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aopa — Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn. hires Craig Spence to fill the newly created position of VP of aviation security. A long-time general aviation pilot, Spence was program manager for Geospatial and Aerospace Systems in the DHS’s Office of Operations Coordination.

arinc managed services, llc — a provider of airport IT services based in Annapolis, MD, enters an agreement to provide on-site warranty service and maintenance for a major installation of Samsung Electronics displays at a major North American airport. Agreement covers more than a thousand Samsung monitors at the airport and off-site locations.

asig — based in Orlando, is awarded ground handling services for LAN’s 19 weekly flights at JFK Int’l Airport.

blue sky network — a global provider of mobile asset management and fleet management solutions using GPS tracking and based in LaJolla, CA, receives a Supplemental Type Certificate from FAA for installation of its D1000C and ACH1000 kits on Bombardier DHC-8-201 aircraft.

bob hope airport — in Burbank, CA reports that the revenue it contributes to Southern California businesses has increased by more than $3 billion since 1993, according to the airport’s first economic study in 12 years. The airport brought $3.9 billion in revenue to regional businesses in 2006, up from $875 million in 1993.

caribbean airlines — introduces an additional flight to Toronto from Port of Spain effective July 11, increasing to eleven weekly flights.

castle & cooke aviation — opens its new fixed base operation at Honolulu Int’l Airport, capping a $5 million renovation following the acquisition of Circle Rainbow; company also has FBO locations at Van Nuys (CA) and Everett (WA).

cirrus design corp. — of Duluth, MN offers simulator training for the new Perspective avionics. Frasca International, Inc. Urbana, IL, has upgraded its existing Frasca Cirrus Flight Training Device (FTD) with new Perspective avionics from Garmin.

continental airlines — will pull out of Oakland Int’l Airport, dropping its three daily flights between OAK and Houston starting Sept. 3. Oakland is one of 15 small and medium-sized cities that Continental is dropping from its schedule; carrier plans to cut 3,000 jobs and ground 67 aircraft.
• Continental Airlines also plans to cut 3,000 jobs and retire 67 Boeing aircraft through 2009, with 27 removed in September and the rest by the end of 2009. Carrier will continue to take deliveries of new, more fuel-efficient Boeing 737s; net reduction in its fleet will be 31 planes.

cutter aviation — is designated as the Preferred FBO by Bombardier FlexJet at its locations at the PHX, DVT, ABQ, ELP, RBD, and TKI airports.

dfw int’l airport — reports that the grounding of American Airlines’ MD-80 fleet in April cost the airport some $800,000 in fees.

dtn/meteorlogix — of Minneapolis releases its MxVision AviationSentry® Online to help airline pilots, helicopters, FBOs, and corporate flight departments track current and developing weather conditions, current flight restrictions, and improve airport ramp operations safety; www.dtnmeteorlogix.com.

era training center llc — opens its new 7,694-sq.ft. facility located in Lake Charles (LA), in proximity to Era Helicopters’ headquarters, which features two Frasca flight training devices (AS350B2 and EC135 CPDS P2+), classrooms, and administrative offices. The center will offer training for corporate aircraft owners, medical flight services, airborne law enforcement personnel, and rotorcraft professionals.

faa — issues an Airworthiness Directive for the Eclipse 500® fleet of aircraft manufactured by Eclipse Aviation, following an emergency landing on June 5 at Chicago Midway. Subsequently, all fleet operators using the Eclipse 500 complied with the AD inspection requirement, and their aircraft returned to service. AD requires a pilot inspection of the thrust quadrant assembly.
• FAA will allow caps put in place in 2004 at Chicago O’Hare Int’l to expire on October 31 in conjunction with the airport’s scheduled completion of the extension of Runway 10 two months ahead of schedule. The new runway, 9L/27R, and the new north control tower are set for commissioning on November 20.
• FAA Northwest Mountain Regional Runway Safety Summit will be held July 23-24 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in Seattle, WA.

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