The Transportation Security Administration has added several new FBOs as approved gateways for general aviation operators using the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) for flights into Reagan National Airport (DCA). Joining the list of more than 70 locations nationwide are Signature Flight Support’s facilities at Denver International and Centennial Airports in Colorado, Tac Air at Spirit of St.
Aviation International News » August 2011
Texas-based Tac Air has purchased the former Executive Beechcraft facilities at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) from Signature Flight Support. Included in the purchase are two hangars, giving the complex more than 150,000 sq ft of available hangar space. The service provider has agreed to partner with West Star Aviation, which will provide aircraft maintenance at the facility, occupying some of the newly acquired space.
Landmark Aviation inaugurated the new Customs and Border Patrol facility at its Los Angeles International Airport location last month. The 1,400-sq-ft addition was designed in conjunction with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office and includes a holding cell, agricultural room, clearance space, computer room and additional office space.
A report by the Transportation Department’s inspector general determined that the three-year 2009 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) will cost the FAA $669 million more than it would have cost to extend an earlier agreement that was signed in 2006.
The vision of the satellite-based, data-centric, network-enabled transformation of the ATC system known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) has entered mainstream discourse in the U.S., but so too has the realization of its formidable cost.
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga) of Zhuhai, China, completed its acquisition of Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Aircraft on June 28. Sellers include private-equity firm Arcapita, which owned 60 percent of Cirrus, and minority shareholders (including former Cirrus chairman and co-founder Alan Klapmeier).
Fuel purchasing software developer FuelerLinx has launched the newest version of its fuel data tracking program. FuelerLinx 4.0 offers users networking capabilities in an application for mobile devices that allows for in-travel price comparisons.
Tarbes Lourdes Pyrénées Airport in southwestern France inaugurated a new 5,400-sq-ft terminal dedicated to business aviation in July. The $2.4 million facility includes a 97,000-sq-ft apron. Airport managing company SNC-Lavalin will provide the FBO services to business passengers and pilots, as well as aircraft handling.
While Airbus and Boeing padded their already bulging backlogs with billions of dollars worth of deals during June’s Paris Air Show, manufacturers traditionally involved in the regional airliner market walked away from Le Bourget with some rather impressive order and commitment tallies of their own.
Florida’s Sebring Regional Airport (SRA) has been given the go-ahead from the state legislature to proceed with a 1,476-foot extension to primary Runway 18/36 with the approval of a 90-acre land acquisition. The extension will increase the runway’s length to 6,710 feet. The design and approval process is expected to begin in September.