The National Air Transportation Association said in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that the FAA has failed to take into account the economic impact of domestic reduced vertical separation minima (DRVSM) on small on-demand air charter operators.
Aviation International News » August 2003
Even though Congress exempted the FAA from standard procurement rules in 1996, the agency remains mired in cost overruns and schedule slippages on many of its major acquisitions, including the wide-area augmentation system (WAAS), standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars), local-area augmentation system (LAAS) and integrated terminal weather system (ITWS).
London-area FBO chain Harrods Aviation has opened its new 8,000-sq-ft facility at London’s Luton Airport. The expanded premises, which immediately adjoin the company’s existing 2,000-sq-ft building, include a larger lounge, private VIP lounge, conference suite, flight-planning room and handling office. Crews now have their own lounge with Internet access. An enlarged 90,000-sq-ft ramp is immediately accessible from the building.
Win Perkins doesn’t have much patience for the traditional FBO business plan. He calls his facility at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU), N.J., “the anti-FBO,” and the way he does business could be a harbinger of change in the airport service industry. Perkins proposes to generate the lion’s share of his profits through rent payments, while making little or no profit on fuel sales. It really is the reverse approach to the accepted norm.
The Los Angeles board of airport commissioners, the agency that oversees several airports in the metropolitan area, announced last month it was suing charter operator Pacific Jet. The suit involves what the board called Pacific Jet’s “repeated noise violations” at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport will get a new business aviation terminal next year. The modestly sized 7,850-sq-ft building is to be constructed by the airport authority on the east side of the Dutch gateway, replacing the existing executive terminal. The facility could be open by the first quarter of next year.
Airport officials at Jackson Hole, Wyo., are watching events in Naples to help determine how they will proceed with their own proposed Stage 2 ban. Most troubling to NBAA is language in the Senate’s FAA reauthorization bill that would permit such a ban. If the legislation passes as written, Jackson Hole would be able to restrict or prohibit operation of Stage 2 aircraft without having to complete an FAR Part 161 noise study.
An internal FAA review last month upheld the agency’s decision to withhold airport grants from Naples Municipal Airport, Fla., though the Naples Airport Authority (NAA) won two of the five legal points reviewed.
A special traffic management program (STMP) for the Sun Valley, Idaho area last month has evoked the ire of some pilots who could not get slots.
A family of three were killed July 19 when the Hughes 500 helicopter they had chartered for a sightseeing flight over the Kentish countryside crashed shortly after takeoff from Biggin Hill Airport. It was not clear what caused the 10 a.m. crash near the village of Cudham in the Sevenoaks area.