The authority for Naples Airport in Florida implemented a ban on Stage 2 aircraft starting last month, although operators may be able to obtain temporary waivers from the restriction for up to six months. Implementation of the ban was cleared last year when the U.S. District Court dismissed a lawsuit brought by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
After recent visits to three Florida airports under pressure either to close or severely restrict operations, National Air Transportation Association president Jim Coyne termed the “town hall” meetings successful.
Both sides claim a measure of victory in last Friday's U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, but the Naples (Fla.) Airport Authority is crowing louder. The court decision upheld a ban on Stage 2 jets at Naples Municipal Airport–a ban disputed by the FAA and a host of aviation advocacy groups, including the NBAA.