Palwaukee Municipal Airport has a new name. The Wheeling, Ill. airport is now called Chicago Executive. Palwaukee started in 1925 and grew into “the most important reliever airport in the country,” according to the new chairman of the board, Kevin Dohm. A United Airlines pilot, Dohm pointed out that the airport is only eight miles from O’Hare and 20 miles from Chicago’s business district.
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London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 4292) is making substantial investments to bolster its standing as one of the UK capital’s leading business aviation gateways. Next week the privately owned facility begins a $1 million construction project to increase its ramp space by 60 percent to provide greater room and flexibility for parking aircraft.
The dark clouds that have hung over Teterboro Airport for many months about issues of noise, safety and security evaporated at a press conference last month. For the first time, representatives of neighbors and airport users appeared to be on the same frequency and expressed satisfaction about the apparent meeting of minds.
In an unusual request, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) last month filed a petition with the FAA asking permission to operate without a rotating beacon. The airport has leased to a warehouse developer the land on which the beacon tower stands and it doesn’t want to pay the $300,000 it would cost to rebuild the beacon at another site.
On November 7, Jacksonville, Fla. citizens will vote on a non-binding referendum to give Cecil Field back to the Navy. Cecil Field was a Navy base until 1999, when most of the airport was given to the city under a Base Realignment and Closure program. The airport has four runways, two FBOs and a large aircraft maintenance company, Flightstar Aircraft Services.
At press time, London City Airport was expecting to have received a total of 7,000 business aviation movements last year–a level of traffic it had not been projected to reach until 2007. Business aircraft, which are handled through the Jet Centre FBO, now account for 10 percent of all traffic at London City.
An infrared de-icing system is scheduled to be operational late this winter at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. The system consists of a large tent-like structure under which an aircraft is taxied or towed and de-iced in minutes using the energy generated by hundreds of computer-controlled infrared heating elements. Systems are now in use at Newark International Airport, N.J., Buffalo Niagara International Airport, N.Y.
Responding to an FAA investigation into whether or not funds intended for O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago were used illegally to destroy Meigs Field in March 2003, the city claims it was justified in using $2.8 million in Airport Improvement Program funding. The FAA must decide whether use of the funds was appropriate or levy fines of up to $8.4 million.
August Palmer, a selectman in Oxford, Conn., opposes adding approach lights to the master plan at the town’s Waterbury-Oxford Airport. He maintains the landing aids would add noise and light pollution to the area. Airport officials and local pilots disagree, saying the lights would add safety. David Head, supervising planner for the DOT, said, “It enhances pilot reference during low visibility.
When corporate headquarters in Atlanta called on Comair to fly Bombardier CRJs three times a day from Cincinnati into Missouri’s Springfield-Branson Regional Airport, the wholly owned Delta subsidiary faced a dilemma familiar to regional airlines everywhere–how to establish a new station too small to justify the cost of the needed equipment and staff. Until recently, the only option lay with hiring another airline to perform the duties.