The FAA announced today a $10 million grant for a rehabilitation project for Runway 2/20 at Danville (Va.) Regional Airport. The refurbishment will include new runway markings and signage for better pilot awareness, grooves in the runway to give aircraft greater traction in wet conditions, new runway edge lighting and improvements to the runway safety area. During construction, which is expected to start next month and be completed in November next year, aircraft will have to use Runway 13/31.
Crews of aircraft headed for Australia next month should be prepared to encounter delays if they’re bound for Brisbane Airport (YBBN), Australia, the continent’s third busiest. The airport is about to start construction of an 11,800-foot runway parallel to the existing Runway 1/19, expected to become operational by 2020.
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III landed inadvertently at Peter O.
The NTSB sent the FAA three new safety recommendations in the wake of the Dec.
A new procedure at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport–the host airfield for the static display at the NBAA Convention in October–will allow more efficient operations year-round by enabling controllers to position aircraft on the runway before takeoff clearance. Effective July 1, controllers at the central Florida airport will be able to issue “line up and wait” instructions to departing traffic.
Marshall Group, owner of the UK’s Cambridge Airport, will kick off a more than $30 million infrastructure investment program next month, including the construction of a new taxiway to provide a key access route to the south end of the runway. In addition, the airport will undertake a rehabilitation of the 6,447-foot runway itself. The airport is one of just five in the UK capable of business and passenger services with a 24/7 slot allocation during the 2012 Olympics period.
While the high-speed runway excursions that result in crumpled aircraft may make the evening news, they are only the most visible examples of what is becoming a growing trend, said Paul Ratté, aviation safety programs director at USAIG. Last month the insurance provider sponsored a safety seminar along with NBAA and the Westchester Aviation Association at a hotel in Westchester County, New York; it will be repeated on June 20 in Connecticut at Key Air’s Waterbury-Oxford Airport facility.
After completion of an FAA-approved redesign and reconstruction of taxiway Alpha-2, Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport officials commissioned parallel taxiways Alpha-2 and Alpha-3 last week. Both A2 and A3 are approximately 50 feet wide by 1,300 feet long and are installed with unidirectional centerline lighting to enhance night operations. The airport said the project increases operational safety by reconfiguring A2 into two parallel taxiways, permitting traffic in only one direction on each lane.
The world’s busiest airport in terms of overall passenger traffic has added a new international terminal. The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport opened May 16 after more than a decade of planning and nearly four years of construction.