In an effort to build on the promise of the GPS wide-area augmentation system (WAAS), the FAA has amended a $200 million contract with Raytheon to deploy next-generation technology for satellite precision approach guidance.
Luckily for my passengers, aircraft and me, the only times I’ve experienced a runway excursion have been during training. On each occasion, the results were predictable, even in the most sophisticated aircraft simulator. A loss of directional control sends the aircraft sliding across shamrock-green video scenery and careening harmlessly through runway lights and signs, trees and anything else in the way.
General aviation was heartened somewhat last month when the federal government reopened the “DC-3” airports to limited “transient” traffic.
If the days of the family-owned and -operated FBO are a thing of the past, somebody forgot to tell Bill Christiansen and his sons, Bryan and Ken. On any given day, all three can be found hard at work at Christiansen Jet Center, a successful FBO at Richard L. Jones Airport (RVS), about eight miles south of downtown Tulsa.
Runway 16L/34R (5,700- by 100 feet) has been returned to limited service at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) in Virginia. Some additional construction work remains to be completed, so there may be 15-minute periods of prior permission required (PPR) operation. At times, the runway could be closed altogether.
Contrary to FAA-recommended national standards, a housing contractor was successful in changing zoning regulations in Oxford, Conn., and will be allowed to build within Waterbury-Oxford Airport’s 65-decibel noise contour. With its ILS-equipped 5,000- by 100-foot runway and contract-operated control tower, Waterbury-Oxford (OXC) has gained increasing favor as a business aircraft base and is home to a growing number of business jets.
International operators arriving at Teterboro Airport (TEB), N.J., are urged to choose the customs clearance facility closest to their final ground destination (there are now two customs offices on the airport) to prevent unnecessary runway crossings or taxiing against the normal traffic flow. If unfamiliar with TEB, operators are advised to contact the FBO they will be using and ask for directions to the nearest customs station.
Massport, which operates Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, Mass., has instituted a new aircraft operating fee schedule at BED that includes a night landing surcharge of $329 for any aircraft landing between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Other new fees include a landing fee of $1.50 per 1,000 pounds and a customs fee of $150 to $310, depending on aircraft weight.
Last November the Hawaiian Department of Agriculture ruled it would no longer clear incoming aircraft on the Island of Lanai. Arriving aircraft would have to stop at another airport to clear with the department before proceeding to the island. NBAA and several of its members protested the ruling to the state, and the state’s Department of Agriculture has since agreed to continue clearance operations on Lanai.
The runway at Somerset-Pulaski County Airport (SME), Ky., has been extended by 400 feet to 6,000 feet and a new localizer approach has been added. The Somerset-Pulaski County Development Foundation secured the $2.4 million in federal funding for the improvements and has also applied for funding to build a commuter air terminal. Operators also hope that a glideslope transmitter will be installed to provide a full ILS.