This past year independent Italian business aviation service companies made inroads against government-backed airport handling providers that have long blocked competitors in the battle for market access.
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New developments at airports including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
Britain’s Oxford Airport is adding two hangars, each big enough to accommodate a very large-cabin business jet. While one is built of a conventional steel, the smaller is an aluminum-framed “polygon” design.
Expansion plans for both Biggin Hill and Southend Airports promise important benefits for business aircraft operators making for the UK capital. Both airports are prefixed “London,” but unlike some others that make similar claims they are in fact physically closer than many.
French aerospace group Thales (Hall 3 Stand C5) has launched a new set of solutions aimed at transforming the airport security and safety environment.
The controversy over Teterboro Airport operations seems to be cooling down. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns and operates the airport, has asked for a 10-percent reduction in operations, and Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), has demanded a 25-percent reduction.
New York City-based Arcadia Aviation announced plans yesterday to create a $20 million 200,000-sq-ft corporate hangar and office complex at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (MRB) in Martinsburg, W.Va. Groundbreaking for the first phase–a 20,000-sq-ft hangar with 3,600-sq-ft of attached offices–is anticipated to be early next year.
To lift what NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association call “confusing” and “burdensome” requirements from FBOs and fuel companies, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) introduced the Aviation Fuel Tax Simplification Act. The act would temporarily suspend part of last year’s Transportation Equity Act, which requires all aviation jet fuel taxes to be deposited into the Highway Trust Fund.
An increase in the number and severity of runway incursions at three major airports has promoted an audit by the DOT inspector general (IG). During the period fiscal year 2005 through April, Boston Logan had 18 incidents (one severe), Chicago O’Hare had 12 incidents (three severe) and Philadelphia had 13 incidents (one involving a collision).
A new FAA policy will require Part 91, 121, 125 and 135 jet pilots never to land where available runway is not at least actual landing distance plus 15 percent. If conditions deteriorate en route, pilots will have to recalculate actual landing distance and the 15-percent safety margin. If the total is more than the available runway length, they will have to land elsewhere.
TAG Aviation's application for more weekend aircraft movements at the London-area Farnborough Airport was rejected by the local Rushmoor Borough Council. The company, which operates Farnborough under a lease agreement, wants to boost the number of movements permitted each year on weekends and holidays from 2,500 to 5,000 and has offered to introduce this increase incrementally over three years.