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.
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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.
According to NBAA, Warwick, R.I. mayor Scott Avedisian has indicated he would fight a proposal to expand the primary runway at T.F. Green International Airport (PVD). The mayor has asked the city council for initial funding of $150,000 to litigate against runway-extension projects. Currently, the main runway is 7,200 feet, but the airport has asked to lengthen it to 9,500 feet.
The FAA is reviewing proposed noise-compatibility programs submitted for Little Rock National Airport/Adams Field (LIT), Ark., and Toledo Express Airport (TOL), Ohio. The agency plans to make a decision on the proposed program for the Arkansas field by July 21. Public comments are due by March 23, and should be submitted to Tim Tandy, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76139-0630; telephone (817) 222-5635.
The Babylon, N.Y. zoning board has approved the construction of a large retail outlet within the runway protection zone (RPZ) of Runway 14/32 at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, N.Y. The FAA defines the parameters of the zone, but it has limited enforcement power since the RPZ is not on airport property.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) completed the first segment of a three-phase runway maintenance and improvement project last month. Phase Two, which began last month, involves temporarily displacing the threshold of 11,500-foot Runway 8/26, allowing 6,000 feet of usable runway and a 1,000-foot overrun. At press time, the runway was scheduled to be closed completely from February 28 until March 1.
Boeing’s efforts to gain access to Teterboro Airport (TEB), N.J., for its BBJ have been rebuffed, at least for this legislative year. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), backed by Sens.
Lanmar Aviation has opened its newly refurbished facility at the Groton-New London Airport (GON), Conn. Amenities include available maintenance service; hangar storage for aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream V; WSI computerized weather service; snooze rooms; showers; a conference room; courtesy vehicles; aircraft cleaning and detailing; catering; a crew lounge; Internet service; limo service; and car rentals.
Corporate pilot (and AIN contributing writer) Rob Mark heads up the Palwaukee (Ill.) Airport Community Engagement Council, or PACE. To mark the airport’s recognition as the 2004 Illinois reliever airport of the year, PACE has published a simple brochure that highlights the airport’s contributions to the local economy and its effect on the community’s social structure.
Business Jet Center recently completed a $5 million expansion project at its Dallas Love Field (DAL) facility. The facelift includes a new hangar and adjoining office space, collectively called Hangar B. The new building increases the fixed base operator’s total square footage of hangar and office space by nearly 25 percent–to approximately 220,000 sq ft from 178,000 sq ft.