Pilots and others in aviation are being encouraged to comment on the upcoming Washington Aviation System Plan update. Last updated in 2009, the plan is a statewide strategy to maintain and improve Washington’s air transportation system to meet current and future needs, according to officials.
You would have had to be living in an ice cave to miss all the media hype about the unusual cold weather gripping the United States in the first week of January. The weather phenomenon known as the “Polar Vortex” provided great fodder for dramatic images of frozen and barren highways, giving the impression that all transportation stopped — including air travel. Indeed many airlines delayed or cancelled flights, stranding some passengers for days.
But at many general aviation airports, the cold weather didn’t slow air traffic at all.
Beaufort Engineering Services (BES) was recently awarded a contract for Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), the second busiest airport in the state.
BOLIVAR, Tenn. — Year-end 2013 revenue figures just released from the Hardeman County Airport in Bolivar (Whitehurst Field/M08) demonstrate the benefit of defining a community airport as an asset.
A federal judge has denied the FAA’s request for more time to respond to a lawsuit filed by the city of Santa Monica to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport. According to a report in the Santa Monica Lookout, Judge John F. Walter denied the FAA’s request for an additional 44 days to respond to a lawsuit that claims the city has the right to close down at least part of the 227-acre parcel that has operated as an airport for nearly a century. The ruling says that the FAA had “failed to demonstrate good cause for the requested extension,” especially given the “time-sensitive nature of this action.”
An in-depth story on AOPA.org about the embattled Santa Monica Airport in Southern California notes that its fate could have implications for airports across the country. The subject of a lawsuit by the city to close the airport, SMO “should be the cause célèbre of aviation interests to draw the proverbial line in the sand,” Richard Asper, an airport consultant, is quoted as saying in the story, adding it’s a fight the aviation community cannot afford to lose. “We have to make this one a public outcry.” Read the full story here.
A Cessna 310 is now “flying” into the aviation-themed park at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina.
MINERAL WELLS, Texas — A new taxiway has been constructed by the City of Mineral Wells to link the airport’s 6,000 foot and 4,000 foot runways to three businesses, a 54-acre tarmac and dozens of acres of adjacent raw land that is available for development.