Swissport Executive Aviation is preparing for a start-up next month of business aircraft handling operations at Spain’s Malaga Airport from the general aviation terminal. It will compete with existing handling groups General Aviation Services, United Airport Services, Servisair, Sart and Iberia, although the last three companies focus largely on airline handling.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs
New developments at airports and heliports, including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers of FBOs; AIN’s Annual FBO Survey Reports; and news, issues and concerns regarding fuel cards, fuel prices and alternative fuels.
The FAA has implemented performance- based navigation in the form of standard instrument departures (SIDs), en route Q and T routes, standard arrival routes (Stars) and RNP special and Rnav approaches.
Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives and architect of the “Contract with America,” will serve as the keynote speaker at this year’s Aviation Industry Expo (formerly Aviation Industry Week).
Construction was scheduled to begin before the end of last year on converting private Air Rice Airport on Houston’s west side into a public business aviation facility, to be known as South Waller Airport, initially with a 4,500-foot runway. Its private developers plan to extend the runway to 7,000 feet as the airport grows.
Anchorage, Alaska-based regional airline Era Aviation in late December filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after its main source of capital decided to restrict its funding in a dispute over cash-flow targets.
The Northeast Schedulers & Dispatchers Regional Group plans to hold a networking luncheon on Friday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport. An informal luncheon will be sponsored by Air Routing International. The featured speaker will be from the Bradley air traffic management team.
The FAA’s announcement last month that its GPS wide area augmentation system (WAAS) will support ILS-like 200-foot Category I approaches marks the agency’s third swing at this, the system’s Holy Grail. When WAAS was launched in 1995, Category I was promised by 1997, but the system’s rocky progress over the following years consigned Category I to the benches.
Eleven years after the October 1994 crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 in Roselawn, Ind., the FAA proposed a revision to Part 25 certification regulations that aims to prevent such icing accidents. The comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) closed on February 2. Now the new rules will begin to wend their way through the FAA rulemaking process.
The passengers have been whisked away in their limos; shutdown checklists are complete; the fuel order is booked for tomorrow’s departure; and the crew car is idling out front. It’s a beautiful day and the golf course beckons. So it’s off with the necktie and onto the freeway, right?