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canadian airports council — based in Ottawa will host the Airports Canada 2009 Conference and Exhibition in Ottawa-Gatineau April 28-30, 2009;

cessna aircraft co. — a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company based in Wichita, introduced the 350 Corvalis and 400 Corvalis TT during this year’s annual sales meeting in Wichita. The Cessna 350 Corvalis and 400 Corvalis TT (twin turbocharged), formerly the Cessna 350 and Cessna 400 respectively, have been renamed as part of Cessna’s acquisition of certain assets from Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Company in 2007. The move follows recent announcements of layoffs by Cessna as it retrenches during the economic downturn.

charlotte/douglas int’l airport — is working on a plan to add an urgent-care clinic to its main terminal this summer and is seeking proposals from medical providers to operate the clinic.

chicago rockford int’l airport — announces that the first phase of the new Int’l Cargo Center is completed.

city of chicago — prepares to pay United Airlines $163 million to relocate a cargo facility that lies in the path of the next runway planned for O’Hare Int’l Airport. United and FedEx Corp. previously agreed to demolish buildings along the airport’s southern periphery that lie in the planned path for Runway 10/28 Center, the next project in the city’s $15 billion effort to modernize delay-prone O’Hare.

dallas love field— begins a $519 million improvement program that includes a revitalized terminal with a new 20-gate concourse.

delta air lines inc. — challenges Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport over operating costs and lease negotiations, contesting the rising cost of capital improvement projects such as the $1.6 billion Maynard Holbrook Jackson Int’l Terminal, which is now projected to cost double original estimates and what it says will be a doubling of its unit costs by 2016. Delta and other carriers at Hartsfield-Jackson operate under a 30-year lease, which expires in 2010.

dfw int’l airport — opens the first quadrant of its state-of-the-art perimeter taxiway, a revolutionary aviation concept designed and implemented in partnership with FAA that will eliminate hundreds of aircraft crossings a day, where as many as 1,500 runway crossings occur daily. The first quadrant of the perimeter taxiway system cost $67 million, with 75 percent of the funding coming from FAA.

duncan aviation — at Lincoln, NE adds Atlanta to its list of more than 20 satellite avionics facilities. This new Duncan Aviation satellite is located with Hill Aircraft and Leasing at Atlanta Fulton County Airport.

gao — Government Accounting Office removes FAA’s NextGen ATC modernization program from its 2009 High-Risk List because of FAA’s progress in addressing most of the root causes of past problems and the agency’s commitment to sustaining progress. FAA’s efforts have yielded results, including deploying new systems across the country and incurring fewer cost overruns, says GAO, which added FAA air traffic control modernization to the High-Risk List in 1995;

hawker beechcraft corp. — expands its global customer service and support capability with the opening of a new paint facility at its factory-owned service center at the Hawarden Airport in Chester, U.K.

hannay reels — of Westerlo, NY offers its updated full-color catalog featuring information on its complete line of aviation hose reels;

indiana seaplane pilots assn. — supports a proposal to increase public access to Indiana lakes for seaplanes. Since 1998, ISPA has worked with the state to establish a network of 17 Indiana lakes with private-use seaplane landing areas.

jet aviation — based in Zurich, restructures its U.S. executive management, reporting that Jim Ziegler, who had been chief operating officer of U.S. operations, is leaving the company and will become an advisor to Jet Aviation. Gary Dempsey, Jet Aviation’s president of Flight Services for The Americas, and Kurt Sutterer, president, MRO & Completions of Midcoast Aviation, an affiliate of the Jet Aviation Group, will be responsible for U.S. operations.

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