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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...

hawker beechcraft corp. — of Wichita, KS delivers the first special mission extended-range (ER) King Air 350 to the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force awarded the contract for 23 King Air 350ER turboprops, designated by the military as the MC-12W, to HBC last November. The project has an estimated value of $171 million.
• HBAC reports net sales for the three months ending March 29, 2009, of $537.6 million, a decrease of $38.9 million compared to the same period in 2008. Business and general aviation aircraft deliveries totaled 57 for the quarter, compared to 72 for the first quarter of 2008.

honda aircraft co. — of Greensboro, NC is on track to begin building the assembly plant for its HondaJet plane this summer at Piedmont Triad Int’l Airport. Honda plans to deliver its first $3.9 million HondaJet in late 2010, with a production range of 80 to 100 jets a year.

imaginaire private jet charter — an aircraft management and jet charter company based at Addison, TX, names Bill Koch, the former head of Seven Bar Enterprises and AMR Combs, as its new CEO.

jet aviation — based in Zurich, Switzerland, reports that Kurt Sutterer, president of Midcoast Aviation and head of Jet Aviation’s MRO & completions lines of business in North America, will retire in May 2009 after 29 years of service. Sutterer will be succeeded by Don Petersen, a 31-year veteran of the aviation industry, who will be based at Midcoast Aviation in St. Louis.
• Jet Aviation’s U.S. and EMEA & Asia aircraft management divisions increase their managed fleet by more than 20 aircraft in 2009. Aircraft types include Falcon 50 and 900; Gulfstream GIII, GIV, GV, G550; and Bombardier Global Express, Challenger and Learjet.

jet source — of Carlsbad, CA adds an Embraer Legacy 600 to its charter fleet.

landmark aviation — and the Asheville (NC) Regional Airport Authority announce a new 5,000-sq. ft. FBO terminal, completing a $4.6 million project that includes a 23,000-sq. ft. hangar. This addition brings Landmark’s network to 41 FBOs, including locations in the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe.

massachusetts port authority — approves $30 million to construct a centralized security checkpoint at Boston Logan’s Terminal C.

massage bar — which offers a variety of massage options and wellness products at Sacramento Int’l Airport, opens two new locations in Terminal A and Terminal B.

meridian air charter — based at Teterboro, NJ, adds a Falcon 900B to its fleet of charter aircraft, and will base it at White Plains, NY.

midcoast aviation — of St. Louis has its Dassault Falcon Jet authorized service center status renewed.

nata — National Air Transportation Assn. president James K. Coyne appears before the National Fire Protection Assn.’s Technical Committee on Airport Facilities to discuss the impact that changes to NFPA 409, Standard on Aircraft Hangars, could have on the general aviation industry. The committee is considering changes to NFPA 409 that would require the installation of automatic sprinkler systems in all new hangars of less than 12,000 square feet. In a recent NATA survey, over 77 percent of responding members stated that the costs associated with implementation of the changes would hinder construction of new hangars.

nbaa — Regional Forum, hosted by Business Jet Center at Dallas Love Field, draws a crowd of more than 940 attendees and 54 exhibitors, with 24 aircraft on static display.

north carolina — receives $12 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for projects at Asheville Regional Airport ($7.5 million to improve the terminal) and Raleigh-Durham Int’l ($4.5 million to rehabilitate runway lighting on 05L/23R).

north texas regional airport — in Denison will receive $6.8 million from the Texas DOT Aviation Division in federal stimulus funds to refurbish and improve one of its runways (17L/35R). The airport will also receive a $4 million grant from the TXDOT to refurbish taxiways and install taxiway signage.  Work on both projects is expected to begin this summer.

ntsb — National Transportation Safety Board issues an urgent safety recommendation to FAA in which it asks the agency to prohibit further flight of a type of a small airplane that has been involved in six in-flight structural breakups since 2006. The recommendations apply to the Zodiac CH-601XL, a low-wing, fixed-gear, single-engine, two-seat general aviation airplane designed by Zenair, Inc. The CH-601XL was certified as a Special Light Sport Aircraft by FAA in 2005.

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