aai acquisition, inc. — based in Englewood, CO and formed to develop and produce the A700 very light jet, begins offering engineering and manufacturing services to companies and organizations seeking composite design and technology expertise. Owned by Industrial Investors Group (www.industrial-investors.com), AAIA is an aircraft design and manufacturing firm based at Centennial Airport.
air med int’l — of Birmingham, AL wins its second consecutive Air Ambulance of the Year Award at the 16th annual Int’l Travel Insurance Journal Awards Ceremony in Budapest; www.airmed.com.
airtran airways — begins daily nonstop roundtrip flights between Harrisburg Int’l Airport and Orlando Int’l Airport. The flights will be operated with Boeing 717 aircraft.
aopa air safety foundation — of Frederick, MD launches its newest online course, Weather Wise: Precipitation and Icing, the fourth in an ongoing series of online courses intended to help pilots better understand the environment they fly in; series is partially funded by NOAA’s National Weather Service, Mark Jon Bluth, and the Slick Family Foundation; www.aopa.org.
avcard — and World Fuel Services begin to implement a comprehensive contract fuel program at Signature Flight Support’s U.S. domestic locations, providing fuel discounts with increasing savings for larger uplifts. AVCARD will facilitate the transaction processing for both companies.
aviation tutorials co., llc — of Franklin, WI releases Weather Statement Groundschool 3.0, an interactive course on METARs, TAFs, and Pilot Reports, available on CD-ROM or immediate download; available for $59 at www.avtutorials.com.
cessna aircraft co. — a Textron Inc. company based in Wichita, achieves type certification for the Citation Mustang from Transport Canada and the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau. The current fleet of Citation Mustangs totals 130, has accumulated more than 19,000 flight hours, with the high-time aircraft logging more than 500 hours. The Mustang is now certified in 51 countries.
charles b. wheeler downtown airport — in Kansas City reports reopening its 5,050-ft. runway 3/21, following a new asphalt overlay and electrical improvements. In 2005, the airport initiated a $70-million capital program to improve the facility; the department has initiated a $22 million construction project on the west side of the field to allow faster access to Runway 1/19 and parallel ramp space for new T-hangars and box hangars.
city of hondo (tx) — enters a long-term lease and economic development agreement with Wright Flyers Aviation, Inc., of San Antonio, Texas to open a state-of-the-art international flight training academy at the Hondo Municipal Airport.
clark county (ne) commission — passes a resolution in response to several fatal crashes at the North Las Vegas airport this year, and seeks to specify what kinds of planes can fly to and from each airport within Clark County, including McCarran Int’l Airport.
dayjet corp. — based in Boca Raton, FL files for Chapter 7 liquidation on Nov. 14, with more than $23 million in liabilities and just $17 million in assets when it filed in federal court in Delaware. DayJet had cited failure to obtain capital as the main reason it stopped flying.
delta airlines — will begin nonstop service between Lubbock and its Memphis hub, as well as starting similar service to McAllen, TX, starting April 6. Delta says it plans to make use of merger partner Northwest Airlines/Airlink’s 50-seat regional jets.
A study into steps that the airport can take to lessen the impact of aircraft noise, especially at night, will take another 18 months.
A series of public and private celebrations are planned for the days leading up to the May 27 opening.
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