The FAA plans to rule on the noise-compatibility program proposed for Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) by May 17. The public-comment period runs through January 18. As part of its proposed rule, the FAA has determined that noise-exposure maps submitted for the facility meet the requirements of FAR Part 150.
The Rhode Island Airport Corp. (RIAC) is looking for a developer to help renovate North Kingstown Quonset State Airport (OQU), formerly the Quonset Naval Air Station. The airport has 7,500- by 150-foot Runway 16/34, with an ILS on Runway 16 and VOR/DME and GPS approaches to Runway 34. There is also the crosswind Runway 5/23, which is 4,000- by 75 feet.
Bids are invited from “qualified persons or firms” to design, develop and operate a new FBO facility at Boston Logan International Airport, which is currently served by Signature Flight Support. As part of its request for proposals (RFP), the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) will host a pre-submission conference and site tour on February 10 where copies of the draft lease and operating agreements will be available.
When a Challenger 600 operated by Platinum Jet Management overran the runway during an aborted takeoff at Teterboro Airport in February, crossed a busy highway and crashed into a warehouse, there was a collective sigh of relief when all eight passengers and the crew emerged with non-life-threatening injuries.
Million Air Columbus at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH), Ohio, has acquired an additional 32,000 sq ft of heated hangar space. The expansion brings the FBO’s total hangar area to more than 121,000 sq ft equipped with doors measuring 120 feet wide by 30 feet high. Some revisions to the ramp layout have improved safety and ground-traffic flow.
Sleepy Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., might get much busier after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey purchases (for $78.5 million) the operating lease for the airport from National Express. The move is intended to relieve congestion at New York-area airports, which are also operated by the Port Authority, “and help us prepare for inevitable population and passenger growth,” said New York governor Eliot Spitzer.
At a February meeting of the Teterboro Users Group (TUG), held just a couple of weeks after the Challenger 600 accident at the New Jersey airport, safety issues were the chief items on the agenda. The association briefed members on runway incursions and departure procedures and the steps the airport is taking to address those issues.
Security concerns; new flight, duty and rest time recommendations; and growing attention from the private-equity financial camp topped the items of interest at
this year’s NATA Convention. Held in conjunction with Aviation Industry Week, NATA’s annual meeting also addressed the changing role of aircraft charter brokers, airport authorities assuming FBO roles and NATA’s own Safety First Management System program.
Higher altitude procedures are now in place to reduce low-altitude flying over Lake Michigan by aircraft operating to and from several satellite airports near Chicago. The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association has been working with the FAA to eliminate ATC’s routine routing of many flights over the lake at 4,000 feet.
With the triple- and sometimes quadruple-redundant electrical systems in the most modern business jets, carrying a backup battery-powered handheld radio or GPS on board might seem as unnecessary as strapping on a parachute or affecting helmet, scarf and goggles. But for turboprop crews or operators of older business jets, the idea of needing such emergency backup might not be as farfetched.