Bombardier Learjet 35, Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2007–At 3:13 a.m., the sole controller in the Washington Dulles International Airport tower instructed Learjet N66NJ to taxi into position and hold on Runway 19R, which was closed and unlit. The airplane was then cleared to take off on the 11,501-foot runway. The departure controller noticed the radar target and questioned the tower controller about the status of the runway.
Washington Dulles International Airport
In a unanimous vote by its board members, Atlantic Coast Airlines last month formally rejected Mesa Air Group’s offer to acquire all of its outstanding shares and reaffirmed its commitment to forming a new low-fare operation at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) was Signature’s busiest base until September 11. Even after all other major airports around the country have reopened to some forms of general aviation operations, DCA remains closed to non-airline traffic. At press time, the normally bustling ramp at Signature DCA, the company’s flagship facility, was barren. The usually chock-a-block hangar was empty.
The new discount-fare incarnation of Atlantic Coast Airlines known as Independence Air on June 16 launched revenue service with the first cadre of Bombardier CRJs reassigned from ACA’s soon-to-be-defunct United Express operation.
The flagship of the Gulfstream fleet has flown proudly in the past couple of months.
The former v-p of general aviation sales and business development for Air BP, David Brinson, has formed Avian Solutions in Marshall, Va. His new company offers consulting services in the design, construction and management of FBOs, hangars, airports, fuel farms and other segments of the aircraft service industry. Before Joining Air BP, Brinson was general manager for Piedmont Hawthorne at Washington Dulles Airport.
A largely abandoned manufacturing facility adjacent to the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport/Shepherd Field (MRB) in Martinsburg, W.Va., could become an FBO complex aimed at business/corporate aviation if two area businessmen have their way.
Gen. Jack Dailey hefted the comically oversized scissors to approach the ribbon. Hundreds waited to pass metal detectors for the December 15 opening of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. After a mock slice for the cameras, Dailey reached for real scissors to snip a new era at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM).
The Transportation Security Administration recently designated Dulles International Airport and Bradley International Airport gateway facilities for pre-cleared general aviation operators to use Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
The FAA has scheduled public meetings on its proposal to make permanent the so-called temporary restrictions and the current air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The meetings, presented by a panel of representatives from the FAA and other government agencies, will be held on January 12 at Sheraton Columbia Hotel, Columbia, Md., and January 18 at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott.