NTSB accident reports give us the cold, hard facts behind an accident, but those facts don’t always help us understand the “why” behind a crash. No matter the type of aircraft, operators want to know what it all means to them and how their crews fly.
Chicago Rockford International Airport (KRFD)–65 miles west of Chicago O’Hare International Airport–has released guidelines for aircraft arriving for practice instrument approaches at the nine satellite airports controlled by Rockford approach control. Rockford officials remind pilots that approach control provides practice-approach separation and sequencing only when workload permits it, and then only as far as the final approach fix.
Construction began recently on the south satellite control tower building at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The facility is to monitor traffic that will primarily use the airport’s new Runway 28L/10R, which is to open in the fall of 2015. The top of the tower-cab antennas will rise 219 feet agl, with the controller’s-eye-view inside the cab set at 194 feet agl. The $28 million facility is expected to operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.
Work is scheduled to begin this summer on a $13 million Chicago vertiport, more than 20 years after it was first proposed. The near west side, 10-acre site at 14th & Wood is owned by the Illinois Medical District Commission (IMD) and will be financed privately and developed by Nighthawk Services.
Nighthawk president Mike Conklin told AIN that he expects final approvals within weeks and groundbreaking in “late July or early August.” Construction will take approximately 12 months.
When the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) rolled out its Aviation Safety Action Program (Asap) last August it began with just two operators to demonstrate the system’s viability. In mid-May, the foundation officially signed its sixth Great Lakes Region member, Priester Aviation, a Part 135 charter operator based at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK).
The confrontation over the development of a new FBO at San Jose, Calif., has taken another twist with the announcement that Atlantic Aviation filed a pair of lawsuits against the City of San Jose for its decision to award a 50-year FBO lease to a partnership between Signature Flight Support and Blue City Holdings, a corporation that represents the personal aircraft of the principals of Google, headquartered nearby in Mountain View.
Elliott Aviation has added a fifth project manager, Dave Hulme, at its headquarters in Moline, Ill. The appointment comes shortly after the company revealed plans to create 50 new positions by 2015. Plans also include a long-term lease on an additional 24,000 sq ft of maintenance hangar capacity. Hulme joined Elliott Aviation in 1994 as a parts associate and brings 25 years of aviation experience to the position.
Moline, Ill.-based Elliott Aviation has promoted Greg Sahr to president from vice president of sales, marketing and business development. In his new role, Sahr will focus on strengthening the company’s brand, enhancing the customer experience, increasing efficiencies, solidifying industry partnerships and developing new business opportunities. Sahr started as an avionics installer at ElectroSonics and progressed through several sales leadership positions at ElectroSonics’ successor companies.
Fledgling FBO chain Hawthorne Global Aviation Services will be adding another location to its roster as it obtained development rights for a new FBO at Chicago Executive Airport (PWK). Hawthorne acquired the rights from Sovereign Development Group and will begin construction immediately on the facility, which will be the third FBO at the airport along with Signature and Atlantic.
While it may still be known officially as Lewis University Airport (LOT), the Chicago-area airport that has been owned by the Joliet Regional Port District since 1989 is continuing to shed its sleepy former image: the FBO on the field will be doubling hangar space to 42,000 sq ft and adding 11,000 sq ft of office space. The airport, which sees approximately 120,000 operations a year, is home to 15 jets and 10 turboprops. It has a 6,500-foot main runway with 130,000-pound capacity, as well as a 5,700-foot secondary runway.