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FAA — issues an updated Airworthiness Directive for the Eclipse 500 fleet of aircraft, offering clarification on how the aircraft’s Throttle Quadrant Assembly (TQA) should be inspected. A.D. replaces the prior emergency A.D., which was issued by FAA on June 12, 2008. Under the new AD, Eclipse 500 aircraft tested under the previous AD can complete Eclipse TQA testing during their next scheduled aircraft maintenance visit or within the next 60 days.

Frasca Int’l — of Urbana, IL announces that Era Training Center at Ft. Worth receives Level 6 Qualification for its EC-135 Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD). The EC-135 FSTD, along with a Bell 206 FSTD, are the first two Level 6 helicopter FSTDs under the FAA’s new FAR Part 60 rule.

GAMA — General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. reports second quarter industry billings continue at a record-setting pace of $12.1 billion, a 24.1 percent increase in the first half of 2008. Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 1,034 units compared to 1,226 units delivered in the first half of 2007, a 15.7 percent decrease. Turboprop shipments increased from 186 units in the first half last year to 222 units in 2008. Business jet shipments totaled 663 units in the first half of 2008, a 39.3 percent increase over the 476 units delivered in the second quarter of 2007.

Global Aviation, Inc. — a private, full-service aviation company based at Portland-Hillsboro Airport, is named a Bombardier-Business Aircraft authorized AOG/Line Maintenance Facility for Learjet 40, 45, and 60 aircraft models, the Challenger 604 and 605, as well as the Global family of aircraft.

Hawker Beechcraft Acqui-sition Company, LLC — reports increased orders, improved sales, and higher earnings during the three months ending June 29, 2008 as compared to the same period in 2007. Net bookings for the three months ending June 29, 2008 totaled $1.7 billion, resulting in a new record backlog of $7.4 billion at the end of the second quarter. Net sales for the three months ending June 29, 2008 were $1.02 million.

High Desert Helicopters — of Ogden, UT announces the availability of a new flight training scholarship, the “High Desert Helicopters Aviator Scholarship Program,” which will be awarded to three candidates annually based on demonstrated aptitude, professionalism, and financial need.

HMSHost Corporation, — in partnership with Atlanta firms Shellis Management Services and Trans Air Concessions, will offer high-end retail brands and local Atlanta retail at Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Airport at four of ATL’s concourses. When construction is completed in 2009, it will include the first free-standing Bvlgari, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna and Sean John stores offered in U.S. airports. The international boutiques will be joined by Kiehl’s, Swarovski, Lancome Beauty Lounge ,and LeSportsac.
• HMSHost is also awarded two 12-year food, beverage, and retail concessions contracts at Norman Y. Mineta San José Int’l Airport, part of the airport’s $1.3 billion Terminal Area Improvement Program. HMSHost and its local partners will bring 24 new restaurant brands and retail shops to the new Terminal B/North Concourse and remodeled Terminal A.

IATA — Int’l Air Transport Assn. releases international traffic data for June that shows a continued slowing of demand growth for air transport. Cargo contracted by 0.8 percent compared to June 2007; passenger demand growth fell to 3.8 percent, the lowest level since 2003. Passenger load factors dropped to 77.6 percent, 1.2 percentage points below the 78.8 percent recorded for June 2007.

Int’l Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers — (District Lodge 70, Local Lodges 733 and 2328) rejects a proposed labor contract with Hawker Beechcraft Corp., leading to an impasse in negotiations.

jimsair — a long-standing fixed base operation at San Diego Lindbergh Int’l Airport, is acquired by Houston-based Landmark Aviation, bringing Landmarks number of FBOs to 42 in the U.S. and Western Europe.

JFK Int’l Airport — welcomes the first scheduled flight of the Airbus A380 to the U.S., provided by Emerates Airlines.

Los Angeles City Council — reports that a multibillion-dollar plan to modernize Los Angeles Int’l Airport will proceed, at least for the short term.
• LAX also will test a pair of machines that let passengers keep their shoes on at security checkpoints. The machines, made by L-3 Communications, resemble a large turnstile and will scan shoes for explosives as air travelers pass through them.

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