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American airlines — is charged with violations by the Federal Aviation Administration, which accuses American of safety and drug-testing violations. Agency says the carrier returned two aircraft into service after pilots reported safety problems. The FAA says two MD-83 airliners were flown 58 times in violation of federal safety regulations. FAA is seeking more than $7 million in penalties from the airline.

AOPA — Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will hold its annual Expo at the San Jose (CA) McEnery Convention Center November 6-8.

Avidyne Corp. — reports that an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for “Compatibility Mode” on its TWX670 Tactical Lightning Detection system is imminent. STC will allow the TWX670 to interface with a large number of displays produced by other manufacturers including many popular MFDs, GPSs, and EHSIs.

american science & engineering, inc. — a supplier of X-ray inspection solutions based at Billerica, MA, announces it has received SAFETY (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology) Act Certification from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security for a range of cargo and parcel X-ray inspection products and associated services.

Boingo Wireless, — a provider of Wi-Fi based in Los Angeles, launches service at Dulles Int’l Airport and Ronald Reagan Airport in the Washington, D.C.

COXREELS® ­— introduces its new 300 Series exhaust hose reel designed to keep facilities free of toxic fumes;

Calgary Airport Authority — commences construction on a new 1,900-stall Parkade facility, initiating the first of several major ten-year development projects designed to keep pace with the more than 12.2 million annual travelers at the airport. This second, multi-level Parkade facility, scheduled for completion by December 2009, will increase the number of available parking stalls to more than 5,000. The $85M Parkade will also serve as the first of the new Parkades for the new East Concourse, which is currently in preliminary design to accommodate international passenger growth at YYC.

DAC International, Inc. — of Austin, TX announces the GEN-X Electronic Flight Bag System has been approved for Class 3 installation in a series of Bombardier Regional Jets.

Dfw int’l Airport — reports it may consider closing one of the airport’s terminals as it grapples to keep costs down in coming months. American Airlines, which operates a hub at D/FW and accounts for more than 80 percent of the facility’s flights, plans to cut 42 flights at D/FW. The airport plans to keep its $640 million annual budget flat despite an estimated $24 million increase in costs and $23 million in lost revenue from airline cutbacks; no layoffs are planned.
• DFW’s Board Finance Committee approves issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) for a Pet Hotel and Resort. The facility, to be located on the airport’s west side, and would cater to passengers’ pets as well as serve animal owners across the North Texas region.

Detroit Metro/wayne county Airport’s — North Terminal reports that a quarter of its 24 gates will not be leased when the new facility opens in September due to a cut in seating capacity by the airline industry. The gates could remain closed for “some time” as flights are cut and airlines move toward smaller planes to cope with the high cost of jet fuel.
• Meanwhile, DTW sets an all-time record for passenger traffic for the first six months of the year, topping June 2007 by 3.4 percent.

EAA — Experimental Aircraft Assn. reports final numbers for this year’s AirVenture: attendance of 540,000; more than 10,000 aircraft; and a total of 2,516 showplanes.

Eclipse Aviation — announces that Harbour Air of Vancouver, British Columbia, will be Eclipse’s first Designated Service Center for the Eclipse 500 in North America. Harbour Air will provide MRO support for Eclipse 500 operators in Western Canada, with the opportunity to expand into Eastern Canada and Alaska.

EVANSVILLE (IN) AIRPORT ­— is the first in the nation to get 3VR, a system that uses facial recognition to screen passengers.

Executive Jet® Manage-ment — a provider of worldwide private jet charter and aircraft management services based in Cincinnati, is approved as a Star Participant in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), which OSHA created in 1982 to recognize and partner with businesses that show excellence in occupational safety and health.

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