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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...

Kissimmee (FL) Gateway Airport - reports that tenant SunState Aviation adds two Cessna 162 Skycatchers to its fleet, giving students an option to begin training for a Sport Pilot license at lower cost and with fewer training hours.

Porter Airlines - begins serving Washington Dulles Int’l Airport on April 16 from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Hoosier Aviation - formerly the Terre Haute Air Center, is now under the ownership of Jordan and Nicole Brown at Terre Haute Int’l Airport.

Flightstar Corp. - of Savoy, IL purchases the assets of Bloomington Avionics Inc. of Bloomington, IL. Flightstar serves as the Champaign-Urbana Willard Airport’s FBO.

Myrtle Beach Int’l Airport - reports that MSE Branded Foods, the food service operator at MYR, partners with local dining company, Divine Dining Group, to bring Bubba’s Fish Shack and Nacho Hippo to the new terminal facility in the post-security screening area.

Wiley Post Airport - in Oklahoma City unveils a new ILS, the second system installed at PWA and located on the south end of 35R, the airport’s primary runway.

Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition - teams with the Chamber of Commerce to assemble a task force to attract new aviation companies, following Boeing’s January announcement that it would close its Defense, Space and Security operations in Wichita by the end of 2013.

SENECA COS. - of Des Moines is awarded a $6.5M Fuel Project at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airport to provide the demolition of the existing Terminal 2-Humphrey Tank Farm and construction of a new fuel facility for jet-A, MOGAS, and diesel, including performance of site utility work, grading, and concrete paving.

Alaska Airlines - is adding daily nonstop service from San Diego to Monterey and Santa Rosa and twice daily service to Fresno, CA, beginning in June.

EagleMed - opens a base at Greenville (SC) Downtown Airport in S.C., providing air ambulance services.

Hawthorne Global Aviation Services - acquires ExcelAire LLC, an aircraft charter/management company at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, NY. Moelis Capital Partners and Hawthorne Corp. formed Hawthorne Global Aviation Services in November 2011 to build a network of FBOs across North America.

Southwest Airlines - will convert AirTran Airways operations at 22 domestic and international airports to Southwest operations over time. Of the 69 cities AirTran served when Southwest acquired it on May 2, 2011, 53 cities are planned to convert to full Southwest Airlines service. Effective Aug. 12, 2012, AirTran will cease operations at Allentown, PA; Lexington, KY; Harrisburg, PA; Sarasota, FL; Huntsville, AL; and White Plains, NY.

Silver Airways Corp. - is relocating its maintenance department from its home base in Fort Lauderdale to a new, state-of-the-art 61,000-sq. ft. facility at Gainesville Regional Airport.

Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Airport - breaks ground on a $791 million runway expansion; project will extend, shift, and lengthen Runway 9R/27L from 5,276 feet to 8,000 feet, giving the airport two parallel runways that can accommodate air carrier flights.

Hawker Beechcraft Corp. - receives type certification for the Hawker 900XP midsize business jet from the Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Registry in Russia.

Lufthansa Cargo - begins operating its first-ever flights between Frankfurt and Detroit using an MD-11 freighter.

Jacksonville Aviation Authority - approves a lease with KCI Aviation for the construction of a new 30,000-square-foot hangar facility at Cecil Airport. KCI, based in Bridgeport, WV, specializes in inspection, maintenance, and repair of business jets and turboprops.

San Antonio - selects SpawGlass Contractors, Inc as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) for the Terminal A renovations at San Antonio Int’l Airport. SpawGlass will collaborate with the city and architectural and engineering firm Reynolds, Smith, and Hills Inc., during the finalization of design and construction documents.

Jet Support Services, Inc - is setting up a new West Coast facility at Van Nuys (CA) airport.

NetJets - and Lufthansa reportedly will expand their Private Jet joint venture, linking up business and commercial aviation and providing NetJets customers access to Lufthansa’s and Swiss International Air Lines’ 21 gateways in the U.S.

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