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Florida DOT — conducts a Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study that shows that Southwest Florida Int’l Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers contributed more than $3.8 billion to the region’s economy in 2009.

Frontier Airlines — plans to expand service to Mexico with the addition of new nonstop destinations from both Denver and Kansas City.

GAMA — General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. supports U.S. Senate legislation that would extend bonus depreciation for businesses that purchase general aviation (GA) aircraft in 2010. Bonus depreciation was enacted as part of the 2008 economic stimulus efforts and was extended through the end of 2009.

GAO — Government Accountability report says the Dept. of Homeland Security and TSA need to improve their risk assessments across a range of transportation modes, including aviation. Rep. John Mica (R-FL) claims the GAO findings validate his calls for reorganization of TSA.

Gresham, Smith & Partners — a design and consulting firm, is selected by Tampa Int’l Airport to be part of a design/build team with Skanska to design modifications to the existing parking and rental garage facilities to accommodate a new rental car concession agreement.
• GS&P announces it will provide design services for Akron-Canton Airport’s passenger security checkpoint expansion.
• Firm is also selected by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation to provide design and construction services for a new deicer management system at T.F. Green Airport.

Hawker Beechcraft Services — completes composite winglet testing and certification on the Beechcraft King Air 90x. Winglets for King Air C90 and E90 models are now available for installation at the company’s network of factory-owned service centers.
• HBS also reports its Indianapolis service center is now offering full paint capabilities, from high-performance single-engine Beechcraft Bonanzas to the Hawker 4000.

Jetflite International — a charter/management company, launches JetFlite Select, a private jet membership and lifestyle program.

Jetnet LLC — a Utica, NY-based provider of corporate aviation information, reports that at the end of May the percentage of pre-owned business jets for sale was 15.3 percent, compared to 17.4 percent in May 2009. Inventory levels for pre-owned turboprops were 10.8 percent in May, down from the peak set in mid-2009 of 12.0 percent.

Kansas Aviation — in Inde-pendence, KS becomes the first flight school to offer training using Cessna Model 162 Skycatcher light-sport aircraft. The aircraft was delivered earlier this month to Bravo Sierra Group, LLC, which is leasing the aircraft to Kansas Aviation. Aircraft is available for a “fueled rate” of $98 per hour.

Melbourne (fl) Int’l Airport — teams with US Airways, the City of Melbourne, and the Space Coast Office of Tourism to market the Space Coast as a destination. The six-month campaign combines nearly $200,000 in local dollars with a more than 2-to-1 match from US Airways.
miami int’l airport — welcomes the inaugural flight of Alitalia’s new Milan-Miami non-stop service, using Boeing B767-400 aircraft.

Nashville Int’l Airport — and Saginaw Int’l Airport are the newest gateway airports for Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA), allowing operators with the DCA Access Standard Security Program to fly directly to DCA from Nashville or Saginaw.

NATA — National Air Transportation Association reports that Phillips 66 Aviation is providing introductory membership in NATA to its branded dealers that are currently not members.

Newton Security Inc. — a Seattle-based supplier of machine vision single-person detection systems, and SimplexGrinnell, a provider of life safety and property protection, are installing Newton Security Inc’s T-DAR access control system at employee entrance/exit points at the Winnipeg Int’l Airport.

NTSB — National Transportation Safety Board returns to its full complement of board members with the confirmation of Earl Weener and Mark Rosekind.

OSHA — Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) recognizes Standard Aero’s Los Angeles location (LAX) for achieving its most advanced level of certification.

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