AOPA — Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association pays tribute to U.S. Representatives Allen Boyd (D-FL) and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), winners of the 2009 Joseph B. “Doc” Hartranft Award, which honors the elected official or officials who have done the most in the past year to support general aviation. They are the founding members of the General Aviation Caucus in the House of Representatives.
- AOPA also reports that some 7,294 people attended this year’s AOPA Aviation Summit at the Tampa Convention Center. Peter O. Knight Airport hosted community day activities at Airportfest.
ARGUS TRAQPak — data indicates October business aircraft activity increased 5.14 percent over the previous month; versus October 2008, activity is up 2.5 percent. ARGUS estimates the percent change of flight activity, rolling month over month, for the last twelve months is up an average of .67 percent per month. Total flight activity for the last twelve months as compared to the previous twelve months is down some 18.41 percent.
ASIG® — based in Orlando announces that its Denver Int’l Airport Fuel Facility Operation has achieved Gold Leader status under the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program. Since the facility opened in 1994, ASIG has managed the DEN Fuel System on behalf of the airport’s airline consortium, which consists of 20 member airlines. The facility has the world’s largest airport fuel hydrant system with 27 miles of underground pipeline. When the airport completes its solar project in December, the facility will be the first fuel system in the world to be powered by solar energy.
- ASIG® also reports that Continental Airlines has selected it as its new aircraft deicing provider at Buffalo Niagara Int’l Airport; Continental also renewed agreements with ASIG for deicing services at seven other airports including Bradley Int’l, Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Int’l, Detroit Metro, and General Mitchell Int’l airports.
Austin Straubel Int’l Airport — in Green Bay, WI introduces the San-i-Pak autoclave, which allows fixed base operators at the airport to sterilize trash coming in on flights — or ships — from other countries. The unit is intended to facilitate Austin Straubel becoming a potential stopping-off point for international air traffic entering the country.
BAA — Cleveland, developers of the AIRMALL® at CLE, welcomes Cheeburger Cheeburger and Subway to the airport.
Cessna Aircraft Co.— a Textron Inc. company celebrates the first production Citation CJ4 rolled off the assembly line at the company’s primary manufacturing facilities in Wichita. FAA certification is in the final stages with deliveries starting in the first half of 2010.
- Cessna also delivers the 300th Citation X to its authorized sales representative, Jetalliance, based in Vienna, Austria.
Chicago Department of Aviation — and the Village of Bensenville reach a settlement in which the City of Chicago will acquire the remaining Village of Bensenville-owned properties and rights-of-way, and the Village will dismiss pending demolition court cases. It will also drop its court objections to city acquisitions of property. A portion of the acquisition area will be de-annexed from Bensenville and annexed to the city. In exchange, the airport will pay Bensenville $16 million.
Cobham — of Mineral Wells, TX reports that its HeliSAS two-axis helicopter stability and autopilot system has received its first Supplemental Type Certification from FAA for use in a Robinson model R44 aircraft. Working with Hoh Aeronautics, Inc. of Lomita, CA, Cobham is in the process of achieving HeliSAS certification for use on the Bell 206, Bell 407, Eurocopter AS350, and U.S. Navy’s Bell-made TH-57 helicopters.
Dallas Love Field — reports its big facelift is slightly behind schedule, but both the city and Southwest Airlines expect an on-time finish for the $519 million project. Southwest is backing the bulk of bonds totalling some $519 million. Completion is expected by the end of 2014 to coincide with the phasing out of Wright Amendment restrictions that limit how far airliners can fly nonstop from Love.
Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services — at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Int’l Airport partners with celebrity chef Allen Susser to develop Chef Allen 2 Go branded menu items for the airport.
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