A major runway relocation project has been completed at New Hampshire’s Nashua-Boire Field Airport. The project, funded by the FAA, relocated Runway 14/32 some 300 feet to the north, allowing for adequate separation from a nearby taxiway. It also extended the runway by 500 feet, to 6,000 feet, and added overrun safety areas at both ends. The runway is now available for visual landings, with full operation expected on November 15, by which time navaids will have been relocated and instrument approach procedures published.
Marshall Group, owner of the UK’s Cambridge Airport, will kick off a more than $30 million infrastructure investment program next month, including the construction of a new taxiway to provide a key access route to the south end of the runway. In addition, the airport will undertake a rehabilitation of the 6,447-foot runway itself. The airport is one of just five in the UK capable of business and passenger services with a 24/7 slot allocation during the 2012 Olympics period.
Despite initially approving the operation of Gulfstream’s new flagship G650 at Colorado’s Aspen-Pitkin County Airport when it enters service, officials there have reversed their decision after a citizen’s group pointed out that the wingspan of the ultra-long-range business jet exceeds the width limit set by local code and the FAA. The airport’s management initially based its approval on the span of the wing’s lifting surface, which according to Gulfstream does not include the winglets.
After completion of an FAA-approved redesign and reconstruction of taxiway Alpha-2, Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport officials commissioned parallel taxiways Alpha-2 and Alpha-3 last week. Both A2 and A3 are approximately 50 feet wide by 1,300 feet long and are installed with unidirectional centerline lighting to enhance night operations. The airport said the project increases operational safety by reconfiguring A2 into two parallel taxiways, permitting traffic in only one direction on each lane.
Bradley Pacific Aviation has opened a new FBO at Kona International Airport in Hawaii. The 4,000-sq-ft (372-sq-m) facility is conveniently located just off the main taxiway. Bradley Pacific is part of the Ross Aviation group (ABACE Booth H413) and it operates six FBOs across Hawaii’s islands.
The Massachusetts Port Authority gave the go-ahead to Bedford-based Rectrix Aviation to develop new FBOs at Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Under the terms of the lease agreement, Rectrix will invest approximately $5 million to develop 27,000 sq ft of hangar and office space at Worcester Airport and $15 million to develop approximately 96,000 sq ft of hangar and office space at Hanscom Field.
The three runways at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill., have reopened after being closed for six months due to renovations to the main 10,000-foot runway and the “bulls-eye” area where the three runways intersect. A temporary runway, 10/28, that allowed aircraft to use the airport during renovations will now be converted into Taxiway Papa.
The runway expansion project at Cherokee County Airport (CNI, formerly known as 47A) in Canton, Ga., was completed last month. The airport’s 3,414-foot main runway has been extended to 5,002 feet, which will allow most general aviation aircraft to land and take off from the airport. In addition, a full-length taxiway is almost complete. The airport has Rnav (GPS) with Waas approach to 250 feet.