Airport

October 10, 2013 - 3:40pm

Three anti-airport groups in Southern California have formed a new organization–Airport2Park–that seeks to turn part or all of Santa Monica Airport into a large park. Formed by the Community Against Santa Monica Airport Traffic, Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution and Sunset Park Anti-Airport, Airport2Park held a “community vision workshop” last week to promote its agenda. More than 150 people attended, including local anti-airport politicians Ted Lieu, a California state senator, and Los Angeles city council member Mike Bonin.

October 7, 2013 - 1:00pm

The FAA published the new version of its Notices to Airmen (Notam) guide–JO 7930.2N–on September 25 to bring airport operators up to ICAO standards. For example, Notams must now include key words or phrases to make them easier to identify and sort. New terms might include {{BEGIN SMALL CAPS}} RWY, TWY, APRON, AD, OBST, NAV, COM, SVC, AIRSPACE, ODF, SID and STAR{{END SMALL CAPS}} among others.

October 6, 2013 - 12:35am
A popular tech stop for international flights, North Dakota’s Hector International recently moved its customs facility next to Fargo (N.D.) Jet Center,  making it more convenient for business aircraft passengers to clear customs.

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.

October 5, 2013 - 5:15am
Sonoma Jet Center recently joined the Signature Select program.

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.

October 5, 2013 - 5:00am

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.

October 2, 2013 - 3:20am
The Skypark FBO in Terminal 3 of Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport underwent a major renovation beginning in 2007 to make it a modern hub for corporate and general aviation. Today the airport needs another facility to house FBO and maintenance operations.

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.

October 1, 2013 - 2:50am

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.

October 1, 2013 - 12:35am
Once statistically insignificant, birdstrikes now account for more than two strikes per 10,000 movements, and are becoming even more frequent.

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.

October 1, 2013 - 12:15am
Lydd (London Ashford Airport) recently made progress in its bid to attract more aircraft traffic, having secured approval for a runway extension and a new terminal. (Photo: Mark Wagner)

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.

September 30, 2013 - 1:20pm

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.

 
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