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FSS reauthorization bill back in process The U.S. Senate at last cleared its FAA reauthorization bill which, among other provisions, funds the Airport Improvement Program at $4 billion in FY 2010 and $4.1 billion in FY 2011. The legislation moves...

kissimmee (FL) gateway airport — announces that Orlando Flight Training is adding a sport pilot training program with an addition of four new Cessna Skycatcher aircraft to its fleet in Summer 2010.

klamath falls (OR) airport — applies for two state grants, one that would guarantee northbound service from SkyWest for two years and one that would provide funding for an aviation mechanics program. In conjunction with Coos Bay/North Bend and Salem, Klamath Falls applied for $1.12 million in Connect Oregon III funds and offered a $280,000 local match to purchase upgraded connectivity software for SkyWest. The total project is estimated to cost $4.29 million. Sky West would fund the rest. In return for the grant to upgrade its ticketing software, SkyWest promises to guarantee service from both Coos Bay/North Bend and Klamath Falls to Portland for two years, add four daily flights between Salem and Seattle, invest $2.8 million in the software, and improve connectivity in Portland. SkyWest would guarantee the Salem to Seattle flights for one year.

lakeland (fl) linder regional airport — is awarded a $2.4 million grant from FAA for taxiway construction that will alleviate complex geometric intersections and improve the safety of taxiing at the airport. Construction is scheduled to be completed by spring 2011.

louis armstrong new orleans int’l airport — awards the $16.8 million expansion of Concourse D to McDonnell Group, LLC of Metairie, LA. Concourse D expansion will add six airline gates, doubling the capacity of the concourse. The project will include new food and beverage outlets, new retailers, and restrooms.

midcoast aviation — at Cahokia, IL receives FAA organization designation authorization for supplemental type certificates (STC).

msp jet center — at Minneapolis/St. Paul Int’l Airport receives its Part 145 repair station certificate. ASI Jet Center opened MSP in 2009, and is located at the Signature Flight Support fixed base operation.

new york laguardia — welcomes Life is good™ to its retail mix. Operated by the Hudson Group, Life is good™ is a brand dedicated to spreading the power of optimism.

north american jet charter group — of Charleston, SC announces that it is the first aircraft charter operator to receive FAA Part 135 charter approval for operation of its fleet of Eclipse 500 very light jets in a single-pilot charter configuration. In June 2007, North American Jet Charter Group became the first charter operator in the world to operate the Eclipse 500.

netjets — cancels 65 Dassault Falcon jet orders that the fractional owner had placed for delivery beyond 2014. Move follows NetJets loss of some $711 million last year.

ntsb — National Transportation Safety Board adopts a study concluding that single-engine airplanes equipped with glass cockpits had no better overall safety record than airplanes with conventional instrumentation. The safety study was initiated to determine if light airplanes equipped with digital primary flight displays were inherently safer than those equipped with conventional instruments.
• NTSB also denies an FAA appeal challenging a decision by an Administrative Law Judge that directs the agency to pay Air Trek, Inc., a Florida-based air ambulance operator, attorney fees and expenses in the amount of $120,169.35. NTSB granted additional fees required to respond to the FAA’s appeal. The total award was $121,991.34. On June 10, 2008, FAA issued an emergency order revoking Air Trek’s air carrier certificate; it has since been reinstated.
• And, NTSB determines that Northwest Airlines flight 188 overflew its destination airport of Minneapolis by more than 100 miles and failed to maintain radio communications because the pilots became distracted by a conversation unrelated to the operation of the aircraft.

oliver wyman — a Vancouver-based consulting firm, in conjunction with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), announces the findings of its 2010 Global Air Cargo CEO Survey, which says air cargo firms are cautious about projected improvements in 2010, but almost all foresee a return to 2007 peak levels within one to three years.

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