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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...

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport — reopens runway 3R/21L and connecting taxiways, following rehabilitation and repaving.

DFW InT’l airport — adds Cathay Pacific Cargo’s eighth weekly flight — the first roundtrip from Hong Kong to DFW.

Dickson’s Wireless Wizard™ — is available to airport managers monitoring airport temperature and/or humidity, in a 30-day no obligation trial offer;

EAA — Experimental Aircraft Assn. is accepting pre-release orders for its EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 highlights DVD;

Emirates airlines — begins non-stop service between Houston and Dubai, initially three times a week, and increasing to daily service starting in February.

Encore FBO — acquires Million Air Cleveland (OH), located at Burke Lakefront Airport.

EVA Air Cargo — announces it will operate two weekly freighter flights between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Taipei.

Excel-Jet, Ltd. — initiates legal action against FAA for the crash of the company’s Sport-Jet prototype aircraft. Company claims that a 15-month investigation shows that there was no fault with the aircraft or pilot.

FAA — approves Metropolitan Airports Commission (MN) spending $127 million to settle its noise-mitigation lawsuit with Eagan, Minneapolis, and Richfield. Eagan’s City Council voted unanimously to settle the years-old lawsuit against MAC, allowing hundreds of city residents to shield their homes against overhead traffic to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airport.
First Aviation Services — opens a 225,000-square-foot, $60 million FBO at Teterboro (NJ) Airport.

Flight Options, LLC — orders nearly $1 billion worth of Phenom 300 very light jets from Embraer. The firm order consists of 100 aircraft to be delivered over the next ten years with options for another 50 aircraft. The first delivery is scheduled for late 2009.

GAO — Government Accountability Office releases a report showing that a range of severe problems — from woefully inadequate staffing and insufficient training to low morale that drives high attrition rates — is seriously impacting the ability of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to carry out its critical border security mission;

Hawker Beechcraft corp. — introduces the Beechcraft King Air B200GT, the latest evolution of the twin-turbine 200 series.

Houston Executive Air-port — reports that all T-hangars have been leased at the new GA airport, and construction is beginning on the Henriksen Jet Center.

JetBlue — is discontinuing operations in Columbus (OH) and Nashville, effective January 6. JetBlue also announces new daily nonstop service between Orlando and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to begin March 6.
Kansas City Aviation Department — signs a 60-year lease with KC Expo, LLC for a 200-acre tract near Kansas City Int’l Airport, to construct ITEC Expo, a multipurpose mixed-use project designed for manufacturers of heavy equipment and machinery for industries. The agreement is contingent on a full due diligence review by KC Expo, LLC of financial and environmental issues.

LaGuardia Airport — unveils a consumer website,, to provide daily flight and airport travel news and an interactive map that provides information on the terminal’s eateries and retail shops. The website will highlight promotions, including coupons and sales that consumers can print out and use in the terminal.

Landmark Aviation — signs a three-year agreement with ServiceElements to provide a Customer Service Culture Enhancement program for employees. Landmark Aviation is also named a Worthington Aviation Westwind Product Support Authorized Facility by Worthington Aviation for product support of all Westwind aircraft.

LAX — commissioners agree to spend $17.2 million to clear up a series of “unforeseen” problems discovered by construction crews working on the modernization of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.

Miami Int’l Airport — opens a 1.7-million-square-foot expansion at the new South Terminal, which will handle 25 percent of MIA’s 32 million annual passengers.

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