Wildlife can wreak havoc for airports and their staff. Birds and other animals can damage planes on the ground or cause accidents by flying into the engines or roaming on airport grounds. To increase awareness of these concerns and to improve safety for all, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will offer free training sessions for airport personnel. [Read more…]
Now live at Albert Whitted Airport (SPG) in St. Petersburg, Florida, is EarthCam’s webcam. The new live streaming view lets you watch as general aviation airplanes prepare for takeoff.
Blogger Jolie Lucas encourages pilots to find those airports that offer a little something extra, like Pecos, Texas (KPEQ), which offers homemade burritos, chips and salsa or Beaumont, Kansas [O7S], where you can actually taxi into town. And she encourages airport officials to think outside the pattern: “We can all do a little something to make our airports attractive to guests,” she notes. “The fun factor helps increase goodwill and numbers of visitors.” Read her full post here.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) joined by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Business Aviation Association submitted comments at the March 12 East Hampton Town Board Meeting in opposition to the town’s proposal to restrict operations at East Hampton Airport (HTO) in New York. [Read more…]
Last month the Super Bowl brought more than airplanes to Arizona’s Glendale Municipal Airport (KGEU) — it also brought potential buyers for property located on the airport. At least that’s the hope of Brian Hufft, chief financial officer of Glendale Hangars.
Glendale Hangars is selling 103 hangars, along with a number of shade rows and 11 acres of open land for development on the south end of the airport, which is about 30 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix, Hufft explains. [Read more…]
A group of pilots are raising money to build a public observation area at Jack Barstow Municipal Airport (KIKW) in Midland, Mich., in hopes that the Midland Community Aviation Discovery Area will help more people feel welcome at the general aviation airport. According to a report from the Midland Daily News, the park-like setting would include an airplane body, tables, a shaded area and display boards that focus on aviation themes, the physics of flight, the airport’s layout, aviation communication, airport history and aviation facts. A website is expected to be created to supplement the information.
How would you feel landing at an airport where the control tower is 105 miles away? It’s happening in Sweden, according to this report from NPR.
The City of Santa Monica’s efforts to absolve itself from an agreement with the federal government are “obviously intended to restrict or end operations at Santa Monica Airport in violation of longstanding federal law and a specific contract it signed,” the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) argued in a federal appeals court filing Thursday, Jan. 22.