Business aircraft passengers and crews arriving at Hector International Airport (FAR), Fargo, N. D., can clear customs at Fargo Jet Center now that the FBO hosts a 24-hour satellite office of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service right in its passenger terminal in the airport’s north general aviation area.
The NTSB blamed the first officer’s poor techniques for the Dec. 18, 2003, crash of a FedEx Boeing MD-10-10F in Memphis, Tenn. The Safety Board attributed the crash to “the first officer’s failure to properly apply crosswind landing techniques to align the airplane with the runway centerline and to properly arrest the airplane’s descent rate before touchdown.
• When Congress returned from its summer sojourn, lawmakers had 15 workdays scheduled for September. Very few, if any, were on the books for this month, as lawmakers will spend considerable time preparing for the November elections.
Looking for a new Midwest gateway airport into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)? Look no further than Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio. As of August 24, Port Columbus is a Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) gateway, a designation that allows certain general aviation operations, including corporate and on-demand charter, to fly directly from Port Columbus to Washington National.
Business Jet Center, a Dallas Love Field-based FBO, has been authorized as the first Dallas/Fort Worth-area gateway station for general aviation flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and the first two DCA-bound flights were due out in the middle of last month.
Houston Ellington Field, home to NASA’s C-9 “Vomit Comet” microgravity research airplane, is expanding to attract more general aviation activity by making previously inaccessible property available for development and building a new taxiway to accommodate more business jet operators.
On May 13 Quest Aircraft of Sandpoint, Idaho, made the first public showing of its new Kodiak utility turboprop single, at the Alaska State Aviation trade show in Anchorage. The event marked a significant milestone for the company and the airplane, which first flew on October 16 last year.
It appears that the informational picketing by NetJets pilots, who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, is having the desired effect of putting pressure on company management to hammer out a new contract with the pilot workforce. On May 27 the pilots conducted simultaneous informational picketing sessions at Teterboro Airport, N.J., and West Palm Beach Airport, Fla.
The theme of this year’s annual New Jersey Aviation Conference, held at Newark Liberty International Airport recently, was “Revitalizing New Jersey Aviation,” but state issues composed only half the conference’s agenda. General aviation is in the process of reinventing itself, and a procession of experts focused on the changes that are reshaping business and personal flying.
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) has asked President Bush to replace FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker because they have not grounded the Mitsubishi MU-2. Early last year Tancredo asked the FAA to ground the turboprop twin “due to its shockingly high accident rate.” In lieu of grounding the aircraft, Tancredo agreed with Mitsubishi that the FAA should mandate a type rating.