Mexicana Airlines — expands service to Mexico from Oakland Int’l Airport, adding service to León and San Miguel de Allende
Miami Int’l Airport — unveils ‘Faces of Freedom: Behind the Looms’, a photography exhibition documenting efforts to end child labor in South Asia’s carpet industry, on display through April. The collection by award-winning photographer U. Roberto Romano portrays the lives of “carpet kids” – children illegally employed to weave carpets in India, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Million Air Dallas — announces the addition of a Challenger 300 to its fleet, which now numbers 20 aircraft.
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL Int’l Airport — announces that restaurants Arby’s® and Ike’s have opened concession outlets.
Myrtle Beach Int’l Airport — will have a non-stop international flight again beginning Feb. 28, when Porter Airlines begins service to the Toronto Island Airport.
NAFI — National Association of Flight Instructors and PilotJourney.com, already partnered in the NAFI Group Membership program, launch an affiliate program designed to help flight schools sell discovery flights and to support their National Association of Flight Instructors. PilotJourney.com’s Discovery Flight certificate will be offered through the NAFI website and can be directly offered on a flight school’s own Web pages; visit www.pilotjourney.com/nafi/.
- NAFI National Association of Flight Instructors submits its review and comments to an FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that covers a variety of changes to pilot-certification requirements and training procedures. NAFI calls for further research on a number of the proposals before rules are finalized; www.NAFINet.org.
NATA — National Air Transportation Association’s Safety 1st program launches a customized online training tool that provides pilots and crew members flying into and out of Teterboro (NJ) Airport access to critical safety information about the airport, including its location, layout, operations, regulations, and safety and security procedures; visit www.airportflightcrewbriefing.com/teterboro.
nextgen air traffic control — is the subject of a Nov. 23 letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) and Ranking Member John Mica (R-FL) from 19 industry associations which explains that funding for NextGen would “provide a platform for domestic job creation thereby ensuring that the civil aviation and travel industries — which directly and indirectly generate over 10 million jobs and $1.2 trillion in economic activity annually — can continue to positively contribute to growth in the domestic economy.” Groups say that providing funding to move forward with the switch from ground-based radar to satellite-based infrastructure would create thousands of jobs.
NTSB — National Transportation Safety Board issues another round of recommendation letters calling for increased oversight, equipage, and training for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). Agency recommends FAA seek legislative authority to regulate HEMS operations conducted using government-owned aircraft, and that public HEMS operators increase their flight-risk-evaluation training. Recommendations stem from the Sept. 27, 2008, accident involving a Eurocopter helicopter operated by the Maryland State Police on a public medical evacuation flight.
OAG — reports that global airline capacity for November 2009 showed positive growth compared to November 2008, with the world’s airlines having 285.4 million seats available, a rise of 3 percent over November 2008; www.oagaviation.com.
Priester Aviation, LLC — of Wheeling, IL adds a Learjet 60 and Challenger 601-3AER to its fleet of charter aircraft, with the latter based at its new location at Dupage (IL) Airport.
Rapid Air — a fixed based operator based at Grand Rapids, MI, changes its name to Grand Rapids Air Center.
Redbird Flight Simulations™, Inc., — an aircraft simulation tools and training devices provider, expands its Austin, TX operation. Since the 2008 FAA approval of the Redbird AATD’s, the company has exceeded its sales projections by over 50 percent; www.redbirdflightsimulations.com.
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