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nata — National Air Transportation Assn. releases an Action Call to members requesting immediate action in contacting members of Congress regarding Part 135 enforcement. Over the last 24 months, FAA has issued or threatened to issue numerous emergency suspensions or revocation orders to Part 135 carriers due to inconsistent regulations within the agency, says NATA. Some emergency orders have resulted in the loss of certificates for the operators involved.

national parking assn. — hosts its 57th Annual Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas, September 15-18, and plans an agenda catering to airport parking systems; www.npapark.org.

nav canada — proposes to maintain a 1 percent reduction in its service charges that was implemented on a temporary basis on August 1, 2007 and was set to expire on August 31, 2008. Lower rates would save customers an estimated $13 million in fiscal 2009.

ntsb — National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the Federal Aviation Administration: Require 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121, 135, and Part 91 subpart K operators to include, in their initial, upgrade, transition, and recurrent simulator training for turbojet airplanes, 1) decisionmaking for rejected landings below 50 feet along with a rapid reduction in visual cues; and 2) practice in executing this maneuver.

ottawa int’l airport — cuts airline fees 5 percent as of July 1 in an attempt to offset the skyrocketing cost of fuel and the weakened economies in Canada and the U.S.

sharp details — of Dulles, VA now offers its full line of aircraft cleaning services at Landmark Aviation and TAC Air in Raleigh, NC (RDU); www.sharpdetails.com.

southwest florida int’l airport — announces that Air Berlin, which recently acquired LTU, resumes its twice-weekly nonstop service to Munich, with a third weekly nonstop flight to Düsseldorf.

send word now — a provider of on-demand alerting and response services, introduces WeatherBlast, a proprietary rapid severe weather alerting and response service that can send notifications via voice and/or text devices, including landlines, cell phones, pagers, PDAs, e-mail, and BlackBerry® PIN; www.sendwordnow.com.

spirit airlines — begins daily non-stop service from its Ft. Lauderdale home to Bogota, Colombia.

standard aero — a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise company receives European Aviation Safety Agency Part 145 approval for Pratt & Whitney Canada PW600-series turbine-engine maintenance at its Tilburg facility in the Netherlands. Specific engine models covered are the PW610 for the Eclipse 500 and the PW615 for the Cessna Mustang.

state of arizona — passes a state law that could beef up security for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s sole source of jet fuel, calling for an annual security assessment for a key fuel farm in west Phoenix and the 12-mile jet fuel pipeline that runs from the tank farm to Sky Harbor. Pipeline delivers some 180,000 barrels of jet fuel a week.

texas aviation services — of Ft. Worth delivers an Electronic News Gathering American Eurocopter AS350B2 to KTVK TV 3 in Phoenix. TAS worked with Geneva Aviation, a division of DART Helicopter Services, to provide an advanced configuration television news helicopter.

tsa — Transportation Security Administration names Long Island MacArthur Airport as the newest gateway airport for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

und aerospace — at the University of North Dakota enters a three-year agreement with Bharati Vidyapeeth University (BVU) in Pune, India to provide a one-year pilot training program for the BVU Aviation program.

united airlines — reports it will reduce its fleet by 100 planes by 2009 and will cut 1,400 to 1,600 jobs to offset losses due to fuel costs. Carrier is taking six B747s and its fleet of 94 B737s out of service.

u.s. and brazil — conclude an agreement that will provide for a nearly 50 percent increase in passenger flights between the two countries as well as eliminate restrictions on the number of airlines that can provide U.S./Brazil air service. Agreement, in four stages between July 2008 and October 2010, permits an increase in the number of weekly U.S./Brazil passenger flights from 105 to 154 for each country’s carriers, and allows cargo charter flights to increase from 750 per year to 1,000 immediately.

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