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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...


orlando sanford int’l airport — begins a six-month construction project on the airport’s 9,600 foot primary runway, including pavement overlay of runway 9L-24R, at a cost of
$8.16 million.

port authority of ny & nj — Board of Commissioners approves nearly $60 million in investments that will plan for the modernization of a 45-year-old passenger terminal at LaGuardia Airport and create more efficient aircraft operations to reduce delays at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport:
Board advances the second phase of a study to modernize and redevelop LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal Building, which handles about half of the airport’s 24 million annual passengers. The $40 million study is expected to be completed in 2010.
An additional $19.75 million is approved for navigational aids improvements at Newark to enable more arrivals in inclement weather.

powder puff pilot — of Aurora, CO introduces pilot gear for feminine flyers via wholesale and retail channels. Powder Puff Pilot is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Aero LLC; www.PowderPuffPilot.com or 877-843-1007.

preferred jet center — and the Cobb County/McCollum Airport near Atlanta report the opening of a new 6,305x100-ft. concrete runway on December 1, 2008.

qref media — of Frisco, TX announces a new line of quick reference checklists for GPS and avionics systems, including Garmin, Lowrance, Bendix/King, Honeywell, L3, Magellan, Avidyne, Eagle, Hummingbird, Cirrus, and Diamond Aircraft. New releases are added regularly; from $19.95 to $49.95; www.qref.com

schubach aviation — a San Diego-based on-demand air charter service operating a fleet of 21 aircraft, introduces the Schubach “Jet Card”, a new premiere membership program. Membership benefits include five percent savings on all Schubach flights and a risk-free refundable balance. Based at Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, the company recently announced its second location with the purchase of Jim’s Air by Landmark Aviation, whereby Schubach Aviation took over the hangar space previously occupied by Jim’s Air.

servicetec airport services int’l — of Reston, VA is selected by the Port of Oakland to support Oakland Int’l Airport’s Information Technology Common Use Terminal Equipment and related infrastructure services.

ssp canada — the Canadian division of Lansdowne, Va-based SSP, an operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, wins a seven-year contract for three quick-service restaurants and an eight-year contract for a casual dining restaurant at Vancouver Int’l Airport (YVR). Contracts are expected to generate some US$60 million in revenue and create more than 100 full-time jobs. Construction at YVR begins in early 2009.

tiaca — The Int’l Air Cargo Assn. calls for the liberalization of air cargo and express delivery services for unfettered market access, and says bilateral negotiations should be unrestricted as to the ability of air carriers to move air cargo in any international market between two points anywhere in the world. TIACA says its aim is for the establishment of a multi-lateral group of countries permitting fifth, sixth, and seventh freedom rights.

TSA — Transportation Security Administration names Miami Int’l Airport the agency’s Airport of the Year during its 7th annual national honorary awards ceremony. Award recognizes the airport that continuously implements the highest quality of airport security while maintaining exceptional courtesy and attentiveness to all passengers and customers. MIA recently added an in-line baggage system and new checkpoints in the South Terminal and at Concourses C-D.
• TSA also announces a heavier focus on stricter security for international inbound air cargo as it moves to implement 100 percent piece level screening of cargo transported on passenger aircraft in the U.S., according to Edward J. Kelly, General Manager Cargo/TSA, speaking at the TIACA Air Cargo Forum & Exposition in Kuala Lumpur. TSA’s first milestone of 50 percent piece level screening for cargo carried on passenger aircraft comes into force in February and rises to 100 percent in August 2010.

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