In April 805,239 flights were recorded in Europe, an increase of 5.6 percent over the same month the previous year. “This increase is beyond our initial forecast, which predicted a four-percent increase in the short, medium and long term,” said Víctor Aguado, director general of Eurocontrol.
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Last month the City of Dallas used a jackhammer to break ground for a $5.6 million terminal building and control tower at Dallas Executive Airport (RBD), formerly known as Redbird Airport. Construction is expected to be complete next summer.
While most ADS-B installations will be in aircraft, system proponents see the technology being applied in other ways. At Juneau, Alaska, FAA Capstone officials and airport personnel have launched a project that places the airborne equipment in airport vehicles. This has two benefits. First, in low visibility it alerts pilots of approaching ADS-B-equipped aircraft of the whereabouts of vehicles and, especially, their proximity to the runway.
According to NBAA, during the last week of April, the Santa Monica, Calif., airport commission voted to adopt a proposal to create runway safety areas using declared distances that would effectively limit the airport to jets weighing 23,000 pounds or less. The commission also voted to close 300 feet of runway.
Those flying to Cancun may soon get some relief from the near-constant congestion and lengthy delays. Mexican airport operator Asur said last month it was planning to build a new parallel runway at the resort town. The 2,800-meter (9,186-foot) runway, which will cost Asur $56 million, should be completed by 2009, the company said. According to company officials, the runway will be able to handle up to 80 operations an hour.
The DOT issued a “show cause” notice on Executive Jet Management’s plans to launch a business jet commuter operation. EJM, a NetJets affiliate that provides aircraft charter and management, submitted a DOT application in March to launch scheduled commuter service using business jets to connect Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City. Based on information provided in the application, scheduled flights could start as early as this summer.
The FAA has approved most elements of the noise-compatibility program (NCP) for Martin County Airport/Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, Fla. Approved components include preferential use of Runway 12 during calm winds, voluntary use of straight-out departure track for jets departing from Runway 12, a voluntary left turn to 285 degrees for jets departing Runway 30, a ban on Stage 1 aircraft and a voluntary Stage 2 nighttime curfew between 10 p.m.
The Babylon, N.Y. zoning board has approved the construction of a large retail outlet within the runway protection zone (RPZ) of Runway 14/32 at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, N.Y. The FAA defines the parameters of the zone, but it has limited enforcement power since the RPZ is not on airport property.
NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have submitted comments to the FAA about the proposed shortening of Santa Monica, Calif.’s single runway using an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) and by implementing declared distances. The proposal would reduce the current 4,973-foot runway length to a landing distance available of 4,741 feet on Runway 21 and 4,156 feet on Runway 3.
The FAA on Friday published an order extending through April 1, 2006, a flight-reduction program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including slot reservations for general aviation operations. The current limitations were previously scheduled to end on October 29, and the agency is seeking to extend the program through April 2008.