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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...

vancouver int’l airport — becomes the first airport in Canada to offer a new online tool that allows members of the public to see real-time and historical flight and noise data collected by the airport authority’s aircraft noise monitoring and tracking system — WebTrak for YVR.

velocity jets — of Ft. Lauderdale contracts for the management of a 2009 Hawker 900XP, which will have a dual base in the Northeastern U.S. and South Florida.

west star aviation’s — East Alton, IL (ALN) facility contracts with Piaggio Aero to become an authorized service center for the Piaggio P-180 Avanti.
• West Star Aviation, Inc. also reports it is in the final stage of a planned service capabilities expansion and facilities consolidation at its Dallas Love Field location, with a renovated 50,000-sq. ft. facility.

wayne county airport authority — approves a sponsorship and beverage “pouring rights” agreement that makes The Pepsi Bottling Group the official beverage partner of Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), becoming the official beverage provider at more than 70 restaurants and retail outlets.

Quonset State Airport Renovates
In 2008, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) initiated design and construction of a new 20,000-square foot hangar with an attached 6,000-square foot FBO/administration building at the Quonset State Airport (OQU) outside Providence. Additional site work included construction of a new parking lot, creation of a new aircraft apron, and landscaping. The new terminal building hosts Landmark Aviation operations, a fully furnished conference room, and leasable office space for aviation related activity. The new, heated hangar can accommodate several large corporate jets including a Global Express and Gulfstream V. OQU has a 7500-foot primary runway as well as an air traffic control tower operated by the National Guard.

EAA Attracts 578,000 at Oshkosh ‘09
The 57th annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI attracted more than 10,000 airplanes and a total attendance increase of 12 percent, to 578,000.

Several aviation organizations joined EAA and its National Association of Flight Instructors affiliate in announcing the inaugural “International Learn To Fly Day” scheduled for May 15, 2010. The day will focus on introducing the world of flight to others and building the pilot population, which has dwindled by 25 percent over the past quarter century.

This year’s event featured nearly $4 million of site improvements, the first of many planned in future years aimed at upgrading the grounds in a variety of areas to benefit attendees, exhibitors, and others, says EAA.

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