The city of Santa Monica, Calif., has filed a complaint against the FAA that will force resolution of the issue of who controls the airport. The complaint, filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, seeks “to establish the City’s right to control future use of the Santa Monica Airport property.”
FltPlan is now offering up-to-date fuel price information for more than 3,300 FBOs on its website and mobile apps. The fuel price listing is designed to offer pilots a single source to ascertain fuel prices. The fuel prices appear on FltPlan’s “airport/FBO” or the “area fuel prices” pages. Pilots can also view pricing on the free FltPlan iPad and Android apps online or offline.
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched an industry-wide project to identify smaller airports within Britain that could benefit from the development of new instrument approach procedures. All industry sectors from airport managers to air traffic controllers to pilots and commercial operators are encouraged to offer suggestions on potential airport recipients.
The FAA said Thursday that passengers will soon be able to use their personal electronic devices during all phases of aircraft operation, including takeoff and landing. Each airline will decide how best to implement the agency’s approval. Use of cellphones for communication will remain banned, however, as will all use of devices during certain airport low-visibility conditions.
More than two years after Tac Air filed a Part 16 complaint with the FAA over the operation of an FBO built and owned by the airport operator at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport/Lovell Field, the agency has finally issued its ruling, finding the airport authority did not violate its federal grant obligations. The situation became the centerpiece of the private ownership vs.
The Jet Runway Café at Fort Lauderdale Executive has been ranked by The Zagat Review as one of the top restaurants in its Miami/South Florida Restaurants Guide.
“Look out for takeoffs and landings,” cautioned the review, “since you’re eating almost right on the runway…of this cool, modern breakfast and lunch spot serving creative American food” that is “easy on the wallet.” In fact, a wide expanse of windows looks across an aircraft parking ramp and does, indeed provide an exceptional view of aircraft taking off and landing.
One of the air traffic management systems least well known to pilots is multilateration, sometimes called MLat, or multilat, or WAM (for wide-area multilateration).
For the Atlantic Aviation facility at Connecticut’s Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR), life is finally returning to normal after the repairs and clean-up from 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged the Northeast two days before Halloween. The FBO occupies a historic WWII-vintage complex on the north end of the airport near the Long Island Sound and sustained approximately $1 million in damage and cleaning costs to its terminal and hangars, forcing it to relocate temporarily.
UK air navigation services provider NATS has started a 14-week “consultation” process through January 21 to gather comments from airlines and other interested groups on proposed airspace changes surrounding Gatwick and London City airports. The consultation marks the first step in a wider program of proposed changes under the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s Future Airspace Strategy, an ATC modernization plan for the UK and Ireland.
Upgrades are coming to Kansas City, Mo.’s two main airports, thanks to the hard work of staffers at the Kansas City Aviation Department. Both Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport have received grants totalling nearly $12 million for improvement projects that range from taxiway upgrades, paving and a fire-fighting vehicle storage facility. Neither airport is supported by general tax fund revenues–both rely exclusively on airport user charges and grants for administration, promotion, operation and maintenance.