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Briefings aci-na — Airports Council International– North America president Greg Principato testifies before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Aviation on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA...


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aci-na — Airports Council International– North America president Greg Principato testifies before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Aviation on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2009 and expresses the need for increases in the passenger facility charge (PFC) cap and Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding, to finance essential airport construction projects. Principato says that the current maximum PFC of $4.50 is worth only $2.46 today when construction cost inflation figures are applied; ACI-NA supports an increase to at least $7.50 with indexing for construction cost inflation.

  • The American Assn. of Airport Executives also offered similar testimony to the committee, calling for at least $200 million per year in Essential Air Service program funding, $35 million per year for the Small Community Air Service Development program, and retention of the $150,000 general aviation airport entitlement. AAAE also expresses concern about a provision in the bill that could force airports to comply with “excessive” National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards related to airport rescue and firefighting that it says would dramatically increase airport infrastructure and equipment costs with little benefit in terms of enhanced safety, while also leading to the loss of commercial air service at some smaller airports.

air 10 jet center — based at Cincinnati’s Lunken Field Airport forms a sister company, Reynolds Jet Management, to take over charter and jet management operations. The formation of Reynolds Jet Management is part of a long-term business strategy of rebranding the aviation service company.

allegiant air, llc — a subsidiary of Allegiant Travel Company, will begin low-fare, non-stop jet service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) beginning May 1, to 12 markets already served by the carrier.

aopa — Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn. president Craig L. Fuller testifies before Congress to support the new Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill introduced in the House of Representatives. Fuller says AOPA members strongly endorse a four-year authorization bill that provides much needed investment in safety, ATC modernization, FAA operations, airport improvements, and aviation research. Members also support the system of passenger transportation and general aviation fuel taxes in combination with general fund revenues to support FAA and the aviation system.The new FAA funding bill – The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009 (H.R.915) – is nearly identical to H.R. 2881 in 2008.

astm int’l — of West Conshohocken, PA releases an updated edition of Manual 5, Aviation Fuel Quality Control Procedures featuring common procedures used by fuel handlers to assess and protect aviation fuel quality; www.astm.org.

branson (MO) airport — the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the U.S., announces that AirTran Airways will offer daily non-stop flights to General Mitchell Int’l Airport in Milwaukee. This is in addition to the previously announced daily service between Branson and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport. The new airport is expected to open May 11.

Brian foley associates — a business aviation consulting firm based in Sparta, NJ, projects reduced activity for the sector through 2009, with a turnaround beginning by mid-2010. In particular, the firm says that recent air taxi, charter, and fractional start-ups are particularly vulnerable to current business conditions. Says Foley, “We’ve all been bombarded with statistics of a 30-40 percent reduction in “normal” business jet flight activity. This translates directly to the vitality of these types of businesses.” Foley sees the activity decrease as temporary until financial markets stabilize.

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