Defenders of Berlin Tempelhof Airport in downtown Berlin have reported significant progress in their fight to keep the German airfield open, as they have gathered the 170,000 favorable votes required for a full public referendum. Earlier this week, the vote count had reached 190,000, and Bernd Gans, president of the German business aviation association, told AIN he anticipates more than 200,000 by tomorrow’s deadline.
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Although plans to build Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport have been progressing more slowly than anticipated, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) remains confident that the new facility will eventually be built on the grounds of the current Schönefeld Airport, giving the company a major boost in activities and a solid base for growth.
Defenders of Berlin Tempelhof airport, which is scheduled to close in October, report some progress in their bid to keep it open. As of early last month, more than half of the required votes had been gathered, and two sponsors are facilitating logistics to ensure that there are enough votes to force a public referendum.
A German federal court has granted Berlin Tempelhof Airport a reprieve from closure. The historic, downtown facility had been facing closure on October 30, but it will now be allowed to remain open at least until the future of the proposed new Brandenburg International Airport has been settled.
Zenda Leather, well known among automobile and furniture manufacturers for more than 100 years, is growing wings. The Montevideo, Uruguay company–the largest supplier of leather to Audi and second largest to BMW–made a surprise U.S. appearance in September at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta.
Zenda Leather (Booth No. 8923) may be a new name in the aviation industry, but the company’s assorted line of leather upholstery is well known to automobile and furniture manufacturers.
The city of Hamburg, Germany, has accepted two new EC 135s for police duties. Christened Libelle (Dragonfly) One and Two, the Eurocopter twins replace older BO 105s.
The deliveries coincide with the 40th anniversary of the police air unit, which is based at the Lufthansa Repair Center in Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel. Missions cover northeast Lower Saxony, the western part of Mecklenburg-Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein.
Operators at Berlin Tempelhof airport last month challenged a local court recommendation that offered only to postpone closure of the downtown airport by a year, to October 31 next year. A final court decision is now delayed indefinitely. A decision to keep the airport open–limited to certain types of operational use such as business aviation–is still possible.
Operators at Berlin Tempelhof Airport last month rebuffed a local court recommendation that offered a postponement of closure of the downtown airport. The court on December 21 recommended keeping Tempelhof open until Oct. 31, 2008, one year later than previously planned. But the operators challenging the rejection of their licenses, as they had a right to comment, said they could not accept such a compromise.
Castles dot the landscape all along the Rhine, from its headwaters high in the Swiss Alps to its mouth at the Dutch port of Rotterdam. When people speak of castles on the Rhine, however, it’s a safe bet they’re talking about one fairly short stretch of the river, the Middle Rhine. This is where Wagner set the Ring of the Nibelungen.