade, JetMap III, which provides enhanced graphics and three-dimensional perspective views of terrain, ocean topography and polar ice.

Honolulu Airport — is getting a $61 million makeover including explosives dection/ baggage handling. The project is part of the statewide $2.3 billion airports modernization plan.

IATA — CEO Giovanni Bisignani calls for limits on foreign ownership of airlines to be lifted, stressing that international consolidation is essential for the industry.

Jacksonville Aviation Authority — approves an option to lease a hangar at Jacksonville Int’l Airport (JAX) and a lease for a recently built spec hangar at Cecil Field. JAA board members unanimously approve to give Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer an option to lease a 40,000-sq. ft. hangar at JAX.

JDA Aviation Technology Solutions — provides its 135 Pro certification service for Houston-based on-demand carrier Freedom Air Charter.

• JDA announces that Biotech Aviation LLC, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based startup air taxi operator, obtains its Part 135 Certificate.

Kansas airports — support more than 47,000 jobs, generate $2.3 billion in payroll, and produce $10.4 billion in economic activity, according to a new report from the state DOT. The Kansas Aviation Economic Impact Study, funded by an FAA grant, looked at the impact of the state’s eight commercial and 132 general aviation airports.

McGill Aviation — The city of Fernandina Beach, or its insurer, will pay damages, attorney’s fees, and other costs perhaps totaling more than $2 million in its losing lawsuit against McGill Aviation.

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority — successfully refunds $86 million in bonds to achieve more than $8 million in debt service cost savings.

NATA — in partnership with AIC Title Service, LLC, is developing a program that allows for re-registrations to be professionally processed and tracked using a straightforward Web interface. The new program is in response to a recently published FAA final rule that will require all currently registered aircraft to complete an aircraft re-registration according to a specific schedule over the next three years.

NBAA — NBAA’s 63rd Annual Meeting and Convention, to be held Oct. 19-21 in Atlanta, has been tracking closely to last year’s event in terms of exhibitors and attendance. The 2009 event, held in Orlando, FL, marked the second-lowest level attendance in 15 years and some key exhibitors missing on the convention floor, notably Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft. The event drew 23,000 attendees, 1,075 exhibitors and some 100 aircraft on static display. This year, NBAA still has unsold exhibit space, but all of the major airframers are returning to the convention floor.

• NBAA and other general aviation associations submit joint comments to EPA about the search for an unleaded replacement for 100LL fuel. An EPA-proposed rulemaking brought NBAA together with AOPA, EAA, GAMA, NATA, American Petroleum Institute, and the National Petrochemical and Refiners Assn. Comments note that insufficient data and modeling exist to indicate that lead emissions from GA cause or contribute to any violation of national air quality standards.

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