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SH&E — a subsidiary of ICF international, forms an advisory board for the commercial aviation industry to provide insight on current and future trends at airlines and airports. The SH&E Aviation Advisory Board is focused on understanding passengers’ problems and developing new solutions that will provide the industry with sustained profitability. Board members include Woodie Woodward, former FAA associate administrator for airports.

State of Kansas — pledges $27 million in bond financing to assist with Bombardier Aerospace’s facilities expansion plans to accommodate final assembly and finishing work of the Learjet 85 in Wichita. Bombardier is planning to add some 150,000 sq. ft. of space — a new paint facility, customer delivery center, flight-test facility, and expanded hangars for final assembly.

SWAAAE — Southwest Chapter of American Assn. of Airport Executives names Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport executive director Lynn Kusy its Airport Executive of the Year.

Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc. — of Orlando begins $1 million of work at Tampa Int’l Airport’s new multimillion-dollar baggage tunnel under a contract with Hardin Construction, Tampa.

Nadler Takes Helm of Cygnus Aviation

Cygnus Business Media, Inc., the parent of AIRPORT BUSINESS magazine, debuts Cygnus Aviation, under which its aviation properties will seek to build on the industry turnaround now underway. Company also reports that long-time editorial director John F. Infanger has been named vice president-content.

The company also names Charla Sheffield, a veteran General Mills marketing executive, as its VP of marketing for Cygnus Aviation.

Newly appointed executive vice president of aviation, Pat Nadler, outlined plans for the newly formed Cygnus Aviation, which is expected to be a 21st Century architecture model for growth and renewal. “The FAA is in the process of revolutionizing air traffic control with NextGen,” says Nadler. Citing FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, Nadler addressed changes in the industry that are expected over the next decade. “Global airline alliances; transfer of customer service roles from airlines to airports; a business aviation climate that has settled down and is starting to recover, while becoming more international; technological changes that are changing ground movement and airfield tracking; different financial models for airlines, airports, and airport-based businesses including repair stations; every area of aviation will be transformed. Cygnus Aviation Group will be significantly positioned to take advantage of the many opportunities associated with it.”

Regarding the changing aviation services sector, Nadler cites National Air Transportation Assn. president James K. Coyne who in a recent blog noted, “A key concept of Darwin’s theory was that biological organisms, if their populations are to grow, must successfully compete in an environment that may favor some adaptations over others. In these times of unprecedented change, is there a Darwinian lesson for us as our industry evolves?”

In his expanded role, Infanger will oversee content delivery for AIRPORT BUSINESS, Aircraft Maintenance Technology, and Ground Support Worldwide magazines; as well as for the affiliate AMT Society and the annual Aviation Industry Expo, slated for Las Vegas in February.

Tucson Airport Authority — awards a three-year contract, with two one-year options, to Ace Parking Management, Inc., to operate TAA’s parking facilities, and associated shuttle bus operation at Tucson Int’l Airport.

U.S. Air Force — formally transfers 102 acres of land and over 90 facilities at the former General Mitchell Air Reserve Station to Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell Int’l Airport, providing additional economic growth opportunities for the airport and the Milwaukee area.
u.s. bizjet — flights increased for the seventh consecutive month, according to FAA’s latest Business Jet Monthly report, increasing 12.5 percent versus June 2009.

U.S. Court of Appeals — for the District of Columbia upholds DOT regulations issued in 2008 that allow airports to initiate peak-pricing. ATA says the rules are discriminatory and unreasonable. Decision permits airports to impose a two-part landing fee structure and vary landing fees at various times at congested airports.

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