DB Aviation, a Chicago-area FBO and charter operator based at Waukegan Regional Airport, has renamed its FBO DB Flight Center. The FBO added a 43,000-sq-ft hangar last year and recently added 11 jets to its charter/management fleet in various locations throughout the U.S. Waukegan Airport’s location outside the Chicago Class B airspace makes flying out of the airport much simpler. Onsite U.S. Customs is also available at Waukegan Airport.
Despite his role in the impeachment of President Clinton and support for Sen. John McCain in the election, former congressman Ray LaHood became the second Republican to sit in President Obama’s Cabinet when he was confirmed as Transportation Secretary in January. He succeeded Mary Peters, who served as DOT secretary from 2006 to 2009. LaHood retired from Congress in December at the end of his seventh term.
Two powerful members of the House aviation subcommittee are circulating a letter urging President Obama not to include general aviation user fees in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget.
For many years, J.A. Air Center was known solely for its maintenance and avionics services, which since 1975 have been housed at Dupage Airport in West Chicago, Ill.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said during a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Annual Aviation Summit on April 29 that he is open to discussions to include aviation in the Obama Administration’s proposal to create a multibillion-dollar transportation infrastructure bank, but claimed that he had not been approached with the idea.
Seventy mayors and county executives last month sent a letter to President Obama outlining the importance of general aviation to small towns and local economies across the U.S. In conjunction, Wichita mayor Carl Brewer released a separate letter to renew his call to invite the President to Wichita to witness firsthand the toll that the recent economic downturn has had on the “Air Capital of the World.”
A line in President Obama’s 134-page budget for Fiscal Year 2010 has put general aviation lobbyists on high alert. Page 129 contains a notation that “the budget proposes repealing some aviation excise taxes and replacing these taxes with direct user charges.” NBAA said it is “very troubled” by the budget outline because it appears to leave the door open to consideration of aviation user fees for funding the FAA.
The FAA has released details of how general aviation traffic will be severely constrained when President Obama stays at his Chicago home. Operators wishing to fly to Midway Airport will have to obtain a TSA special events waiver and undergo TSA security screening at gateway airports Rockford International, Greater Peoria Regional or South Bend Regional before continuing to Midway.
House aviation subcommittee chairman Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) said last month that the Obama Administration “has an [FAA] Administrator in mind and has been negotiating” with the potential nominee, who some thought meant Randy Babbitt, a former president of the Air Line Pilots Association. By late month, however, the scuttlebutt was that the negotiations had become bogged down over money.
u Even before President Barack Obama took the oath of office on January 20 political analysts, media gurus (press, radio, TV talking heads) and a horde of amateur prognosticators came out of the woodwork to peer deeply into their crystal balls for any insight as to how Congress would react to Obama’s campaign promises and legislative goals.