Airports, Heliports and FBOs

New developments at airports and heliports, including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers of FBOs; AIN’s Annual FBO Survey Reports; and news, issues and concerns regarding fuel cards, fuel prices and alternative fuels.

October 11, 2007 - 5:58am

• Operations on the new fifth runway at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport began on February 20. Initially, the 12,467-ft Runway 18R/36L is open only at night, but from July it is scheduled to start being used for limited daytime operations until November 1, when it becomes fully operational around the clock. The runway is configured to allow aircraft to take off and land over less densely populated surrounding areas to reduce noise affects.

October 10, 2007 - 10:13am

Although members of the House aviation subcommittee commended the FAA for its efforts to address delays at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in the short-term, NBAA expressed frustration over a decision to limit general aviation flights into the facility by reinstituting the airport reservation office.

October 10, 2007 - 10:03am

The National Air Transportation Association and AOPA both took bows after voters in Martin County, Fla., defeated three politicians who wanted to downsize the county’s Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, Fla.

NATA attributed the victory of the three incumbent county commissioners, who supported keeping the airport open as it is, to its Town Hall meeting with pilots and other interested parties and editorials in the local newspapers.

October 10, 2007 - 8:54am

Stockholm City Airport is set to get its first purpose-built FBO when Grafair Jet Center opens early next month. The facility will consist of a 2,800-sq-ft, two-story terminal building and an 8,600-sq-ft hangar connected by some offices for maintenance staff. The terminal will include a lounge, flight planning offices and a range of FBO services.

October 8, 2007 - 11:18am

“There’s a Ford in your future,” proclaimed a 1944 Ford Motor Company advertisement. Fifty-seven years later, DaimlerChrysler found a Ford in its future, and an Edsel as well, when the great-grandson of Henry Ford bought DaimlerChrysler Aviation in 2001. Today, Edsel B. Ford II, 47, still chuckles from time to time at the irony of a Ford owning the company that began in 1964 as Chrysler Air Transportation.

October 8, 2007 - 11:08am

This month marks 75 years of service at Mercer County Airport in Trenton, N.J. (TTN). On October 26 the airport will host a celebration marking the grand opening air fair at the facility on that date in 1929. The star-studded aerial event drew 30,000 aviation enthusiasts to the airport that Saturday.

October 8, 2007 - 11:05am

Hangar space in Silicon Valley increased by 47,000 sq ft this summer when San Jose Jet Center opened its new terminal/hangar complex known as Hangar E. The project broke ground at San Jose International Airport (SJC) in September last year and construction was completed in June. The new hangar has enough floor space to accommodate eight Gulfstream V- or Global Express-size aircraft, and has the necessary 28-foot doors as well.

October 8, 2007 - 11:04am

Castle Aviation, a Northeast Ohio charter and air cargo operator, began operations as an FBO at Akron-Canton (Ohio) Regional Airport (CAK) in June. A new terminal building is under construction, scheduled for completion in December.

October 8, 2007 - 11:03am

Wilson Air Center of Memphis, Tenn. has installed a new 32-inch, high-definition monitor interfaced with the WSI Pilotbrief Pro Weather System, a new flight decision support system that combines weather, airspace and flight plan information into a single integrated display.

October 8, 2007 - 11:02am

Tampa International Jet Center (TIJC) opens its doors this month at Tampa International Airport (TPA), providing competition for Raytheon Aircraft Services, which had been the sole operator on the airport.

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