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Briefings ... aaae — American Association of Airport Executives is awarded a five-year contract to provide on-site classroom and customized video training to airport employees at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. The courses will be...

l-3 security & detection systems — of Woburn, MA reports that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has recently accepted delivery of 30 ProVision™ Checkpoint Security Systems. The order is part of an existing contract with an overall contract value of $24 million. After an initial evaluation of the ProVision in 2007, TSA tested systems at Los Angeles Int’l Airport, John F. Kennedy Int’l Airport, and Phoenix Sky Harbor Int’l Airport, which together serve an estimated 140 million passengers annually.

landmark aviation — based in Houston acquires the assets of First Class Air, Inc. at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, IL. Landmark Aviation has 42 FBOs in its network, including locations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The FBO chain is a portfolio company of GTCR Golder Rauner and Platform Partners, LLC.

light sport america — of Punta Gorda, FL is offering a $10,000 rebate or make the first year’s payment, up to $10,000, on any Storm Rally ordered by Dec. 31, 2008. The Rally Classic is priced at $124,995, the Rally Flyer at $128,995, and the Rally Glass at $134,995. Light Sport Aircraft is the exclusive distributor of the Storm Aircraft line of light sport aircraft in North America; product line is manufactured in the U.S. by Air Elite Aviation, Inc. of Three Rivers, MI.

million air lafayette (LA) — announces the completion of a state-of-the-art FBO complex, featuring a striking atrium lobby, flat screen televisions, weather briefing, flight planning, and Wi-Fi capable conference room.

nbaa — National Business Aviation Assn. president and CEO Ed Bolen announces that the association has joined forces with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, asking TSA for an extension to the comment period on TSA’s plan regarding proposed general aviation security requirements.

o’hare int’l airport — adds retail outlets Nuts on Clark, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and Garrett Popcorn Shops. Nuts on Clark is a Chicago-based family business with locations in Terminals 1 and 2.

rapiscan systems, inc. — a global supplier of security inspection systems based in Torrance, CA, is awarded an approximate $6 million contract by the Transportation Security Administration for its Rapiscan RTT (Real Time Tomography) high-speed stationary gantry Computed Tomography (CT) baggage screening system. The Rapiscan RTT is a baggage screening system that generates high-resolution 3-D X-ray images of passenger baggage to detect potential threats more accurately and at a higher speed than any currently available technology.

retail concepts design (rcd) — the company behind the design of Dubai Duty Free’s new Terminal 3 (T3) retail area in the United Arab Emirates, is actively seeking to develop further travel retail projects globally. RCD focuses on concession planning, retail design, and project management;

robert e. david & associates — is formed by Robert E.David, a 36-year veteran of FAA who was division manager of the agency’s safety division, runway management office, when he retired. New company specializes in airport safety, runway incursion prevention, construction safety, safety management systems, and accident investigations;

san diego county regional airport authority — launches an e-Newsroom to help facilitate information gathering by reporters;

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

southwest airlines — brings back non-stop service between Kansas City and Ft. Lauderdale, and increases non-stop service between Kansas City and Denver from four to six daily departures.

tucson airport authority — celebrates the completion of its $30 million concourse renovation at Tucson Int’l Airport, including new and expanded concessions, reconfigured security checkpoints, and a relocated international arrivals area. Begun in 2000, the first stage of the Terminal Expansion Project dealt with relocating the rental cars into a separate 18,000-sq. ft. rental car building and adjacent three-level, 2,200 car parking garage within walking distance of the terminal via a moving sidewalk. The next phase was the addition of 82,000 square feet to ticketing and baggage claim with tilt plate conveyor baggage belts, along with expanded ticketing.

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