International Corporate and Cargo Services (ICCS), an FBO based in Mexico City, opened its latest location at Mariano Matamoros International Airport in Cuernavaca, in the south central part of the country. The FBO is open during airport hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.), with after-hours callout available, and offers a 12,260-sq-ft terminal, the largest among the ICCS facilities, with a passenger lounge, a pilot lounge, flight-planning room, ground transportation, hotel reservation service and catering. A pilot sleep room is under construction.
Pilots flying into Boise Airport (KBOI) in southwestern Idaho might want to listen to ground taxi instructions carefully during the next 12 to 18 months as the busiest airport for more than 300 miles in any direction continues its runway resurfacing and taxiway realignment projects.
Saab, the public-private Virginia SATSLab and Leesburg (Va.) Executive Airport are partnering to demonstrate and evaluate Saab’s remote tower technologies for use at non-tower airports. The trial will take place at the currently non-tower Leesburg field next summer, with the Virginia Department of Aviation acting as an advisory partner.
NBAA announced today the dates and locations of the association’s 2015 business aviation regional forums. “NBAA is pleased to once again provide these popular one-day events. The regional forums offer some of the benefits of our annual convention–access to exhibits, aircraft on display, education sessions and more–in convenient locations across the U.S.,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
The UK’s Blackpool Airport is facing permanent closure on October 16, as “the airport operations have been making a loss for a number of years” and no buyer for the field could be found, according to airport operator MAR Properties. Bond Helicopters, which has used Blackpool as a base for offshore oil-and-gas flights, said it is “currently in discussions with a number of alternative airfields.” Opened as Squires Gate Airport in 1909, Blackpool Airport has the distinction of being one of the first aviation sites in the UK.
The FAA is conducting a 30-day review of contingency plans and security protocols for its major facilities, after a “criminal action by a contractor knocked out communications equipment” at the FAA air route traffic control center (ARTCC) in Aurora, Ill. on Friday, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced yesterday at an Air Traffic Control Association conference in Maryland.
A fire, thought to have been started by an arsonist, early in the morning on September 26 immediately closed the Chicago En Route ATC Center (ZAU) in Aurora, Ill., shutting down air traffic at Chicago O’Hare and Midway International airports, as well as at a half dozen business aviation airports in the area. A Chicago flight services briefer told AIN on September 27 that ZAU will remain closed until September 30.
The Professional Airways Safety Specialists union described the damage to the center’s equipment as “substantial.”
Teterboro (N.J.) Airport will be closed to fixed-wing traffic this coming Saturday morning, October 4, from 6 a.m. to noon local time to allow crews to repaint the runways. Helicopter operations will be permitted. The Teterboro Users Group urges operators to check Notams for specific times.
Swissport, the world’s largest provider of ground and cargo handling services, has opened another FBO under its PrivatPort brand in Germany. A joint venture between the company and Munich Airport ground handling provider Losch Airport Service, the location made its debut last week just in time for Oktoberfest. It offers dedicated modern passenger and crew lounges, customs and immigration assistance, airport slot coordination, fueling and catering arrangements and quick turns.
Air travel to Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas region remains problematic, in the wake of Hurricane Odile’s passage on Monday. The category-three storm was the largest ever to make landfall on the country’s Baja California peninsula, lashing the tourist region with heavy rain and high wind. As a result, affected airports in the area are closed to non-humanitarian general aviation traffic at least through the weekend, according to Universal Weather & Aviation.