Renovations are complete at the Million Air Victorville at Southern California Logistics Airport. The facility features a 10,000-sq-ft terminal with pilot lounge, theater, flight-planning room, coffee bar, café and quiet rooms. The airport is about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles and offers a 15,050-foot runway, the second longest in the U.S.
Los Angeles International Airport
American Eagle last month announced plans to launch regional jet service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) beginning next month, with service to Albuquerque, N.M., Phoenix and Oakland, Calif. A long-time turboprop operator at LAX, American Eagle plans to provide the service with new 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140s.
Air traffic controllers at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are already hailing the airport movement area safety system (Amass) as an aviation success story after it alerted them to a potentially hazardous situation involving a business jet and a regional airliner on one of SFO’s runways.
California’s March 5 primary vote that nixed plans for a civil airport at the former El Toro Marine Air Station was a body blow to the FAA’s Operational Evolution Plan (OEP) for more national airspace capacity, but El Toro backers will now challenge the election outcome.
The FAA and City of Los Angeles have partnered to install runway status lights at Los Angeles International Airport. The system includes red lights embedded in pavement that warn pilots that it is unsafe to cross or enter a runway. Los Angeles World Airports is paying the $6 million cost for the system. Testing should begin early next year. The status lights are currently installed at DFW Airport in Texas and San Diego’s Lindbergh Field.
Northern Virginia businessman and helicopter owner-pilot Scott Kasprowicz, along with copilot Steve Sheik, broke the international New York-to-Los Angeles transcontinental rotorcraft speed record on February 16 flying N1US, a factory-standard AgustaWestland A109S Grand. Kasprowicz and Sheik made the 2,139.8-nm trip in 15 hours, 9 minutes and 10 seconds, easily besting the previous record of 19 hours and 16 seconds set in 1985.
FBO chain Atlantic has moved into its newest FBO, a $13.6 million facility built on a 13-acre ramp at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The lobby is surrounded by a two-story glass-fronted atrium topped with a soaring wing-like roof.
MD-80, Anacapa Island, Calif., Jan. 31, 2000–Both pilots, three cabin crewmembers and 83 passengers on board the Alaska Airlines MD-80 were killed when Flight 261 crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island at 4:21 p.m. PST.
• The Los Angeles board of airport commissioners has authorized airport staff members to begin advertising for qualified companies to perform Part 161 noise mitigation studies for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The separate studies are not expected to be completed for three to five years.
For all those who have struggled to locate the Mercury Air Centers FBO at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)–both airside and streetside–relief is at hand. Mercury has moved its operation at LAX to a new, larger site that encompasses more than 15 acres at the midfield point on the south side of the airport. According to Mercury, the new location is much more easily accessible from both the I-105 Freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard.