The effects of the U.S. government budget cuts that started on March 1 will not likely be felt until April but they could be significant for airlines and their passengers. The Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency will absorb the mandated spending cuts known as the “sequester” in part by furloughing employees, or requiring them to take several days of unpaid leave.
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.
Dire consequences await the U.S. economy in the absence of significantly increased investment in airport infrastructure in the coming years, according to a new report commissioned by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The fifth and final report in the ASCE’s Failure to Act series, The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America’s Economic Future, predicts an estimated gap in airport investment between now and 2020 of $39 billion.
As NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference gets rolling in San Antonio, Texas, this week, organizers announced that this year’s edition of the annual show had set a record for exhibitors with 425 airports, FBOs, fuel suppliers and others scheduled to display their services at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.
Aero Specialties (Stand 573), manufacturers of aircraft and airport ground support equipment; global fuel provider AvFuel (Stand 580); Aviation Partners, Inc. (Stand 575), whose blended winglets are found on airliners and business jets; Bangor International Airport (Stand 577) in Maine, a popular point of U.S. entry and exit for international private aircraft flights; Cirrus Aircraft (Stand 574), manufacturer of the popular SR20 and SR22 single engine piston aircraft; communication-equipment manufacturer Cobham/Thrane & Thrane (Stand 578); EVAS/Vision Safe Corp.
Along with new aircraft and a new show site, MEBA 2012 is presenting a new exhibit area, the U.S. Pavilion, showcasing the goods and services of ten U.S. aviation companies, spanning a range of goods and services from inflight catering to aircraft manufacturing.
Ac-U-Kwik (Stand 606), the well known airport and FBO directory based in Overland Park, Kansas, is highlighting the recent launch of Ac-U-Kwik Premium, an enhanced option for subscribers of www.acukwik.com, here at MEBA 2012.
Bahrain Airports Company (BAC) is well advanced with plans for further expansion at the international airport at Muharraq, in the north of the island, an official told AIN at MEBA 2012 in Dubai.
“Bahrain Airports Company is planning a major project to expand the passenger terminal building as well as a major service center,” said Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah, CEO of BAC. “We have already developed infrastructural plans. We hope that by 2013, we will begin the work.”
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, accompanied by dignitaries and government officials, inaugurated the first-ever airshow to take place at Dubai World Central by touring the new airport’s facilities yesterday.
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), launched at the EBACE this past May, announced at MEBA 2012 that UAE-based flight planning and support service provider Hadid International Services has been selected as the association’s penultimate founding member.
“We are delighted that Hadid has accepted our invitation to become a founding member,” Tarek Ragheb, chairman of AfBAA, told AIN here at the show yesterday. “It is joining an exceptional line-up of inaugural members and brings valuable experience and breadth of knowledge to the table,” he said.
TAG Aviation (Stand 475) is promoting its activities in Asia, Europe and the Middle East and reinforcing the claim that its Farnborough Airport facility, southwest of London, is “the leading business aviation gateway” to the city.