HARRISBURG, Pa. — Twenty-three airports will make safety upgrades and expand operations with the assistance of $8.8 million in state investments, according to Governor Tom Wolf.
Included in the grants is $5.4 million distributed through the Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, which is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds. The grants leverage nearly $3.6 million in local matching funds. Authorized by the General Assembly, the grants are administered by PennDOT‘s Bureau of Aviation. [Read more…]
Aviation International News is reporting that the FAA associate administrator for airports has affirmed an earlier director’s determination that requires the city of Santa Monica, Calif., to keep its airport (SMO) open until 2023.
In a final decision and order, the associate administrator responded to the city’s appeal of the Dec. 4, 2015, director’s determination, which found that the city was obligated by receipt of grant funds to keep the airport open at least until Aug. 27, 2023. The city appealed that determination, and the FAA re-examined the record.
“Based on this re-examination,” the final decision and order noted, “the FAA concludes that the director’s determination is supported by a preponderance of reliable, probative and substantial evidence, and is consistent with applicable law, precedent and FAA policy.”
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KISSIMMEE, Florida — The City of Kissimmee recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the new Kissimmee Gateway Airport Administration Building.
After the ribbon cutting and flag raising ceremony, the city rededicated the new building to former City of Kissimmee Vice Mayor Jimmy Dyer, whom the original terminal building and Dyer Boulevard were named for in 1977.
Dyer was an advocate for the expansion and enhancement of all things aviation related at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport. [Read more…]
The board of directors of Chicago Executive Airport have again rejected pilots’ request for self-serve fuel, continuing a stalemate over high gas prices. According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, the board voted unanimously against offering self-service aviation gas, despite a petition from nearly 200 pilots asking for it.
According to one board member, self-serve fueling stations would compete with the airport’s FBOs.
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WHEELING, Ill. – Pilots and aircraft owners at Chicago Executive Airport have created a petition to encourage the airport’s board of directors to install self-serve aviation fuel on the airport.
“It’s kind of as if your town wouldn’t allow gas stations to offer self-serve pumps,” said Madeleine Monaco, president of the Chicago Executive Pilots Association (CEPA). “The result would be people taking their business to neighboring towns to save on gas prices. The same thing is happening at Chicago Executive.” [Read more…]