Rep. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) has introduced the “Aeronautics Research and Development Revitalization Act of 2005” to reinvigorate the nation’s aeronautics research program. According to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), NASA aeronautics funding has declined over the past 12 fiscal years from a high of $1.54 billion in Fiscal Year 1994 to $852.3 million as requested in President Bush’s FY2006 budget.
Aviation International News » July 2005
The FAA’s industry-government Management Advisory Council (MAC) is recommending that the agency take several steps to save money, including consolidating some Tracons, contracting out more VFR control towers and reducing the number of FAA regions.
People fly on general aviation aircraft because they can go where they want to, when they want to. It stands to reason that you don’t hear much about trips to the Gulf Coast of Texas in mid-summer (not voluntary ones, anyway) or trips to northern Canadian lake regions for the traditional February school vacation week.
David Price, chairman and CEO of American Airports (AAC, which hasoperated the Supermarine FBO at Santa Monica Airport in California for several years), addressed his purchase of theformer Rifton Aviation FBO at StewartInternationalAirport, 50 miles north of Manhattan. Price said, “Supermarine looks forward to expanding its FBO brand and fulfilling its mission of providing world-class customer service.
Business aircraft passengers and crews arriving at Hector International Airport (FAR), Fargo, N. D., can clear customs at Fargo Jet Center now that the FBO hosts a 24-hour satellite office of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service right in its passenger terminal in the airport’s north general aviation area.
The recently merged business-aviation entity now known as Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated officially opened its new 18,000-sq-ft, $1.2 million hangar at Virginia’s Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) last month. The new hangar was completed on time and under budget, according to the company, adding capability to the services Piedmont Hawthorne provides at CHO.
Atlantic Aviation may be outdistancing its name, but don’t expect company president Lou Pepper to consider changing a brand that dates back almost to the dawn of flight.
FBO AvCenter at Burlington (Vt.) International Airport more than doubled the available hangar space on a portion of its leasehold earlier this year when it opened its new “South Hangar” complex. The construction project consists of a 17,000-sq-ft heated hangar and a dozen new T hangars. The large hangar replaces an older 7,000-sq-ft hangar that was on the same site. It has 12,000 sq ft of storage area and 5,000 sq ft of shop and office space.
According to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the city of San Diego was out of line when it tried to take over the FBO concession at Montgomery Field by not considering renewing the existing FBO’s lease.
At press time, there was still one hangar left unspoken for at the Paradise Aviation Jet Hangar construction project at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). The Molasky Group has built seven private aircraft hangars on 10 acres adjacent to the airport at Mandalay Bay Road. The land is the last parcel remaining for private hangars at McCarran, the sixth busiest airport in the world.