Rifton Aviation at Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, N.Y., has confounded observers since it took over the former W.R. Grace hangar several years ago. Operated by the Anabaptist Bruderhof religious community, the FBO expanded quickly, riding the tide of economic prosperity late in the last decade. The county planned an expansive industrial park nearby, meant to go hand in glove with development and marketing of the airport.
Aviation International News » March 2003
William Barkhauer, director of Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU), N.J., told a meeting of Morris County Freeholders early this year that the 637-acre airport “doesn’t have any available land to expand.” He was responding to complaints from the mayors of some neighboring towns who predicted that airport improvement would bring more jet traffic and more noise.
The Texas Department of Transportation has awarded a $700,000 contract for 10 All Weather airport weather observation systems (AWOS). The company’s AWOS IIIP/T systems will be installed at selected Texas airports by year-end. The systems automatically sense wind speed, gusts and direction; temperature; relative humidity; dew point; altimeter setting; density altitude; visibility; cloud height; current weather; and thunderstorm information.
The airport board and some users at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, are at odds over a higher aircraft weight limit proposed late last year. A city council airport advisory board voted seven-to-one to raise the weight limit from 70,000 pounds mtow to 100,000 pounds and to keep the limit in place for 10 years. City-owned Lunken currently has some 130,000 operations per year and no scheduled airline service.
Since introducing its Fuelstat contamination detection kit at the Dubai Air Show in 2001, Conidia Bioscience has sold the product to major airlines, helicopter operators and corporate jet maintenance departments. The International Air Transport Association selected Conidia to host the first Asian symposium on fuel contaminants last month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Atlantic Aviation took the wraps off its Atlantic Awards program for jet flight crews. For every 100 gallons of jet fuel purchased at an Atlantic facility, the crewmember receives a certificate redeemable over the Internet for five dollars of “credit” applied to a prepaid American Express card in their name.
In his State of the Union address, President Bush proposed cutting income tax and ending the double taxation of corporate dividends, both actions that would reduce government income.
Air traffic controllers at the FAA’s 20 contiguous en route centers are now able to see more accurate, timely weather information on the same display that shows aircraft position data, which the agency claims will reduce the potential for weather-related accidents and lessen the effect of weather on airspace efficiency.
Former General Aviation Manufacturers Association president Ed Stimpson, now U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), warned that a “fundamental philosophical difference” between the U.S. and Europe over how to reduce aviation emissions will present a major challenge to U.S. representatives in the coming months.
The FAA has started its promised comprehensive review of Part 135 and Part 125. This review will also encompass related portions of Parts 91 and 119 (certification of air carriers and commercial operators). The intent of the review is to resolve current issues affecting this segment of the industry, update regulations and to address international regulatory harmonization.