The long-simmering debate about how best to address the issue of helicopter noise above the Los Angeles basin has come to full boil. The parties that had been trying to collaborate on voluntary abatement measures have seen them become mired in a miasma of mistrust, skepticism, anger and a sense of betrayal on the part of just about everyone who flies a helicopter through the airspace, including–for the first time–law enforcement.
Between California’s major cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco sits Monterey, which has had an airport since 1936, nearly a decade before the city was memorialized in John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row. Today tourism has replaced sardines as the city’s number-one industry, according to Michael Heilpern, operations manager at the Monterey Jet Center (MJC).
NetJets received approval from the London City Airport Authority to fly its Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s into the airfield, which requires aircraft and crews to be authorized to fly the 5.5-degree approach there. Bombardier received steep-approach approval for the Global 5000/6000 at London City in July last year. NetJets received accreditation by performing “rigorous” test flights with successful takeoffs and landings at London City with its Globals. The company is now in the final stages of training all NetJets Global crewmembers to use the airport.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the government is open to ideas on privatizing the nation’s ATC system, as long as aviation industry “stakeholders” agree on making that transformation. Foxx remarked on privatization after delivering the keynote speech at an Aero Club of Washington luncheon on February 25, his first major address to an aviation audience.
The European Business Aviation Association is pleased with the European Commission’s recent decision that continues operating aid for regional airports in Europe. Under the updated state aid guidelines, airports receiving less than 700,000 passengers per year will “continue having a range of funding options available to them.” The EC earlier considered limiting operating aid to a lower threshold of 300,000 passengers per year, which EBAA said could have led to the closure of several regional airports across Europe.
Seeing the need for current and accurate weather at the Pebbly Beach on Santa Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department contracted with Belfort Instrument (Booth No. 5914) to install an AWOS AV at the helistop there.
The European Commission on Thursday adopted new guidelines for limiting state aid to regional airports and airlines, a move the EC claims will reduce competitive distortion by discouraging overcapacity at small, unprofitable facilities.
British ATC provider NATS announced last week that a new system that uses time intervals rather than distance to separate arriving and departing aircraft should be in full operation at London Heathrow Airport next spring. The dynamic time-based separations (TBS) system is expected to reduce aircraft delays while increasing an airport’s landing acceptance rate by accounting for wind-speed changes that current distance-based separation ignores.
Yesterday, U.S. District Court judge John Walter dismissed the city of Santa Monica, Calif.’s complaint against the U.S. government, in which the city sought to clarify its rights to do what it wishes with the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) property.
There may be but a handful of vintage airport terminals left in the United States, and the very fact that some exist at all depends on some specific circumstances. Typically they are found at airports that for whatever reason could not, or did not, expand at a rate to justify destroying their original terminal and replacing it with a larger, more functional structure.