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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...

phoenix-mesa gateway airport authority — celebrates the arrival of Cactus League Spring Training to Arizona by dedicating the passenger terminal’s outdoor courtyard to both National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller.

port of oakland (ca) — announces that Terminal 2 at Oakland Int’l Airport (OAK) is awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. OAK received Silver recognition for its environmental leadership in extending and renovating Terminal 2, the first airport passenger terminal in the U.S. to receive the “Silver” level.

san diego county regional airport authority — receives a $9.8 million grant from FAA toward construction of a new aircraft parking apron as part of The Green Build expansion of Terminal 2 West. The grant is a discretionary AIP grant and the second such grant received by the authority for the Terminal 2 West apron project, for a total of $41.2 million in AIP funding.

san diego int’l airport — begins its long-awaited terminal expansion project costing nearly $1 billion and expanding the airport’s Terminal 2 by ten gates, creating a dual roadway to separate arriving and departing passengers, providing a larger concession waiting area, and building a new parking area for jets. Funding for the improvements is coming from a variety of sources, with the primary vehicle a series of tax-free bonds that will be issued by the airport authority.

seaport airlines — will provide Salina, KS with three nonstop roundtrip flights Sunday through Friday and one outbound flight on Saturday to Kansas City with a nine-seat Pilatus PC-12 aircraft for a first-year subsidy of $1,489,435 and a second year of $1,493, 381.

signature flight support — has a U.S. District Judge rule in its favor in a major contract dispute involving a Signature sublessee, Landow Aviation Limited Partnership (Dulles Jet Center). Signature claimed Landow went beyond what the sublease permitted by providing fixed base operator services to Signature’s clients and the transient aircraft market generally at Dulles.

standard aero — plans to close its Little Rock, AR engine shop and transfer the work back to its facility in Springfield, IL, which will begin providing services for Honeywell TFE731 engines later this year.

sterling aviation — headquartered at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Int’l Airport, expands its fleet with the addition of a King Air B200 turboprop.

supermarine — opens a new fixed base operation and a 23,000-sq. ft. hangar at Little Rock, AR., and reports it plans to add a 50,000-sq. ft. complex by the end of 2010.

triumph group — agrees to buy Vought Aircraft Industries from private equity firm Carlyle Group in a $1.44 billion deal. Triumph reportedly will pay $525 million in cash and 7.5 million shares of stock to acquire Dallas-based Vought, which supplies components for commercial, military, and business jets.

TSA — Transportation Security Administration passes along its proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) to the Dept. of Homeland Security, beginning the vetting process prior to being published as a notice of proposed rulemaking. TSA is expected to hold another series of public meetings on the updated LASP proposal. The previous LASP proposal issued one year ago generated more than 9,000 negative comments.
• TSA also begins testing an electronic monitoring system that uses passengers’ smart phones and other electronic devices to measure waiting times in security lines. By logging the “chirps” emitted by some devices, the system can determine how long an individual passenger spent in line.

twc aviation, inc. — of Los Angeles adds a ten-passenger Dassault Falcon 2000LX to its managed fleet.

urs corp. — as a subcontractor to the Kiewit/Sundt design/build team, is designing the landside improvements in front of Terminal 2 for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. The URS subcontract calls for the design of a second-level roadway across from the terminal, an automated departure curb known as a “Smart Curb” that will allow passenger check-in before entering the terminal, two pedestrian bridges, six roadway bridges, a baggage tunnel, and USO and parking management facilities.
U.S. immigration & customs enforcement — opens the Arizona Removal Operations Coordination Center, a new facility at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport that will streamline the repatriation of citizens from Central American countries illegally in the United States.

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