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Briefings ... air charter safety foundation — develops two resource documents and a brochure addressing the need for, and implementation and evaluation of, Safety Management Systems (SMS) programs; . airtran airways — adds...

clay lacy aviation — at Van Nuys is named the Embraer authorized service center for Phenom 100 and 300 jets in Southern California.

delta air lines — files an application with the U.S. DOT to offer nonstop service between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Seattle, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Honolulu.

dubuque regional airport — kicks off a promotional campaign dubbed “Fly DBQ First” to draw more passengers and flights as officials begin work on building a new terminal.

dulles jet center — at Washington Dulles Int’l Airport sees three of four hangars collapse under the weight of some two feet of snow on Feb. 5. Up to 14 aircraft experienced varying degrees of damage, including Gulfstreams, Bombardier Globals, and Dassault Falcons, among others. DJC has retained KCE Structural Engineers, of Washington, D.C. to assist with the deconstruction, site work, design evaluation, and reconstruction. The $60 million center opened in late 2006.

duncan aviation — of Lincoln, NE and Bendix/King by Honeywell sign an agreement that gives Duncan exclusive rights to sell and service Honeywell’s Portable Cockpit Information system, the AV80R Horizon 3D, a portable electronic flight bag.

  • Duncan also reports it completed 627 work orders on Bombardier aircraft models at its Lincoln and Battle Creek, MI facilities, including 270 for Challenger aircraft and 357 for Learjet aircraft. It completed 802 work orders on Cessna Citation aircraft models.

FAA — Federal Aviation Administration proposes a $2.9 million civil penalty against American Eagle Airlines for operating more than 1,000 flights using airplanes on which improper repairs were performed on landing gear doors. FAA alleges that between February and May 2008, American Eagle conducted at least 1,178 passenger-carrying flights using four Bombardier jets with main landing gear doors that had not been repaired in accordance with an A.D. that became effective in August 2006.

  • FAA also issues a final rule affecting sport pilots and flight instructors with a sport pilot rating, based upon the rule changes proposed in an April 2008 Notice of Proposed

Rulemaking. The rule did not finalize all of the proposed changes including:
- Replace sport pilot and sport pilot flight instructor privileges with aircraft category and class ratings;
- Require issuance of category and class ratings by designated pilot examiners; and
- Require one hour of flight training on the control and maneuvering of an airplane solely by reference to instruments for student pilots seeking a sport pilot certificate to operate an airplane with a VH greater than 87 knots CAS and sport pilots operating airplanes with a VH greater than 87 knots CAS.

frontier airlines — adds a third nonstop flight to Denver from Tucson.

gama — General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. reports that industry billings dipped to $19.5 billion, a 21.4 percent decrease from the 2008 record high of $24.8 billion, but the third highest year ever. The piston airplane segment experienced the greatest decline at 54.5 percent. Shipments totaled 965 units in 2009, compared to 2,119 in 2008.

hawker beechcraft — posts a $712 million operating loss in 2009, with sales at $3.2 billion in 2009, compared with the $3.5 billion in 2008.

iata — International Air Transport Assn. reports that 2009 recorded an accident rate for Western-built jet aircraft that was the second lowest in aviation history — one accident for every 1.4 million flights. It is a significant improvement of the rate recorded in 2008 (one accident for 1.2 million flights). 

j.d. power & Associates — 2010 North America Airport Satisfaction Study finds that providing high levels of airport passenger satisfaction results in a strong positive impact on retail spending, with satisfied passengers spending 45 percent more than “disappointed” passengers. Same report names Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, Kansas City Int’l, and Indianapolis Int’l Airport as tops in their respective airport categories for customer satisfaction.

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