The NTSB has secured the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that erroneously landed yesterday at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport (PLK) in Hollister, Mo., rather than its originally intended destination of Branson Airport.
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.
Miami, Florida-based Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) received the world’s first supplemental type certificate (STC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for the MD-80SF passenger-to-freighter conversion, the company announced last week. The STC allows for conversions of the passenger-configured MD-81, MD-82, MD-83 and MD-88, of which McDonnell Douglas built 779.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D) has urged FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to reconsider rules restricting the use of portable electronic devices in aircraft. In a letter sent just before the Christmas break she said that it’s time the agency accepts that its regulations cause unnecessary inconvenience to travelers and are not rational.
Hangar 10, the newest FBO at Kansas City’s Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, was named as the recipient of the Keystone Recognition Award by the Clay County Economic Developmental Council for its contribution to the local community in terms of job creation, expansion and capital development. The 55,000-sq-ft facility, which was completed in 2010, earned a top-10 ranking in AIN’s FBO Survey last year.
The EF5 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22 packed 200-mph winds and tore a three-quarter-mile-wide, 14-mile-long path of destruction that killed 154 and leveled 8,000 structures. The storm took dead aim at Joplin’s St. John’s Regional Medical Center, rendering the building unusable and forcing a post-storm evacuation of 183 patients. Five others suffocated when back-up power failed and their ventilators shut down.
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), who is likely to face a tough re-election race next year, is selling the share of a Pilatus PC-12 she and her husband own following disclosure that they owed more than $287,000 in property taxes on the single-engine turboprop. She has since paid the taxes.
After opening in temporary facilities in May, the new Hangar 10 FBO at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo., has entered the next phase of construction. Hangar 10’s phase II project includes building a new FBO terminal and the first of what will become three hangar bays encompassing 56,000 sq ft.
It took just 22 months for the new airport in Branson, Mo., to be built, from the first movement of earth by McAninch Construction in July 2007 to the first commercial flight on May 11 this year.
A new privately funded $155 million, 900-acre regional airport will open May 11 in Branson, Mo. The towered airfield will feature a 7,140-foot-long concrete runway,
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