Officials in California have unanimously approved an environmental plan that could make March Air Reserve Base near Riverside, Calif., much more accommodating to private aircraft operators by 2014. The base, which features a 13,300-foot primary runway, has permitted private aircraft operations with prior approval only since 2008 and has a rudimentary trailer-based FBO to supply the few private aircraft arrivals with jet-A, the only fuel currently available.
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New developments at airports including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
Facing 100-percent hangar occupancy at Atlanta’s Cobb County Airport/McCollum Field, the Atlanta Executive Jet Center (AECJ) has completed its Corporate Row Hangar Project, a $7 million development. Occupying a six-acre plot leased by AECJ in 2010, it consists of 100,000 sq ft of corporate hangar space along with 240,000 sq ft of new ramp at the airport. The new complex is expected to generate $9 million a year for the local community.
Dialog over the propriety of competition from airport-sponsored FBOs ratcheted up when several members of Congress submitted a letter to acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta expressing their concern about the use of federal funding provided by the agency for airport development.
For U.S. Gulf Coast residents history repeated itself at the end of August when Hurricane Isaac struck, seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore and nearly drowned New Orleans. The storm caused the temporary closure of several area airports and forced others to declare “ATC-zero” status due to tower shutdowns or other lapses in contact with ATC.
Volo Aviation announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract to manage Sebring Flight Center, the municipally owned FBO at Sebring Regional Airport in Central Florida. To increase traffic at the field, the company plans to reach out to commercial and corporate clients who might be able to take advantage of Sebring’s designation as a U.S. Foreign Trade Zone. According to Volo, this designation allows operators departing Sebring on international flights to uplift fuel without having to pay federal excise taxes.
Avcom, Russia’s oldest dedicated business aviation company, has started establishing badly needed maintenance infrastructure in the Siberian cities of Irkutsk, Omsk and Khabarovsk. The group also has just secured approval from Kazhakstan officials to work on business aircraft registered in the country and now plans to open a technical base there as well.
Among the 40 or so airports that received FAA Airport Improvement Program grants totaling more than $260 million this month, the $7.1 million allocated to Venice (Fla.) Airport to rehabilitate Runway 4/22 stands out. Just two years ago, the town of Venice was suing the FAA to downgrade the airport from a Class C to B facility in an effort to squeeze out jet activity, a violation of its previous grant obligations to the agency.
Boston Logan International Airport landing fees for larger jets are being reduced slightly. For FAR Part 25 aircraft, effective October 1, the new fees are $4.34 per 1,000 pounds of max landing weight, a two-cent drop and the lowest they have been since FY2008. According to Massport, the airport’s owner and operating authority, this modest decrease was made possible by “maintaining controls on spending, combined with a significant savings in financing costs from a recent bond offer.”
Norwood (Mass.) Memorial Airport has scheduled periodic runway closures over the next three weeks to accommodate construction projects. Runway 10/28 will remain closed completely until September 28. Meanwhile, Runway 17/35 will be closed from 0700 to 1700 (local time) on the following days: September 12, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 25. Both runways are 4,000 feet long. For more information, contact the airport manager at (781) 255-5616 or the FBO, FlightLevel Aviation, at (800) 370-8680.
Facing 100 percent hangar occupancy at Atlanta’s Cobb County Airport/McCollum Field, the Atlanta Executive Jet Center (AEJC) has completed its Corporate Row Hangar Project, a $7 million development. Occupying a six-acre plot leased by the AEJC in 2010, it consists of 100,000 sq ft of corporate hangar space along with 240,000 sq ft of new ramp at the airport, which averages 183 movements a day. The new complex is expected to generate $9 million a year for the local community.