For business aviation passengers, international arrivals and departures at Hector International Airport in Fargo, N.D., have become a lot easier with the relocation of the U.S. Customs and Immigrations facility to the north general aviation ramp, adjacent to the 23-acre Fargo Jet Center, the lone services provider on the field. The new $1 million, 3,600-sq-ft structure, which is available 24/7, was designed using U.S. Customs guidelines and features the latest technology to expedite clearance.
BBA Aviation, the parent company of Signature Flight Support, acquired Maguire Aviation’s two FBOs at Van Nuys Airport for $69 million. The addition extends Signature’s footprint to nearly 1.2 million sq ft of hangar space, ramp, passenger terminals and office space at the airport. The purchase also includes the dedicated 10,000-sq-ft NetJets facility that opened last year and was operated by Maguire.
Saker Aviation Services has lost its bid for a legal injunction preventing a rival FBO from taking over its former flagship facility at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on September 1. The company has sued the airport board and the airport’s owners (Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties) on grounds of breach of contract, after they refused to allow Saker to exercise the first of two five-year option renewals on the site.
Malaysia’s SkyPark Subang aviation hub will be expanded at a cost of almost $67 million with the aim of attracting more FBOs and maintenance, repair and overhaul companies. The bulk of the redevelopment budget (around $48 million) will go toward building a new terminal at the site of Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport’s mothballed Terminal 2, which will be demolished.
Members of Congress drifted back to Capitol Hill last month after spending most of August and the first week in September on their annual summer vacations. Talk immediately turned to the situation in Syria and the specter of another round of sequestration.
One of the major orders of business they faced–with the September 30 end of the 2013 fiscal year looming–was how to fund the government for FY2014. One of the first tasks was approval of a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government operating beyond October 1.
Wilbur Wright was the first pilot to record a bird strike (in 1905), and the first fatal crash attributable to a bird strike came seven years later. But to most members of the non-flying public, the first time aircraft bird strikes became newsworthy was probably in 2009, when a flock of Canada geese sent Chesley Sullenberger’s A320 into the Hudson River.
Several airports billing themselves as “London-area” are hoping to secure more business aviation traffic to the British capital, putting them in competition with those normally associated with the segment such as Farnborough, Luton and Biggin Hill. While Oxford has carved a niche and Cambridge has upped the ante with respect to business aviation, airports such as Lydd and Southend have also entered the fray as their wider development activities have made them more appealing–and they have started to attract business aircraft.
Pilots of turbine-powered aircraft lacking digital datalink systems can bypass traditional ATC clearance delivery procedures and take advantage of the FAA’s pre-departure clearance (PDC) option. This option requires using a PDC system developed by FltPlan.com for Internet-accessible devices such as iPads and smartphones. PDCs are available to FltPlan.com users at 70 major airports around the U.S. approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. A FltPlan.com spokesperson told AIN that just over 200 users have signed up for PDC to date.
The Transportation Security Administration reported Friday that personnel had discovered a Mac 11 subcompact machine pistol in a Terminal 1 closet at JFK International Airport in New York. A contractor working in the building discovered the weapon behind a locked door on the public side of the terminal on September 26. The weapon was not loaded.
A five-month-old boy was killed in an accident at Alicante Airport (LEAL) in southeast Spain after his mother left him alone on a baggage conveyor belt that she apparently believed to be inactive at the time. An initial review of airport security-camera footage suggested the conveyor was activated by the weight of the baby being placed upon it.