Private aircraft flying to the Tampa, Fla. area during the Republican National Convention, to be held August 26 to 30, can expect to be confronted with security restrictions similar to a Super Bowl TFR, including a 10-mile-radius “no fly zone” and the need to use gateway airports in nearby Sarasota and Orlando for security screening for flights inbound to Tampa International Airport.
Under a new agreement, ITT Exelis will provide its real-time integrated NextGen flight-tracking data to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for academic research and analysis at its Daytona Beach, Fla. campus. ERAU said it could analyze the surveillance data to enhance electronic flight management systems, giving pilots better situational awareness and conflict detection/resolution.
The FAA continues to investigate why the main entry door separated and fell from a Challenger 601-3R–registered as N207JB and owned by Medcp [sic] Aviation–as it was climbing through 3,000 feet after taking off from Opa-locka (Fla.) Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
FBO services provider Sheltair has started construction on a new $13.6 million facility at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Situated on 11 acres on the west side of the airport, the first phase of the project is slated to open early next year and will feature more than 134,000 sq ft of hangar and office space. Two more phases set to start by 2014 will eventually increase the size of the FBO to nearly 19 acres and more than double its square footage.
Construction is under way to build a larger south east-west parallel runway at Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). The $791 million project is slated for completion in 2014 and will allow the airport to increase flight operations capacity by 50 percent, to more than 480,000 a year.
GA Telesis has expanded its service offerings to include component support solutions for defense and government applications. The new operation will have its principal headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The company specializes in commercial aircraft and jet engine leasing, component maintenance as well as maintaining a comprehensive and independent replacement aerospace component inventory network.
This year aviation companies, even airlines, are resuming hiring, and that alone may explain the new attendance record set by the annual Women in Aviation International Conference, held in Dallas from March 8 to 10. It might be difficult to believe that in 2012 women still need to band together to help each other find jobs in the aviation and aerospace industries.
Lockheed Martin has described progress in the F-35 development program, and solutions to some of the problems that have recently been identified. Having exceeded the planned flight-test sorties and test points in 2011 by 15 percent, the company is hoping for similar gains this year. Of the 59,585 test points scheduled for the development phase through 2016, just over one-fifth had been flown by the end of December.
Construction began at the end of January on a runway expansion project at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport with a price tag of nearly $800 million. The work will shift and lengthen Runway 9R/27L from its current 5,276 feet to 8,000 feet, giving the rapidly growing airport two parallel runways that can accommodate airline flights. The expansion is expected to increase the airport’s capacity from 84 flights per hour to more than 100.
Lakeland, Fla.-based Gulf Coast Avionics has entered into a marketing and sales partnership with Platinum Aviation in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. Under the agreement, Gulf Coast Avionics will be the exclusive supplier of avionics sales, service and installation and pilot supply products to Platinum Aviation.