After nearly a year of studying air routes in Anchorage airspace, the FAA will soon finalize several proposed changes affecting general aviation operations departing and entering the airspace of local airports. Pilots who use Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Merrill Field, Lake Hood Seaplane Base and other area airports, as well as pilots who transit the Anchorage area without landing, would be affected by the changes.
Aviation International News » December 2001
Farnborough Airport has boosted its claim to being London’s leading business aviation gateway with the introduction of a Cat I ILS on Runway 24. The ILS installation required a 1,030-ft displaced threshold and a further 600-ft displacement at the departure end, reducing landing distance to 5,900 ft. Runway 06 is scheduled to get an ILS next spring.
With the coming introduction of the Global Express into the Bombardier Flexjet fractional-ownership fleet, allocated usage will be based on days or hours, a departure from other fractional programs. A one-eighth share will provide up to 30 days or 125 hr a year and a half share entitles owners to 120 days or 500 hr.
Three months after September 11 corporate flight departments with aircraft registered outside the U.S. were still experiencing serious difficulties operating into and within U.S. airspace. For each planned flight, not-for-hire operators (Part 91 equivalent) are still required to apply to the FAA for waivers to the ban on non-N-registered aircraft that was imposed after September 11.
The NTSB has recommended that Center Weather Service Units be staffed at all times when significant weather is broadcast and that the lockout feature of ASOS broadcasts be eliminated.
Piper, which said it experienced at least a 45-percent decline in sales across the board, is preparing for another round of downsizing this month. At press time the company had not determined how many of its 1,200 workers will be let go. The company had to close for two weeks in the aftermath of September 11 and also dismissed more than 250 workers. “This doesn’t mean the company is not making the kind of investments to secure its future.
Among the key people associated with the buyers of Garrett Aviation’s Santa Barbara, Calif. facility are Dave Miller, currently v-p and general manager of Garrett Santa Barbara, and Ken Goldsmith, former v-p of business development for Garrett Aviation. Last month, General Electric confirmed an agreement for the sale of its Garrett completion facility in Santa Barbara to Yankee Pacific and WestCap Partners Private Equity Fund.
The Pritzkers of Chicago–one of the nation’s wealthiest families, with controlling interest in the Hyatt hotel chain and one-time part owner of the former Galaxy Aerospace–agreed to pay a record $460 million to the federal government to avoid possible lawsuits from the failure of its Superior Bank.
A proposed stadium for the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team in Tempe, Ariz., would be a hazard to airplanes using Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the FAA concluded last month. The FAA lacks the authority to stop construction, but its conclusion might prompt the state to consider other locations. The Cardinals is the only NFL team that uses a college stadium as a home field. The proposed site is 2 mi east of the airport.
Five trade organizations jointly submitted recommended security regulations for general aviation operations to the DOT and FAA for implementation “expeditiously.” The recommendations from AOPA, NBAA, Experimental Aircraft Association, Helicopter Association International and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association focus on four areas–aircraft security, passenger authentication, pilot identity and airport operations and facilities.