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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...

san diego county regional airport authority—studies a cross-utilization initiative involving the Tijuana airport, which abuts the U.S. border.

sln aviation service center—at Salina (KS) Airport prepares to finance a new modern hangar complex to include a 69,000 sq. ft. hangar and office complex. The new facility will be available for occupancy in June 2008.

sporty’s—founder Hal Shevers is highest bidder when the first Cirrus Light Sport Aircraft is auctioned at EAA’s annual Gathering of Eagles fundraising dinner on July 26. Shevers’ winning bid of $170,000 will benefit EAA’s Young Eagles program and youth initiatives.

tsa—Transportation Security Admin-istration implements new screening procedures, beginning August 4: 1) TSA will no longer enforce the lighter ban; however, torch lighters remain a safety issue and thus prohibited in the sterile areas; 2) video game consoles must be removed from carry-on luggage; 3) TSA will implement new liquid container screening procedures to take place on the back end of the screening checkpoint; 4) TSA document checkers will be using magnifying glasses and fluorescent lighting on identification to ensure the ID is valid; and 5) military personnel in uniform will not be subject to random screening.

U.S. airlines—and aviation-related companies sue the CIA and the FBI to force terrorism investigators to tell whether the aviation industry was to blame for the Sept. 11 attacks. The two lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Manhattan seek court orders for depositions as the aviation entities build their defenses against lawsuits seeking billions of dollars in damages for injuries, fatalities, property damage, and business losses related to Sept. 11, 2001.

U.S. House homeland security committee— clears H.R.1413 that establishes pilot programs at several airports to physically screen all workers who have access to secure and sterile areas.

virgin america— of Burlingame, CA begins service from San Francisco International Airport to JFK Int’l Airport and LAX.

williams gateway airport— in Mesa, AZ looks at changing its name to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

yingling aviation—based at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, will add 9,000 square feet of hangar/office space to make room for McCauley propeller overhaul and service.

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