General aviation’s quest to return to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) sustained a blow last month when two Pennsylvania pilots caused another panicked evacuation of the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Their Cessna 150 flew to within three miles of the White House.
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Disgruntled neighbors of “Van Noise Airport” can blame their woes on the Communist menace. The reason Van Nuys has an 8,000-foot runway attractive to jet traffic is that in the late 1940s, U.S. Air Force generals saw the then-sleepy field as a base for jet interceptors–the better to protect the West Coast from long-range Soviet bombers attacking from Siberia.
The Los Angeles World Airport Authority (LAWA) recently awarded a $6.5 million, three- to five-year contract to Harris Miller Miller and Hanson (HMMH) of Burlington, Mass., to conduct simultaneous FAR Part 161 (noise-control) studies at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
Looking for a new Midwest gateway airport into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)? Look no further than Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio. As of August 24, Port Columbus is a Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) gateway, a designation that allows certain general aviation operations, including corporate and on-demand charter, to fly directly from Port Columbus to Washington National.
Contrary to earlier reports that aircraft flying into the Dallas area from international departure points could clear U.S. Customs only through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, customs can be cleared at Addison Airport, Dallas Love Field and any other general aviation airport in the area. Nevertheless, operators are advised to verify customs clearance procedures before departure.
Business aviation is growing in Africa, according to Ettore Poggi, managing director of ExecuJet South Africa. To highlight its FBO, charter/management, sales and maintenance capabilities, the company participated in the Africa Aerospace & Defence Airshow in Cape Town from September 20 to 24. “Over the last few years we have seen a significant growth in the interest shown in business aviation by the private sector,” Poggi said.
Houston Ellington Field, home to NASA’s C-9 “Vomit Comet” microgravity research airplane, is expanding to attract more general aviation activity by making previously inaccessible property available for development and building a new taxiway to accommodate more business jet operators.
Pilots flying to the former Palwaukee Airport north of Chicago are going to have to remember to say Chicago Executive Airport when they call the tower. The airport changes its name officially on October 17. Palwaukee Airport opened in 1925 and was originally named Gauthier’s Flying Field.
While the major airports of Cannes and Nice on the Côte d’Azur, the French Riviera, are stepping up business aviation activity, the smaller gateways of Toulon and Le Castellet are challenging the big boys in the competition to attract business aviation access to France’s wealthy Mediterranean coast.
Hartmut Mehdorn, chairman of German railway group Deutsche Bahn, has proposed that Berlin’s downtown Tempelhof Airport be redeveloped as a dedicated business aviation facility. Mehdorn has offered to lead a private-sector consortium to implement the project.