Last year’s crash of a modified North American P-51 Mustang, into a crowd of spectators at the Reno National Championship Air Races, claimed the lives of 11 people including the pilot. The aircraft struck the box-seat stands at the south end of the course where 66 more people suffered serious injuries.
America’s Aloha State learned recently that flying around Hawaiian airports means connecting with the FAA at some point. As part of a $1.4 million federal grant to upgrade Honolulu port security, the state’s transportation department purchased an unmmaned aircraft with HD cameras to track activity on the ground.
Atlantic Aviation has completed a nine-month renovation of its FBO at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the lone service provider on the field. The more than $1 million project saw the extensive use of natural materials and the addition of more passenger seating areas, an Internet café and Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Other improvements include an upgraded pilot’s lounge and audiovisual equipment in the conference room. Attached to the facility and now serving as the site’s general manager’s office is the first airport control tower in the U.S.
At a ceremony late last month, Narita International Airport opened the first dedicated terminal for business and private jets. Operated by the airport authority, Premier Gate–which will be open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.–promises privacy for passengers along with swift inbound and outbound passport control procedures through the use of dedicated onsite customs, immigration and quarantine facilities. In conjunction with the opening of the new terminal, the airport said it will extend the permissible duration for corporate jet parking to 30 days from 14.
On March 14 the Senate passed the $52.9 billion federal highway bill (S.1803), which contains significant amendments regarding helicopter tour operations over national parks. Of particular concern is a successful amendment to the bill offered by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that would give the director of the National Park Service (NPS) broad authority to regulate helicopter and fixed-wing tour flights over land under its administration as well as tribal lands, a move that the air-tour business nationwide regards as debilitating.
Members of both houses of Congress have sent letters to President Obama decrying his advocacy of a $100-per-flight user fee on turbine-powered aircraft that fly in “controlled airspace” in his proposed Fiscal Year 2013 federal budget.
In a March 12 letter, 28 senators told the President that bipartisan passage of the comprehensive, multi-year FAA reauthorization bill was possible “in part because it did not assess new user fees on general aviation (GA).
Flight planning provider Universal Weather and Aviation (Booth H608) has named 12-year company veteran Charlie Mularski as its new regional vice president for the Asia Pacific region, as part of the company’s continuing efforts to provide region-specific products and raise its service levels within th
Construction began at the end of January on a runway expansion project at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport with a price tag of nearly $800 million. The work will shift and lengthen Runway 9R/27L from its current 5,276 feet to 8,000 feet, giving the rapidly growing airport two parallel runways that can accommodate airline flights. The expansion is expected to increase the airport’s capacity from 84 flights per hour to more than 100.
One has to wonder what all the conservative pundits who decry the Obama Administration’s supposed anti-business bias think about the President’s recent visit to Boeing in Everett, Wash., and his pledge to in effect use the ExIm Bank to support domestic sales of 737s. In the realm of civil aircraft