Business aviation continues to grow in Russia, when measured by the number of aircraft and flights. However, it is no longer growing at the rates observed few years ago, according to Eugeny Bakhtin, vice president of Russia’s United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA).
Construction begins today on Runway 6/24 at Trenton Mercer Airport (KTTN), New Jersey, that will significantly restrict its use. The work, to install engineered material arresting systems (Emas) on both ends of the runway, will continue until November 8. Some approach and runway lighting and instrument approach systems will be unavailable and the runway will be closed to aircraft with approach speeds greater than 121 knots. The runway’s usable length will also be shortened by more than 750 feet. Construction work will be under way for approximately 20 hours each day.
Artec Group’s Broadway 3-D facial-recognition system for airport employees has been installed at Russia’s Sochi International Airport (URSS) on the coast of the Black Sea. Its developer says the system uses facial geometry to limit airport access to authorized personnel and can identify a person who is walking, wearing a hat or sunglasses and can even differentiate between identical twins.
The European Regions Airline Association is preparing for a winter of intense lobbying as politicians in Brussels return to their desks this month. The ERA’s new director general, Simon McNamara, has identified new passenger rights rules, airport capacity shortages and constraints on state aid for airlines and airports as the main battleground issues the association hopes to resolve before the European Parliament elections in May next year and the subsequent appointment of new leadership at the European Commission (EC).
The airport-owned FBO at DuPage Airport is expected to complete its extensive upgrade this month. The 20-month project at the DuPage Flight Center cost approximately $4.2 million and will substantially improve the functionality and aesthetics of the structure as well as improve its safety and convenience, according to the airport authority. Among the improvements at the 63,000-sq-ft West Chicago facility are new customer entrances, crew lounges, on-site car rental, new U.S. Customs facilities, a new meeting room and upgrades to the reception area.
Air BP has added fueling services for general and business aviation aircraft at two Spanish airports. At Palma de Mallorca’s airport, Air BP’s joint venture with Spanish fuel supplier SCLA will serve the island’s largest FBO, Mallorcair, 24 hours a day with dedicated Air BP staff and expanded refueling equipment. The company’s new installation at Don Quijote Airport near Toledo is GEN500 approved and JIG certified and is staffed by Air BP-trained employees. Both locations will accept the Air BP Jet Sterling Card.
Bristol Flying Centre (BFC), the recently expanded FBO at Bristol Airport, has received authorization from the UK Department for Transport to handle all charter flights from its new facility. Previously, the location could not handle charter aircraft of more than 22,000 pounds unless they were privately owned. The company’s management worked with airport officials to earn the authorizations to ensure the appropriate level of security for all private aircraft movements.
California’s Van Nuys Airport celebrated the completion of a seven-month, $20.5 million renovation on its main runway late last week. Aerobatic pilot Sean Tucker sliced the ceremonial ribbon with the speeding wing of his Challenger biplane, officially opening the revamped runway to traffic.
Business aircraft operators and pilots weary of the high cost of flying into Los Angeles International (LAX), noise restrictions and curfews at Van Nuys and Burbank, or the un-welcome mat represented by Santa Monica’s higher landing fees can find respite in a hidden gem in the Los Angeles metroplex, Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport and its FBO, Jet Center Los Angeles. The airport is located about two miles east of LAX.
Plans to expand the main runway at Chicago’s third commercial airport have hit another delay. The latest estimate now places completion in September next year.