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Accuweather.com — launches two free weather ‘gadgets’ developed for users of the Windows® Vista™ operating system — AccuWeather.com Forecast Gadget™ for Windows Vista Users and Forecast Radar Gadget™ for Windows Vista Users. Adam...


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Adam Aircraft — the Englewood, CO-based very light jet manufacturer, names Duncan B. Koerbel as its new president, replacing Joe Walker.

The Air Group — adds a Gulf-stream G550 and Legacy 600 aircraft to its charter fleet, to be based at Van Nuys, CA, and a Falcon 50, to be based at Reno.

American Eagle — the regional affiliate of American Airlines announces nonstop service between Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) and Miami Int’l, beginning April 10, operating a 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol — is selected by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) to host its Air Cargo Forum and Exposition in 2010; www.tiaca.org.

Avcard — of Hunt Valley, MD, a provider of aviation fuel and credit card services, creates a co-branded fuel card with The Air Group, Inc. The Air Group, with over 40 aircraft, offers charter and jet management. AVCARD will provide discount fuel for The Air Group’s Smart Fuel program at over 7,200 locations worldwide.

Averitt Air — Nashville is named an authorized Mooney Airplane Service Center.

Avfab — of Clinton, MO is awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate for exclusive 1- and 2-place divan for the Citation 560 Encore from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Bluegrass Air Charter — of Lexington, KY adds a Citation II to its charter certificate, in addition to its three King Airs.

Boeing Business Jets — and Rockwell Collins introduce an Enhanced Vision System (EVS) for BBJ operators. Certification for the system is expected by early 2008.

• Boeing Business Jets delivers its 100th “green” airplane to the government of India.

Camp Systems — and Raytheon Aircraft Company announce that CAMP has acquired the FACTS maintenance tracking business from Raytheon. As part of the agreement, RAC has designated CAMP as the exclusive factory-endorsed provider of maintenance tracking services for all Hawker® and Beechcraft® aircraft.

Canada and Japan — conclude air service negotiation which will expand air services rights for flights operating between the two countries.

Chartermatrix LLC — offers a line of web-based aviation Internet tools to help communication between pilots/flight departments and FBOs: Chartermatrix.com (empty leg air charter website); Flycontract.com (contract pilot & flight attendant website); and, Flightops1.com (flight department management website).

Commercial Air Tours — and sightseeing operations in the U.S. come under increased regulatory scrutiny with FAA’s release of a final rule, 17 years in the making, that divides the industry into three segments.; www.faa.gov. Final rule is expected to be put into effect in late March.

Cutter Flight Management — of Phoenix adds a Gulfstream IISP to its fleet of charter aircraft; aircraft will be based at PHX.

Dassault Aviation — reports record orders for its Falcon business jets, with 158 firm orders in 2006.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport — unveils its wish list of concessions and stores for the $418 million North Terminal scheduled to open in late summer 2008. The 18 restaurant and beverage concessions target national chains and themed bars; a Lifestyle Center, which could include a spa, massage area, and salon; and 140 potential vendors. When completed, the North Terminal will stretch a half-mile and house 26 gates. Some 4.4 million passengers are expected to pass through in 2009.

DHS — Dept. of Homeland Security releases FY07 Homeland Security Grant Program guidance and application kits for five grant programs that will total roughly $1.7 billion in funding for state and local counterterrorism efforts. Application period is open until April 5.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — partners with Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain to jointly develop a master’s degree in aeronautical management to address the expanding aerospace industry in Europe.

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