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United, Continental Announce Merger; Houston to lose Headquarters United and Continental Airlines agree to form the world’s largest airline in a deal estimated at $3 billion. The new airline would surpass Delta Air Lines in size and have...

Corona Beach House Miami — the first-ever Corona-themed restaurant, opens in Miami Int’l Airport’s North Terminal.

Cutter Aviation — consolidates all Dallas metro-area operations to its location in McKinney, TX, moving all aircraft maintenance and technical services operations from Dallas Executive Airport in South Dallas.

Davenport (IA) Municipal Airport — breaks ground on a new FBO/terminal facility.

Delta Air Lines — begins nonstop flights from its Detroit Metropolitan Airport hub to Seoul-Incheon and Hong Kong.

Deutsche Post DHL — deeds the country’s largest privately owned airport to the Clinton County (OH) Port Authority, paving the way for redevelopment. The Wilmington Air Park employed more than 8,000 and was the largest employer in a six-county region of Southwest Ohio until DHL Express closed its national hub there in 2009.

Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. — announces an aircraft hull and liability insurance program for Eclipse aircraft operators provided by Chartis Aerospace Insurance Services, Inc. and Willis Global Aviation.

Emptylegmarket LLC — an online clearinghouse for empty-leg flights from Pinehurst, NC, releases the new version of its website,

EPA — Environmental Protection Agency releases an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) relating to lead emissions from piston-engine aircraft, which it seeks to eliminate.

FAA — proposes a $297,000 civil penalty against Air Mods and Repair Corp. of Wilmington, DE, for allegedly operating two general aviation aircraft when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. FAA alleges that a Flight Standards inspection of a proposed flight school at the Air Mods facility at Robbinsville, N.J., revealed maintenance problems that were not corrected with a Piper PA-23 Aztec twin and a single-engine Piper PA-28 Warrior.

• FAA issues its final rule outlining equipment requirements for Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B), requiring all aircraft that fly in Class A, B and C airspace and above 10,000 feet to be equipped with ADS-B by 2020.

• FAA reports it intends to establish a Center of Excellence for Airport Safety Technology in 2010, with a goal of creating a cost-sharing partnership of academia, industry, and government to focus on research areas of interest to FAA and U.S. civil aviation authorities.

• FAA awards three separate NextGen contracts totaling up to $4.4 billion over ten years. Boeing, General Dynamics, and ITT were awarded the contracts that are part of System Engineering 2020. Two more contracts are expected under SE2020, which has a ceiling of $7 billion, making it the largest set of awards ever by FAA.

Fargo Jet Center — wins the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of Commerce “ChamberChoice Award” for Business of the Year.

Florida Senate — passes House Bill 173, exempting visiting aircraft from the state’s use tax. Under current law, out-of-state aircraft owners who visit Florida within six months of purchasing their aircraft are subject to a use tax of up to 6 percent. (Source: AOPA.)

GAO — issues a report, GAO--10-778T - Airline Mergers: Issues Raised by the Proposed Merger of United and Continental Airlines; and GAO-10-542-National Airspace System: Setting On-Time Performance Targets at Congested Airports Could Help Focus FAA’s Actions;

GEORGE BUSH INTERCONTI-NENTAL AIRPORT — in Houston reports Continental Airlines will operate non-stop flights to Auckland, New Zealand starting Nov. 16, 2011. IAH also announces the arrival of low-cost airline VivaAerobus, with non-stop service to Monterrey, Mexico.

Hawker Beechcraft Corp. — announces its plans to provide MedAire’s medical equipment, medical training, and 24/7 access to doctors to its customers on all new aircraft purchases.

• HBC also celebrates Hawker 4000 EASA Certification at EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland, and announces a partnership with ExecuJet of Zürich to provide delivery and initial phase of operation support for international customers of HBC’s line of turbine-powered aircraft.

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