The FAA’s Airports Office and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) have jointly created a new safety system called Airport Voluntary Reporting System (AVRS) to allow the agency’s employees to report safety hazards more easily without fear of retaliation. The FAA and Natca signed a memorandum of understanding for the 18-month pilot program covering 338 of the 550 Airports Office employees.
As of July 24, there are 3,430 wide-area augmentation system (Waas) localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approach procedures serving 1,690 U.S. airports. There are also 555 localizer performance (LP) approach procedures in the U.S. serving 404 airports.
Brazilian business aviation faces a squeeze between official restrictions and unofficial competition, vying with airline traffic for limited slots at the country’s major airports and with illegal “pirate” air taxi services for customers. Hosting the World Cup soccer tournament at 12 host cities around the country in June and July served as a stress test of the country’s aviation infrastructure. Although no major problems occurred, many, including industry group ABAG, feel that business aviation was sacrificed for that apparent success–and that this does not bode well.
UAS International Trip Support, with regional headquarters in several cities around the world, has brought members of its Americas team to LABACE 2014. Leading the team, which is based in Houston, Texas, are Jay Ammar Husary, UAS senior director-operations and sales, and Ryan Frankhouser, regional director, UAS Americas. Also here at LABACE is São Paolo-based Carlos Vieira, UAS business development manager for South America.
Vision Aviation, the lone services provider at Louisiana’s Lake Charles Regional Airport for more than a decade, has sold its FBO business to Freeman Holdings Group, owner of 11 Million Air locations, three of them in the Bayou State, including one at nearby Chennault International Airport. At the company’s request, the airport authority terminated its agreement with Vision Aviation and approved the sale of its assets, before granting a new 50-year lease to Freeman Holdings. Vision Aviation will continue to operate several hangars at the airport.
Landmark Aviation has opened its new FBO terminal at Paris Le Bourget Airport. Constructed over the past year on its leasehold adjacent to the company’s current hangar, the 8,500-sq-ft facility includes a lounge, bistro, pilot lounge, passenger lobby, prayer room, flight-planning center and two conference rooms. “Our new facility is much more spacious and offers additional amenities that will allow us to provide a better experience for our customers,” said Denis Bourgois, the location’s general manager. Landmark also plans to add a covered parking structure for customers.
Port Columbus International Airport is slated to receive a new $1 million U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility dedicated for general aviation. The 2,740-sq-ft facility will be funded by Lane Aviation, one of two FBOs at the airport, which is also the home base for NetJets. Lane expects to break ground on the building this month, according to company president Brad Primm, who expects it to be completed by year-end. Currently international arrivals at the airport must first stop at the Port Columbus terminal before heading to one of the FBOs.
The Federal Aviation Administration executive who leads the agency’s NextGen ATC modernization effort said the FAA will sign off in October on an industry-generated plan for achieving results in the next three years.
South Carolina’s Horry County Department of Airports (HCDA) today begins rehabilitation of Runway 18/36 at Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR). The department offered guidance for airport users last week on what to expect during the work, which is scheduled to continue through next spring. The airport operator said the goal is to keep the airport’s single runway operational as much as possible during peak operating hours, while it realizes delays and diversions will become necessary when the runway does become unusable.
For many corporate aircraft heading west from Europe, their first glimpse of the U.S. isn’t the spires of New York City but the shores of Maine. Bangor Aviation Services, the municipally owned and operated FBO at Bangor International Airport, the closest U.S. airport to Europe, sees more than 400 private flights each month by business jets crossing the Atlantic. While Maine is lacking in neither scenic beauty nor New England charm, that isn’t what draws the flocks of private travelers. “We’re a tech stop,” said Kevin Tipler, the airport’s ramp service manager.