Officials with the National Business Aviation Association have urged a federal appeals court to legally void a deal between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, California, that allows the city to shorten the runway and close the Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) after 2028. [Read more…]
WINTHROP, Washington – Methow Valley State Airport (S52) will close May 14, 2018, for 85 days for a $5 million project to replace the pavement at the general aviation airport.
According to officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the runway is tentatively scheduled to reopen at the end of June to avoid interfering with the expected fire season operations of the United States Forest Service (USFS), conducted by the North Cascades Smokejumper Base (NCSB). The NCSB is prepared to operate out of alternate airports as necessary until construction is completed, state officials noted. [Read more…]
The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) has issued a report showing that Donaldson Field leads the state in economic impact among general aviation airports.
Located at the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center (SCTAC) in Greenville, S.C., Donaldson Field is the state’s largest general aviation airport, encompassing 1,400 acres.
The airport is an important hub for cargo air freight and serves as a bustling aircraft maintenance and modification center providing everything from major repairs to routine inspections, according to airport officials. Other uses include air charters, hangar and tie-down rental, flight lessons, pilot and aircraft supplies. [Read more…]
Workers are putting the finishing touches on a new putting green at North Carolina’s Moore County Airport (KSOP), which serves the golf-crazy village of Pinehurst, N.C.
“Pinehurst is the golf capital of America,” said Dan Maples, the golf architect who designed the new putting green. “Go anywhere in the world and mention Pinehurst and people know about our village and the story of golf in America.”
The airport already features a large sign that faces the runway and states, “The Aviation Gateway to the Home of American Golf.” [Read more…]
McKINNEY, Texas – McKinney National Airport (KTKI) is hosting an event Friday, April 20, 2018, at 11 a.m. to celebrate the groundbreaking of its new 17,000-square-foot FBO and executive terminal.
The new transient hangar, which broke ground last month, and executive terminal are designed for the McKinney Air Center, which is the FBO providing fuel and services to the aviation community at McKinney National Airport. [Read more…]
By MATT McVICKER
“You should have seen this place back in the 1970s.”
I often hear this phrase passionately tossed around in the FBO lounge. The pilot is usually sucking back a blazing hot cup of coffee that has been curdling on the warmer for hours.
While I acknowledge the glory days of general aviation flying, the truth is, I wasn’t even born yet.
Close neighbor friends introduced me to aviation as a young child in the 1990s. I would gleefully hop in their Piper Chieftain often. I was in love.
The same wonder and excitement many Baby Boomers felt the first time they came to know general aviation has stuck with this Millennial ever since. [Read more…]
SANTA ANA, Calif. – 100LL fuel sales at John Wayne Airport (KSNA) topped 316,000 gallons from April 2017 through January 2018 compared to over 220,000 gallons for the previous 10-month period. [Read more…]
MELBOURNE, Florida — It’s a major undertaking to close, reconstruct and re-open all three runways in succession at an international airport, and probably not for the faint of heart.
“But it was necessary and our team was up to the challenge,” said Greg Donovan, A.A.E., executive director of Orlando Melbourne International Airport (KMLB).
It’s been almost 25 years since the airport’s three runways were resurfaced. The usual protocol is to stagger significant airfield projects months or years apart, but that wasn’t an option at KMLB. With more than 200 commercial aircraft and 1,900 general aviation operations each week, the growing airport needed to move forward quickly. Fortunately, the Florida Department of Transportation recognized the need and provided half of the funds for the initial project. [Read more…]