Boston Hanscom Field may yet get a third FBO to compete against Jet Aviation and Signature Flight Support. Crosspoint, which in May 2005 won the bid to build a new FBO on vacant property used by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research, elected not to build, so Hanscom operator Massport (Massachusetts Port Authority) plans to reopen the bidding process.
The City of Chicago settled FAA enforcement action that arose after it bulldozed Meigs Field’s runway on March 30, 2003. The city agreed to pay $33,000, assessed for failure to provide advance notice of changes to the airport, although under terms of the settlement the city admits no violation.
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) in a letter last Thursday asked President Bush to replace FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker because they have not grounded the Mitsubishi MU-2.
• Congress closed up shop on September 29, and November 13 was set as the date for what might be a lame-duck Congress to reconvene. The long interval freed legislators who are up for election to go to their home districts and do battle for votes. Democrats are hoping that the scandals surrounding Republican congressmen will influence voters to restore the Democrats to majorities in the House and Senate.
Palwaukee Municipal Airport has a new name. The Wheeling, Ill. airport is now called Chicago Executive. Palwaukee started in 1925 and grew into “the most important reliever airport in the country,” according to the new chairman of the board, Kevin Dohm. A United Airlines pilot, Dohm pointed out that the airport is only eight miles from O’Hare and 20 miles from Chicago’s business district.
The Million Air press conference yesterday was filled with announcements of new locations and executives for the FBO and franchise service provider.
Most important to the company was news that a corporate-owned FBO is now operational at Paris Le Bourget Airport, marking the first entrance of Million Air onto the European stage.
On November 7, Jacksonville, Fla. citizens will vote on a non-binding referendum to give Cecil Field back to the Navy. Cecil Field was a Navy base until 1999, when most of the airport was given to the city under a Base Realignment and Closure program. The airport has four runways, two FBOs and a large aircraft maintenance company, Flightstar Aircraft Services.
The NTSB on October 31 was scheduled to release the final report on its investigation into the crash of a Challenger 600 at Teterboro, N.J., after it overran the runway while attempting to take off. The Feb.
The comment period on a proposal to continue the reservation and slot program under the high-density rule at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) has been extended from October 30 to December 29, the result of requests from several trade groups. The program, which includes a slot-reservation system for general aviation operations (six slots are available per hour between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.) is set to expire January 1.
An infrared de-icing system is scheduled to be operational late this winter at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. The system consists of a large tent-like structure under which an aircraft is taxied or towed and de-iced in minutes using the energy generated by hundreds of computer-controlled infrared heating elements. Systems are now in use at Newark International Airport, N.J., Buffalo Niagara International Airport, N.Y.