KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY — reports that helicopter flight training is getting a boost through a partnership with Universal Helicopters. The incoming fleet consists of two Robinson R22 Beta IIs and one Robinson R44 Raven II.
KISSIMMEE GATEWAY AIRPORT (ISM) — announces its airport business, SunState Aviation, has added the first of three Cessna 162 Skycatchers to its fleet. The new aircraft give students an option to begin training for a sport pilot license or a private pilot license at lower cost.
• Kissimmee Gateway Airport also announces Orlando Gateway Sport Pilot Training Center has acquired two Tecnam Bravo Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), which allows the program to offer more in-depth education and experience to those seeking a sport pilot license.
LAMBERT-ST. LOUIS INT’L AIRPORT — is recognized by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as Airport of the Year for 2011, an honor shared with Orange County John Wayne Airport.
LS TRAVEL RETAIL — enters into an agreement to develop and operate several retail concessions at Edmonton Int’l Airport. As part of the award, LS Travel Retail will operate approximately 10,000 square feet of concessions space with nine concepts ranging from news and gift shops, bookstores, electronics, apparel, and fashion accessories delivered through a blend of national and international brands.
MIAMI-DADE AVIATION DEPT. — announces it will be featured in an exciting new Travel Channel “docu-series” by local production company 2C Media debuting next Spring. Each of the initial six episodes will provide a day-in-the-life look at a cast of MIA employees who manage the challenges and successes of serving some 100,000 passengers per day at the No. 2 U.S. airport for international passengers and No. 1 for international cargo.
NBAA — National Business Aviation Assn. produces a new guide to support Light Business Airplane (LBA) operators and provide comprehensive information about reimbursement of flight expenses. The 15-page NBAA “Reimbursement of Flight Expenses for Owner-Pilots Handbook” is intended to help NBAA members understand the accommodations and limitations that the Federal Aviation Regulations allow for both private and commercial owner-pilots.
NTSB — swears in Robert L. Sumwalt for his second five-year term as a board member of the National Transportation Safety Board.
PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES — of Brevard County, FL prepares to break grounw on a 20,000 sq.ft. expansion to accommodate growth of the company’s landing gear service area, accessory shop, instrument and avionics lab as well as an expanded machine shop and paint shop.
ROSS AVIATION GROUP — of Denver is buying two Spokane aviation service companies and will combine them into a single operation. The company is acquiring XN Air and Spokane Airways; both are located at Spokane Int’l Airport and are fixed-base operators providing services such as fueling, maintenance, training, cargo handling, and charter flights. Once the Spokane deals conclude, the Spokane operation will carry the name XN Air.
SPIRIT AIRLINES — will begin offering service from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to Las Vegas, DFW, and Fort Lauderdale, as well as 30 other cities throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America during the first quarter of 2012. Two daily non-stop flights between Phoenix-Mesa and Las Vegas begin on February 9, 2012, and daily non-stop service between Phoenix-Mesa and DFW with continuing service to Fort Lauderdale begins on March 22, 2012.
• Spirit Airlines also announces service to four new markets from DFW with $11 fares. Starting February 9, 2012, Spirit will offer daily non-stop service from DFW to New York LaGuardia and Atlanta. Daily non-stop service from DFW to Orlando and Boston will begin on March 22, 2012
TUCSON INT’L AIRPORT’S — crosswind Runway 3/21 has reopened after being closed since October for resurfacing.
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North Texas' low international profile is one of many challenges officials face as they labor to attract new flights to foreign destinations.