McKinney Municipal Airport in Dallas has been added to the list of the U.S. Customs Service’s designated user-fee airports. Operators must obtain advance permission to clear customs at user-fee facilities, which unlike international or landing rights airports are not staffed with full-time, government-paid customs agents.
General aviation received some good news and some not-so-good news last month with regard to airport security.
The Italian investigation into the October 8 collision between a Cessna CJ2 and an MD-87 on the main runway of Milan Linate Airport is now focusing on the failure of the ground traffic radar and allegations of misleading airport signs.
Within the next six weeks homeowners surrounding Boca Raton (Fla.) Airport will be able to go to a Web site if they have an aircraft noise complaint. Developed by Megadata of Greenwich, Conn., AirportMonitor software displays aircraft in flight with a detailed overlay map of the streets neighboring the airport up to 96 mi away. Site visitors can see a readout of aircraft type, speed and altitude.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently opened an office at Rogers Municipal Airport-Carter Field in Northwest Arkansas. The full-service CBP office is housed at Beaver Lake Aviation on the airport, which is owned by Wal-Mart Stores. Since offering this service, the airport has experienced a dramatic increase in international operations, according to NBAA. The airport is also planning to open a contract control tower in August.
The FAA is reviewing proposed noise-compatibility programs submitted for Bradley International Airport, Hartford, Conn., and Reid-Hillview Airport, San Jose, Calif. The agency expects to approve or reject the proposals on or before November 3. Both programs are being submitted under FAR Part 150, and comments on the proposals can be submitted to the FAA. For more information, contact the respective local FAA airports district office.
On October 11 the House small business subcommittee on regulatory reform and oversight considered the financial hit to small aviation business from restrictions on the National Airspace System. The hearing was intended to quantify dollar needs and consider expansion of recipients for aid under H.R.3007, introduced on October 3 by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) with 25 cosponsors.
For some FBOs, the cost of remaining closed for the days (in some cases weeks) after September 11 has been catastrophic. In a low-margin business such as an FBO, especially an independent facility, cash flow is the lifeblood of the business. Cut off the flow for too long, and the patient cannot survive, no matter what measures are taken after the fact.
Mireille’s Inflight Catering, headquartered at Long Beach, Calif., last month opened a fully equipped business aviation catering operation at San Francisco International Airport. The 1,500-sq-ft facility is under the direction of Mireille operations manager Eric Youe and offers catering services to San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose International Airports.
Beyond North America, the global business aviation community has continued to find itself in a state of unsettling flux in the six weeks since September 11’s terrorist attacks. On balance, though, corporate pilots and industry executives gave AIN the strong impression that they preferred their lot to that of their airline counterparts.