In what was hailed as a “giant first step” in reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation, a Hawker 1000 operated by New World Jet for Jet Aviation landed at dawn on October 18 after flying to the nation’s capital from Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey.
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San Diego County, which has jurisdiction over the McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ), is currently updating its FAR Part 150 noise compatibility plan for the airport. Part of the process involves evaluating existing operating procedures, with an eye toward reducing noise in the surrounding area.
One of the biggest problems for Spanish business aviation operations from Madrid is the thorny issue of Barajas airport. Six years ago business aviation operators had to relocate “temporarily” from Madrid Barajas airport to Torrejón NATO military base, where operators share facilities with the air force.
The TAG Aviation board of directors has approved the construction of a new operations and executive terminal building at Farnborough. The complex will include a terminal with full passenger and crew amenities, as well as extensive office accommodation for based operators. Work will begin this month, and the facility is scheduled to open for business in early 2006.
Management at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fla., has submitted a proposed noise compatibility program (under FAR Part 150 guidelines) to the FAA, which is scheduled to approve or reject it no later than January 16. Public comments can be submitted through September 20. For more information, contact Bonnie Baskin, at the FAA in Orlando, Fla., at (407) 812-6331, ext. 130.
After spending 14 years as a corporate pilot, Houston businessman Ron Henricksen announced plans for a business aviation airport on property he owns on the west side of the city. “If I don’t build an airport on the west side of Houston now, someday the taxpayers will have to do it,” said Henricksen. “I can build a prestigious business airport for less money than it would cost the government and I will not accept taxpayer money,” he asserted.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 19 officially opened Hangar E for business at California’s San Jose Jet Center. The new hangar and office complex, which will be used exclusively for storage by tenant and transient pilots, features communications equipment, fire suppression and security systems, 24-hours-a-day line service and a full-time concierge.
Scheduled to start November 1, GA IFR slot reservation requirements will be reinstated for at least six months at O’Hare International Airport as part of the DOT’s plan to reduce traffic in the Chicago area. NBAA is unhappy with this surprise development and is trying to get the DOT to change its mind.
Air-taxi operators might be interested in checking out the DOT’s revised list of airfields that are designated “rural airports” for the purposes of the segment fee portion of federal excise taxes. Air-taxi and other commercial operators are not required to collect segment fees on flights to or from rural airports.
The House of Representatives passed two key piecesof legislation last month, each containing a mandate toresume general aviation operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) within 90 days of the bills’ passage. H.R. 2360, the Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS) Appropriations Act, funds the agency for Fiscal Year 2006. H.R. 1817, the DHS Authorization Act, is the first authorization bill for the agency.