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Briefings ... Adam Aircraft — receives its first Type Inspection Authorization from FAA for its new A700 aircraft. AOPA— Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn. files formal comments to U.S. Customers and Border Protection stating that a Customs...


Briefings ...

Adam Aircraft — receives its first Type Inspection Authorization from FAA for its new A700 aircraft.

AOPA— Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn. files formal comments to U.S. Customers and Border Protection stating that a Customs proposal to require electronic filing of international passenger manifests places a large and unnecessary burden on general aviation that will result in negligible security benefits.

Air Travelers Association — urges U.S. DOT to relieve delays at LaGuardia by curbing chartered private airliners and restricting connecting flights. The New York Aviation Rule Making Committee is expected to consider the association’s suggestions and report to federal transportation officials as part of an effort to alleviate airline congestion.

All weather, Inc. — teams with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to study the long-term effects of corrosive marine environments on Automated Weather Observing Systems. The partners have installed a test site some 50 meters from Monterey Bay in Moss Landing, CA.

Allegiant Air — announces a tripling of its activity at Plattsburgh (NY) Int’l Airport, adding four flights a week, including non-stop jet service to Orlando. Ft. Lauderdale service will increase from two to four flights per week.

American AIRLINES — announces nonstop service to Moscow from Chicago’s O’Hare Int’l Airport, beginning June 2, making it the first U.S. airline to fly nonstop to Russia from Chicago and only the second U.S. airline to fly nonstop to Moscow from anywhere in the U.S.

ACLU — American Civil Liberties Union’s top official in charge of fighting racial profiling charges he was the victim of profiling at Boston Logan, and challenges in federal court a screening technique that relies on suspicious behavior to identify potential terrorists.

APPH Group — a division of BBA Aviation PLC, parent of Signature Flight Support, reports its North American facilities will be renamed APPH Houston, Inc. and APPH Wichita, Inc. Locations were previously known as Arnoni Aviation Services Inc. and Airight Inc. respectively.

Asheville (NC) Regional Airport Authority — partners with Progress Energy to provide 650,000 cubic yards of coal ash for use as structural fill for the airport’s North General Aviation Expansion Project.

Averitt Air — in Nashville, TN, is named an authorized Aircraft on Ground/Line Maintenance Facility for Learjet aircraft, allowing Averitt Air to perform work under the Learjet aircraft’s warranty program.

Canadian — Minister of Trans-port, Infrastructure, and Communities announces regulatory amendments requiring all certified Canadian airports to follow a clear and consistent set of criteria when developing and evaluating emergency response plans. The amendments include provisions for ensuring a more formal approach to airport emergency planning and for how plans are tested. Emergency response plans must include outlines of potential emergency scenarios and how each is handled, and identify airport and community organizations that are able to provide assistance during an emergency. Aircraft crash charts for each type of aircraft that uses the airport must be available.

Cobham plc — reaches an agreement to purchase S-TEC Corporation from Meggitt PLC for $38 million.

Continental Airlines — announces that it will launch twice-daily nonstop flights to London Heathrow from George Bush Intercontinental beginning March 29.

Crownair Aviation — announces its acquisition of IFR Avionics, a Van Nuys, CA-based avionics engineering and custom aircraft outfitting firm.

Denver Int’l Airport — plans to construct a two-megawatt solar energy system with MMA Renewable Ventures, LLC, and WorldWater & Solar Technologies Corp. The new ground-mounted tracking solar array system will be located at the entrance to DIA’s main terminal. It will be financed by MMA Renewable Ventures, which will own and operate the system and sell predictably priced power to DIA under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement.

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