The city of Pompano Beach, Fla., has been assailed by aviation interests over a proposed 40-story condominium complex to be built adjacent to Pompano Beach Airpark (PMP). The FAA has deemed the condo project a “hazard to navigation,” and AOPA has written to the city manager sternly opposing the construction. The airport has more than 250 based aircraft and hosted more than 200,000 operations last year.
Aviation International News » February 2003
Waterbury/Oxford Airport (OXC), Conn., is expecting to take another giant step forward next year. The growing business-aviation airport is scheduled to begin a runway extension to 5,800 feet from its current length of 5,000 feet. The airport recently received a contract tower and has ILS, GPS and Rnav approaches.
At its Hayward facility (HWD), Trajen Flight Support recently broke ground on a 60,000-sq-ft corporate condo-hangar complex. The new facility is scheduled for occupancy by the end of this quarter. Trajen reports that the majority of hangar space has been spoken for in the new facility. HWD is about six miles south of Oakland International Airport.
Jet Aviation recently completed negotiations with three major worldwide fuel suppliers to provide discounts for its charter and managed aircraft fleets in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Christoph Thurnherr, head of purchasing for Jet Aviation Business Jets in Zurich, Switzerland, said the company now provides discounts at close to 300 locations worldwide, with customer savings of up to 60 percent compared with posted retail fuel prices.
The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) published a set of security recommendations for general aviation. The recommendations were written by a NASAO committee composed of the state government aviation directors in nine geographically diverse states.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in collaboration with NBAA, plans to launch a “proof of concept” security project for FAR Part 91 operators. The voluntary program, scheduled to start late this month at Teterboro Airport, N.J., for based Part 91 operators, is modeled after the NBAA Security Protocol, said the business aviation association.
The 108th Congress opened for business the first week in January with a few changes of note. The racial gaffe committed by Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) during the departure ceremonies for Sen. Strom Thurmond forced him out as the Senate Majority Leader.
The fate of Chicago’s Meigs Field (CGX), still in limbo because of Senate inaction last year, has not disappeared from the radar screen of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.). On January 7, the first day of the 108th Congress, he introduced legislation that would ensure the future of the downtown lakefront airport.
New FAA Administrator Marion Blakey apparently wants to continue the cooperative relationship with the nation’s air traffic controllers that was fostered by her predecessor.
Corporate analysts are carefully monitoring the possible implications of any new or modified Bombardier business and financial strategies under new CEO Paul Tellier, who took over from Robert Brown in mid-January. He assumed office last month just as Moody’s Investors Service downgraded long-term debt ratings of Bombardier Inc., Bombardier Capital (BC) and Bombardier Capital Funding.