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Briefings ... american and delta—will begin direct air service into the Santa Fe Municipal Airport starting in late 2007. atlantic aviation—opens its new Business Aviation Center at Pittsburgh International Airport, featuring a 30,000...


fentress bradburn architects ltd.—abbreviates its name to Fentress Architects; www.fentressarchitects.com.

GAMA—General Aviation Manufac-turers Association reports that in the first half of 2007, shipments of general aviation airplanes totaled 1,883 units, a 1.7 percent increase over the previous year; industry billings rose 11.7 percent to $9.8 billion. Shipments of piston-engine powered airplanes through the second quarter of 2007 were down slightly at 1,226 units, a 4.2 percent decrease. Turboprop shipments rose 15.2 percent, from 158 units to 182 units. Business jets grew by 14.7 percent, with 475 units.

gao—Government Accountability Office releases a report examining future capital needs at airports and whether or not funding will be available to meet those needs. GAO found that capital needs will exceed available funds by at least $1 billion annually through 2011; www.gao.gov.

GENERAL MITCHELL INT’L AIRPORT—in Milwaukee opens its $18 million addition to Concourse C. The 61,100 square-foot expansion adds eight new gates and a variety of passenger amenities.

hawker beechcraft corp.—receives certification authority for the Beechcraft Premier IA from Transport Canada.

heli-support—a helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility based in Ft. Collins, CO is awarded full factory approval for overhaul and repair of the Turbomeca Arriel 1, without limitations.

jacobs engineering group, inc.—announces its Jacobs Consultancy Inc. subsidiary has acquired John F. Brown Company (JFB), a Cincinnati-based management consulting firm. Founded in 1973, JFB will become part of the Aviation Management Consulting division of Jacobs Consultancy.

jacksonville aviation authority—is selected as one of 25 airports by FAA to participate in a six-month initiative, the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Program. The participating airports will submit their SMS plans and recommendations to the FAA in six months. The FAA will then take the best elements of the plans and create a comprehensive national SMS Program.

jet aviation—opens a new aircraft management and charter support services sales office in its FBO facilities at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, IL.

kansas city int’l airport —reports it has added more new routes (16) than any other airport in the United States from August 2006 to August 2007.

  • Kansas City Aviation Department and Dallas-based Trammell Crow Company unveil the master plan for the KCI Intermodal Business Centre, an 800-acre multi-use development located on the southeast corner of the airfield at Kansas City Int’l Airport.

Kentucky judicial ruling—declares that the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington could not be held legally responsible for the August 2006 crash of a Comair aircraft. Comair’s case against the airport’s control tower, which is run by FAA, is still pending. Kentucky’s constitution protects counties from being sued without a waiver from the General Assembly, a step not taken in the Comair case.

laguardia airport’s— Central Terminal Building welcomes Airport Wireless, Bijoux Terner, Borders, and The Body Shop to its award-winning retail program.

miami executive aviation—breaks ground on a new hanger encompassing 70,000 square feet at the Opa Locka Executive airport.

million air—fixed based operator franchisee based in Cincinnati opens its seventh location at Charleston, SC (CHS).

new richmond regional airport—in western Wisconsin opens a 5,500-ft. runway and a new 18,000-sq. ft. FBO building; project includes additional ramp space, a full-length parallel taxiway with taxiway lighting, and additional hangar pads. New FBO facility, home to Strand Air Services, Inc. and a Life Link III Air Ambulance base, includes a 12,000- sq. ft. hangar.

nut tree airport— at Vacaville, CA evicts Blue Ridge Aeronautics, a fixed-base operator, which it claims owes more than $53,000 in back rent.

pelco—a leading security firm, will be acquired by Schneider Electric of France.

premier jet—of Carlsbad, CA announces the launch of its new private air charter services out of company headquarters at McClellan-Palomar Airport.

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