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Briefings ... Priva Technologies, Inc. - launches its Flex Pass program that provides travelers with fast-track access to airport security checkpoints, after a successful start-up at Jacksonville Int’l Airport. Annual membership costs $150; Flex Day...


Briefings ...

Priva Technologies, Inc. - launches its Flex Pass program that provides travelers with fast-track access to airport security checkpoints, after a successful start-up at Jacksonville Int’l Airport. Annual membership costs $150; Flex Day Pass is $20 per day.

FAA - Federal Aviation Administration renews its Part 121 Certification Consultant Agreement with JDA Aviation Technology Solutions, qualified to help new entrant carriers obtain Part 121 certification.

Greenville-Spartanburg Int’l Airport - begins a $102 million renovation project for GSP’s 49-year-old main terminal building, aimed at improving the regional airport’s passenger flow, operational and energy efficiency, and ability to remain in compliance with higher security standards set by TSA.

SeaPort Airlines - launches service between Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington and Portland, OR on March 1.

Velcon Filters, LLC. - of Colorado Springs, CO completes the qualification test for the “EI 1581 Specification and Qualification Procedures for Aviation Jet Fuel Filter/Separators, Fifth Edition”; visit http://www.velcon.com/aviation/Qualifications.html.

NATA - National Air Transportation Assn. establishes the State Advocacy Network (SAN); the network will bring together member representatives from each state whose focus will be on building relationships with state and local government; visit www.nata.aero/SAN.

• NATA also unveils a ground-breaking audit standard specifically for FBOs to promote industry best practices and Safety Management Systems development among ground handling providers in response to member requests for a safety standard and rating for FBOs.

NTSB - National Transportation Safety Board reports that general aviation accidents and fatalities declined in 2010 for the fourth consecutive year; the 1,435 GA accidents marked a 20-year low.

West Star Aviation - of Grand Junction, CO receives STC approval for the installation of the Safe Flight Instrument Corporation Auto Power System in Proline 21 equipped Hawkers.  

• West Star Aviation also reports its East Alton, IL facility is names an Authorized Service Center Network of General Electric to the CF34 engine.

AOPA - Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association creates seven new, full-time regional manager positions to better build strong local GA communities and strengthen the organization’s relationships with state and local governments across the country.

CAE - of Montreal announces that Mexico’s first business jet and civil helicopter training centre is open and ready for pilot training at Toluca. New full-flight simulators for Bombardier Learjet 40/45 aircraft and the Bell 412 helicopter were recently qualified to Level D-equivalent standards in Mexico.

NC Division of Aviation - awards $300,000 in federal block grant funds to Hickory Regional Airport to construct a fuel farm; $3.65 million to the Cape Fear Regional Airport in Oak Island to construct a full parallel taxiway; $2.09 million to the Macon County Airport in Franklin to reconstruct a parking apron for aircraft; and, $5.46 million to Concord Regional Airport to strengthen the existing taxiway and aircraft parking apron.

Boundary Bay Air Services - opens a full-service FBO at the Boundary Bay Airport in Vancouver.

Tampa Int’l Airport - officials consider a $27.6 million upgrade to an airside terminal to handle up to three wide-body international flights simultaneously. Design work would begin in March, with the entire upgrade completed by September 2013.Airport also plans for $30 million in improvements at its main terminal.

Air-Transport IT Services, Inc. - an Orlando-based provider of IT products and services, contracts to provide the EASE™ Extended Airline System Environment, a platform that allows any equipped ticket counter or gate podium to be utilized by any airline using their own proprietary passenger processing software, at two Alaska airports.

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