Arinc Direct — announces it will add computerized ETOPS route planning to its portfolio of flight support services for business aircraft, available by midyear.
ATA — Air Transport Association tells the Bush Administration that it opposes a unilateral decision by the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to force airlines to obtain biometric information on departing foreign passengers. In a letter, ATA president James May writes, “DHS has informed us that it has decided, without consultation with the airline industry, to relieve itself of the responsibility of collecting biometric information upon departure and, instead, to direct airlines to do so.”
Aviation Merchant Services — of Atlanta signs an exclusive marketing agreement with Element Payment Services, a merchant services provider, whereby AMS will market credit card processing services to general aviation businesses nationwide; www.aviationmerchantservices.com.
Boston Logan Int’l Airport — officials are nearing a deal to move Continental Airlines over to the half-empty $500 million Delta Air Lines Terminal A, which could spur a shuffling of airline gates.
• Logan officials also plan a $112 million bond deal to upgrade the airport jet-fuel supply network and refinance old bonds. Some $15.6 million would be used to replace fuel lines in and around terminals B and C.
Canadian Airlines — and airports form a coalition to pressure Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon to adopt a biometric travel screening program that allows passengers to “fast track” through airport security.
City of Santa Monica’s — Airport Commission votes to cordon off nearly 1,200 feet of runway to enhance safety at Santa Monica Airport. The resolution follows an FAA suggestion that the city reduce, by half, the 900 feet of recommended safety area.
Comair — files a third-party complaint against Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY, site of a crash that killed 49 people. Complaint was filed in a lawsuit that was brought by the family of a victim in the Aug. 27 crash of Flight 5191 as the plane attempted to take off from the wrong runway. The complaint alleges the airport was negligent with airport construction, in providing inaccurate information about taxiways, and in having inadequate runway markings and lighting.
Dayjet — names former NASA chief strategist Dr. Bruce J. Holmes director, air systems research. Holmes will work with federal/state agencies to deploy next-generation technologies to expand the number of small airports DayJet can utilize with its ‘Per-Seat, On-Demand’ VLJ service.
Delaware County Lawmaker — seeks bipartisan support to create a regional authority to take control of Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley international airports. State Rep. Bryan Lentz, a freshman Democrat from Swarthmore, introduces a bill to establish the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Airport Authority.
Delta Air Lines — will give the Albany County (NY) Airport Authority shares in the carrier upon emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization to settle the airport’s claims against Delta for $237,691 and against its Comair subsidiary for $58,111.
Ebace 2007 — the 7th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition sets an attendance record with 11,267 attendees, a 15 percent increase over 2006. Meeting featured 354 exhibitors and some 60 business aircraft displayed.
Encore FBO, LLC — based in Houston adds Sun Western Flyers of Bullhead City, AZ, its fifth FBO acquisition since Nov., 2006. Locations include Addison, TX, Sioux Falls; SD, Dublin, Ireland and Paris.
Expressjet — begins non-stop service to New Orleans, Austin, and Kansas City.
Florida Community College — at Jacksonville (FCCJ) and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority plan to construct a $20 million Aircraft Coating Educational Facility at Cecil Field. JAA provided $10 million to FCCJ in support of the project, a sum matched by the legislature.