the Department of Transportation in 2003 cited adverse weather as the leading cause of airline delays. Between May and October of last year, however, delays and late arrivals caused by the airlines themselves, rather than by nature’s worst, took the top spot, affecting nearly 15 percent of the 3.7 million flights during that period, according to DOT Bureau of Transportation statistics. The number of flights struck by weather-
O'Hare International Airport
With construction under way on the new Dubai World Central airport, the existing Dubai International Airport (DXB) is continuing to grow, as planned, to allow it to be capable of handling 68 million pasengers in 2010, although current projections foresee an actual throughput of 50.8 million at that time (see chart). Here at the Dubai Air Show, the airport authority is unveiling a new logo and name.
The completion date for installation of an engineered material arresting system (EMAS) at the end of Teterboro Airport’s Runway 1-19 is “up in the air,” according to airport manager Richard Heslin.
Although members of the House aviation subcommittee commended the FAA for its efforts to address delays at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in the short-term, NBAA expressed frustration over a decision to limit general aviation flights into the facility by reinstituting the airport reservation office.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Greater Rockford Airport in Illinois. The program, being formulated under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or denied no later than November 4. Comments may be submitted until July 7. For further details, contact the FAA’s Prescott Snyder in Des Plaines, Ill. at (847) 294-7538 or via fax at (847) 294-7046.
At first glance Chicago seems much like a handful of other large metropolitan cities–a pair of airline hubs surrounded by a smattering of general aviation reliever fields. But in Chicago’s case, the center of the airspace is O’Hare International Airport, the world’s busiest (909,530 operations last year). Chicago’s second hub, Midway, relinquished that same title to O’Hare in the 1960s.
The operations and maintenance forum on the second day of the RAA convention crossed a broad range of subjects, from a discussion of the FAA’s operational evolution plan (OEP) and line operational safety audits (LOSA) to an overview of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) and an update on retrofit requirements for reinforced cockpit doors.
In a September 9 report to the FAA Administrator, the DOT’s inspector general called upon the agency “to reevaluate the costs of Stars [the standard terminal automation and replacement system] and consider other alternatives.”
During construction of Miami International Airport’s new 8,600-foot Runway 8/26 (800 feet north of and parallel to existing 10,506-foot Runway 9L/27R), some pilots had steered toward the new strip of pavement when cleared to land on Runway 9L. According to an FAA spokeswoman, there have been no further occurrences since the new runway was commissioned on September 4, when new approach charts were issued.
Extending Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s Runway 13/31 is on hold. Early last month, city officials voted to halt construction at the Florida airport. A 1997 development order called for extending it from 6,930 feet to 9,000 feet, the same as Runway 9L/27R.