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Aspen Avionics, Inc. — of Albuquerque announces a new extended (one year) product warranty program available for its line of Evolution Flight Display products.

Aviation Labor Alliance — is formed by three transportation organizations: the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Transport Workers Union, and the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association, representing more than 140,000 aviation workers.

Blue Grass Airport — in Lexington, KY opens a new 4,000-ft. runway, replacing the airport’s previous 3,500-ft. crosswind runway.

California Congressmen — seek legislative changes to enable Bob Hope/Burbank and Van Nuys airports in California to prohibit nighttime operations. Reps. Brad Sherman (D), Howard Berman (D), and Adam Schiff (D) want to exempt the airports from measures in the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA), which prevents the adopting of further noise restrictions on Stage 3 aircraft. Burbank recently tried to impose a nighttime ban on traffic through the Part 161 process, a move rejected by FAA.

Cessna Aircraft Co. — sells new aircraft to nine global training fleets in the first half of 2010, marked by the recent delivery of the twelfth 172 Skyhawk to a Russian training program. Since January, Cessna has delivered more than 60 aircraft to major aviation university programs globally.
• Cessna also teams with Spectrum Aeromed to develop a medical transport version of the Citation Mustang. Spectrum Aeromed, based in Fargo, ND, develops the medical interior and patient loading system for the Mustang and is pursuing a supplemental type certificate.

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport — is constructing a $10 million fixed base operation, aided by a $3 million federal stimulus grant. The 8-acre development will include a 9,000-sq. ft. terminal, office complex, and a 12,000-sq. ft. hangar. The airport plans to seek private management for the facility, with an RFP scheduled for Oct. 1.
• Chattanooga also announces various airfield upgrades, made possible by $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

Continental Airlines — begins self-boarding testing at a gate at its hub in Houston Intercontinental. In self-boarding, passengers swipe boarding passes at a kiosk reader at the gate, opening a turnstile or door to the jet-bridge.

Crownair Aviation — is selected by Piaggio Aero to become an Avanti Authorized ServiceCenter. Crownair has locations at Montgomery Airport in San Diego and McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.

Denver Int’l Airport — will end its $100,000/year contract with the volunteer-driven Travelers Assistance Program Corp. as of Sept. 30 in order to save money.

DHS — Dept. of Homeland Security is streamlining the process for pre-screening passengers and crews departing/arriving into the U.S. on non-U.S. registered general aviation aircraft. DHS will permit pilots and operators of general aviation flights to submit a single manifest to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Electronic Advance Passenger Information System. Previously, non-U.S.-registered aircraft needed to obtain an international waiver.
• Agency also unveils a new “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign to encourage general aviation passengers and crew to report potential security threats. DHS asks pilots to use the TSA hotline to report threats — 866-GA-SECURE.

EAA — Experimental Aircraft Assn. announces its next president, Rod Hightower, who will succeed Tom Poberezny effective Sept. 7. Poberezny will remain active as chairman. Hightower currently is CEO of Public Safety Equipment of St. Louis; he has held positions with Square D Corp. and York. He holds a commercial certificate and multi-engine and instrument ratings, and served as director of the National Stearman Foundation.
• EAA is offering a $60,000 prize to the individual or corporation that can demonstrate the most promising level of achievement in E-Flight at AirVenture 2011. The prize has been made possible by equal contributions from AeroLEDs, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, Dynon Avionics, and Wicks Aircraft Supply. The E-Flight Prize is intended to stimulate research and development in the field of electric powered flight;

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