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Briefings... AAAE, ACI-NA will continue to lobby Congress for more money for explosives detection equipment, letters of intent, and Airport Improvement Program funds and still foresee a $5 billion shortfall to meet security mandates. Airports...


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AAAE, ACI-NA

Aeromexico announces the addition of a non-stop flight from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta, starting January 13.

Aircraft Components Co. of Tulsa, OK, and Turbine Aircraft Components, Inc. of Addison, TX, merge and will operate under the name Aircraft Components Company and be headquartered in Tulsa.

CITY OF LOS ANGELES agrees to pay nearly $500 million to ease noise, traffic, and pollution problems in cities near LAX in exchange for an agreement with community groups not to try to block a proposed $11 billion airport expansion; pending FAA approval.

-L.A. Mayor James K. Hahn calls for an end to the independence of the Police Department at LAX, asking commissioners who oversee the airport and the L.A. Police Department to develop and
implement a unified command of the two departments.

Corgan Associates of Dallas, in association with Fentress Bradburn Architects of Denver, is selected to design the new passenger terminal for Sacramento Int?l Airport, beginning in January 2005, on the $650 million, six-year program to replace Terminal B.

Dallas/Ft. Worth Int?l estimates the impact on the North Texas economy of Delta Air Lines? January exodus to be about $782 million. DFW will pay Delta Air Lines Inc. $7 million for 24 gates that the troubled carrier is abandoning and Delta will keep four others. Delta had leased the gates through the end of 2009.

-DFW Int?l also unveils an unprecedented package of concessionaires who will operate 49 restaurants, retail, and service shops in the new International Terminal D when it opens in 2005.

Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations measure approved by Congress directs the DHS Secretary, in conjunction with TSA and the Secret Service, to provide a report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations by March 1, 2005, on restoring access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and other general aviation airports within 15 miles of DCA for security-qualified charter and GA operators.

ELKO (NV) Regional Airport applies to participate in TSA?s opt-out program to provide security screening.

EPA Oil Program officials promise members of the Aviation Coalition (NATA, ATA, AAAE, ACI-NA) a written response to white papers submitted per an EPA request in May 2003 related to Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. EPA maintains that when a fuel truck is parked at the end of the day it is subject to the original 1974 regulation, requiring secondary containment; the trade groups disagree.

FAA?s Contract Tower Program, under the omnibus spending bill, receives $86 million for the fully funded contract towers and $7 million for the cost-share program.

-FAA funds repairs at 12 additional airports damaged by hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne via a portion of the remaining $4.5 million from emergency legislation that provided a total of $25 million to help pay for hurricane damage to airports. The remaining $4.5 million will be distributed to airports in Alabama, Florida, and Puerto Rico. In October, FAA provided $20.5 million to 71 hurricane-damaged airports.

FirstAIR adds an FBO at Addison Airport (ADS), renovating an existing 24,000-sq.ft. hangar facility.

Forecast International predicts that 5,448 military rotorcraft, with an estimated value of $84 billion, will be produced in 2004-2013 and that annual military rotorcraft production will increase through most of the 2004-2013 timeframe.

Frontier Airlines in February will eliminate direct flights between Los Angeles and both Kansas City and Philadelphia, reducing Los Angeles to a simple spoke of its Denver hub.

GCR & Associates Inc. is awarded a grant by the FAA to oversee the collection of airport safety and maintenance data at some 5,000 airports in the United States.

G&T Conveyor announces the acquisition of The Horsley Company, a producer of custom conveyor systems. In 2002, G&T acquired BAE Automated Systems.

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