Taking the Game Show Route

Flyi Inc., parent of Dulles-based Independence Air, called it a "crazy idea" hatched by a couple of "creative employees."

The brainstorm? To gain exposure for the financially troubled carrier by giving away Independence Air tickets to contestants on a nationally televised game show.

Independence Air, come on down.

The airline said that during a recent taping at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, a Flyi trip was given away by Bob Barker, host of "The Price Is Right." The show is scheduled to air Sept. 19.

"The Independence Air trip to Washington, D.C., was won by a California woman during the show-ending 'Showcase' segment," Flyi said in a news release." Additional Independence Air prizes are expected to be awarded on the game show throughout the season.

Meanwhile, at its first annual shareholders meeting last week, Flyi stockholders reelected the company's eight board members: Kerry B. Skeen, Thomas J. Moore, James C. Miller III, C. Edward Acker, Robert E. Buchanan, Caroline Devine, Susan MacGregor Coughlin and Daniel L. McGinnis.

Skeen is Flyi's chairman and chief executive. Moore is the company's president and chief operating officer.

Pancake and Syrup Alert

Milton Koerner, who operates IHOP franchises in Leesburg and Sterling, has signed contracts to develop one more restaurant in Loudoun County, another in Frederick County and a third in either Loudoun or Frederick.

Koerner has been an IHOP Corp. franchisee for more than 10 years, according to the California-based company, which has about 1,200 restaurants in the United States and Canada.

"No sites have been approved for development as of yet," Stacy M. Roughan, IHOP's director of investor and government relations, wrote in an e-mail.

"This is not unusual as site selection is not required in advance of signing a restaurant development agreement with IHOP. All three restaurants must be built by the end of 2008."

Koerner did not respond to several requests by The Washington Post for more information about his plans.

Bugs Arriving in Sterling

A dealership that sells Cadillacs, Lexuses and Saturns in Alexandria and Chevrolets and Saturns in Woodbridge has decided that Sterling is ready for Volkswagens.

Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles opened a two-story showroom off Route 28 last month. The dealership says it has a 6,600-square-foot parts department and more than 250 vehicles in stock.

Here, There and Everywhere

You need a scorecard to keep up with the commercial properties being developed in Loudoun by North Bethesda-based Lerner Enterprises:

Here's the latest lineup:

* Residence Inn by Marriott at Dulles Airport, a 151-room suite hotel under construction and scheduled to open in February.

* Dulles 28 Centre, a 300,000-square-foot shopping center next to Wegmans in Sterling. Construction is scheduled to begin early next year.

* Parc Dulles at Dulles Town Center, a 393-unit luxury apartment community under construction in Dulles and scheduled to open next summer.

* An 80,000-square-foot office building in the Sterling Park Technology Center under construction and scheduled to be completed next spring. The building will be leased by the General Services Administration to house a regional office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Looking for European Customers

Sterling-based Sensor Systems Inc., which develops software to analyze high-resolution satellite and airborne imagery, has hired a Colorado company to distribute some of its products in Europe.

RSI, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Industries Inc., will sell Sensor Systems' RemoteView products in France, Italy and Britain. The software will be offered to commercial and government clients, RSI said.


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