But that’s nothing new for the airport, where there is always something new going on. [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…]
Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), which is about 10 miles north of O’Hare International Airport, is always open — even in the snowy winter, when it’s not uncommon for up to a foot of snow to accumulate in a day.
That makes it imperative for the KPWK crew to keep the GA airport’s runways clear as airport operations demand surfaces as close to dry as possible so aircraft landing and departing can stop in the available distance when necessary.
That led officials at the airport — which sees approximately 77,000 operations every year — to spend some time figuring out how many cubic feet of snow the airport crews moved during the last big storm, which dumped about 10″ on the airport. [Read more…]
KSAV is one of the first commercial service airports to formally integrate drone technologies into its regular operational programs for inspection, maintenance, monitoring and facility management, including supporting its Part 139 inspection protocols. KSAV officials note integrating UAS will be a force multiplier for the airport’s wildlife and security operations. [Read more…]
Two governors in the Southeast have increased funding for rural general aviation airports, noting they recognize that having these airports upgraded is a key element in driving increased economic development in these areas.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently proposed $25 million in increased funding for improvements and expansions at 11 rural airports, while Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin recently allocated $20 million for rural airport improvements, and has proposed an additional $20 million in funding. [Read more…]