The Scottsdale, Ariz. city council has approved construction of Scottsdale Air Center, a full-service FBO. Herb Marchman is president and managing partner of the company. Marchman currently operates FBOs in Santa Fe, N.M., and Colorado Springs, Colo. The Santa Fe Air Center is a five-time Gold Award winner from Exxon/Mobil’s Avitat chain of elite executive-level FBOs.
Aviation International News » January 2002
A Flight Safety Foundation publication cites a report from the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center of the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding controllers’ errors in communications. The report says tower controllers need improved memory aids; improved means of communications with pilots; improved means of coordinating actions with colleagues; and improved surveillance and monitoring equipment.
Residents of Stuart, Fla., have filed a lawsuit against the Martin County Commission concerning a master plan that discusses increased capacity. The Witham Airport Action Majority (WAAM) has been formed to try to block expansion. A local news report quotes WAAM member John Whitescarver as saying, “It’s only at one-third capacity now.
Growing European FBO group Execair has opened a new facility at Prague Ruzyne Airport in the Czech Republic. It has also acquired Parc Aviation Handling at Ireland’s Dublin Airport.
According to FBO KaiserAir, business jet traffic at Oakland International Airport has increased at least 25 percent since September 11. KaiserAir’s charter service has jumped a like amount, with inquiries up by at least 50 percent, said company v-p Sandy Waters.
Located at St. Augustine (Fla.) Airport (SGJ), Aero Sport has made its name as a sport and aerobatic flying headquarters. The company is the exclusive North American distributor for Extra Aircraft, the German manufacturer of competition-level, composite aerobatic airplanes and the Extra 400, a four-place, pressurized piston single.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has acquired the Aviation Training Institute (ATI) from Denver-based Aviation Resource Group International. ATI was formed to deliver line service training to FBOs and will dovetail with NATA’s “Safety First” certification program for line service personnel.
Last month, the Santa Monica city council adopted an ordinance that increased the fines for repeat violations of the Santa Monica Airport noise abatement provisions from a maximum of $500 to as much as $10,000. The ordinance was adopted despite a written request from the FAA to defer action.
Tell us about the new security committee.
It is basically a combination of the Corporate Aviation Management Committee and the Safety Committee, getting together and developing a security protocol.
What direction is the board taking?
It took a deadly act of terrorism to knock the nation’s fleet of electronic newsgathering (ENG) helicopters out of the air and, ironically, it required another disaster to restore many, if not all of them, to flight status. For helicopter users that make their living performing airborne journalism, the past four months have been the time for an uphill battle for one of the most visible (and controversial) of rotorcraft uses.