Greater Toronto Airports Authority — implements a new Night Flight Restriction Program (NFRP) on November 1, under which all Stage 3 or Stage 4 aircraft not operating on a scheduled and repetitive basis are required to request permission to operate during the restricted hours between 12:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Operations of Stage 2 aircraft are not permitted from 12:00 midnight to 7:00 a.m. The Canadian Business Aviation Association has planned a meeting with airport authorities to request that a fair and equitable allocation of slots be made available to business aviation.
Gwinnett County (GA) — officials are asked to consider selling or leasing Briscoe Field, the county-owned airport located in Lawrenceville, by an unidentified company that wants to convert the airport into a private enterprise under the FAA’s Airport Privatization Pilot Program.
Horizon Airlines — adds frequency to San Jose, CA and begins non-stop service to Spokane, WA on March 26 from Sacramento, utilizing 76-seat Bombardier Q400s.
Orlando Sanford Int’l Airport — solicits bids to build a new 44,000-sq. ft. tension membrane hangar and attached office and maintenance shop.The hangar space will accommodate Avocet Capital LLC, which relocated its facilities from Opa-Locka Airport in May. Avocet plans to employ more than 150 employees at the new facility.
Halifax Int’l Airport Authority — issues a request for proposals for additional retail shops and services.
Hawker Beechcraft Corp. — announces the sale and delivery of 12 aircraft to the Saudi Arabia Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME). Order consists of one Hawker 900XP, two Hawker 400XP, one King Air 350, two King Air B200GT and six King Air C90GTi aircraft.
IATA — Int’l Air Transport Association reports the signing of a Multilateral Statement of Policy Principles regarding the Implementation of Bilateral Air Service Agreements by seven states and the European Commission. Chile, Malaysia, Panama, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. and the European Commission signed the agreement.
Jacksonville Aviation Authority — introduces an electric cart shuttle system for travelers at Jacksonville Int’l Airport; battery operated, eco-friendly.
JDA Aviation Technology Solutions — of Bethesda, MD announces that FAA has renewed its Part 121 Certification Consultant Agreement through November 2011. Under the program, qualified firms may be used by Part 121 applicants to assist a new entrant carrier with the FAA certification process.
Kelly Aerospace Power Systems, Inc. — gets Part 145 EASA approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency, allowing Kelly Aerospace Power Systems to export all overhauled and PMA replacement parts to customers in any EASA member country; www.kellyaerospace.com
Kissimmee Air Museum — located at the Kissimmee (FL) Gateway Airport, expands its flight operations to include Helicopter flights and instruction. Warbird Adventures has been offering T-6 flights since 1998; it will also be offering flights and instruction in a Robinson 44 helicopter to pilots and non-pilots.
Long Beach Airport — launches the QuieterHome program to renovate houses that FAA has determined are the most affected by airport noise. Cost of creating the QuieterHome program and renovating the first 27 homes is estimated at $3million, or $30,000 to $40,000 per home.
Louis Armstrong Int’l Airport — in New Orleans is embarking on a $755 million modernization project that will be highlighted by the construction of a new concourse and the eventual abandonment of two old ones. Airport has identified 16 projects and already begun design or construction on ten.
Melbourne (fl) Int’l Airport — announces three flights daily to Charlotte on US Airways, starting in February 2010. The Melbourne Airport Authority unanimously approved the US Airways deal which provides the airline with waivers on fees and other charges totaling $850,000 annually over a two-year period, including $300,000 in above-wing services. The airport also will work to promote the new flights through funding from a Small Community Air Service Development Grant awarded by U.S. DOT in 2006. US Airways has committed to remain at the airport at least through Feb. 10, 2012.
- The Melbourne airport also reports the start of construction for Embraer’s $50 million aircraft showroom and assembly plant.
Meridian Air Charter — at Teterboro, NJ expands its charter fleet with the addition of a Challenger 601 3A- ER - extended range aircraft, based at Greensboro NC (GSO).
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