AAAE TEAMS UP WITH U.S., CHINA AGENCIES TO FORM AIRPORT ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP
U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), with support from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), launched the Airport Environmental Partnership (AEP) during the recent 2009 U.S.-China Aviation Symposium in Beijing. The AEP seeks to exchange best practices and common approaches to mitigating environmental impacts of airport development and management. U.S. airports involved in the initiative include the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport, Chicago O’Hare Int’l Airport, San Francisco Int’l Airport, Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Airport, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Under its National Civil Airport Development Plan, China has announced plans to build 40 new airports by 2010 and 57 more by 2020. FAA plans to provide policy guidance throughout the course of the partnership, and CAAC and the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) intend to help identify priority environmental issues for joint cooperation, provide necessary personnel, and help design a U.S. study tour. For more information, visit www.ustda.gov.
NATA SET TO HOST CHARTER SUMMIT, FBO LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
The National Air Transportation Association has reformulated its top management forums and will host the Air Charter Summit June 8-10 and the FBO Leadership Conference June 9-11 concurrently in Chantilly, VA near Dulles Int’l Airport.
Chief pilots, directors, and company executives of Part 135 operations are expected to meet with FAA regulatory officials and learn about key market drivers affecting their economic future at the Air Charter Summit. The FBO Leadership Conference will feature sessions on the future of aviation manufacturing, rebutting the media attack on business aviation, marketing to the Ritz Carlton standard and clientele, airport security/environmental concerns/AIP Funding/economic stimulus package, and NFPA 409: Standard on Aircraft Hangars; visit www.nata.aero.
aircraft and turbine support, inc. — at Tulsa Int’l Airport completes the bulk of a multi-million dollar expansion project that includes a 22,000-sq. ft. storage hangar. Company specializes in “away from base” maintenance for Challenger, Falcon, Lear, Hawker, and Westwind aircraft.
air trek — of Punta Gorda, FL sees FAA lose its appeal of an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) ruling in the case surrounding the FAA’s revocation of Air Trek’s air carrier certificate. The ALJ had previously ruled that the FAA had failed to show sufficiently that the few violations it was able to prove against the air carrier were severe enough to warrant a revocation. The ALJ reduced the penalty from revocation to suspension. The FAA appealed that ruling to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In its decision, the NTSB denied the FAA’s appeal and upheld all of the ALJ’s decisions. According to NATA, Air Trek’s certificate remains under suspension until FAA is satisfied the operator has resolved the regulatory violations.
allegiant air — will offer service between Oakland Int’l Airport and Eugene (OR) Airport beginning June 8, marking the first-ever nonstop flights between OAK and Eugene.
american airlines — adds two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft into its fleet, beginning the process of replacing its MD-80 fleet. The new airplanes, which went into service April 14, are the first of 76 737-800s that will arrive through the first quarter of 2011.
ascent aviation — of Parish, NY extends its marketing agreement to represent the Phillips 66 Aviation brand in 27 states, from Maine to Florida to California.
aspen avionics — is named the Associate Member of the Year for 2009 by the Aircraft Electronics Association at its annual convention in Dallas.