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.
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Two aviation association executives have been appointed chairman and vice chairman of the Transportation Security Administration’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee (Asac).
U.S. commercial airports combined rank as the nation’s second largest employer after Wal-Mart, directly supporting 1.3 million jobs in 2010, according to a study commissioned by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA).
This could be a called a tale of two cities, but it’s a little more complicated than that.
First, you have Washington, D.C., which has had a viable heliport since early 1998, but it depends on your definition of the word “viable.”
Then you have Dallas, which has had Garland/DRW Heliport since 1988, one of fewer than a dozen stand-alone public-use heliports in the U.S. It was joined in 1994 by 49T, a heliport on the roof of the Dallas Convention Center.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved a five-year extension of its partnership authorizing National Air Transportation Association Compliance Services (Natacs) to continue as a trusted fingerprint facility to process biological and biometric information for general aviation and commercial aviation worldwide.
The Massachusetts Port Authority gave the go-ahead to Bedford-based Rectrix Aviation to develop new FBOs at Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Under the terms of the lease agreement, Rectrix will invest approximately $5 million to develop 27,000 sq ft of hangar and office space at Worcester Airport and $15 million to develop approximately 96,000 sq ft of hangar and office space at Hanscom Field.
John Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has started returning fire from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, who has declared war on the TSA.
The Transportation Security Administration may finally be getting it. In November, the agency announced it is resuscitating the long-dormant Aviation Security Advisory Committee (Asac) and the Obama Administration said that the business aviation community will continue to have a seat at the table.
After months of talks between House and Senate negotiators over FAA reauthorization, a compromise agreement remains stalled, primarily because of a labor dispute between the major airlines and organized labor. Although both chambers in Congress profess the need for long-term legislation to set the course for agency programs and funding, at press time the issue appeared to be headed into the New Year without resolution.
The long-awaited final rule on aircraft repair station security will not be published until the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Twenty industry leaders sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano asking that the rule, which has been under consideration for eight years, be finalized before the end of 2011.