U.S. senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced the formation of the Senate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Caucus on September 27.
The venue for the G8 Summit scheduled for mid-May has been moved from Chicago to Camp David near Frederick, Md. It will now be held at Camp David on May 18 and 19, which will affect aircraft flying into Hagerstown and Frederick Airports in Maryland, as well as Franklin County Airport in Chambersburg, Pa. The Martinsburg (W.Va.) Airport, which is the closest airport outside the restricted area, has an 8,800-foot ILS-equipped runway and a control tower.
So it took a torrent of battling press releases, multiple sound bites and numerous press briefings before we finally learned the real hang-up over the FAA extension bill, and it wasn’t three little airports in West-by-god-Virginia and two other states.
When 91-year-old Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) relinquished his chairmanship of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee late last year, the domino effect thrust Sen. John Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) into the chairmanship of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
With the days before Congress’ summer vacation rapidly dwindling, the FAA funding conundrum continued last month. In late June, Congress bought itself three more months when it extended the agency’s current funding and programs until September 30. Lawmakers now have extended aviation funding and taxes five times since they initially expired on Sept. 30, 2007.
A noise study will be one of the first jobs of the new Palwaukee Airport Community Engagement Council (PACE), an airport/citizen group organized earlier this year to address issues the local community has with the Wheeling, Ill. general aviation airport.
In a guest column in the Martinsburg Journal, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) expressed optimism about the Sino Swearingen SJ30 jet program. Sino Swearingen’s Martinsburg factory builds the wings and fuselage for the SJ30 and ships them to the company’s headquarters in San Antonio for final assembly.
Corporate pilot (and AIN contributing writer) Rob Mark heads up the Palwaukee (Ill.) Airport Community Engagement Council, or PACE. To mark the airport’s recognition as the 2004 Illinois reliever airport of the year, PACE has published a simple brochure that highlights the airport’s contributions to the local economy and its effect on the community’s social structure.
With next year’s NBAA Convention coming to New Orleans, Atlantic Aviation wanted attendees to know that it is in place at Lakefront Airport (NEW) and ready to serve. The existing Million Air facility is one of the best known in the country, but Atlantic’s Sue Sommers wants customers to know there is an alternative. She told AIN the hangar there is unusual–“like a big ark” with tiled walls and a curved wooden ceiling.
New York City-based Arcadia Aviation announced plans yesterday to create a $20 million 200,000-sq-ft corporate hangar and office complex at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (MRB) in Martinsburg, W.Va. Groundbreaking for the first phase–a 20,000-sq-ft hangar with 3,600-sq-ft of attached offices–is anticipated to be early next year.