Minnesota’s Flying Cloud Airport (FCM) is holding hearings this month concerning runway expansion and a project to build new hangars on the airport’s south side. The Twin Cities’ Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is also inviting public comments at its September 19 meetings to its proposed change of so-called Ordinance 51, which limits operations at FCM to aircraft weighing less than 20,000 lb.
Aviation International News » September 2001
While New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) has been hogging all the airline-delay headlines, San Francisco is equally concerned that its international airport (SFO) isn’t up to the challenges of the near future. The SFO runway reconfiguration program points out that its runways were built more than 50 years ago. Today, 23 percent of all U.S. passenger traffic to Asia originates at SFO.
On August 20 and 21 the FAA held meetings at Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA), in Hyannis, Mass., and Nantucket (Mass.) High School, respectively, to discuss plans to implement Class C airspace around Nantucket Municipal Airport (ACK).
A Washington Airports Task Force (WATF) survey last November showed that 90 percent of residents living close to Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) are regular air travelers and 87 percent considered the airport to be a neighborhood asset. In its August newsletter, the non-profit, pro-aviation coalition contrasted its efforts with those of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW) in Texas.
Automated surface observation systems (ASOS) at airports without certified live weather observers have been a boon to pilots, but the information they dispense may be dangerously outdated. According to a warning from U.S. inspector general Kenneth Mead, visibility reports disseminated by the computer-generated voices at the 561 ASOS-equipped airports in the U.S.
At the request of airport authority Massport, Signature at Boston Logan Airport (BOS) relocated its aircraft parking area on August 10 from the south end of the ramp area to the north-side cargo area. Temporary buildings with telephones and computer terminals are being installed, but the existing Signature terminal is a 20-min van ride from the new parking area.
The fatal crash of an Aerospatiale AS 350 at the Grand Canyon on August 10 was the fourth fatal accident of a Papillon Helicopters tour flight since September 1985 and the second for the operator in the Grand Canyon since April 1999 (in which the sole pilot was the only one killed).
Most aviators feel pretty secure when ensconced in that expensive, fleece-covered, form-fitted cockpit seat, their bodies held firmly in place by a five-point harness. However, research has shown just how vulnerable the human body is to the severe trauma found in many aircraft crashes. And that susceptibility is leading toward some remarkable new restraint technology for helicopter pilots and, perhaps later, airplane pilots.
The men and women who race cars on the Nascar circuit are addicts. They’re addicted to speed, addicted to the visceral rush of being first. Addicted to the buzz that comes from leading a pack of 750-hp, V-8-powered, steel-chassis racecars covered with frail fiberglass eggshells reinforced by layers of corporate logos.
In aviation, like most other industries, success breeds regulation. The bigger an industry becomes, the more the government perceives the need to regulate it, often citing reasons such as safety, unfair competition and environmental protection. Yet, in typical Darwinian fashion, most industries adapt–or die. In aviation, hush kits quiet noisier jet engines, airplanes are made RVSM compatible and helicopters are flown neighborly.