Anthony Coscia, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns and operates Teterboro Airport (TEB), stirred up a hornet’s nest when he proposed changes at TEB to mollify those residents who oppose the airport’s existence.
Nav Canada, the nation’s provider of ATC services, plans to start building a new control tower at Toronto Buttonville Municipal Airport this summer. The tower, expected to become operational next June, will be located on the south side of the airport, opposite the side of the existing facility built in 1967.
The family of flight attendant Kristi Dunn, killed in the Nov. 22, 2004, crash of a Gulf-stream III en route to pick up former president George H.W. Bush, filed a wrongful-death suit last month against (among others) Dallas charter operator Business Jet Services and the estates of the two pilots killed in the accident. The family is seeking a “multimillion-dollar award” for actual and punitive damages.
Raytheon Beech King Air C90A, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 15, 2006–The right main landing gear of the Ulair Aviation King Air collapsed during the landing roll at Tampa International Airport. The airplane was substantially damaged but the ATP-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured.
The Small Airplane Transportation System (SATS) demonstration came to what most consider a successful conclusion last summer with demonstration flights and exhibits in Danville, Va., but where the technology goes from here is anybody’s guess.
In a move advertised as another triumph for Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell’s economic stimulus plan, Republic Airlines has agreed to establish a new overnight maintenance facility and crew base at Pittsburgh International Airport that will employ between 60 and 70 mechanics and 60 to 70 pilots and flight attendants.
The value of an FBO to an aircraft operator can be difficult to measure. There’s a temptation among pilots on the road to consider an FBO the equivalent of the corner gas station–the lower the price per gallon, the better.
FAA financing and the prospect of user fees to help pay for modernization of the ATC system is the primary issue facing general aviation in the coming year, said National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president Jim Coyne during an annual industry briefing to the media.
The passengers have been whisked away in their limos; shutdown checklists are complete; the fuel order is booked for tomorrow’s departure; and the crew car is idling out front. It’s a beautiful day and the golf course beckons. So it’s off with the necktie and onto the freeway, right?
Between 1991 and 2003 the number of U.S. companies operating business aircraft (of all types) increased to 10,061 from 6,584, and the number of aircraft to 15,879 from 9,504, according to NBAA statistics. Honeywell’s crystal ball sees delivery of 7,724 business jets between 2003 and 2013–not including bizliners and the industry wild card, very light jets (VLJs).