The FAA has determined that a proposed privately funded business aviation airport west of Houston is “objectionable” because it would create overlapping traffic patterns with existing airports, including some private strips and the Class B airspace surrounding George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Still, developer Ron Henriksen of Houston vowed last month to realign the 7,000-foot single runway to assuage the FAA’s concerns.
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Bombardier’s Learjet 45 has completed certification to fly into London City Airport– the downtown facility with a 5.5-degree steep approach and a single 4,327-foot runway. The approval, which the European Aviation Safety Agency issued on October 11, covers all Learjet 40s, 45s and 45XRs registered in EASA member states.
General aviation was heartened somewhat last month when the federal government reopened the “DC-3” airports to limited “transient” traffic.
Runway 16L/34R (5,700- by 100 feet) has been returned to limited service at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) in Virginia. Some additional construction work remains to be completed, so there may be 15-minute periods of prior permission required (PPR) operation. At times, the runway could be closed altogether.
Contrary to FAA-recommended national standards, a housing contractor was successful in changing zoning regulations in Oxford, Conn., and will be allowed to build within Waterbury-Oxford Airport’s 65-decibel noise contour. With its ILS-equipped 5,000- by 100-foot runway and contract-operated control tower, Waterbury-Oxford (OXC) has gained increasing favor as a business aircraft base and is home to a growing number of business jets.
International operators arriving at Teterboro Airport (TEB), N.J., are urged to choose the customs clearance facility closest to their final ground destination (there are now two customs offices on the airport) to prevent unnecessary runway crossings or taxiing against the normal traffic flow. If unfamiliar with TEB, operators are advised to contact the FBO they will be using and ask for directions to the nearest customs station.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), N.C., held a dedication ceremony on December 17 (the anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight) for its new $4 million general aviation terminal, which includes a restaurant and information center. Though not yet open, the municipally owned terminal is now complete and includes conference rooms, flight-planning facilities and snooze areas.
Last November the Hawaiian Department of Agriculture ruled it would no longer clear incoming aircraft on the Island of Lanai. Arriving aircraft would have to stop at another airport to clear with the department before proceeding to the island. NBAA and several of its members protested the ruling to the state, and the state’s Department of Agriculture has since agreed to continue clearance operations on Lanai.
On the first Saturday in February, despite record warmth, only two bicyclists and a Chicago police car took to the sloshy paths at what used to be Meigs Field. The former GA airport has been reincarnated as Northerly Island, a wildlife grounds. The former terminal houses exhibits on flowers, birds and a poster of Northerly from 1931. There is no mention, inside or out, that an airport occupied the site.
The runway at Somerset-Pulaski County Airport (SME), Ky., has been extended by 400 feet to 6,000 feet and a new localizer approach has been added. The Somerset-Pulaski County Development Foundation secured the $2.4 million in federal funding for the improvements and has also applied for funding to build a commuter air terminal. Operators also hope that a glideslope transmitter will be installed to provide a full ILS.