Although general aviation access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) continues to be an elusive and possibly unattainable goal, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) put its GA airport-watch hotline into effect at the beginning of last month and announced that it will test a security program for GA operators at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport (TEB) within the next few weeks.
Piaggio Avanti, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., March 20, 2007–The left landing gear of the Avantair Avanti collapsed on landing at Hollywood International Airport. The left tire blew out and separated from its rim. No one was injured but the airplane was substantially damaged.
To improve support for a worldwide fleet of some 1,600 Falcons, last month Dassault Falcon Jet announced at the NBAA show that it has restructured its service network to create Dassault Aircraft Services and provide owners and operators with “the kind of support they expect of an airplane of this quality.”
Universal Weather & Aviation relocated its New York-area flight planning facility from Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y., to Jet Aviation’s FBO at Teterboro Airport (TEB), N.J. The new office, which houses the same sales staff, will offer a customer service desk, access to Jet Aviation’s pilot lounge and lobby area and more space for additional weather equipment.
The completion date for installation of an engineered material arresting system (EMAS) at the end of Teterboro Airport’s Runway 1-19 is “up in the air,” according to airport manager Richard Heslin.
FlightSafety International (FSI) and CAE will soon be offering online courses to address the TEB5 departure route from Runway 24 at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. The training companies hope the courses will help reduce the number of altitude overshoots by departing aircraft, which totaled 115 between February 2005 and this past February, according to the NASA/FAA Aviation Safety Reporting System.
The destruction of Meigs Field’s runway is viewed by enraged aviation interests as an act of vandalism to a public facility that would have landed any other citizen of Chicago in jail. Such is the power of politics in the Second City, however, that Mayor Richard Daley Jr. continues to walk free, plotting with his lawyers.
In a letter to the FAA, NBAA president Jack Olcott said the association “adamantly objects to the construction of the proposed 2,000-foot tower at Bayonne, New Jersey.
NBAA is scheduled to sponsor an ATC user dialogue at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on October 29. The event will start with a lunch at noon. Air traffic controllers and ATC supervisors from the Eastern Region, New York Center, Tracon and local towers will be present. It’s expected that the discussion will center around new security-based operational changes. For more information, contact Bob Lamond at NBAA.
When terrorists plunged their hijacked airliners into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon last month, it had an immediate effect on business aircraft owners and operators, and will likely have a profound influence for years to come.