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• NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen respond to a reported gunpoint detainment of two industry figures by calling for a review of the government’s process for obtaining, using, and sharing aircraft registration information. King School founders John and Martha King were reportedly detained by the Santa Barbara police based on faulty aircraft information.

Neff Capital Management LLC — announces that it has acquired Complete Turbine Services, LLC, a provider of low-cost engine performance restoration services to airlines and operating lessors worldwide.

Nextant Aerospace — delays the first flight of its remanufactured Beechjet 400 due to runway construction at Cuyahoga County Airport (CGF). The company anticipates certification of the 400XT during the first quarter of 2011.

NTSB — is calling for increased restraint protection and child restraints on Part 91 aircraft. The safety board has asked FAA to amend Part 91 to “require separate seats and restraints for every occupant” and to “require each person who is less than two years of age to be restrained in a separate seat position by an appropriate child-restraint system during takeoff, landing and turbulence.”

Port Columbus (OH) — Airlines continue to increase flight options and destinations from Port Columbus. Midwest/Frontier offers non-stop flights to Kansas City; Delta offers non-stop service to Los Angeles; AirTran increases frequency to Fort Myers; American is adding two additional flights to Miami; Southwest will resume offering three daily flights to Orlando; and US Airways will increase New York-LaGuardia service to provide five daily flights.

Redbird Flight Simulations — of Austin, TX announces the upcoming delivery of its 100th Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) to Full Motion Flight Training, LLC.

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority — hosts a series of open houses about the Regional Aviation Strategic Plan (RASP). The goal of the RASP is to identify potential opportunities to improve the performance of the regional airport system in San Diego County.

• The authority approves the issuance of approximately $430 million of Subordinate Lien General Airport Revenue Bonds with the ability to upsize to $600 million upon favorable market conditions.

Sacramento County Airport System — closes the sale of $128.3 million in tax-exempt Series 2010 Senior Revenue Bonds. The sale secures the final portion of debt financing anticipated to be needed to complete the Big Build at Sacramento Int’l Airport.

Signature Flight Support — expands handling services throughout Germany. Through agreements with FBOs and airport authorities at 12 airports across Germany, Signature’s Munich location can schedule flight support services, arrange credit, and offer a single invoice for customers’ flights in Germany.

Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association — meets with the company regarding their intent to convert current Boeing 737-700 aircraft orders to the larger 737-800s.

TSA — estimates that a new streamlined process for prescreening passengers and crews of international flights will eliminate some 60 percent of its workload. A Notice To Airmen has been released explaining the new process that uses the U.S. CBP electronic Advance Passenger Information System; the process is slated to take effect Sept. 1.

• TSA seeks to visit some 30 percent of general aviation airfields this year in an outreach mission to share best practices. TSA recently surveyed GA airports on their use of security measures such as fencing, cameras, biometrics, and lighting.

XOJet — plans to expand operations in N.Y. and L.A., citing steady growth and increased demand for its services.

Yingling Aviation — obtains FAA organization designation authorization for the Cessna 162 Skycatcher light-sport aircraft, clearing the aviation services firm to maintain, inspect, and alter the aircraft.

U.S. DOT — grants commuter status to Gulf Coast Airways, operates charter service from the Naples airport. The carrier has submitted an application to the FAA for final approval. Gulf Coast would be the only scheduled commuter airline flying out of Naples.

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