“It’s the most important piece of undiscovered aviation property east of the Mississippi,” asserted Tom Carver, president of the New Jersey Aviation Association. And what piece of property was he referring to? The Trenton-Mercer Airport, close by the northwest corner of the state capital city.
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A group of airports, local governments and residents has requested that Congress order the complete phase-out of all Stage 1 and Stage 2 aircraft regardless of weight. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has submitted such legislation.
The runway at Midway Island remains open for emergency landings, thanks to $3.2 million from the DOT. The money will be used to upgrade navigational aids and maintain the runway until at least September 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The airfield was on the verge of closing January 6 when a Continental Airlines 777 with nearly 300 people aboard made an emergency landing at the former U.S.
Swift Aviation at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport moved into its new facility on the airport’s southwest side last month and is currently providing a full range of FBO services. The 21-acre complex features a 31,500-sq-ft canopy, with a roof high enough to fully shelter a Global Express. Three adjoining hangar buildings have a total of 83,320 sq ft for aircraft storage and 13,260 sq ft of office space.
At Dare County Regional Airport (MQI), N.C., Hank Stock grabs an armload of North Carolina aeronautical charts, centennial year edition, from among thousands left over, to pass out like breath mints to the 40 pilots he comes in contact with this cold weekday in late January. There’s no need to reserve a pilot snooze room. The lobby is naptime quiet.
A long awaited fuel farm upgrade at Long Beach Airport (LGB), Calif., is scheduled for completion by the end of this month. The upgrade will result in a 200,000-gallon (4,700-barrel) fuel-storage facility available to the Long Beach Fuel Consortium. Glenn Ray, president of Million Air Long Beach, is a managing partner of the consortium.
Trajen Flight Support at Tucson International Airport (TUS), Ariz., became an Air BP dealer last October, and this month it plans to complete a major expansion project. The new terminal/hangar complex will add a total of some 12,000 sq ft to the FBO.
The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, has initiated an environmental assessment for extending one of the runways of its airport (OSU) to 6,000 feet from 5,000 feet. The purpose of the project is “to improve safety and provide for more efficient operations of business aircraft,” according to the university, which operates the airport as part of its extensive aviation-degree programs.
NBAA said Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), Conn., is struggling financially and the local board of aldermen has asked the FAA what the consequences would be if the airport closed. The FAA responded that the ramifications would be considerable.
The Iowa DOT’s office of aviation reports that the federal funding program approved by Congress and signed by President Bush last month bodes well for the state’s 77 airports, only eight of which offer airline service. Under the reauthorized Airport Improvement Program (AIP), local authorities of eligible airports now need to supply only 5 percent of funds required for airport projects.