Orange County, Florida

October 12, 2006 - 5:47am

When Hurricane Charley slammed into the heavily populated west coast of Florida last month, it came with unpredicted fury. Forecasters had issued warnings for a Category 2 storm (sustained winds of 96 to 110 mph), but the system strengthened rapidly as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico. When it reached landfall at about 3:45 p.m.

October 10, 2006 - 8:05am

Disgruntled neighbors of “Van Noise Airport” can blame their woes on the Communist menace. The reason Van Nuys has an 8,000-foot runway attractive to jet traffic is that in the late 1940s, U.S. Air Force generals saw the then-sleepy field as a base for jet interceptors–the better to protect the West Coast from long-range Soviet bombers attacking from Siberia.

October 10, 2006 - 5:52am

NBAA is soliciting proposals for 45-minute information session presentations to be provided during the 2007 NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums. Information sessions focus on timely educational topics of interest to aircraft owners and operators, such as safety, maintenance, management, regulatory and financial topics. The cutoff date for applicants is October 31.

October 9, 2006 - 2:14pm

Contrary to earlier reports that aircraft flying into the Dallas area from international departure points could clear U.S. Customs only through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, customs can be cleared at Addison Airport, Dallas Love Field and any other general aviation airport in the area. Nevertheless, operators are advised to verify customs clearance procedures before departure.