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Detroit Metropolitan Airport — (DTW) will further reduce its consumption of fossil fuels by producing its own wind energy at two locations on opposite ends of the facility.

Era Systems Corporation — a subsidiary of SRA International, Inc. based in Fairfax, VA, (NYSE: SRX), announces that its AirScene®.com Noise and Operations Monitoring System (NOMS) for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has been successfully installed at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles Int’l Airport.

FAA — Federal Aviation Administration finalizes a federal rule, effective November 19, 2009, to enhance safety by separating low-altitude, local aircraft flights over the Hudson River from flights transiting through the river airspace. The rule now requires pilots to follow safety procedures that were previously recommended, but were not mandatory. The rule also will incorporate provisions of an October 2006 Notice to Airmen that restricted fixed-wing aircraft in the exclusion zone over the East River to seaplanes landing or taking off on the river or those specifically approved by FAA air traffic control.

  • FAA also is proposing to put limits on airlines and other operators hiring FAA safety inspectors and their managers for two years after those employees leave the agency. Proposed rule would prohibit air carriers, flight schools, repair stations, and other certificated organizations from employing or contracting with former FAA inspectors and managers to represent them in agency matters if the former employee had any direct oversight of the certificate holder in the preceding two years. The rule also would apply to anyone who owns or manages a fractional ownership program aircraft.

Finnair — begins once-a-week passenger and cargo service between Miami Int’l Airport and Helsinki, Finland. utilizing a B757 aircraft.

Florence & Hutcheson — of Raleigh, NC receives a Grand Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina for its work on the Bryan Boulevard Relocation at Piedmont Triad Int’l Airport. The complex project was seen as one of the critical aspects of the airport’s overall expansion to land the one million square foot Mid-Atlantic FedEx Hub.

Forecast International — in a newly released study on “The Market for Business Jet Aircraft,” predicts that a total of 11,277 business jets, worth an estimated $197 billion, will be produced in the ten-year period from 2009 through 2018. Production is expected to total approximately 825 units in 2009, followed by 738 units in 2010, and 716 in 2011. Annual production is projected to rise in 2012 and continue improving through the remainder of the forecast timeframe.

  • Also, FI’s “The Market for Regional Transport Aircraft” projects that a total of 3,754 regional aircraft will be produced during the next ten years (2009-2018).

GAMA — General Aviation Manu-facturers Assn. teams up with the Int’l Business Aviation Council to launch an aggressive strategy to further mitigate the industry’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The program is consistent with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s proposal for global aviation sectoral management of targets and monitoring of emissions. Business aviation’s worldwide carbon emissions are approximately 2 percent of all aviation and .04 percent of global man-made carbon emissions. Industry has pledged carbon-neutral growth by 2020; an improvement in fuel efficiency of an average of 2 percent per year until 2020; and, a reduction in total carbon emissions of 50 percent by 2050, relative to 2005.

  • GAMA also reports deliveries of general aviation aircraft have fallen 47 percent in the first nine months of 2009 when compared with the same time a year ago. Planemakers shipped 1,587 piston aircraft, turboprops, and business jets in the first nine months, down from 2,982 a year ago. Billings are down 23.5 percent.

Global Aviation Services, Inc. — at George Bush Intercontinental in Houston and a factory authorized Twin Commander Service Center, adds Grand Renaissance completions to its list of capabilities.

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