Industry News

AIP Targeted for $600 Million Reduction President Bush's budget request for fiscal year 2006 is now available. As part of the budget for the Department of Transportation, the Airport Improvement Program is targeted for a $600 million reduction below...

LAX--suspends one of only two shuttle companies allowed to pick up passengers without reservations at the airport after a state regulatory agency took away Prime Time Shuttle's operating permit.
... will receive a $5.9 million insurance settlement for business losses suffered as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

MILLION AIR--announces construction has begun for its hangar expansion and office building at Oakland County Int'l, doubling the size of the existing aviation facility.

MSP--State of Minnesota pollution authorities are seeking $125,000 in fines, and corrective actions costing more than $3 million, for a pair of jet fuel leaks at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l in February 2003.

NBAA--releases its training guidance for the next generation of very light jets; Training Guidelines for Single Pilot Operations of Very Light Jets and Technically Advanced Aircraft.

NTSB--National Transportation Safety Board requires all Part 121 and 135 air carriers to obtain any notices of disapproval for flight checks for certificates and ratings for all pilot applications and evaluate this information before making a hiring decision (A-05-01).

ORLANDO SANFORD INT'L--awards a rental car concession to Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Vanguard Car Rental USA, Inc., parent company of Alamo and National, is building a rental car facility at a new site at the airport.

PHOENIX SKY HARBOR INT'L--the new concourse under construction here and expected to be complete in March 2005, will provide eight new gates for Southwest Airlines.

PHILADELPHIA INT'L--agrees to pay US Airways $6 million for the use of 30 jet bridges owned by the airline.

SABRELINER CORP.--is awarded a subcontract from DynCorp Technical Services, LLC to provide airframe depot support of the Air Force fleet of 76 Learjet C-21A aircraft. The potential value of the seven-year contract could be in excess of $17 million.

SAFEGATE--acquires Airfield Signs, a manufacturer of airfield guidance signs.

SENATOR CONRAD BURNS (R-MT)--is selected as Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation.

SONG--plans for a spring expansion of its fleet. Delta's low-cost offshoot will add 12 Boeing 757s to its current fleet of 36. Song will also add 36 new flights by September.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES--announces its will discontinue service at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport in April because of ongoing losses.

TAC AIR--agrees to acquire the McGhee Tyson Airport FBO operation of Knox-Air.

TSA--announces that Baltimore-Washington Int'l will be the eighth airport to receive a new explosives detection trace portal to screen passengers and the Pier D security checkpoint; part of the Phase II pilot program to test and evaluate the trace portal for screening passengers for explosives.

TURNER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY--is awarded a $220 million contract to provide construction services for Delta Air Lines at JFK Int'l.

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