An “informal” meeting between Platinum Jet Management and the FAA is scheduled at the agency’s northeast regional office on November 1. The purpose of the get-together is to discuss the FAA’s proposed $1.86 million penalty against the company for its alleged FAR violations in connection with the February 2 accident at Teterboro Airport, N.J., in which a Challenger 600 crashed following an aborted takeoff.
Management at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fla., has submitted a proposed noise compatibility program (under FAR Part 150 guidelines) to the FAA, which is scheduled to approve or reject it no later than January 16. Public comments can be submitted through September 20. For more information, contact Bonnie Baskin, at the FAA in Orlando, Fla., at (407) 812-6331, ext. 130.
After spending 14 years as a corporate pilot, Houston businessman Ron Henricksen announced plans for a business aviation airport on property he owns on the west side of the city. “If I don’t build an airport on the west side of Houston now, someday the taxpayers will have to do it,” said Henricksen. “I can build a prestigious business airport for less money than it would cost the government and I will not accept taxpayer money,” he asserted.
When Hurricane Charley slammed into the heavily populated west coast of Florida last month, it came with unpredicted fury. Forecasters had issued warnings for a Category 2 storm (sustained winds of 96 to 110 mph), but the system strengthened rapidly as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico. When it reached landfall at about 3:45 p.m.
Business aircraft passengers and crews arriving at Hector International Airport (FAR), Fargo, N. D., can clear customs at Fargo Jet Center now that the FBO hosts a 24-hour satellite office of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service right in its passenger terminal in the airport’s north general aviation area.
Disgruntled neighbors of “Van Noise Airport” can blame their woes on the Communist menace. The reason Van Nuys has an 8,000-foot runway attractive to jet traffic is that in the late 1940s, U.S. Air Force generals saw the then-sleepy field as a base for jet interceptors–the better to protect the West Coast from long-range Soviet bombers attacking from Siberia.
NBAA is soliciting proposals for 45-minute information session presentations to be provided during the 2007 NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums. Information sessions focus on timely educational topics of interest to aircraft owners and operators, such as safety, maintenance, management, regulatory and financial topics. The cutoff date for applicants is October 31.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has agreed to extend the hours of customs operations at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Executive Airport (FXE) from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The trial period started June 27 and will be in effect for 120 days, at which time Customs will assess whether or not the extra hours of service should be permanent and whether additional staffing and more coverage will be needed.
Daytona Beach International Airport, Fla. FBO Lynch Corporate Services plans to build a business aviation “gated community” called World Jet Village, first at Daytona Beach and then at other locations. The project at Daytona is expected to include 94 medium to large hangars, 180 residences located within three high-rise towers and a conference center. The company said Tulsa, Okla.-based Navigance Technologies will provide the security.
A proposed noise-compatibility program for Southwest Florida Airport in Fort Myers is under review by the FAA. Comments are due January 31. For more information, contact the FAA at (407) 812-6331.