In what was hailed as a “giant first step” in reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation, a Hawker 1000 operated by New World Jet for Jet Aviation landed at dawn on October 18 after flying to the nation’s capital from Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey.
According to aviation professionals responding to this year’s AIN FBO survey, Piedmont Hawthorne at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is the most popular gathering place for business aviation. The FBO received 420 evaluations, 81 more (about 24 percent) than its nearest competitor, Las Vegas Executive Air Terminal at McCarran International Airport.
The FAA also awarded Raytheon Aircraft Services the agency’s highest award for maintenance excellence. In addition to the service centers’ recognition, 278 employees each earned the recognition of an FAA award.
The board of directors of General Dynamics elected Raynor Reavis, Gulfstream Aerospace senior v-p of marketing and sales, a vice president of the airframer’s parent corporation, which has 23 other v-ps. Reavis, 63, joins four other top executives at Gulfstream Aerospace who are vice presidents at General Dynamics.
Management at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fla., has submitted a proposed noise compatibility program (under FAR Part 150 guidelines) to the FAA, which is scheduled to approve or reject it no later than January 16. Public comments can be submitted through September 20. For more information, contact Bonnie Baskin, at the FAA in Orlando, Fla., at (407) 812-6331, ext. 130.
The bull is back, or at least it appears to be. After watching business aviation limp along for the past three years, executives at Textron, General Dynamics and Raytheon are now optimistic that the industry is on the rebound.
After spending 14 years as a corporate pilot, Houston businessman Ron Henricksen announced plans for a business aviation airport on property he owns on the west side of the city. “If I don’t build an airport on the west side of Houston now, someday the taxpayers will have to do it,” said Henricksen. “I can build a prestigious business airport for less money than it would cost the government and I will not accept taxpayer money,” he asserted.
The House of Representatives passed two key piecesof legislation last month, each containing a mandate toresume general aviation operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) within 90 days of the bills’ passage. H.R. 2360, the Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS) Appropriations Act, funds the agency for Fiscal Year 2006. H.R. 1817, the DHS Authorization Act, is the first authorization bill for the agency.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the FAA are considering a proposal to expand noise-abatement procedures at Teterboro Airport (TEB). Currently, Runway 24 has published noise-abatement procedures. The new proposal would implement similar noise-abatement procedures for aircraft departing from the other three TEB runways.
General aviation’s quest to return to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) sustained a blow last month when two Pennsylvania pilots caused another panicked evacuation of the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Their Cessna 150 flew to within three miles of the White House.