After the city of Santa Monica, Calif., filed a complaint on October 31 against the FAA seeking “to establish the city’s right to control future use of the Santa Monica Airport property,” the FAA had until December 31 to respond. The FAA filed for an extension, looking to move the response date to February 12, but on December 16 U.S. District Court Judge John Walter refused to grant the extension.
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Signature Flight Support held the grand opening of its new FBO at Newark Liberty Airport on Friday. The 11,200-sq-ft Leed Gold-certified building occupies the site of the former terminal, which was leveled to make way for the new $11 million building.
According to Huntley Lawrence, general manager of the airport and interim deputy director of aviation for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the services provider succeeded in its promise to finish the facility and make ramp improvements before the Super Bowl on February 2.
The San Jose City Council approved the 50-year ground lease agreement with Signature Flight Support last week for its proposed new $82 million FBO at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. The 29-acre complex will eventually be home to the service provider’s West Coast headquarters. It will be developed in conjunction with Blue City Holdings, the company that operates the aircraft of nearby Google’s executives.
Operations at London Stansted Airport were disrupted for several hours on Tuesday after a Gulfstream G550 caused some damage to the ILS while landing. The aircraft touched down safely, and the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch is looking into the incident. Arriving flights were delayed for a few hours until fog lifted later in the morning.
Aeroplex Aviation and Signature Flight Support will host a holiday fundraiser at Long Beach (Calif.) Airport tomorrow to benefit Veterans Airlift Command, a nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. More than 300 representatives of the airport community, local business leaders, aviation enthusiasts and public officials will attend the holiday party and charity raffle.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association’s founding chairman, Ali Al Naqbi, is calling on UAE-based business aircraft operators to support the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority’s push to move business aviation operations from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Al Maktoum Airport/Dubai World Central (DWC). He cited slot shortages and timing restrictions that make life increasingly untenable at DXB, a situation that will be exacerbated in May when the airfield partially closes for a three-month-long runway rehabilitation project.
The system for monitoring aircraft noise at Boston Logan International Airport and Hanscom Field is being upgraded to provide near real-time flight-tracking data on the web to the public so they can use the technology to report aircraft noise complaints online. The system consists of 36 field monitors–30 in the communities around Logan Airport and six around Hanscom Field.
The city of Santa Monica, Calif., has filed a complaint against the FAA that might finally decide the issue of who has control of its beleaguered airport and also set precedents in legal disputes about airport ownership and control throughout the U.S.
The FBO landscape at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., continues to swirl with news that Signature Flight Support plans to acquire the Million Air White Plains FBO, in addition to the Jet Systems (formerly Avitat) FBO (for which it announced its intention earlier this year). Earlier this month, Landmark Aviation announced that it had upped its holdings at the dual-use airport with the purchase of independent FBO Panorama Flight Support.
As other Brazilian general aviation airport proposals fight paperwork battles, Aerovale will finish earthmoving next month and begin paving its 5,000- by 98-foot Category V runway, to meet an opening date of May 30. The airport is in Caçapava, next to São José dos Campos, and 66 miles from São Paulo and 198 miles from Rio de Janeiro–a location that might make the planned 320,000-sq-ft of ramp space a favored option for business jets visiting Brazil for the World Cup in June and July.