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PORT AUTHORITY FIGHTS DOT SLOT AUCTIONS The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is fighting to block a Bush administration plan to try to reduce flight delays around the country through an experimental auction of slots at its airports. The...

Metropolitan Airports Commission (Minneapolis/St. Paul) ­— chairman calls on Delta Air Lines to present MAC and state leaders with a specific plan about what presence Delta intends to maintain in Minnesota after it acquires Northwest Airlines.

Miami Int’l Airport — selects Ericsson Federal to supply, deploy, and execute systems integration of a high-capacity digital communication and video surveillance system, including deployment and systems integration of an access control system and alarm system to secure more than 1,000 access points across the airport.

Million Air Dallas — now offers 13 aircraft for Part 135 charter: CitationJet 1 (3), CitationJet 2, Learjet 35A, Learjet 40XR, Citation III, Hawker 700, Hawker 800A, Hawker 800XP, Gulfstream III (2), and Challenger 604.

Mooney Airplane Co. — and Air Touring, Ltd., through its associates in Germany, display an Acclaim Type S at Europe’s version of the annual EAA AirVenture Fly-In that takes place in Oshkosh, WI.

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of commerce — and Horry County, SC, in an effort to protect current domestic air service, announce the reduction of landing fees for a nine-month period, effective September 1, 2008. Landing fees will be eliminated for all non-U.S. routes. Landing fees will be reduced from $1.97 to $.50 per 1,000 lbs. landing weight, a 75 percent reduction. Myrtle Beach will offer carriers the option of paying $2 per available seat for common use terminal area fees and security fees, rather than the rate formula contained in the standard air carrier agreement. The plan allows an airline to calculate the not-to-exceed amount of fees paid to the airport in advance, rather than having the fee depend on the airline’s traffic, as well as overall airport traffic. Both formulas will be calculated, and carriers will be billed the lower of the two amounts.

NBAA -- National Business Aviation Assn. joins the Stop Oil Speculation Now (S.O.S. NOW) coalition, whose members include commercial airlines, other general aviation groups, and highway, agricultural, and other interests, urging the prompt passage of legislation that limits excessive speculation and encourages environmentally sound domestic production.

port authority of ny & nj — announces it will temporarily waive gate and landing fees at Stewart Int’l Airport, which it estimates will result in airline savings worth some $1 million over six months. Move comes after AirTran Airways announced it will stop serving Stewart in September, the loss of Skybus Airlines due to bankruptcy, and announced cutbacks in service by JetBlue and Delta. Port Authority estimates 725,000 travelers will use Stewart this year, down from about 915,000 in 2007.

RLM Software, — a provider of real-time flight information, officially becomes FlightView®.

Sacramento County Air-port System — launches a new website,, to provide the latest information about the new Central Terminal B construction project. Site includes the latest news, links to contractors, employment opportunities with The Big Build, architectural renderings, and a fly-through video of the new terminal.

Safegate Airport Systems — announces that its Safedock® advanced visual docking guidance system has been successfully installed and implemented at 92 gates at Dallas/Fort Worth Int’l Airport. The design-build contract was awarded to Trevino Mechanical Services last November and installation of the docking systems began in March 2008.

SAN DIEGO lindberg int’l airport — Ad Hoc Regional Airport Policy Committee develops a short-list of build-out alternatives for various passenger terminal configurations integrated with an Inter-modal Transit Center (ITC) and airfield concepts. One alternative envisions locating all terminal and ITC facilities on the north side of the runway, while the other two alternatives locate passenger facilities on both sides of the runway with the ITC on the north side.

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