NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have submitted comments to the FAA about the proposed shortening of Santa Monica, Calif.’s single runway using an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) and by implementing declared distances. The proposal would reduce the current 4,973-foot runway length to a landing distance available of 4,741 feet on Runway 21 and 4,156 feet on Runway 3.
Following the name change of the former Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield, Colo., to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport last October, the tower’s appellation was modified to “Metro Tower.” Pilots were asked to stop using the old “Jeffco Tower” moniker as of March 15.
Encore FBO’s Dublin, Ireland facility made history on March 6 when a company line service technician drove an Encore fuel truck onto the airport’s general aviation ramp and topped off a Citation III. “This is the first time in more than 35 years that someone other than a fuel company has fueled business aircraft in Dublin,” said Dublin Airport Authority operations manager Colman Cochran.
• Runway reconstruction will close Friedman Memorial Airport, Sun Valley, Idaho, from April 24 at 9 a.m. to May 23 at 7 p.m.
Gary Potts, president of AirFlyte, has a long history in aviation and specifically
at the airport his MRO serves. “Barnes Westfield Airport in Westfield, Mass., is an absolutely beautiful airport. My dad and I restored antique aircraft here when I was a kid. I’ve been working here in one capacity or another since 1965,” he told AIN.
Embraer E170, Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 18, 2007–The Shuttle America Embraer was substantially damaged when it hit a localizer antenna and a fence after overrunning snow-covered Runway 28 when landing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The 74 people on board, including the captain, first officer and two flight attendants, were not injured.
Socata TBM 700, North Dartmouth, Mass., Feb. 2, 2007–Making an IFR missed approach to New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB) in Massachusetts at night, TBM N944CA crashed in Dartmouth, one mile west of the airport, killing all three people on board.
The FAA revised its controller hiring plan early last month to adjust for greater retirement numbers and revisions to staffing requirements at each of the agency’s 314 staffed facilities. The plan provides a range of authorized controller staffing numbers, giving the agency greater flexibility to match the number of controllers with traffic volume and workload.
A prominent moment of the 2003 International Operators Conference in Colorado Springs occurred just after the first day’s sessions. With dozens of pilots and aviation department managers standing around a nearby television, President Bush warned Saddam Hussein that the Americans and their allies were on the way. The war in Iraq erupted soon afterwards.
Corporate pilot (and AIN contributing writer) Rob Mark heads up the Palwaukee (Ill.) Airport Community Engagement Council, or PACE. To mark the airport’s recognition as the 2004 Illinois reliever airport of the year, PACE has published a simple brochure that highlights the airport’s contributions to the local economy and its effect on the community’s social structure.