One year ago this month, the FAA said it would take legal action against the city of Chicago because officials failed to notify the agency 30 days before closing Meigs Field. In the early morning hours f March 30, 2003, Mayor Richard Daley sent heavy equipment onto the field to carve trenches across its single runway, citing terrorism worries as his reason.
Tucked into the southwest corner of the Washington ADIZ lies Manassas Regional Airport (HEF), a bustling, rapidly growing general aviation facility with parallel runways and an FAA-operated control tower, and home to three full-service FBOs, four Part 135 charter operators and numerous other aviation-related companies.
Dial the number for Million Air at New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) and there is nothing on the other end. No recorded message about phone lines, no fast-busy tone to indicate a saturated circuit…nothing.
The eerie silence is indicative of the lack of hard information available about the airport on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, at least as of late last month. Only select personnel have been allowed to visit the site.
Travelers on Delta, Northwest and other airlines operating under bankruptcy protection might face longer lines, delays and fuller and less frequent flights, but it’s “business as usual” at Delta AirElite, according to a spokesman.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field, Idaho. The program, being developed under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or rejected next February 13. Comments are due October 12. For more information, contact the FAA at (425) 227-2653.
The deadline for commenting on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plan to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to some general aviation operations ended on September 19, with just over a dozen responses from the industry.
Raytheon Aircraft Services has introduced the Max Entertainment System upgrade for in-production Raytheon turbine airplanes, as well as legacy Hawkers. System options include satellite radio, DVD, flat-panel color monitors, wireless headsets, wireless remote control, moving-map displays and special speaker packages. Raytheon says a full-up system can be installed as a field-approved modification in “as little as nine days.”
Raytheon Premier I, Rockland, Maine, Sept. 14, 2005–The landing gear of the Premier I, registered to JIK, of Mission Lakes, Wilmington, Del., collapsed into the right wing during a hard landing at Rockland. No injuries were reported.
– Among the after-effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was a flood of Congressional bills to provide relief to the communities and people devastated by the storms. Cost estimates range up to $300 billion, and legislators showed passing concern about where the money would come from and the effect such funding would have on other government programs.
The Los Angeles area is not known for its friendliness to business aviation. High population densities and low tolerance for jet noise make it a challenge for anyone who wants to operate anywhere near the L.A. Basin. The airport department of the city of Victorville thinks it can help and sees attracting business aviation businesses as a good deal for the city.