Air Security International reported yesterday that at least three “explosive devices” detonated at approximately 4:30 a.m. local time on March 24 and bomb disposal technicians disarmed two others in Grand Junction, Colo. According to ASI, the devices were found outside the homes of employees of Serco Group, a company that operates the control tower at Grand Junction Walker Field Airport. No injuries were reported in the explosions.
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Traffic is picking up and hangar space is returning to New Orleans Lakefront Airport, more than six months after Hurricane Katrina caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage. Refurbishment of Million Air’s 1930s-era art deco Moffett hangar should conclude by the middle of this month. Million Air will also offer space in the 22,000-sq-ft former Atlantic Aviation hangar, due to open next week.
A Berlin court on December 21 recommended to keep Tempelhof downtown airport open until Oct. 31, 2008, one year longer than now planned. The final court decision is expected on January 15. A decision to keep the airport open–limited to certain kinds of operations, such as business aviation–is still possible. However, according to German press reports, it is unlikely.
Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., presented its annual Spirit of Noise Abatement Award to 32 of its based operators for maintaining 100-percent compliance with the nighttime voluntary restraint from flying program and for not exceeding 93 dBA on approach and departure. The Spirit winner for the lowest average sound level for a jet fleet operator went to U.S.
New funding from the Florida DOT for three projects at Page Field in Fort Myers includes $500,000 for landside improvements associated with a future terminal building; $761,000 for a new parallel taxiway; and $800,000 for reimbursement of construction costs related to a recently completed hangar project.
A November 27 town meeting about the effect of voluntary operational restrictions at Teterboro Airport raised questions about how long the cooperative spirit would last between the airport’s neighbors and users.
Sky-Nets, which offers free wireless Internet (WiFi) systems to FBOs, released the results of a survey of FBOs, assessing their level of WiFi adoption. The survey polled 380 U.S. FBOs and found that 73 percent of FBOs at larger airports (more than 30,000 movements) offer WiFi and 45 percent of FBOs at smaller airports offer WiFi.
After a second taxiing incident damaged the EMAS arrestor bed at the end of New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport Runway 6, the airport installed delineators to mark the bed. The EMAS, made of porous concrete by ESCO’s Engineered Material Arresting System Division, is marked with yellow chevrons per FAA guidance, but on October 25 a Challenger and on December 6 a Learjet taxied into the EMAS, both at night.
Menominee, Mich., Twin County Airport manager Tony Krysiak told AIN that on December 5 he saw Cessna 425 Conquest N425JP taxi in, turn left and crash into the terminal building. He estimated damage to the terminal building to be about $250,000 to $300,000. He also said there was substantial damage to the engines and propellers of the Conquest.
Zurich-area airports are preparing to receive a vast influx of business jets bringing high-ranking executives, politicians and celebrities to the annual World Economic Forum, held in the exclusive Swiss city of Davos. Flight planners and FBOs are advising corporate and charter crews to make handling and parking arrangements early to avoid inconvenience.