The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has restricted takeoff and landing weight for all international airlines flying widebodies to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to 196 metric tons (432,102 pounds) through September 30. The decision is a result of safety concerns following repeated cracks on the 46-year-old runway.
The control tower manager at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (KORD) published an airport notice effective August 19 that reminds pilots of locations where tower controllers are unable to see their aircraft after a “line up and wait” instruction is issued. These include the intersections of Runway 10L and Taxiway DD, Runway 32L and Taxiway T10, Runway 14L and Taxiway U2 and Runway 28R and Taxiway EE.
Think of a city considered an aerospace manufacturing hub: Seattle, Toulouse, Wichita, São Jose dos Campos and Montreal all come to mind.
How about Rockford, Illinois?
NTSB accident reports give us the cold, hard facts behind an accident, but those facts don’t always help us understand the “why” behind a crash. No matter the type of aircraft, operators want to know what it all means to them and how their crews fly.
Chicago Rockford International Airport (KRFD)–65 miles west of Chicago O’Hare International Airport–has released guidelines for aircraft arriving for practice instrument approaches at the nine satellite airports controlled by Rockford approach control. Rockford officials remind pilots that approach control provides practice-approach separation and sequencing only when workload permits it, and then only as far as the final approach fix.
Construction began recently on the south satellite control tower building at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The facility is to monitor traffic that will primarily use the airport’s new Runway 28L/10R, which is to open in the fall of 2015. The top of the tower-cab antennas will rise 219 feet agl, with the controller’s-eye-view inside the cab set at 194 feet agl. The $28 million facility is expected to operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.
Work is scheduled to begin this summer on a $13 million Chicago vertiport, more than 20 years after it was first proposed. The near west side, 10-acre site at 14th & Wood is owned by the Illinois Medical District Commission (IMD) and will be financed privately and developed by Nighthawk Services.
Nighthawk president Mike Conklin told AIN that he expects final approvals within weeks and groundbreaking in “late July or early August.” Construction will take approximately 12 months.
When the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) rolled out its Aviation Safety Action Program (Asap) last August it began with just two operators to demonstrate the system’s viability. In mid-May, the foundation officially signed its sixth Great Lakes Region member, Priester Aviation, a Part 135 charter operator based at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK).
The confrontation over the development of a new FBO at San Jose, Calif., has taken another twist with the announcement that Atlantic Aviation filed a pair of lawsuits against the City of San Jose for its decision to award a 50-year FBO lease to a partnership between Signature Flight Support and Blue City Holdings, a corporation that represents the personal aircraft of the principals of Google, headquartered nearby in Mountain View.
Elliott Aviation has added a fifth project manager, Dave Hulme, at its headquarters in Moline, Ill. The appointment comes shortly after the company revealed plans to create 50 new positions by 2015. Plans also include a long-term lease on an additional 24,000 sq ft of maintenance hangar capacity. Hulme joined Elliott Aviation in 1994 as a parts associate and brings 25 years of aviation experience to the position.