Feb/March13 Industry News

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DFW — Jeff Fegan announces plans to retire in September as chief executive of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Fegan, 58, has held the top position at DFW since 1994.

EPIC — announces the release of the iGo EPIC app. The app offers easy search functionality and fuel pricing for FBOs within the EPIC FBO Network. For EPIC Cardholders there’s an added convenience of getting account specific pricing by FBO location.

Google — execs could be getting a serious travel upgrade with the proposed addition of an $82 million facility that would service and house their private jets at the Mineta San Jose International Airport. The proposed 29-acre expansion will include an executive terminal, hangars, and ramp space large enough to accommodate large business jets and aircraft servicing facilities.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — is keeping its title as the world’s busiest. Airport officials say passenger traffic increased by more than 3.1 million passengers in 2012 — making 2012 its busiest year ever.

JDA Aviation Solutions (JDA) — and Group & Wang Associates (G&W) of Washington, D.C., and Beijing have entered into a strategic cooperative relationship to help aviation companies improve safety and quality management and comply with the U.S. and People’s Republic of China civil aviation regulations and certification requirements. The focus will be on airworthiness, certification, airline and airport safety auditing and management.

LANDMARK AVIATION — announces Charlie Ferraro as a regional vice president. Ferraro will supervise the company’s Western U.S. locations, which include operations at IFP, LAX, OAK, SAN, and SDL.

MIDWAY AIRPORT — FAA approves the City of Chicago’s preliminary application to its privatization pilot program, allowing the City to move forward with issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for potential interested bidders in Midway Airport, and test market interest, conditions, and revenue generation possibilities for the potential lease of Midway.

Midway — The number of passengers boarding flights at Midway Airport last year increased a modest 1.8 percent from 2011, to 9.67 million travelers, enough to surpass the airport’s previous high set in 2004. Five airlines provide more than 510 daily flights to about 65 cities.

NBAA — changes the name for its largest annual U.S. event from “Annual Meeting & Convention” to “Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition” (“BACE”).

North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) — will be presenting the first annual Safety Show-Down event on April 3, 2013 at Million Air Dallas at Addison (KADS) Airport.

Northrop Grumman Corp.’s — Europe-based airport systems group has signed a contract with the U.K.’s East Midlands Airport, part of the Manchester Airports Group, for the delivery of the Passenger Flow module of its Airport Realtime Collaboration (ARC) suite.

PARAGON NETWORK — Paragon Aviation Group adds two locations DuPage Flight Center (KDPA) in Chicago, and Henriksen Jet Center (KTME) in Houston. Located in West Chicago, DuPage Flight Center is an alternative to Midway. Its 14,000-square-foot executive terminal features an array of professional amenities, including on-site catering, a restaurant, and exercise facilities.

PINNACLE AIRLINES — announces it will move its headquarters from Memphis to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

PIPER AIRCRAFT — The FAA is requiring inspections on tens of thousands of older model Piper airplanes to check cables that control tail surfaces. The FAA is posting a directive prompted by reports of failures in the cable assembly which direct a plane’s nose. The rule requires inspections and parts replacement as needed, to correct what the FAA calls an “unsafe condition.”

REPUBLIC AIRLINES — Embraer and Republic Airways Holdings Inc. sign a contract for the sale of 47 Embraer 175 jets. The agreement includes options for an additional 47 aircraft, providing a potential for 94 E175s, which could reach a total value of approximately $4 billion.

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