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Burbank-glendale-pasadena airport authority — adopts a Part 161 application for a proposed curfew at Bob Hope Airport, concluding a study process that has lasted over eight years and cost in excess of $6.5 million. The study results, which present the first application to the FAA since the advent of the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA) of 1990, call for an airport access restriction that would apply to Stage 3 aircraft.

cape air — based in Hyannis, MA announces new air service to Baltimore-Washington Int’l Airport with four daily round trips from Hagerstown, MD and five trips from Lancaster, PA with round-trip fares starting at $89.

cessna aircraft co. — a Textron Inc. company based in Wichita, launches the “No Worries” pre-owned Citation sales program for U.S. and international retail customers. Those who purchase an eligible pre-owned Citation from Cessna through July 2 will have an option that provides a guaranteed repurchase or trade-in price.

  • Cessna also announces the grand opening of its Mesa Citation Service Center at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The 101,000-square foot facility includes 62,400-square feet of hangar space along with office and backshop areas.

dane county regional airport — in Madison, WI opens a new car rental kiosk area that sports 50 electricity-producing solar panels on the canopy above six enclosed kiosks. Project includes a new 2,000-square foot exit toll plaza, with six gates and parking administration office, built to LEED certification standards.

federal stimulus package — the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act passed by Congress contains $200 million for FAA facilities and equipment and $1.1 billion for the Airport Improvement Program. The bill requires that priority be given to funding FAA and airport projects that can be completed within two years. The legislation also expands the accelerated depreciation rules enacted in last year’s stimulus bill to apply accelerated depreciation to eligible property purchased in 2009 and placed in service by the end of 2010. The legislation requires any recipient of Troubled Assets Relief Program funds to have a board of directors-approved policy regarding certain expenditures, which could include the use of business aircraft.

GAMA — General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. joins with other aviation industry groups to issue a paper outlining a set of principles to address aviation and climate change. The paper, entitled “Aviation and Climate Change: The Views of Aviation Industry Stakeholders”, outlines general principles for policymakers and others to adhere to, including the importance of cost-benefit and scientific analysis, the preeminent role of the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the need for a comprehensive energy policy. Industry groups call for air traffic control modernization and operational improvements to be accelerated, and for enhanced government participation for new technologies and alternative fuels research; visit
www.gama.aero.

  • GAMA also releases its 2008 year-end numbers for aircraft manufcturing, showing that worldwide shipments of general aviation airplanes decreased for the first time in five years. The numbers show a 20.8 percent drop in piston deliveries, down to 2,119 from 2,675 the year before. Turboprop deliveries grew 16.6 percent compared to 2007, and business jets were up by 15.6 percent. Industry billings grew by 13.4 percent to $24.8 billion. The numbers reflect the fulfillment of orders placed for turboprops and business jets during 2006 and 2007, according to GAMA.

glidepath — of Dallas is awarded the contract to design, manufacture, and install a new integrated baggage handling and security screening system at Nashville Int’l Airport. The $32 million project is due for completion in 2010; Gresham, Smith and Partners, and local contractor Messer Construction Co., are also involved.

greater rockford (IL) airport authority — obtains approval to expand and reorganize its foreign trade zone. The net increase is just over 400 acres for a total approved acreage of almost 3,620.

hawker beechcraft corp. — based in Wichita, in its latest advertising campaign, reaches out to corporations who are under intense pressure to divest their business aircraft. In the first of a series of advertisements, HBC pens an open letter to Starbucks sharing support for the company’s business aircraft needs via the headline, “Dear Starbucks, You Still Need To Fly. We’re Here To Help.” HBC’s advertising campaign is appearing in national business publications including The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Financial Times and others.

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