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Briefings aaae — American Assn. of Airport Executives/Int’l Assn. of Airport Executives (IAAE) and the Abu Dhabi Airports Co. (ADAC) sign a memorandum of understanding to enhance aviation and training services, including the establishment of a...

nata — National Air Transportation Association is conducting a survey of regulated aviation businesses affected by the lack of FAA standardization on regulatory interpretations, in response to the Government Accountability Office beginning a review of inconsistencies in how field inspectors interpret and apply requirements on regulated entities. Survey is available at

ntsb — National Transportation Safety Board member Kathryn (Kitty) O’Leary Higgins submits to President Obama her resignation from the Board, effective August 3.
• Mark V. Rosenker announces he will resign his position as acting NTSB chairman and member. Rosenker will delay his departure until a new chairman and an additional board member are confirmed to ensure a quorum.

raleigh-durham airport authority — gathers with construction workers, terminal architect Curt Fentress, and Archer Western Contractors to mark the topping out of Terminal 2 with a large crane hoisting the highest piece of structural steel into place atop what will be the terminal’s central atrium. Nearly ten months after the first phase of the $570 million terminal opened, the steel skeleton of the building’s south concourse is nearly complete.

Sacramento Country airport system — closes $480 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds to finance a significant portion of The Big Build Project, scheduled for completion in late 2011. Officials say the popularity of the bonds among retail buyers can be attributed to the fact that the bonds are exempt from the AMT penalty. Approximately $178 million in bonds will also be issued in 2010 to complete financing of The Big Build.

ranger aerospace — a private equity consolidator based in Greenville, SC that specializes in the aviation industry, re-enters the airfield services industry with the majority buyout of CAV International, Inc., a government outsourcing contractor for airfield services and logistics. Ranger’s newest investment platform is called Ranger Int’l Services Group, Inc., which plans follow-on investments and acquisitions.

san diego int’l airport — kicks off its The Green Build program which will include ten new gates at Terminal 2 West, expanded dining and shopping options, as well as terminal, roadway, parking, and airfield improvements. Initial construction projects include a new USO facility near Gate 19 in Terminal 2 and an on-site project management office. Construction will incorporate sustainable design principles to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. At peak construction, The Green Build is expected to provide nearly 1,000 construction-related jobs. It is estimated to be completed in late 2012/early 2013.

school of aviation technology — at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, CA graduates its inaugural class. The 82-week vocational program located on-site at a working airport is certified by FAA and is the only school of its kind in the Western U.S.

southwest airlines — will launch nonstop service from Kansas City Int’l Airport to Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Int’l Airport beginning November 1.

standardaero — a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Company, receives Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) at its Springfield, IL location. Designation enables StandardAero to approve design data, tests, and analysis as well as make a finding of compliance to the regulations allowing it to sign an STC on behalf of FAA for aircraft alterations.

tennant co. — based in Minneapolis announces that its ec-H2O technology is selected by business magazine Sustainable Industries as one of its 2009 Top 10 Green Building Products winners. The ec-H2O technology uses 70 percent less water than traditional cleaning methods;

united airlines — reports that its operations staff will move to the Willis Tower [formerly Sears Tower] in Chicago from the airline’s longtime home in Elk Grove Township, IL.

universal weather and aviation, inc. — of Houston finalizes a deal to become the majority owner of Brazilian flight support services provider Cavok Servicos Auxiliares de Transportes Aereos Ltda. (CAVOK).

usairport parking — at Denver Int’l Airport introduces Valet Parking to its parking lot at Tower Road and 81st Avenue – just north of Pena Boulevard.

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