Aviation International News » November 2003

March 19, 2008 - 1:21pm

The FAA Management Advisory Council (MAC) should have more representation from general aviation, AOPA told Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta early last month. The MAC counsels FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and senior agency leadership on management, policy, spending and regulatory matters.

March 19, 2008 - 1:07pm

“When we look at building a hangar for a client we see someone who has made a significant investment. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Cessna 150 or a Gulfstream V,” noted Seth Kohn, president of New Castle, Pa.-based Fleming Steel. “People usually buy the most airplane they can afford, so it is always a major investment for everyone. Our first consideration is what we need to do to protect that investment.

March 19, 2008 - 1:00pm

It may not be the closest FBO to next year’s Super Bowl in Houston, but it might be the most fun. Wing Aviation at Lone Star Executive Airport (CXO) in Conroe, Texas, is planning a bash that should rival the action on the field at the Houston Astrodome, some 45 miles away.

March 19, 2008 - 12:53pm

Pilots and other crewmembers visiting Jet Aviation’s four U.S. facilities through December 15 are eligible to sign up for a dose of sobering humility. The FBO chain is giving away copies of the $40 coffee table book Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty by Nick Del Calzo and Peter Collier. Featuring a forward by former President George H. Bush and essays by Tom Brokaw and Sen.

March 19, 2008 - 12:48pm

For all pilots and other crewmembers who have ever struggled across a windswept ramp loaded down with cabin supplies, Jet Systems/Avitat at Westchester County Airport (HPN), White Plains, N.Y., developed its “Galley Direct” van.

March 19, 2008 - 12:32pm

Starting last month, operators clearing customs at so-called “user fee” airports began to see as much as a 10-percent increase in clearance charges. The increases are based on an increase in the flat fees charged to the airports by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. There are approximately 40 user-fee airports, so called because they don’t qualify as international or landing-rights facilities due to insufficient traffic volume.

March 19, 2008 - 12:20pm

“We’ve outgrown our current facility and need more room for our guests,” said Banyan Air Service president Don Campion. The plans call for a new 25,000-sq-ft terminal building more centrally located off the main taxiway at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fla. Groundbreaking will be early next year, with construction scheduled to be completed within 12 months.

March 19, 2008 - 12:17pm

On October 2 NBAA filed a revised Part 16 complaint with the FAA asking the agency to investigate the new landing fees at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), Calif. The fees were adopted by the Santa Monica City Council on June 10 over the objections of NBAA and went into effect August 1.

March 19, 2008 - 12:13pm

Atlantic Aviation has signed letters of intent to acquire FBOs at two New Orleans airports–Lakefront (NEW) and Louis Armstrong International (MSY), formerly Moisant Field. Terms of the deal for the two FBOs, currently owned by General Aviation Corp., were not released, though the transaction is expected to close within 60 days, following due diligence and airport-authority approval.

March 19, 2008 - 12:04pm

As more RVSM STCs are awarded, operators of most makes and models, even those of much older and rarer airframes, will soon have many places to get RVSM installations and other related work. Programs differ considerably in the extent of work performed, pricing and downtime. Here is a status report of just a few of the latest RVSM STC projects under way: