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.
Flight trials to demonstrate new procedures intended to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of international flights crossing the North Atlantic have begun.
Preliminary Report: Learjet Strikes Wing on Landing
Saab will strengthen its air-traffic-management (ATM) business, adding to its portfolio a ground surveillance system deployed at major U.S. airports, with the planned acquisition of Sensis Corp., of Syracuse, N.Y. The Swedish defense and security group is to acquire Sensis for $155 million, with another $40 million based on winning future contracts and meeting profitability goals.
Sheltair recently completed the expansion of its FBO ramp at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The addition increases the available parking area by 100,000 sq ft, bringing the total to 230,000 sq ft. The ramp expansion is part of a new terminal development project that includes a 5,000-sq-ft executive facility, a 9,100-sq-ft hangar and nearly 1,700 sq ft of additional office space.
Preliminary Report: Global Suffers Wing Strike on Landing