aea —Aircraft Electronics Association submits comments to FAA in response to the FAA’s safety management system proposed rulemaking. AEA says it does not support FAA’s broad-based proposal to mandate an independent safety management system for maintenance organizations, and says the SMS proposal is an excessive, unwarranted, and unjustified administrative burden.
all weather, inc. — a manufacturer of weather information systems and meteorological sensors based in Sacramento, is selected to provide the County of Los Angeles four Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) to be installed at airports in the greater Los Angeles County.
atlantic city int’l airport — gets new round-trip service from Toronto via WestJet.
avfuel corp. — announces that three of its branded fixed base operations will be serving as U.S. Gateways for aviation traffic bound for Olympic Control Areas in Canada during the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010: Western Aircraft of Gowen Field, Boise; Spokane Airways, Inc. of Spokane Int’l Airport; and Washington Sierra Air Center of Reno.
Baa pittsburgh — developer of the AIRMALL® at Pittsburgh Int’l Airport, takes first place among U.S. airports in the food, shops, and amenities category in Condé Nast Traveler’s 12th Annual Business Travel Awards.
Blue grass airport — in Lexington, KY welcomes AirTran Airways nonstop service to Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, beginning February 11, 2010.
Bob Hope Airport — FAA has rejected a bid by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority to stop night flights at Burbank’s airport. Despite claims that a flight curfew would reduce noise in surrounding neighborhoods, FAA rejected the proposal because it would burden commerce.
Broward county (fl) — awards the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport expansion of Runway 9R/27L project to the team led by PBS&J and RS&H. The $810 million capital improvement involves the complete reconstruction of the south runway at FLL, expanding it from 5,000 feet to over 8,000 feet. The complex project will span an active federal highway and railroad, require large amounts of fill, and the runway tunnel and taxiway bridges will be bid out as separate design-build projects.
continental airlines — adds three new nonstop routes at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Now a member of the Star Alliance, Continental adds Washington D.C., Edmonton, and Frankfurt, Germany.
delta air lines — announces new nonstop flights from Detroit Metro Airport to Hong Kong and Seoul starting next summer.
dot inspector general — reports it will look into whether pilot experience and pay correlate to commercial aviation accidents. IG says regional carriers are a safety concern as they have been involved in the last six fatal commercial accidents. NTSB has cited pilot performance as a potential contributory factor in four of these, including the Colgan Air crash on February 12.
faa — Federal Aviation Adminis-tration signals to Atlanta that a new tentative airport lease agreement with Delta Air Lines contains what it calls “potentially anticompetitive provisions.” In a letter to Ben DeCosta, GM of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport, FAA, in its review of the proposed lease and use agreement for the Central Passenger Terminal Complex, found seven points of contention, including questions about potentially anticompetitive provisions that could make it more difficult for other carriers to enter or expand in the market. A key issue is the proposed continuation of a Majority in Interest Clause.
Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin and Delta had announced a tentative seven-year lease that would help ensure completion of the $1.3 billion Maynard Holbrook Jackson Int’l Terminal, a point of contention between the city and Delta over long-term lease and capital costs. The deal to extend Delta’s lease through 2017 would replace a 30-year deal set to expire next year and is subject to approval by the Atlanta City Council and Delta’s board of directors.