A Cessna Citation CJ3, unable to stop on 4,000-foot Runway 23 at Florida’s Spruce Creek Airport, ended up partially submerged in a pond just off the departure end of the runway. None of the three people aboard was injured in the accident. Spruce Creek is a residential airpark of aircraft hangars and homes.
“We have fun owners!” laughed airpark community developer Mike Ciochetti, when asked what best described the kind of people who live in the exclusive Heaven’s Landing located just outside Clayton, Ga., surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest.
There are angels to meet you here at the Heaven’s Landing NBAA booth (No. 7914), but lovely as they may be, they are of the earthly variety. The actual Heaven’s Landing is an exclusive estate airpark like nothing else on earth, the developers claim.
BELL 206L-1, NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLA., FEB. 16, 2002–A pilot and his revenue passenger died while trying to land at the Spruce Creek Airport (7FL6), a residential air park six miles south of Daytona Beach (Fla.) International Airport. The Part 135 air-taxi flight, operated by Universal Air Service, originated from Orlando, Fla., at 0550.
Geneva AirPark, a private hangar/ office development at Switzerland’s Geneva International Airport, received official building approval, according to developer Charles Aufranc, and construction will begin following ground preparation later this year. The new facility should open in the fourth quarter of next year, Aufranc said.
Local airports frequently attract negative attention. Ocean County, N.J. officials are trying to fend off this perception by emphasizing the local airport’s potential to help industry develop, thereby reducing the tax burden for residents. Ocean County officials envision county-owned R.J. Miller Airpark (MJX) in Tom’s River, N.J., developing into a major business aviation center, serving the area between New York and Philadelphia.
The NTSB continues its investigation into the April 14 crash of a 1985 King Air 300 while being vectored in VMC to Spruce Creek Airport, a private residential airport community south of Daytona Beach, Fla. One of two occupants suffered serious injuries and the turboprop twin was destroyed when it crash landed in a field.
A new business aviation airport appears set to emerge in New Jersey, where the two major facilities serving business jets, Teterboro and Morristown, are at or near capacity. The third bizav facility was one of the subjects under discussion at the 2006 New Jersey Aviation Conference in Trenton on May 10.