With eight civil airports boasting IATA designations, it’s reasonable to ask why there are so many facilities in a country the size of the UAE. Partly, this is because five of the seven emirates Abu Dhabi (3), Dubai (2), Fujairah (1), Ras al-Khaimah (1) and Sarjah (1) have the demand. The other two–Ajman, at 259 sq km the smallest, and Umm al-Quwain, the least populous–do not.
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New developments at airports including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
DC Aviation-Al Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Germany’s DC Aviation and the Dubai-based Al-Futtaim group, recently opened the first FBO at Dubai World Central Aviation City. The venture will capitalize on Al-Fattaim’s Middle East presence and DC Aviation’s reputation as a private aviation services provider.
Landmark Aviation announced yesterday that it has doubled down on its property holdings at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., with the acquisition of independent FBO Panorama Flight Support. With its latest addition, Landmark acquired a 20,000-sq-ft hangar, for a total of approximately 96,000 sq ft of heated community hangar space on nearly 26 acres of property.
Propeller Investments recently signed a long-term development agreement with Paulding (Ga.) Silver Comet Field, a public-use general aviation airport located 24 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. Under the agreement, Propeller is focused on developing the airport’s 750 acres, much of which includes airside access.
Pittsfield (Mass.) Municipal Airport recently completed a runway extension and safety improvements project. The undertaking brought the runway into compliance with federal safety standards by adding 1,000 feet of overrun. Work also included vegetation and storm water mitigation, culvert installation, roadway relocation, runway extension and safety area paving and lighting installation. Funding for the $22.5 million project included $13.4 million from MassDOT, $6 million in federal funds and more than $3 million from the City of Pittsfield.
The city of Santa Monica, Calif., has filed a complaint against the FAA that will force resolution of the issue of who controls the airport. The complaint, filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, seeks “to establish the City’s right to control future use of the Santa Monica Airport property.”
The fallout of the Hawker Beechcraft bankruptcy continues to settle as Little Rock (Ark.) Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport prepares to seek a new tenant for the former Wichita OEM’s completion and MRO facilities. The Little Rock facility was shut down by the former Hawker Beechcraft (now Beechcraft) earlier this year as part of a decision to exit the business of building business jets.
With construction already under way on the new Aerovale aeronautical community in Caçapava, about 65 miles northeast of São Paulo, Brazil, CEO Rogério Penido made a visit to Miami in September for a series of meetings with local business aviation executives and aircraft owners in an effort to attract support and investors in the project.
Upgrades are coming to Kansas City, Mo.’s two main airports, thanks to the hard work of staffers at the Kansas City Aviation Department. Both Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport have received grants totalling nearly $12 million for improvement projects that range from taxiway upgrades, paving and a fire-fighting vehicle storage facility. Neither airport is supported by general tax fund revenues–both rely exclusively on airport user charges and grants for administration, promotion, operation and maintenance.
TAG Farnborough Airport (Booth No. C6726) has outlined some of its plans over the next decade, including new on-site facilities such as upscale office space, a dedicated customer entrance to the airport, additional passenger lounges and other enhancements, it announced here at NBAA 2013.
“We continue to identify better ways to serve our customers and employees,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO of TAG Farnborough. “Our ongoing investment shows our commitment to improve facilities at the airport, maintaining our position as the leading business aviation gateway to London,” he said.