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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...

Millenium Concepts, inc — is being retained by Gore Design Completions, Ltd. of San Antonio to provide engineering, design, and fabrication services for a VIP interior in a Boeing Business Jet.

Myrtle Beach Direct Air — begins non-stop jet service between Columbus (OH) Rickenbacker Airport and Myrtle Beach, SC, beginning March 7.

NAI Realvest — expands into airport development. The firm intends to begin development at several Florida airports.

ntsb — Natonal Transportation Safety Board recommends FAA require all cargo airplanes operating under FAR Part 121 install fire suppression systems.

New York Comptroller’s office — finds the growing number of delayed flights at JFK Int’l and the region’s other major airports cost passengers nearly $200 million in lost productivity in 2007.

Quintiq — enters into a contract with NAV CANADA for the supply of an operational staff planning solution for its Air Navigation Services.

Open Skies supporters — including Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, and the Canadian Airports Council unite to call on the Canadian government to seek an Open Skies agreement with Europe when it meets with European negotiators.

Orlando Sanford Int’l Airport — starts construction of a 1,500-ft. extension of runway 9R-27L, estimated to cost $12 million and to be completed by July 2008.

Santa Cruz County (CA) Superior Court — tentatively rules Watsonville violated state aviation law, putting on hold plans for development of as many as 2,250 homes west of the municipal airport. Judge rules the city should not have eliminated runway safety zones aimed at protecting pilots and people on the ground during takeoffs and landings and should not have lifted restrictions on certain types of development, such as schools and nursing homes, near the airport.

second U.S. Circuit of appeals — issues an interim stay of FAA’s 2006 decision allowing the new Panama City (FL) to be built, granting a request by local pilots and environmental groups to temporarily stop construction, pending the legal process.
Signature Flight Support — announces the acquisition of Regent Aviation, an FBO with operations at St. Paul Downtown Airport and Rochester Int’l Airport in Minnesota. Signature Flight Support also reports the addition of FBO services at Liege Airport (LGG) in Belgium and at Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) in Greece.

Skybus — launches flights at Piedmont Triad Int’l Airport with daily flights to seven new destinations and additional service to Columbus (OH).

TAC Air — purchases the assets of Southern Jet at Raleigh-Durham Int’l Airport.

Teamsters union — files a petition with the National Mediation Board seeking a vote to represent United Airlines mechanics, culminating a 2-year campaign.

Texas Transportaion Commission — approves some $5,090,000 in funding for the design of a replacement runway and control tower at Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney. Project is estimated to cost $56 million and is scheduled for completion in late 2012. Construction on a new tower is planned for 2008.

U.S. DOT — proposes implementing congestion pricing at New York’s three commercial airports, which are the most congested in the U.S. with fewer than 62 percent of flights arriving on time this year.

U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) — announces that he and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) will introduce legislation to provide general aviation airplane parts manufacturers with protections against frivolous lawsuits. Announcement comes after Precision Airmotive, shut down production on its float carburetor line because the cost of insurance exceeded total sales revenue.

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