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BRIEFINGS ... 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...


denver int’l airport — is expanding its selection of 148 concessions with an array of new offerings on Concourses B and C. New outlets include a Massage, Inc.; Bella; Brookstone; Caribou Coffee; Jamba Juice; Johnston & Murphy; and Mile High Harley-Davidson.

epa — Environmental Protection Agency issues changes to the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) final rule that was issued in December 2006, including an extension of the compliance date for affected entities (those newer facilities built after August 16, 2002) from July 1, 2009, to November 20, 2009. EPA says “new amendments to the SPCC rule will clarify regulatory requirements, tailor requirements to particular industry sectors, and streamline certain requirements for facility owners or operators subject to the rule.” EPA provides a new definition of “facility” that may allow separate “facilities” at a location and could possibly require leased operations and tenant operations to prepare their own SPCC Plan as a separate facility, according to NATA. Agency also provides a detailed definition of loading/unloading racks that will allow many airports to utilize simpler general secondary containment rules for their loading/unloading operations at their tank farms; www.epa.gov.

hagerstown (md) regional airport — inaugurates air service by Allegiant Air to Orlando Sanford Int’l Airport.

harlingen’s valley int’l airport — reopens its U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility.

hartsfield-jackson atlanta int’l airport — opens the first of more than 70 new stores as it revitalizes its retail program, including the Atlanta Magazine’s HOME store, based on southern culture and traditions, with cookware, home décor, and furnishings, and offering to deliver customers’ purchases via the U.S. Postal Service.

hawker beechcraft corp. — of Wichita is awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force with an estimated value of $171 million for 23 extended-range special mission Beechcraft King Air 350ER turboprops. Deliveries are planned for 2009. HBC chairman/CEO Jim Schuster notifies the HBC board of his plan to retire. Hawker Beechcraft opens its newest international sales office in Vienna, Austria.

horry county (nc) council — approves a $130 million passenger terminal expansion at Myrtle Beach Int’l Airport, expanding from seven to 12 gates without using local property taxes or increasing fees for airlines and contingent upon obtaining money from the state and federal governments and approval from the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board.

horseshoe bay (tx) resort airport — and Jet Center is now accessible for flyers to arrive and depart at night, following installation of high intensity runway lighting, precision approach lighting, runway end identifier lights, lighted distance remaining signs, and taxiway markers.

iata — International Air Transport Association challenges Europe to deliver a Single European Sky (SES) by 2012. IATA says that failure to implement an effective SES resulted in 21 million minutes of delays and 468 million kilometers of unnecessary flight, wasting 16 million tonnes of CO2.

kansas city aviation dept. — announces that on March 2 Delta will inaugurate nonstop service to New York LaGuardia with two daily flights and will add one flight to Delta’s growing JFK hub on April 3. Flights will be operated by Delta Connection partner Comair, using Canadair Regional Jet 900s.

kelowna (hi) int’l airport — extends its runway to 8,900 feet, enabling the airport to accommodate larger aircraft that can provide direct service into Europe. Project was completed on time and on budget at a cost of $8 million.

l.f. wade int’l airport — in Bermuda completes an airport-wide installation of Quantum Aviation Solutions’ BagScan baggage reconciliation solution, providing baggage reconciliation for nine commercial airlines; www.quantum.aero.

labelmaster — makes available the newly released Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, 2009-2010 edition, published by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), outlining requirements for hazmat employees; www.labelmaster.com.

langham airport logistics llc — an Indianapolis-based subsidiary of Langham Logistics, is awarded an exclusive multi-year contract to provide logistics support services for the new Indianapolis Int’l Airport terminal including all concessionaires, the Indianapolis Airport Authority, and select airlines. LAL will manage the new airport’s warehouse facility with responsibility for shipment planning and scheduling, product receiving and distribution, and overall dock master requirements for 21 concessionaires.

lns alliance aviation — completes the transfer of ownership to the Lancaster (PA) Airport Authority; as of September, LNS Alliance Aviation has been overseen by the airport director.

los angeles — city and airport officials unveil architectural vision design concepts for the west side of the Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal and a new midfield concourse at Los Angeles Int’l Airport (LAX). The new midfield concourse could accommodate the Airbus A-380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. By 2012, LAX is expected to serve more A-380 flights than any other airport in North America.

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