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Embraer — celebrates the opening of its 47,700-sq. ft. service center at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Facility will service the company’s Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 450, Legacy 500, and Legacy 600 executive jets.

FAA — Joe Del Balzo, founder and president of JDA Aviation Technology Solutions, is selected by Robert Sturgell, acting FAA Administrator, for membership on the agency’s Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee. Del Balzo who once served as acting Administrator, will chair the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee.

flightcraft, inc. — announces the completion of a $1.5 million Business Aviation Terminal at its Eugene, OR facility. Flightcraft’s Eugene FBO now offers executive luggage service, improved catering facilities, two conference rooms, wireless Internet, ramp and parking lot security cameras, and other amenities.

frasca int’l, inc. — of Urbana, IL, is awarded a contract by FAA to build a Cessna Citation Mustang Flight Training Device (FTD), which will be qualified as a FAA Level 5 FTD and will be located at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City. The FTD will accurately replicate the flight deck of the Mustang and will include the Garmin G1000 avionics package and Frasca’s TruVisionTM Visual System.

galaxy aviation — announces the acquisition of the FBO service provider at Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) in Hayden, CO. Yampa Valley Regional Airport, with its 10,000 foot runway, is the only field serving Steamboat Springs that is capable of accommodating the largest GA aircraft. Galaxy negotiated a purchase agreement with the Spectrum Jet Center and a new long-term lease agreement with Routt County. It is the sixth FBO location for Galaxy.

GAO — Government Accountability Office’s Gerald Dillingham, the agency’s top authority on aviation safety, tells a House panel that even though FAA “has given a higher priority to runway safety” there were 24 of the most serious kinds of runway incursions — defined as an event in which any aircraft, vehicle or person intrudes in space reserved for takeoff or landing — in fiscal 2008. The rate of serious incidents, measured by number of incidents per one million takeoffs and landings, increased 5 percent in the first three quarters of FY2008, according to Dillingham. The rate of all types of runway incursions, ranging from near collisions to minor incidents in which there was no threat to safety, was 6.72 in the first three quarters of 2008, up 10 percent compared to the same three quarters in 2007 and 2001, when the rate was at its previous peak of 6.11.

Gresham, smith, and partners — a national architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm, is awarded a contract from the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), a research program managed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), to develop wayfinding and signage guidelines for airport terminal and landside use. The resulting reference manual will provide airport operators up-to-date wayfinding and signage guidelines to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of passengers, and are expected to be made available in late 2010.
• Gresham, Smith and Partners also completes a $22 million master signage program for DFW Int’l Airport. GS&P is currently designing a comprehensive wayfinding program for the new Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Int’l Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport; www.gspnet.com.

hagerstown (MD) regional airport — announces that, via the Essential Air Service Program, it expects Allegiant to begin twice weekly service to Orlando for $79. It will be the first commercial service at the airport since Sept. 30, 2007, when Air Midwest flew its last US Airways Express flight to Pittsburgh, according to the airport.

hartsfield-jackson int’l airport – and the Southern Conservation Trust announce the opening of Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary in Fayette County, GA some 15 miles south of the airport. The 56.5-acre site is a wetlands mitigation project associated with construction of the airport’s fifth runway.

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