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Asheville (Nc) regional airport — celebrates its three-year old Art in the Airport program, showcasing the creative talents of Western North Carolina artists.

Bluegrass Airport — in Lexington, KY introduces vehicle detailing services for customers who use valet parking, with packages ranging from $40 to $160.

Branson (mo) Airport — announces additional non-stop service to Chicago Midway and Indianapolis Int’l airports via public charter flights by Branson AirExpress, operated by ExpressJet Airlines using ERJ-145 airliners.

Cessna Aircraft Co. — reports that the model 162 Skycatcher is named winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Piper General Aviation Award for 2010. The Skycatcher is Cessna’s entry in the new light sport aircraft category.

Citationair — by Cessna, a private jet transportation solutions company, joins The Robb Report as an official co-sponsor of “A Drive in the Fast Lane,” a luxury automotive racing event held June 26 in Monticello, New York.

City of Chicago — Department of Aviation (CDA) issues a bid package for construction of a new railroad over roadway grade separation structure for the realigned Union Pacific Railroad, along with railroad embankment south and north of the bridge.
• CDA also identifies the proposal submitted by Westfield Concessions Management II LLC as the successful respondent to design, redevelop, and operate the concessions program for the International Terminal 5 at O’Hare Int’l Airport.

Corsairfly — of France begins non-stop passenger and cargo service from Miami Int’l Airport to Paris Orly Airport - the first scheduled service to any U.S. city by Corsairfly.

Detroit metro airport — drops the price for long-term parking in the airport’s Big Blue Deck to $10 per day.

DHS — Dept. of Homeland Security announces an additional $78 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with a majority of the funds going towards an inline baggage system at San Diego Int’l Airport, two inline baggage systems at Phoenix Sky Harbor, and one inline baggage system at Little Rock National Airport.

Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. — selects Boca Aircraft Maintenance located in Boca Raton, FL as the exclusive U.S. Southeast Region factory authorized “Gold Service Center” for the Eclipse 500 aircraft.

FAA — awards $125 million in contracts to five aerospace companies in a major environmental initiative aimed at accelerating the development of new aircraft technologies — Boeing, General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce North America. Each will receive $25 million, and are required to match at least that amount in resources under FAA’s continuous lower energy, emissions, and noise (CLEEN) program.
• FAA proposes a civil penalty of $700,000 against Executive Airlines, Inc., a San Juan, Puerto Rico airline which does business as American Eagle Airlines, for allegedly operating eight of its ATR-42 airliners when they were not in compliance with FARs.
• FAA also proposes a $450,000 civil penalty against Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. and its completion center in Little Rock, Ark., for improperly plating certain parts and installing them on airplanes.
• FAA proposes expansion of its icing certification standards, including a new requirement that manufacturers show airplanes can operate safely in freezing drizzle or freezing rain, conditions that constitute an icing environment known as “supercooled large drops” (SLDs). NPRM can be found at

FCC — Federal Communications Commission releases the notice of a rule prohibiting the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or continued use of 121.5 MHz ELTs.” 14 CFR Part 91.207 requires aircraft to carry a fixed ELT, but does not specify either 121.5 or 406 MHz. GA groups are seeking a delay in implementation.

Flight Options — the Cleveland-based fractional aircraft ownership company, launches a 40-city nationwide tour to showcase the new Phenom 300 business jet in its fleet — including New York, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Santa Monica, CA, and Seattle.

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