Lyon Bron Airport (Stand 1164), which serves France’s second most populous urban area, is back in traffic-growth mode. After reporting a 6.1-percent drop in traffic last year, to around 6,300 movements, it has recorded 2 percent more aircraft movements for the January to April 2012 period.
While high-speed runway departures that result in shattered aircraft make the headlines, runway excursions of all types are becoming increasingly more common, said Paul Ratté, aviation safety programs director at insurance provider USAIG.
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) received approval to have the CABAA Visual Departure at Chicago Executive Airport published in Jeppesen charts. The Runway 16 VFR procedure, which has until now been published only in the Airport/Facility Directory, was developed last year to minimize takeoff delays with the opening of Runway 27R at Chicago O’Hare. The new Jeppesen chart will be issued on May 12 under Revision 11.
Augusta State Airport in Maine is down to one runway until the end of June. Currently, Runway 08/26 (2,700 feet by 50 feet) is closed while undergoing maintenance, and reconstruction work has reduced the operational distance of 5,000-foot Runway 17/35 to 3,430 feet. Runway 08/26 is scheduled to reopen when the renovation project fully closes Runway 17/35 in about mid-May. The reconstruction work is scheduled to last through June.
France’s Lyon Bron business airport started grooving its runway on Tuesday to comply with FAA standards–a first in the country. This should allow more business jets to use the airport, since the runway carried several operating restrictions during rainy conditions. French aviation regulations do not impose any runway grooving mandates, but insurers do, an industry source told AIN.
The Naples Airport Authority reopened Runway 5/23 late last week after paving the safety areas at both ends of the airport’s primary runway. The runway was closed since July 25, but the project was completed a few days ahead of schedule and under budget, the authority said. The safety areas provide more room for aborted takeoffs and other emergencies and extends the runway’s declared takeoff distance from 5,000 to 5,800 feet.
Signature Flight Support recently acquired a majority stake in Arrindell Aviation Services, an FBO at St. Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport. This new Signature location will provide ground handling, fuel coordination, ground transportation for passengers and crew, ramp parking, water and lavatory services, catering and weather and routing services.
The three runways at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill., have reopened after being closed for six months due to renovations to the main 10,000-foot runway and the “bulls-eye” area where the three runways intersect. A temporary runway, 10/28, that allowed aircraft to use the airport during renovations will now be converted into Taxiway Papa.
Authorities in Canada are investigating a September 4 runway excursion at Ottawa International Airport involving a Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145–the third such incident involving an ERJ 145 operated by the St. Louis-based regional airline at the same airfield.
When a Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145 skidded off the runway in Ottawa on September 4 in wet weather, resulting in no injuries, the relatively minor accident at first generated the modest press coverage it deserved. But something seemed familiar about this runway excursion.