I am sure we all recognize that working on an airport ramp is risky business, regardless of the particular job. Just being out there can put you at risk. On some ramps it appears to be a game of dodgeball, with equipment going in every direction. People walking around the ramp really have to pay attention and never just assume that the equipment driver will practice see-and-avoid.
Guy Minor, aviation safety program manager with the FAA’s Oakland Flight Standards District Office, presented Apex Aviation the 2004 Certificate of Excellence for “actively participating in the FAA Aviation Technician Training Program.” This Diamond Award marks the third consecutive year the FAA has honored Apex.
Teterboro (N.J.) Airport (TEB) now has two full-service U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities with US-VISIT capability located adjacent to Atlantic Aviation (midfield) and at Jet Aviation (south end). The agency said the new capability should improve traffic flow and safety. Although customs already had the facility adjacent
to Jet Aviation, the US-VISIT equipment wasn’t installed until last month.
Lease hangar space now from Enterprise Jet Center at Houston Hobby Airport and you can monitor construction of your airplane’s new home via webcam. The Enterprise site (www.entaircen.com) has a link to the webcam where you can observe the $7.5 million project under way.
SheltAir’s goal to add Atlanta to its growing FBO network took a major step forward last month when company officials met with the city airport authority. The agenda included negotiating lease terms in SheltAir’s bid to take over the Mercury FBO at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. SheltAir COO Ed Zwirn called the city’s positive review of notification a strong indicator that the deal would eventually come to fruition.
The owner of Freight Runner’s Express, the cargo company whose Beech 99 and Cessna 402 collided on the ground at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis., on January 24, is blaming ATC negligence for the accident. Owner Chip Zens says that both aircraft were clearly in the controlled movement area, and that ATC should take responsibility for what happened.
Europe is facing a shortage of 3.5 million airport slots by 2025, according to the latest projections by Eurocontrol. At the October Airport Operators Conference in Brussels the ATC management agency confirmed that 20 years from now demand for flights will significantly exceed airport capacity.
Coded departure routes (CDRs) are proving so popular with business jet flight crews that the FAA plans to expand the trial program into nationwide service.
If all goes to plan, scores of pilots will be able to use the shorthand digital clearances at airports across the country starting next year, according to officials.
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.