The governor of Montana is the latest to weigh in on a controversial Transportation Security Administration (TSA) directive that would impose new security badge requirements and background checks on general aviation pilots based at commercial-service airports.
Aviation International News » May 2009
A last-minute change in U.S. loran policy has raised serious concerns among international navigation and security organizations. In late February, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) removed loran-C funding from the President’s budget, provoking an immediate response from the UK.
Thirty years ago, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was the sleepy undeveloped South Florida of novelist John D. MacDonald’s trouble-attracting protagonist Travis McGee. At spring-break time, the city would erupt with partying young people, but during the rest of the year it was business as usual, a South Florida far removed from today’s frenetic, beach-front high-rise metropolis.
Flightline First opened a new FBO facility at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans late last month. The FBO is located in a classic building dating from the 1920s next to the airport’s famous art deco terminal building, which is undergoing restoration to its former glory. Both the terminal and Fliteline’s 20,000-sq-ft hangar were heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
Fuel provider Air BP has released dates for its nationwide two-day safety and quality-control seminar series. Airport personnel, pilots, FBOs and flight department employees are invited to learn about current safety regulations with trainers Walter Chartrand and Dave Ware.
On the agenda for this year’s National Air Transportation Association FBO
Leadership Conference are a variety of events covering marketing, airports, security, media attacks on aviation, general aviation manufacturing issues, building codes for foam fire-protection systems and a keynote speech by George Mason University head coach Jim Larranaga. The FBO Leadership Conference is scheduled for June 9 to 11
The FAA published CertAlert No. 09-06 on March 17 warning airport operators to act promptly when there are reports of FOD on runways. According to the alert, “The FAA’s Office of Safety and Standards has been made aware of instances where some airports have failed to take immediate and positive action following a report of FOD (on or near the runway) from flight crews.
Million Air Medford purchased competing FBO Jet Center Medford and now has 90 percent of the fuel market on the Oregon airport. An Air BP fuel dealer, Million Air Medford is a subsidiary of Superior Air. The FBO plans to renovate the former Jet Center property as well as add amenities such as catering, concierge services, red-carpet greetings, on-site notary service and video surveillance of ramps and parking lots.
The FAA is hailing three South Florida air traffic controllers for assisting Doug White, a fixed-wing single-engine-rated private pilot and passenger, in safely landing King Air B200 N559DW on April 12 after pilot Joe Cabuk Jr. became incapacitated minutes after takeoff from Marco Island (Fla.) Executive Airport.
The Jacksonville (Fla.) Aviation Authority is building a 21,000-sq-ft hangar and hoping a maintenance company will lease the facility. This is the airport’s first new hangar since the authority took over the airport from the U.S. Navy in 1999. Another 13,000-sq-ft hangar is available next to the new hangar and offers office and shop space.