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Flightsafety foundation — will hold a panel discussion on criminal prosecutions in the wake of aircraft accidents at the European Aviation Safety Seminar March 10–12 in Bucharest, Romania. Seminar is co-presented with the European Regions Airline Association. EASS panel is moderated by FSF general counsel Kenneth Quinn, a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop and former chief counsel for FAA.

KAZ aviation — opens a full-service FBO at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM). KAZ Aviation plans to open approximately ten additional fixed base operations throughout the U.S. over the next several years.

Hawker beechcraft acquisition company, llc — reports 150 business and general aviation aircraft deliveries for its fourth quarter and 430 for the year in 2007. Deliveries for the full year 2007 include those delivered by Raytheon Aircraft, the predecessor business to HBAC, in the first calendar quarter of the year.

  • HBAC appoints London-based Allaero Ltd. as an authorized parts distributor for Rapid Aircraft Parts Inventory and Distribution (RAPID), HBC’s factory-direct source for aircraft parts.
  • HBAC plans a $14 million investment at its Indianapolis Hawker Beechcraft Services aircraft maintenance and service facility at Indianapolis Int’l Airport, including a state-of-the-art maintenance center.
  • HBAC’s new light-midsize Hawker 750 is certified by FAA. — is named the first ARG/US Certified Broker by Aviation Research Group, U.S., Inc. (ARG/US), a third-party safety auditor for the aviation industry.
Kalamazoo/Battle Creek (MI) int’l airport — prevents losing its gift shop by waiving a tenant’s $6,000 annual rent, and will instead accept payment in the form of tickets and event space at the Air Zoo, which runs the store.

Kansas City Aviation Dept — pays tribute to Brown v. Board of Education as part of a Black History Month celebration. Special displays highlighting the historic site are located in enclosed glass display cases beneath the mezzanine staircases in the three terminals at the Kansas City Int’l Airport.

Lindbergh field — in San Diego continues its push to add ten gates in an upgrade of Terminal 2 on the airport’s west side, while also pursuing a long-term expansion that would add a new terminal and transportation center north of the runway. Terminal 2 expansion is expected to break ground within two years.

long beach (CA) airport — is cleared for expansion as a judge in Orange County tentatively rules that its noise and air pollution impacts on the surrounding community can be softened.

Los Angeles city commissioners — agree to settle a dispute with several major airlines over a fee hike imposed in 2006 to help pay for security costs at Los Angeles Int’l Airport terminals. The Board of Airport Commissioners approves an agreement to settle a joint lawsuit brought by American Airlines, Continental Airlines Inc., and United Airlines. The city also reaches separate settlements with Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp.

The airlines agree to pay their shares of an $11 million per year increase in terminal security costs. The airport will credit the airlines for roughly $20 million in payments the air carriers already had paid in protest. Airlines also agree to pay up to $218.7 million for construction of a new central utility plant at the airport.

More than 25 other domestic and international air carriers have lawsuits pending over the fee hikes.

ltu — selects ASIG® as its ground handler at JFK Int’l Airport to provide passenger handling services.

Mexicana Airlines — will operate three flights a week on the Mexico City – Edmonton route starting June 1.

nav canada — technology is being incorporated at the new 70-meter high control tower at Copenhagen Airport. Naviair, the Danish air navigation service provider, teamed up with NAV CANADA to adapt the Canadian-designed Extended Computer Display System (EXCDS), the advanced ‘paperless’ flight-data system, for Copenhagen. The Danish version of EXCDS is called NITOS — Naviair Integrated Tower Operating System.

Panama city - Bay County (FL) int’l airport — announces that a U.S. District Court has denied airport opponents’ motion to halt construction at the new Panama City - Bay County Int’l Airport. The new airport is being built on a 4,000-acre site in northwestern Bay County donated by The St. Joe Company.

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