FAA Withholds Funding for Norwood Airport over FBO Spat

 - January 3, 2019, 11:09 AM

Following its review of the FAA’s determination that the city of Norwood, Massachusetts, violated federal grant assurances in preventing Boston Executive Helicopters (BEH) from establishing an FBO at Norwood Airport, the agency’s New England Region told the airport manager that it “will not consider future discretionary project funding until the Town of Norwood completes a corrective action plan that is acceptable to the FAA.”

In October, the FAA finished its analysis of an FAR Part 16 complaint by BEH, finding the town flouted federal grant assurances by “unreasonably denying” BEH the ability to establish an FBO and “improperly granting” exclusive rights to the existing FBO.

Meanwhile, a trial set to have started December 10 in federal court to hear the lawsuit filed in 2015 by BEH against the town over the FBO never got off the ground. “The trial did not occur and the parties are discussing a potential resolution,” a lawyer for BEH told AIN.