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EAA Airventure 2010 — reports attendance for this year’s Oshkosh, WI event at 535,000, a decrease of 7 percent from 2009. Total aircraft on hand numbered more than 10,000 at Wittman Regional Airport and neighboring facilities. Show included 777 exhibitors (up from 750) and 979 media reps from five continents.

DEN Unveils South Terminal Program

Denver Int’l Airport announces the South Terminal Redevelopment Program, expected to create more than 6,000 jobs and set for completion in 2016.

The South Terminal Redevel-opment Program includes the construction of a train station to connect the airport to downtown Denver, a signature rail bridge, and a plaza. The program also includes a planned 500-room hotel and conference center connected to the Jeppesen Terminal.

Phase II of the redevelopment includes a new parking structure and renovations to the Jeppesen Terminal Great Hall. The program will be primarily financed by General Airport Revenue Bonds.

FAA — downgrades Mexico’s aviation safety rating due to concerns about the country’s safety oversight, preventing Mexican airlines like AeroMexico and Mexicana from expanding service to the U.S. Code-sharing agreements will also be impacted.
• FAA proposes a civil penalty of $230,000 against Continental Airlines Inc., of Houston for allegedly operating a Boeing 767 on 22 revenue flights when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. FAA alleges that Continental replaced the nose landing gear wheel and tire assembly on a B-767 but failed to install the required axle washer despite warnings in the maintenance manual and on the tire assembly.

Farnborough Air Show — Boeing reports 103 new firm orders worth $10 billion and $4 billion in provisional orders at the London event, while Airbus records 255 orders, valued at $28 billion. Farnborough featured 1,450 exhibitors — up from 1,393 in 2009 — and a preliminary total of some $47 billion in orders.

GAMA — General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. reports that in the second quarter general aviation airplane shipments fell 9.8 percent, from 1,039 units in 2009 to 937 units this year. Billings for general aviation airplanes totaled $9.4 billion in the second quarter of 2010, up 0.2 percent.

GAO — Government Accountability Office releases a report, Aviation Safety: Improved Planning Could Help FAA Address Challenges Related to Winter Weather Operations (GAO-10-678);

General Mitchell Int’l Airport — in Milwaukee reports that June was the first month in which the airport served more than 900,000 passengers, with a count of 922,984, an increase of 212,197 (29.86 percent) over last June’s 710,767 passengers. The June total marks ten straight months of record passenger growth, and beats the previous one-month high of 896,598 passengers in March 2010.

Globaljet Corp. — a charter management firm based in Scottsdale, adds a Falcon 50EX to its fleet of managed aircraft at Manassas (VA) Regional Airport.

Hawker Beechcraft Corp. — receives certification for its Beechcraft Baron G58 and Beechcraft Bonanza G36 piston-engine aircraft from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The first Bonanza in the region, which is scheduled to be delivered in third quarter 2010, will be based in Shandong Province in Northern China.
• HBC also announces that Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology and other associated avionics improvements will become standard equipment on its piston-engine Beechcraft Baron and Bonanza aircraft.

Honda Aircraft Co. — performs the first conforming flight test of its HondaJet, enabling the first flight within several months and FAA type certification by mid-2012. Honda reports it has over 100 orders for the new aircraft.

Kestrel Aircraft Co. — reports that former Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier will lead the company as it seeks to certify the Kestrel turboprop single. Kestrel will be based at Brunswick (ME) Landing (soon to be the former Naval Air Station Brunswick), and has taken an option to lease a 170,000-sq. ft. hangar built for the Navy in 2004. Kestrel is investing $100 million into the development of the mostly-composite aircraft; some 300 people will be hired initially.

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