Business Aviation Services has added a 28,000-sq-ft heated hangar to its FBO at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls, Idaho. The new hangar, available for tenant and transient aircraft, can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream V.
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.
European business aviation service companies Flying Group and Euralair are squaring off for a legal battle over a proposed takeover that appears to have gone sour.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) in Pennsylvania. The program, being developed under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or rejected July 12. Comments are due March 14. For more information, contact the FAA in Harrisburg, Pa., at (717) 730-2832.
The Bush Administration rolled out its FY2007 budget plan early last month, calling for $13.75 billion for the FAA–down from the $14.31 billion for this fiscal year–and doling out a big hit on general aviation airports. Although the proposal does not yet call for user fees, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta warned that the agency will have to “relate revenue sources to the services being provided,” such as ATC.
Signature Flight Support added another FBO to its U.S. properties with the purchase of the former Million Air facility at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport near Palm Springs, Calif., in mid-February. Signature now has 46 FBOs in the U.S.
The deadline has been extended to October 31 next year for FBOs and others who operate fueling facilities and fueling trucks to meet new spill prevention, control and containment (SPCC) rules. The former deadline was next month.
The comment deadlines for a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to incorporate technology to reduce flammability exposure in fuel tanks and a related advisory circular have been extended from March 23 to May 8.
Italian FBO group Sky Services has broken a 40-year-old fuel monopoly at Milan Linate Airport. The independent company has faced protracted legal and bureaucratic battles to establish its right to handle business aircraft at Italian airports and has now defeated attempts by Milan airport authority ATA to prevent its selling fuel directly to business aircraft.
The FAA extended through October 28 a flight-reduction program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including slot reservations for general aviation operations. The current limitations were scheduled to end April 1. Through several six-month extensions, the program has been in effect continuously since November 2004, and the FAA has concluded an evaluation of comments on a proposal that would extend the program through April 2008.
NTSB preliminary statistics for last year show an increase in aviation accidents for airline and general aviation operations and a decline for on-demand air taxis. The NTSB said there were 1,669 accidents last year involving GA aircraft compared with 1,617 in 2004. The 562 fatalities involved in GA accidents were four more than during the previous year. The NTSB also reported higher GA rates (accidents per 100,000 flight hours).