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.
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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.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the FAA are considering a proposal to expand noise-abatement procedures at Teterboro Airport (TEB). Currently, Runway 24 has published noise-abatement procedures. The new proposal would implement similar noise-abatement procedures for aircraft departing from the other three TEB runways.
General aviation’s quest to return to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) sustained a blow last month when two Pennsylvania pilots caused another panicked evacuation of the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Their Cessna 150 flew to within three miles of the White House.
Disgruntled neighbors of “Van Noise Airport” can blame their woes on the Communist menace. The reason Van Nuys has an 8,000-foot runway attractive to jet traffic is that in the late 1940s, U.S. Air Force generals saw the then-sleepy field as a base for jet interceptors–the better to protect the West Coast from long-range Soviet bombers attacking from Siberia.
The Los Angeles World Airport Authority (LAWA) recently awarded a $6.5 million, three- to five-year contract to Harris Miller Miller and Hanson (HMMH) of Burlington, Mass., to conduct simultaneous FAR Part 161 (noise-control) studies at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY).