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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...

Phillips 66 Aviation - expands its network of branded dealers with the addition of 85 fixed base operators formerly with Exxon, which announced in 2011 its intent to exit the GA fuels market in North America.World Fuel Services will service the former Exxon FBOs for Phillips.

Kestrel Aircraft - a start-up manufacturer led by Cirrus founder Alan Klapmeier, is moving operations from Brunswick Landing, ME to Superior, WI, after receiving an incentives package of some $116 million in financing, grants, loans, and tax credits. Construction of a composite plant is set for 2013.

MASSPORT - approves Bedford-MA based Rectrix Aviation to develop FBO facilities at Worcester Regional Airport and L.G. Hanscom Field.

PASSUR Aerospace, Inc. - of Stamford, CT launches the National Airport Information Network, a national site where airlines, airports, FAA, and other aviation firms can manage disruptions due to weather, congestion, and other irregular operations.

• PASSUR also contracts with Atlantic Aviation to use its FBO Fuel Portal at its entire FBO network, providing provide real-time, archived, and data mining capabilities for customer service, line operations, and marketing;

Castle Aviation - of Akron, OH reports that Cessna has approved Castle AM, a division of Castle Aviation, as its latest single-engine service facility.

Emirates - begins service from DFW Int’l to Dubai, using a Boeing 777 aircraft.

GE Aviation - and StandardAero open a $50 million, 122,500-sq. ft. aircraft engine testing, research, and development center in Winnipeg.

The Berger Group - of Morristown, NJ acquires Ranger International Services Group of Greenville, SC.

ACPA - American Concrete Pavement Association releases “Best Practices for Airport Concrete Pavement Construction” and “Life-Cycle Cost Analysis: A Tool for Better Pavement Investment and Engineering Decisions”; visit

ACC - Airport Consultants Council reports that Aspen-Pitkin County Director of Aviation Jim Elwood is the 2012 recipient of the Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award for leadership in developing a cooperative relationship with the community surrounding the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport by designing and implementing aggressive environmental protection programs while achieving airport expansion.

Summit Aviation - a Greenwich AeroGroup Co. based at Middletown, DE adds Aircraft Sales and Leasing.

Neubert Aero Corp.- teams with LED International Lighting Inc. to develop the next generation of runway closure systems, deployed by airports when runways are undergoing maintenance or repair.

Precision Aviation Group - of Atlanta launches a Rotorcraft Services Division at its subsidiary Gardner Aviation Servics to provide Helicopter MRO services at the Atlanta Regional Airport in Peachtree City.

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