Business aircraft pilots taxiing into Toronto Pearson’s de-icing area this winter will see–since they’re hard to miss–two large truck-mounted de-icing units cleaning down 747s, A340s and other big iron. They’re Danish built Elephant Beta-15 rigs, with telescopic booms that can reach 75 feet, high enough to spray the top of the fin of an A380.
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New developments at airports including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
XJet Club broke ground late last month for its 100,000-sq-ft facility at Centennial Airport near Denver. The XJet Club concept combines aircraft and lifestyle services tied together through what XJet describes as its aggregate purchasing power and economies of scale. The company expects the plan to lower fixed and recurring costs related to jet ownership.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, Texas. The program, being developed under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or rejected next April 30. Comments are due December 31. For more information, contact the FAA at (817) 222-5607.
Landing fees are scheduled to increase at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB). Effective January 1, aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or less will be subject to a $22.50 fee. Aircraft weighing 12,501 to 80,000 pounds will be charged $3.15 per 1,000 pounds and those over 80,000 pounds will be charged $5.85 per 1,000 pounds.
Gregory Campbell, executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission, has high hopes for the airport-operated Avitat FBO. Though he asked visitors to “pardon my dust” during the current renovation, he expects the airport to become an even more popular business aviation destination.
One year ago this month, the FAA said it would take legal action against the city of Chicago because officials failed to notify the agency 30 days before closing Meigs Field. In the early morning hours f March 30, 2003, Mayor Richard Daley sent heavy equipment onto the field to carve trenches across its single runway, citing terrorism worries as his reason.
Tucked into the southwest corner of the Washington ADIZ lies Manassas Regional Airport (HEF), a bustling, rapidly growing general aviation facility with parallel runways and an FAA-operated control tower, and home to three full-service FBOs, four Part 135 charter operators and numerous other aviation-related companies.
Dial the number for Million Air at New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) and there is nothing on the other end. No recorded message about phone lines, no fast-busy tone to indicate a saturated circuit…nothing.
The eerie silence is indicative of the lack of hard information available about the airport on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, at least as of late last month. Only select personnel have been allowed to visit the site.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina the surge in auto-fuel prices–with the per-gallon increases lagging just hours behind the rising flood waters–was at the forefront of everybody’s mind. A flurry of activity on the political front–including the release of six million barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve–further focused the nation’s attention on the cost of keeping America’s engines running.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field, Idaho. The program, being developed under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or rejected next February 13. Comments are due October 12. For more information, contact the FAA at (425) 227-2653.