Sometimes it’s tough to know where your friends are. In many state governments, the department of transportation can be as big an enemy to general aviation as unscrupulous developers and crooked zoning officials. In Pennsylvania, however, state transportation secretary Bradley Mallory holds a different view.
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Attendees at this year’s Aviation Services and Suppliers’ SuperShow (AS3) were acutely aware that this was their first such get-together since September 11. AS3 is a joint trade show held during the concurrent conventions of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for San Antonio International Airport. The program, being formulated under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or disapproved no later than September 30. Comments may be submitted until June 2. For more information contact the FAA in Fort Worth, Texas, at (817) 222-5607.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Embraer president and CEO Frederico Curado this afternoon jointly announced that the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer is building a $51 million, 149,500-sq-ft Phenom 100/300 final assembly, painting and delivery and customer operations center at Melbourne Airport.
Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, N.Y., has appointed Clough Harbor Associates of Albany, N.Y., to lead the completion of the airport’s master plan update for future development. The airport is operated under a 99-year lease from the state of New York by National Express Corp. (NEC), the U.S. branch of the UK’s National Express Group, a $3.7 billion holding company.
A Washington Airports Task Force (WATF) survey last November showed that 90 percent of residents living close to Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) are regular air travelers and 87 percent considered the airport to be a neighborhood asset. In its August newsletter, the non-profit, pro-aviation coalition contrasted its efforts with those of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW) in Texas.
An RAA fall meeting understandably marked by apprehension and uncertainty also assumed a palpable air of cynicism this year, as an industry whose fate appeared so dubious after 9/11 continues to grapple with the consequences of the U.S.
Over the last few decades cities have been witnessing corporate migrations from traditional business and residential cores to the suburbs. In the case of Houston, the fourth-largest city in the U.S., the move has been predominantly toward the north, where the Gulf of Mexico’s wetlands give way to a more idyllic setting of pine forests, rolling hills and woodland lakes.
Navigance, a consortium of several security equipment manufacturers and service providers, has added features to its Safe system. Now available are a written security manual from Aircraftsman; an online real-time weather product from Weather Decision Technologies that can forecast hail and lightning; and a large-screen interactive electronic “white board” from Cleveland Corporate Services.
Execair’s Birmingham FBO handled the lion’s share of corporate aircraft traffic flying in for the Ryder Cup golf tournament between September 27 and 29. The facility received around 80 flights over the weekend, with most of them being larger business jets. By comparison, Midwest Executive at the more distant Coventry Airport handled about a dozen aircraft, although in some cases these aircraft made multiple movements.