Based on the success of the SpaceShipOne (SS1) suborbital craft’s ascent on June 21 (AIN, July, page 2)–becoming the first privately funded manned spacecraft to reach 100 km (328,000 feet)–designer Burt Rutan is confident that he and his company, Mojave, Calif.-based Scaled Composites, will win the $10 million Ansari X Prize by year-end.
Aircraft brokers can usually tell when the summer solstice has arrived by the lack of aircraft being sold, but, as some had earlier predicted, the historically inactive months of June and July have for many been indistinguishable from any other this year. While the total worldwide jet inventory level treaded water for the last few months, the deal flow has remained constant.
As of June 23, air carriers have begun using unique carrier codes when electronically transmitting advance passenger information system data to Customs & Border Protection. The change is required by new Security Directives and Emergency Amendments that require carriers to electronically send a master crew list and crew manifest data to the TSA. NBAA’s online APIS submission service has been modified to require an APIS carrier code.
That’s what the Trenton-Mercer County Airport (TTN) is asking, and Mercer County plans to make public the tail numbers of aircraft that operate at the airport between midnight and 6 a.m. NBAA has expressed the opinion that such an action would be unreasonable and would unjustly discriminate against the operators of those aircraft and therefore violate the FAA Grant Assurances.
New York state legislators are moving forward on a bill that would impose burdensome restrictions for aircraft owners and operators at general aviation airports throughout the state.
According to those who know, anywhere from about $5,000 to $10,000 a year more for the dispatcher.
Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y., has a unique culture. Waiting in line for takeoff, you might be sharing the crowded taxiway with a regional airliner or two, a corporate turboprop, some ultra-long-range business jets, several smaller turbofans and a Cherokee or Cessna single.
Last month the FAA selected five airports to participate in the Military Airport Program (MAP). The purpose of the program is intended to provide funding to upgrade military airports for civil or joint use as a means of boosting capacity.
The Clark County Department of Aviation hopes to issue up to $400 million in bonds to help finance land purchases and construction at three existing southern Nevada airports and the proposed new international airport site in Ivanpah Valley. If approved, the money would be used for everything from future terminal and runway expansion, road and taxiway construction, noise mitigation and improved security.
Vietnam is considering building an $8 billion airport outside southern Ho Chi Minh City to handle a growing number of foreign visitors, according to the state-owned Vietnam News Agency. The project, which would require approval from Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, would accommodate 80 to 100 million passengers annually, or 10 times more than the country’s current largest airport, Tan Son Nhat outside Ho Chi Minh City.