The runway at Somerset-Pulaski County Airport (SME), Ky., has been extended by 400 feet to 6,000 feet and a new localizer approach has been added. The Somerset-Pulaski County Development Foundation secured the $2.4 million in federal funding for the improvements and has also applied for funding to build a commuter air terminal. Operators also hope that a glideslope transmitter will be installed to provide a full ILS.
The FAA and the state of Connecticut were willing to pay 97 percent of the $4.5 million price tag to have trees removed from around Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR), but Danbury politicians were unwilling to come up with the remaining $110,000. But a January 7 accident changed the city council’s mind. A 24-year-old flight instructor had taken off from the airport when the engine of his 1975 Piper Warrior began to lose power.
Helicopter pilots gave a clear demonstration of their dedication to their profession last month by turning out in impressive numbers on one of the most frigid nights of the year, with a snowstorm tossed in for good measure, to attend a meeting of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton in Northern New Jersey. Approximately 75 pilots attended.
Brazil’s business aviation association has a lot more to celebrate this year than it did 12 months ago, with growing demand for aircraft and solid financial results from executive charter companies flowing from significant improvements in the local economy.
Jeppesen has undertaken an ambitious yearlong effort to survey taxiways and ramp areas at high-use airports throughout the world. Using GPS surveying equipment, Jeppesen engineers plan to establish precise reference points on airports and compare them with digitized satellite imagery.
The Challenger crash at Teterboro on February 2 brought out the usual airport opponents. For many years, local officials, activists and residents in areas around the airport have been trying to restrain airport growth. Only 12 miles from Manhattan, TEB is one of the country’s busiest general aviation airports, with 202,720 operations last year.
In the January 6 incident in which a Gulfstream III landed on a taxiway between the two parallel runways at Denver Centennial Airport, notam 01-17 advised that the parallel runway the jet was switched to land on just 1.5 miles out (Runway 17R) was mostly covered with snow. The taxiway, the same length as Runway 17R, had mostly pavement showing.
Wire strikes–long the bane of low-altitude rotorcraft and agplane operations–could be reduced if a system now undergoing testing on both sides of the Atlantic is able to supplement or even replace marker balls and continuously flashing strobes. It could also aid other low-flying aircraft in avoiding any obstacles in the flight path.
Busy isn’t an adequate description of life at Teterboro and Van Nuys Airports on a Friday evening the week before Thanksgiving or Christmas. Airplanes idling on the ramp, backed up on the taxiways, as pilots and passengers chafe at the delay.
Air Routing International recently made several enhancements to its Flight Manager online program. For example, arrival and departure times for each leg of a flight are now available in the tool’s Calendar View as UTC time, local airport time or home base time. Users can also now click on the airport code from anywhere in the flight plan to view basic airport data.