McKinney Municipal Airport in Dallas has been added to the list of the U.S. Customs Service’s designated user-fee airports. Operators must obtain advance permission to clear customs at user-fee facilities, which unlike international or landing rights airports are not staffed with full-time, government-paid customs agents.
Within the next six weeks homeowners surrounding Boca Raton (Fla.) Airport will be able to go to a Web site if they have an aircraft noise complaint. Developed by Megadata of Greenwich, Conn., AirportMonitor software displays aircraft in flight with a detailed overlay map of the streets neighboring the airport up to 96 mi away. Site visitors can see a readout of aircraft type, speed and altitude.
Citing the effects of September 11 on their associations’ priorities and members, NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association have decided not to pursue their appeals of the Naples Airport noise decision. That decision, by a U.S. District Court in Fort Myers, Fla., held that a ban on the operation of Stage 2 bizjets at Naples does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
Facing a serious financial crisis that threatens to force the company into bankruptcy, Safire Aircraft was evicted from its offices at Opa-Locka Airport in South Florida last month for failing to pay the rent after the would-be very-light-jet manufacturer fell three months behind in payments.
Raisbeck Engineering has named Naples Jet Center an authorized installation center. Naples Jet Center will promote, sell and install Raisbeck King Air Performance Systems to current and prospective customers. The Florida facility is a new FBO that offers maintenance, avionics and sales.
Aero Toy Store has begun construction on a 45,000-sq-ft expansion of its facility at Montreal’s Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport. The $7.6 million addition includes a 31,000-sq-ft hangar and 14,000-sq-ft completion center. It is scheduled to be finished in December.
Jetscape Services said it plans to expand its FBOs at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Florida as the first step in a new partnership with a Miami-based private-investment firm.
The House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees appropriations in the lower chamber, heard from a number of players in the user-fee debate yesterday, bringing the FAA funding battle that much closer to resolution. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and ranking member Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) both spoke. Rep.
In May, Piper Aircraft confirmed that it was looking for suitable sites to relocate the company’s headquarters and to establish manufacturing of its single-engine PiperJet. A significant factor in the move is insurance costs, which have risen tenfold due to hurricanes. “Insurance in Florida is skyrocketing,” said a Piper spokesman.
Attempting to land during extreme weather conditions, a Learjet 55 ran off the end of the runway moments after touchdown at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fla., on July 19, shearing the main and nose landing gear and resulting in what an NTSB investigator called “significant hull damage.” There were no passengers aboard for the repositioning flight from Fort Lauderdale International Airport.