Naples Municipal Airport expects its main runway–5/23, closed since the end of July–to reopen later this month, just in time for the Thanksgiving rush, after a $3.6 million paving project (paid for entirely by the city of Naples airport authority), which saw the runway’s declared takeoff distance increased from 5,000 to 5,800 feet.
Naples Municipal Airport
An internal FAA review last month upheld the agency’s decision to withhold airport grants from Naples Municipal Airport, Fla., though the Naples Airport Authority (NAA) won two of the five legal points reviewed.
Both NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) are supporting the FAA’s formal investigation into possible violations of federal law by the city of Naples, Fla., and the Naples Airport Authority (NAA).
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.
In what is being hailed by general aviation as a landmark decision, the FAA has ruled that the ban on Stage 2 aircraft at Naples Municipal Airport (APF), Fla., is unlawful. But the Naples Airport Authority (NAA), which operates the airfield, plans to file an appeal in federal court.
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.