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boswell’s harley-davidson — teams up with retailer Hudson Group to open a unique specialty store in Nashville Int’l Airport (BNA), featuring the world’s best known motorcycle brand, now celebrating its 105th anniversary. Retailer will offer gifts, souvenirs, apparel, and collectible items emblazoned with familiar Harley motifs.

builford technical community college — via a Duke Energy grant of $243,958, will establish a training program for avionics technicians and be based out of the school’s facility near Piedmont Triad Int’l Airport.

cisco brewers of nantucket — comes to the AIRMALL® at Boston Logan Int’l Airport at Terminal B and will serve beer from the regional brewery, plus wines from Nantucket Vineyard and spirits from Triple Eight Distillery, all crafted locally on Nantucket Island.

delta air lines, inc. — plans to close the Comair concourse at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Airport and redirect all departures to other terminals, a shift that follows a 25 percent reduction in its Cincinnati flights during the past year. The redirection, to be complete in January, will mean passengers of Comair no longer will have to take a bus from the main terminal to Concourse C, which operates 48 gates. Delta is working with the airport to add at least 11 passenger loading bridges, at a cost of $12 million, and other improvements at Concourses A and B to handle the change.

eclipse aviation — manufacturer of the Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ) and based in Albuquerque, announces a reduction in its workforce by some 38 percent in an effort to achieve financial stability as soon as possible. Eclipse is laying off approximately 650 employees affecting all departments and facilities including Albuquerque; Gainesville, FL; and Albany, NY. Eclipse’s total employment remains at about 1,100. In 2009, Eclipse intends to increase production back to previous levels and higher.

ect, inc. — of Bridgeport, PA will manufacture and distribute the EcoMat™ Containment System intended to prevent contaminants released in engine cleaning, airframe washing, and power washing from entering the groundwater and storm sewer systems; (610) 239-5120.

edmonton int’l airport — opens a 1,000-stall, $47 million parkade expansion, part of EIA’s five-year, $1.1-billion airport terminal expansion, on time and on budget.

europe’s clean sky initiative — targets a 50-percent reduction in CO2 emissions, an 80-percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, and a 50-percent reduction in perceived noise levels (from baseline year 2000 levels) to be met by the year 2020. The plan involves research intended to demonstrate smart wing technologies based on natural and hybrid laminar flow research, active load control, and materials development to conclude in flight demonstrations. Powerplant integration will be considered with specific attention paid to the impact of airframe flow fields on propeller efficiency, according to www.engineerlive.com.

faa — Federal Aviation Adminis-tration delays a slot auction planned at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport amid fierce opposition from airlines and the New York-area airports. The airlines had asked the FAA’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition to halt the auction of two slots at Newark.

flexplay entertainment — the exclusive marketer of Flexplay® Time-Limited DVD technology and based in Atlanta, enters a retail distribution agreement with Hudson Group to be the exclusive retailer of Flexplay No-Return DVD Rental in airports and transportation terminals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Flexplay DVDs will be available in some 200 Hudson News newsstands and Hudson Booksellers bookstores in airports and terminals throughout North America.

front range airport — outside Denver dedicates two 9,000-ft. hangars for corporate aircraft. Hangars USA is the developer, constructing 16 hangars for a total of 323,000 square feet and a total investment of $12.5 million. The 16 hangars contribute over $109,000 annually to the airport in land rent and house over 170 aircraft.

hammonds companies — of Houston offers its first-ever “Go ODV 2008 Give Away,” targeted at the ground support industry with the Hammonds Omni Directional Vehicle as the prize. Visit www.HammondsCos.com.

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