OLYMPIA, Wash. — Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation is encouraging aviation enthusiasts and pilots to test the features and functions of a new, web-based Airport Mapping Application.
Bill Schmalz, who organizes the South Florida Seaplane Splash-in every year and is quite active in the Seaplane Pilots Association, recently sent us some pictures of a “new” seaplane base in the New York City area — LaGuardia Airport after Superstorm Sandy. He notes that it’s only fitting, as the airport was originally a seaplane base: “Back to its roots,” he said, adding, “bring on the Pan Am Clippers.” Photos below: [Read more…]
A new online tool is designed to help decision makers at the airports in Washington state make more strategic investment choices to support local communities and the state’s economy. The Aviation Economic Calculator allows decision makers to estimate how changes in activity at an airport, such as new flight activity, businesses or capital projects, may affect an airport’s economic vitality.
With the Republican convention only days behind us, and the Democratic convention going on this week, this is the obvious opportunity to take a lesson from their play books. Because whether you subscribe to this one or that one, you have to admit the elephants and donkeys have been exceptionally successful for many years at exactly one thing: They stay in the driver’s seat year after year, fending off challengers with the ease a well-waxed airplane sheds raindrops in flight. And they both accomplish that feat by using the exact same method. They work hard to build a big tent, and then build it even bigger at every opportunity.
In contrast, let’s consider ourselves — general aviation community. We are a minority. A small minority, actually. Very small. We are also undeniably shrinking. [Read more…]
If America falls off the so-called “fiscal cliff” on Jan. 2, one of the first victims could be St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, according to a report by Jamal Thalji in the Tampa Bay Times. The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, speculated in a recent report that the airport could be one of six in Florida and 106 around the country that would have to shut down because the FAA wouldn’t be able to pay air traffic controllers.
The state of Georgia is promoting a new tagline – “Georgia Airports Mean Business” – in an effort to raise visibility for the airports that pairs a 2011 Georgia Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study with a YouTube video and DVD. In a report at NBAA.org, Carol Comer of the Georgia Department of Transportation, is quoted as saying: “Those of us in aviation, whether we’re pilots or on the infrastructure side, we get it. The harder sell is for the family in a rural area who may never have been on an airliner much less a general aviation airplane.”
In my experience, airports fall into two categories. There are those that are all business, a sterile environment where pilots and passengers pass through for a time, leaving none of themselves or their experiences behind. These are efficient patches of asphalt that are necessary in modern times, and it is not the function or responsibility of these facilities to inspire.
Then there are the other places, those half-forgotten patches of grass or concrete where a middle-aged housewife with gray hair or a gangly teenaged boy whose arms have not quite come to terms with his legs are encouraged to follow a desire to become one with the sky.
The Transportation Research Board will conduct a webinar June 5 that will feature research conducted by TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) related to aviation fuel options and cost. There is no fee to register for the webinar, but participants must register in advance.
Twenty-seven airports across Pennsylvania will improve facilities and enhance safety with a $12.6 million investment of federal and state funds, Governor Tom Corbett announced today.