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December 27, 2010


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Oregon
Airport agency gives up leasing operations
Under pressure from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Oregon agency that manages 28 state-owned airports has turned over its property leasing operations to management specialists.
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Tennessee
Price of competition high for Tennessee taxpayers
Some people in Tennessee say what is happening at the Chattanooga Airport is a poorly-planned instance of government competing against private industry – especially at a time when no other private industries want to compete.  Read more...
 
Massachusetts
$17.4 million New Bedford airport reconstruction takes off
After years of planning and preparation, the multimillion-dollar reconstruction of the main runway at New Bedford Regional Airport is under way.   Read more...
 
Indiana
Smith Field Named 'Airport of The Year'
Smith Field Airport (SMD) in Fort Wayne was recently selected as the Aviation Association of Indiana's (AAI) 2010 Airport of the Year.   Read more...
 
U.S.
Auditors question TSA's use of and spending on technology
The Transportation Security Administration spent about $30 million on devices that puffed air on travelers  to "sniff" them out for explosives residue. Those machines ended up in warehouses, removed from airports, abandoned as impractical.
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North Carolina
First HondaJet assembled and tested under the FAA's certification process  
Honda Aircraft Co. Inc. said its first HondaJet assembled and tested under the Federal Aviation Administration's certification process took off Monday in Greensboro.
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Kansas
Feds release $3 million to help aviation workers
The U.S. Department of Labor has released nearly $3 million to help finance services for laid-off aircraft industry workers in the Wichita area.   Read more...

Louisiana
Former New Orleans aviation director, set to plead guilty                         
Sean Hunter, the former aviation director at Louis Armstrong International Airport, intends to plead guilty rather than face federal charges of conspiracy and fraud, court records indicate.
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North Dakota
Commission announces airline boardings record, 11 pct increase over 2009
Passenger boardings at North Dakota's eight commercial airports set a record this past month according to the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, who said boardings for November hit 64,475, an increase of 11.6 percent from the previous November.
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New York
Elmira Corning Airport traffic is terrific
Growth has been so explosive at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport that it has become a victim of its own success. "It's due to all of the growth of our traffic," said Airport Manager Ann Crook.
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Nevada
Minden-Tahoe proponents: Aviation center key to drawing tourists
An aviation center is being planned at the Minden-Tahoe Airport to serve as the showpiece for Douglas County's plans to develop the airport's east side. “It will help make the airport an eternal attraction.”
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International

Dubai
UAE seeking aviation push
The UAE will invest $136 billion in its aviation industry over the next 10 years in an ongoing bid to diversify its economy, the economy minister said.
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