On September 14, three days after the terrorist attacks, the U.S. Customs Office notified NBAA that the General Aviation Telephonic Entry (GATE) program was closed. GATE allowed approved pilots and passengers flying from Canada to the U.S. to give customs advance notice by calling a toll-free number and obtaining a telephonic entry number.
Orlando International Airport
For those flying to the NBAA Convention in Orlando this month, there’s new ownership at one of the FBOs at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), which hosts the NBAA static display. Sheltair Orlando Executive and Fort Lauderdale Jet Center acquired the general aviation operations and real-estate rights of Executive Air Center at ORL. The acquisition includes more than 200,000 square feet of hangar storage space on the airport.
During the NBAA Convention this month, Galaxy Aviation will donate a dime to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children for every gallon of fuel it pumps at Orlando International Airport (MCO), Fla. The 281-bed hospital named for the golfing great has a regional center for neonatal care, maternal intensive care unit, pediatric trauma center and a children’s heart program. Nearly 90,000 babies have been born at the facility since 1989.
Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., and Roswell Industrial Air Center in Roswell, N.M., have been designated by the Customs and Border Protection Agency as user-fee airports.
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.
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.
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.
Boeing’s efforts to gain access to Teterboro Airport (TEB), N.J., for its BBJ have been rebuffed, at least for this legislative year. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), backed by Sens.
The FAA has determined that a proposed privately funded business aviation airport west of Houston is “objectionable” because it would create overlapping traffic patterns with existing airports, including some private strips and the Class B airspace surrounding George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Still, developer Ron Henriksen of Houston vowed last month to realign the 7,000-foot single runway to assuage the FAA’s concerns.
Teterboro (N.J.) Airport (TEB) now has two full-service U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities with US-VISIT capability located adjacent to Atlantic Aviation (midfield) and at Jet Aviation (south end). The agency said the new capability should improve traffic flow and safety. Although customs already had the facility adjacent
to Jet Aviation, the US-VISIT equipment wasn’t installed until last month.