In an age when general aviation airports are under attack as sources of unwanted noise, Cannes-Mandelieu Airport on France’s Mediterranean coast has reached an accommodation with its neighbors. Just four years ago Côte d’Azur residents were threatening to shut the airport down.
In an effort to penetrate the UK and U.S. markets, France’s Lyon-Bron Airport has grooved its 5,971-foot runway so that international operators can disregard the 15-percent increase for landing on wet runways. Having recently joined NBAA, Lyon-Bron (LYN) is the first French business aviation airport to adopt the Federal Aviation Administration standards, since French civil aviation standards do not include grooving.
Now that the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system is certified and in service, pilots who enjoy the benefits of flying with a head-up display (HUD) gain a new feature on the HUD, synthetic vision. The first business jets with HUD synthetic-vision systems (SVS) are Bombardier’s Global 5000/6000.
While high-speed runway departures that result in shattered aircraft make the headlines, runway excursions of all types are becoming increasingly more common, said Paul Ratté, aviation safety programs director at insurance provider USAIG.
Cannes-Mandelieu Airport has apparently reached an accommodation with its neighbors, who threatened to shut down the airport permanently four years ago. According to Umberto Vallino, marketing and statistics manager for the airport, the key is a noise-abatement effort launched in April using a computer program developed by A-Tech Acoustic Technologies of Brussels, Belgium.
The Massachusetts Port Authority has begun a seven-month closure of Runway 15R/33L at Boston Logan International Airport for resurfacing and to complete Runway Safety Area (RSA) construction at the departure end of Runway 15R. Following daily closures this month, the runway will be completely closed starting about June 15 through late September, ending with daily closures again in October and November. The enhanced RSA will extend the existing Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) bed to a total of 500 feet.
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) received approval to have the CABAA Visual Departure at Chicago Executive Airport published in Jeppesen charts. The Runway 16 VFR procedure, which has until now been published only in the Airport/Facility Directory, was developed last year to minimize takeoff delays with the opening of Runway 27R at Chicago O’Hare. The new Jeppesen chart will be issued on May 12 under Revision 11.
Two federal watchdogs told a congressional panel on April 25 that the FAA has improved its ability to collect aviation safety data, but lacks the analysis needed to enhance the safety of air traffic operations.
While the FAA is doing a better job of collecting aviation safety data, two government watchdogs told a congressional panel yesterday that the agency lacks the integrated collection and analysis needed to enhance the safety of air traffic operations.
Augusta State Airport in Maine is down to one runway until the end of June. Currently, Runway 08/26 (2,700 feet by 50 feet) is closed while undergoing maintenance, and reconstruction work has reduced the operational distance of 5,000-foot Runway 17/35 to 3,430 feet. Runway 08/26 is scheduled to reopen when the renovation project fully closes Runway 17/35 in about mid-May. The reconstruction work is scheduled to last through June.