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Briefings 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...


minneapolis-st. paul int’l airport — announces new retailers on Concourse C in the Lindbergh Terminal: In Season sells college and professional sports team logo wear; Neat offers unique scanning and software solutions; Sterling Works offers handcrafted jewelry; Tech & Trek carries the latest mobile phone and iPod merchandise.

nata — National Air Transportation Association works with FAA to resolve errors in the Final Rule, Pilot, Flight Instructor, and Pilot School Certification published in August, resulting in the release of a corrections document from FAA.

  • NATA also is reviewing an FAA draft Compliance Guidance Letter that addresses through-the-fence (TTF) operations at federally obligated airports. In the letter, FAA states, “As a general principle, FAA does not support agreements that grant (through-the-fence) access.” The draft letter also strongly encourages airport sponsors to submit any TTF agreement to their Airports District or Regional Office prior to approval to ensure compliance with federal grant assurances.
  • NATA and NBAA announce plans to coordinate, in San Antonio, NATA’s 2010 FBO Leadership Conference, taking place January 25-26, with NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, set for January 26-29.

nbaa — National Business Aviation Association partners with ARGUS International, Baldwin Aviation, and AeronomX to offer new Safety Management System (SMS) Workshops for business aviation. Beginning in early 2010, the new SMS training will include “Introduction to SMS” and the “SMS Toolkit Workshop;” www.nbaa.org.

oakland int’l airport — is awarded an additional $2 million in federal economic stimulus funds to continue pavement projects that include the east apron and cargo areas. The project has been awarded $14.9 million in stimulus funds.

o’hare modernization program — receives the Engineering Achievement Award for airport sustainability at the Illinois Engineering Council’s 71st Annual Awards Banquet.

panama city-bay county int’l airport — and Industrial District (Airport Authority) votes to name the new airport now under construction at West Bay the Northwest Florida – Panama City Int’l Airport. Airport is set to open in May 2010.

rolls-royce — introduces the latest engine in its AE 3007 series — the AE 3007A2, the exclusive powerplant for the Legacy 650, the new Embraer large executive jet.

salina (ks) airport authority — opens a 100LL avgas self-service fueling station in an effort to sustain and grow general aviation operations.

southwest airlines — announces it will serve the new Northwest Florida - Panama City Int’l Airport when it opens in May 2010. Various local organizations committed to help launch the new service, including a Northwest Florida business group which created the regional destination brand, THE Beach. Additionally, The St. Joe Co., developer of adjacent property, enters into a strategic alliance with Southwest.

  • Southwest also announces expanded service out of Lambert-St. Louis Int’l Airport, adding nine flights to its May 2010 schedule. Six of the flights will be new destinations: Nashville, New Orleans, Seattle, San Diego, Raleigh-Durham, and Los Angeles.

u.s. house — passes aviation safety legislation, H.R. 3371, the Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009, with the intention of enhancing airline safety by significantly increasing the flight hours required for commercial first officers and strengthening pilot training.

u.s. senate — approves a final version of the FY 2010 spending bill that provides funding to DHS and TSA for the fiscal year that began October 1, sending the measure to President Obama. The final agreement includes more than $1 billion for airport baggage system upgrades and provides funding and congressional direction on the Large Aircraft Security Program, TSA staffing, checkpoint screening technology, and air cargo security. Key provisions include:

  • $2.76 billion for TSA screener personnel, with nearly $212 million provided for behavior detection officers.
  • $1.028 billion for the purchase and installation of explosives detection equipment in airports.
  • $128.7 million for checkpoint technology.
  • $123 million for air cargo security to help meet the August 2010 deadline for 100 percent screening of cargo on passenger aircraft.

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