Trajen Flight Support at Tucson International Airport (TUS), Ariz., became an Air BP dealer last October, and this month it plans to complete a major expansion project. The new terminal/hangar complex will add a total of some 12,000 sq ft to the FBO.
The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, has initiated an environmental assessment for extending one of the runways of its airport (OSU) to 6,000 feet from 5,000 feet. The purpose of the project is “to improve safety and provide for more efficient operations of business aircraft,” according to the university, which operates the airport as part of its extensive aviation-degree programs.
The Iowa DOT’s office of aviation reports that the federal funding program approved by Congress and signed by President Bush last month bodes well for the state’s 77 airports, only eight of which offer airline service. Under the reauthorized Airport Improvement Program (AIP), local authorities of eligible airports now need to supply only 5 percent of funds required for airport projects.
The Babylon, N.Y. zoning board has approved the construction of a large retail outlet within the runway protection zone (RPZ) of Runway 14/32 at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, N.Y. The FAA defines the parameters of the zone, but it has limited enforcement power since the RPZ is not on airport property.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) completed the first segment of a three-phase runway maintenance and improvement project last month. Phase Two, which began last month, involves temporarily displacing the threshold of 11,500-foot Runway 8/26, allowing 6,000 feet of usable runway and a 1,000-foot overrun. At press time, the runway was scheduled to be closed completely from February 28 until March 1.
A research program commissioned by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has produced findings that could lead to safer night landings on offshore helidecks. The results have been so impressive that the CAA, in conjunction with other authorities, submitted a proposal to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to amend current worldwide standards and practices for helideck and heliport lighting.
A new final rule issued by the FAA last month will subject airports hosting scheduled flights in aircraft designed to hold between 10 and 30 passenger seats to standards now reserved for larger airports under FAR Part 139. The rule would reclassify U.S. airports into four categories, based on service type.
The FAA placed production orders for 11 of Sensis’ airport surface detection equipment systems, Model X (ASDE-X). This requisition is in addition to the 21 initial systems ordered in December 2002. The production option for the 11 ASDE-X systems, in addition to associated hardware, software and support, is worth approximately $35 million.
Eurocontrol won the 2004 ATC Maastricht Jane’s Award for its enhanced tactical flow management system (ETFMS), introduced in February 2002 by the central flow management unit (CFMU).
In the light of the European Union’s final go-ahead given to the “Single European Sky” (SES) initiative, speakers at the Jane’s ATC Maastricht Conference (see box) engaged in a lively debate about how to enhance air-traffic management performance.