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reveal imaging technologies — announces its pilot programs for the CT-80XL automated explosives detection system (EDS) has successfully completed a TSA pilot at Jacksonville, FL and Denver, CO. Reveal Imaging was contracted by TSA to automate explosives detection and streamline the process of inspecting and handling oversized bags, including ski and golf equipment, which remains a manual process in airports.

sterling aviation — a business aircraft management and charter company headquartered at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Int’l Airport, with a base in development in Naples, FL, adds a 10-passenger jet focused on international missions.

stork fokker — and Midcoast Aviation sign an agreement for Midcoast to become the exclusive repair center in North and South America for the Falcon 7X aircraft. Under the agreement, Midcoast Aviation is authorized to perform warranty and non-warranty repairs. Stork Fokker designs and builds wing movables for the Falcon 7X under contract with Dassault Aviation.

Transportation consulting and management — is formed to provide the transportation industry with consulting and management services through all project stages. Senior managers have worked for several airlines and 58 airports on major capital improvement projects like the $1-billion New Indianapolis Airport Project and on smaller, short-duration consulting assignments. Richard Potosnak, program manager on the $1-billion New Indianapolis Airport Project, serves as president of the new Indianapolis-based company.

tennant — enters into a purchase agreement with Applied Sweepers, maker of Green Machines® brand cleaning equipment, in a deal valued at some $68 million.

Tucson Airport Author-ity — awards Millennium 3 Tech-nologies a contract for $1.47 million contract to upgrade the existing Parking and Revenue Control System at Tucson Int’l Airport. Project is being funded with TAA parking revenues and is expected to be completed by October 2008.

ultra diamonds — selects JFK Terminal 4 for its first New York airport location.

United airlines — returns daily nonstop service from Tucson to Washington Dulles on June 2.

Vector Aerospace Corp. — enters into a definitive purchase and sale agreement with The Secretary of State for Defence in the U.K. to acquire the Defence Aviation and Repair Agency Rotary Wing and Components businesses for 17 million pounds, subject to a working capital adjustment.

virgin blue airlines — prepares to launch its V Australia international subsidiary and will operate flights with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, commencing in late 2008.

VivaAerobus — will start no-frills nonstop jet service May 1 from Austin to Cancún and Monterrey, Mexico. Carrier formally launches online travel booking. GE Commercial Aviation Services will operate VivaAerobus’s low-cost airport terminal at AUS, with one-way fares as low as $9.99 — plus taxes and fees —when purchased at least five weeks in advance.

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