Aviation Development Group (ADG), in affiliation with Signature Flight Support, has announced plans to construct a private, master-planned hangar community at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Austin, Texas. When complete, the development will feature 69 individual condo-type hangars totaling approximately 215,000 sq ft, designed to house everything from single-engine aircraft to business jets as large as a Citation X.
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Aircraft operators will continue to receive bills from the city for landing at Santa Monica Airport (SMO), despite an FAA finding last month that the city’s landing-fee structure unjustly discriminates against certain types of aircraft. The FAA issued its 60-page ruling to the airport following a complaint filed last year by NBAA and two of its member companies.
Comair president Randy Rademacher has left the company “to pursue other opportunities,” just weeks after DOT Inspector General Kenneth Mead launched an investigation into the Christmas weekend computer failures that stranded hundreds of travelers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Fred Buttrell, president of Delta Connection, will move to Comair’s offices in Cincinnati to assume Rademacher’s duties.
Welcome regulatory changes are coming for two programs designed to ease U.S. Customs clearances by general aviation aircraft.
The FAA ordered Part 121 operators of 10- to 19-seat aircraft to perform a sampling of passenger and baggage weights over a three-day period last month to determine if the currently used generic weight allowance of 180 pounds per passenger and 25 pounds per checked bag is still valid.
Federal legislation introduced last month would require surface-to-air missile (SAM) protection, similar to that now used on military transport aircraft, on all of the nearly 7,000 U.S.-registered jet airliners. The bill, coauthored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), directs that installations begin by the end of the year.
On September 14, three days after the terrorist attacks, the U.S. Customs Office notified NBAA that the General Aviation Telephonic Entry (GATE) program was closed. GATE allowed approved pilots and passengers flying from Canada to the U.S. to give customs advance notice by calling a toll-free number and obtaining a telephonic entry number.
For those flying to the NBAA Convention in Orlando this month, there’s new ownership at one of the FBOs at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), which hosts the NBAA static display. Sheltair Orlando Executive and Fort Lauderdale Jet Center acquired the general aviation operations and real-estate rights of Executive Air Center at ORL. The acquisition includes more than 200,000 square feet of hangar storage space on the airport.
During the NBAA Convention this month, Galaxy Aviation will donate a dime to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children for every gallon of fuel it pumps at Orlando International Airport (MCO), Fla. The 281-bed hospital named for the golfing great has a regional center for neonatal care, maternal intensive care unit, pediatric trauma center and a children’s heart program. Nearly 90,000 babies have been born at the facility since 1989.
Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., and Roswell Industrial Air Center in Roswell, N.M., have been designated by the Customs and Border Protection Agency as user-fee airports.