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NBAA joined with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association last week in jointly filing an amicus curiae brief in support of the FAA’s opposition to one of the latest efforts by the city of Santa Monica, CA to restrict operations at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The "friend of the court" brief supports the legal precedent that airports that have accepted grants or property from the FAA are obligated to continue to make those airports accessible to the public. Last February, a U.S. District Court in California agreed with the FAA in dismissing a lawsuit filed by the city, in which Santa Monica officials maintained the city had never relinquished control over airport land when it leased the property as a military airfield during World War II. Aviation attorney Jol Silversmith said the city has failed to cite any basis in its latest appeal for the court to overturn the earlier decision. Read more about the latest SMO developments.
FAA Requests Pilot Feedback on LED Lighting at Airports
Jan. 16, 2015
In an effort to more effectively deploy LED lighting technology at airports and heliports, the FAA is seeking input from pilots with their experience with Light Emitting Diode (LED) airport/heliport lighting during approach, landing, ground movement and take-off phases of flight. NBAA participation will help members of the NBAA Access Committee’s Air Traffic, Airspace and Flight Technologies Subcommittee play an active part in an operationally effective deployment of this technology. Learn more about LED lighting and take the FAA survey.
FAA Discusses Pros and Cons of Airport LED Lighting with Industry Stakeholders
Dec. 3, 2014
The FAA held a symposium regarding LED lamps and their application on airports, during which the agency and industry stakeholders, including NBAA, discussed the pros and cons of LEDs, and began the developed of a path forward to benefit all users. The agency said it intends to sponsor the development of an LED flight test plan, which will include all the appropriate FAA services and offices, as well as input from those in the aviation industry. "The ability to safely transition from instrument flying to visual flying close to the ground, especially at night, combined with the trend toward more and more installations of enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) technology on business aircraft, means this issue must be solved sooner rather than later," said John Kernaghan, from the NBAA Access Committee. Read more about LED lighting at airports.
North Dakota Seeking NBAA Help in Planning for Airport Expansion
Nov. 28, 2014
North Dakota is experiencing substantial economic growth, and the state’s Aeronautics Commission (NDAC) says that this growth has led to the need to expand airports. The NDAC is updating its North Dakota State Aviation System Plan, which will document aviation needs, guide funding decisions and identify the future of the aviation system. As part of the overall planning process, the NDAC is conducting several surveys on general aviation in the state – and it wants the input of NBAA Members. “We are very supportive of NDAC’s efforts to gather information about general aviation operations in North Dakota, and hope that our Members will take advantage of the opportunity to give their input to the NDAC,” said Kristi Ivey, NBAA regional representative for the Northwest. Learn more.
FAA Rulings Reaffirm Agency’s Authority Over Airport Operations
Nov. 21, 2014
The FAA recently made two determinations that carry ramifications for communities seeking to exert undue authority over the control of local airports. In a final policy statement published in the Federal Register earlier this month, the FAA reaffirmed its "long-standing policy" on the allocation of funds derived from taxes on aviation fuel, and the responsibilities of airports over funds that aren’t levied by the airports themselves. Generally, revenue raised by airports – including through taxation – must only be used for aviation-related purposes. The FAA also recently denied a petition by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to restrict easterly departures from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during overnight hours on certain nights. Read more about these two FAA rulings.
Major Runway Rehabilitation Project In Progress at McCarran International Airport
Nov. 5, 2014
A major rehabilitation of Runway 25R/7L at Las Vegas, NV’s McCarran International Airport (LAS) began on Nov. 1, and is scheduled to run through April of 2015. During this time, traffic management initiatives are possible based on the airport configuration as well as air traffic demand. The majority of the time, a favorable airport configuration should keep significant delays to a minimum. Learn more.
NBAA Again Advocates for Business Aviation at SMO Commission Meeting
Sept. 26, 2014
As Santa Monica city officials have discussed closing Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in Southern California, NBAA has continually worked to remind civic leaders of the vital role the airport plays – in the National Airspace System and the local economy. At a monthly meeting of the Santa Monica Airport Commission on Sept. 22, NBAA’s Western Regional Representative Stacy Howard cited the arguments previously made by NBAA, including in a July Part 16 complaint and subsequent August filing. “NBAA was there to listen and represent the business aviation industry,” said Howard. “I advised the commission that the city is obligated by FAA grant assurances until 2023, which require long-term leases to be available, without discrimination, to both aviation and non-aviation tenants.” Learn more about NBAA’s long-standing work to represent business aviation’s interests at SMO.
Chicago Executive Begins Month of Weekend Runway Closures
Sept. 5, 2014
Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) began weekend closures of Runway 16/34 on Sept. 5. This is the first of five weekend closures, each running from Friday at 10 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m. The closures will change to nightly the first weekend in October. Additionally, the instrument landing system (ILS) for Runway 16 was shut down on Sept. 5 and will remain inoperative until at least Oct. 22, when the project is expected to be completed, and the ILS is flight checked for return to service. During construction, there is an RNAV (GPS) RWY 16 procedure available for aircraft that are capable. Learn more.
Colorado Airport Announces Temporary Closure to Fixed-Wing Aircraft
Sept. 5, 2014
Colorado's Rifle Garfield County Regional (RIL) Airport will be closing to fixed-wing aircraft from 9 a.m. (local time) Sept. 15 until 5 p.m. (local time) Sept. 24, because of construction of the A-3 taxiway. Under special conditions, pilots may request access to the runway after construction hours by coordinating and receiving direct permission from the airport director. Learn more about the temporary closure at RIL.
Napa Airport Provides Staging Area for Earthquake Response
Aug. 29, 2014
When the largest quake to hit Northern California since 1989 struck just south of Napa in the early morning of Aug. 24, its epicenter was less than 2 miles from Napa County Airport (APC), but the airfield stayed open and provided a critical staging area for disaster response. "It was a busy weekend, and the ramp and hangars were full, but we had triple-chocked the aircraft and luckily none moved or sustained damage," said Mark Willey, CEO of Napa Jet Center, the FBO on the airfield. "Everyone, including our charter flights, was able to fly out on schedule." The earthquake shattered the windows in the tower, putting it temporarily out of service, but operations are continuing with radio clearances from nearby Oakland Center. Read more about the quake’s impact on APC.
South Carolina Airport’s Rehabilitation to Close Runway at Night
July 31, 2014
South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) will be closed nightly starting Sunday, Aug. 3 through late March 2015, for rehabilitation of Runway 18/36. “Our goal to have as little impact on business and other flights as possible, so runway closings will be only at night,” said Kirk Lovell, assistant director of airports for Horry County, which manages MYR. “Business flights are a very important part of our operations.” Learn more about runway closures at MYR.
Runway Closures Affecting Sonoma County Airport
July 18, 2014
As part of a runway safety improvement project at Charles M. Schultz Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa, CA, Runway 14/32 is closed until Oct.15, 2014, and there will be a series of upcoming nighttime Runway 2/20 closures at the airport. The next scheduled nighttime closure runs this entire week, from 10:30 p.m. (PDT) to 6 a.m. (PDT). Phase 4 of this project, which begins on July 28, includes additional taxiway changes, such as a conversion of Runway 14/32 north of former Taxiway B (now Taxiway A4 and D) for use to taxi to and from Runway 20. In addition, there have been significant taxiway configuration changes that are not reflected in the current Jeppesen 10-9 airport diagram or the FAA AeroNav airport diagram. Read more about runway closures at STS.
NBAA Files Complaint With FAA on Santa Monica Airport Grant Assurance Obligations
July 3, 2014
NBAA and several other parties have filed a complaint with the FAA concerning California's embattled Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The complaint, formally filed on July 2 with the FAA Part 16 Airport Proceedings Docket, requests that the FAA clarify that the airport must continue to abide by its FAA grant assurances through August 2023, to ensure vital aviation services and facilities remain intact. "The continuing attempts by the city of Santa Monica to close its community airport fly in the face of their legal obligations and disregard the importance of the airport as a general aviation gateway to Southern California," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more about Santa Monica Airport.
New Wind Reporting Procedures Announced at ASE in Colorado
June 4, 2014
New wind reporting procedures have been implemented at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) as of May 15. Due to the unique geographical location and associated weather fluctuations at ASE, new wind reporting methods have been established in order to better disseminate current wind conditions. A main component of these changes mandates the issuance of a new ATIS and an updated aviation routine weather report/aviation special weather report (METAR/SPECI) if specific criteria is met after the regular hourly METAR has been issued. These changes should mitigate future instances of discrepancies between METAR reported weather and real-time wind information. Learn more about new procedures at ASE.
New Runway Safety Enhancement, 'eFAROS,' to be Tested at Logan Airport
June 4, 2014
The FAA will conduct an operational evaluation of the enhanced final approach runway occupancy signal (eFAROS), a runway safety system developed and adapted for Logan International Airport (BOS) by MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The evaluation will begin later this month, at a date to be determined, and continue for at least three months. MIT Lincoln Lab has developed training materials so pilots will be aware of the operational concept and protocol when eFAROS indicates that the runway is (or is soon to be) occupied. The existing PAPI lights have been modified to flash if runways 15R/33L, 4R/22L, 4L/22R, 27 or 32 are occupied, and there is arriving traffic. Learn more about the evaluation of eFAROS at Logan.
Business Aviation Capacity Looks Good at Los Angeles-Area Airports
May 27, 2014
The Los Angeles basin is home to many airports, including several key general aviation airports that provide important access for business aviation operators. “Despite economic pressures and a mix of operations in a congested metropolitan area, Los Angeles basin airports are accessible and open for business,” said Stacy Howard, NBAA’s Western regional representative. “The fact that most of these airports have available ground capacity and are not hampered by unreasonable air traffic delays is encouraging for NBAA Members and business aviation.” Read more about Los Angeles-area airports.
Aviation Groups Fighting for East Hampton Airport
May 26, 2014
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC), is among the aviation organizations fighting to maintain access to New York’s East Hampton Airport (HTO), even in the face of adverse court rulings and ongoing pressure from local residents who complain of loud noise from helicopters, jets and seaplanes. “They’ve already increased landing fees 20 percent for jets and helicopters,” said Jeff Smith, vice president of ERHC. “The numbers don’t add up. They’re trying to limit or eliminate helicopters and jets, but more than 50 percent of their revenue comes from those aircraft. They’re trying to kill the airport.” Listen to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on HTO.
Be Aware of Voluntary Noise Abatement Procedures for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood's New Runway
May 19, 2014
Once the new runway opens at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in September 2014, there will be a voluntary noise abatement plan implemented for nighttime operations. This voluntary user program will facilitate Broward County's compliance with the airport noise abatement program and the inter-local agreement between Broward County and the city of Dania Beach, FL. Read more.
ERHC Reminds Helicopter Operators to Follow Noise Abatement Procedures
May 12, 2014
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) is urging operators flying to and from East Hampton Airport (HTO) to adhere to the published noise abatement procedure. With community pressure mounting to ban helicopters altogether at HTO, operators are encouraged to fly the routes precisely, adhering to the recommended altitudes and using the best rate of climb/descent that does not interfere with passenger and crew safety or comfort. East Hampton officials are doing daily compliance checks, identifying operators that do not comply. Review the HTO noise abatement procedure (PDF).
DuPage Airport Widening Main Runway to Accommodate Larger Aircraft
April 3, 2014
Following a $4.2 million face-lift to its passenger and crew facilities, West Chicago's DuPage Airport (DPA) is prepping for the next phase of its development plan: an $11.2 million project to widen its 7,570-foot-long primary runway from 100 feet to 150 feet. Construction is slated to begin in mid-May for completion by Dec. 1, said David Bird, executive director of the DuPage Airport Authority. The primary runway at DuPage Airport, which sees 80,000 operations annually, is the longest in the area outside of O'Hare International Airport. DuPage is home to several business flight departments, and the widened runway is designed to handle the largest business jets. Read more about the project at DPA.
Illinois Airport Manager: NBAA Advocacy Resources Highlight Industry's Contributions
March 26, 2014
With small general aviation (GA) airports around the country often facing a wide scope of challenges, many airport managers have broadened their efforts to relay the contributions that their airports bring to the surrounding communities. Clayton Stambaugh, manager of Pekin Municipal Airport – John C. Kreigsman Field (C15) in Pekin, IL, recently ordered multiple copies of NBAA's Airport Advocate Guide, Airports Handbook and Business Aviation Fact Book for airport users and visitors to review and take with them. "These publications are very useful for airport managers looking to inform their surrounding community and/or region about the significant benefits aviation provides," Stambaugh said. "I also recently handed out copies to members of our city council and local chamber of commerce, which helped spur discussions about the airport's contributions to the area." Learn more about NBAA's resources.
Pilots Should Always Be Prepared for Unique Challenges at Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport
Feb. 4, 2014
Located in a scenic mountain valley, Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) in western Wyoming is a unique and challenging airport that requires in-bound operators to utilize thorough pre-flight planning, make smart in-flight decisions and pay meticulous attention to procedures on landing. The only U.S. airport with commercial service that lies entirely within a national park – Grand Teton – and by far the busiest airport in Wyoming (averaging about 75 operations daily, though the number is highly variable by season), Jackson Hole's abundance of unique features have earned the airport its own FAA safety alert for operators, SAFO 11011, titled "Best Practices and Mitigation Strategies for Special Airports." Read more about JAC.
Reno-Tahoe Airport Is Taking a 'New Approach' to General Aviation
Jan. 13, 2014
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) – operator of Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and Reno-Stead Airport (RTS) – is making plans for the future by placing significant emphasis on serving the general aviation (GA) community at RNO. New RTAA CEO Marily Mora is championing the effort, called "A New Approach," which is part of the recently released five-year strategic plan. "We went from virtually no relationship with RTAA to them asking, 'How can we help you?'" said Bob Meurer, president of the Reno-Tahoe Aviation Group (RTAG), an organization that includes pilots, based businesses and other members of the local business aviation community. "It's a 180-degree turn from our previous relationship, and we're tickled pink about it." Read more about growing GA at RNO.
Texas City Embraces GA Airport as Economic Driver
Nov. 26, 2013
Officials in McKinney, TX recently finalized a deal to invest $25 million to buy the former Collin County Regional Airport (TKI) and expand its business aircraft services. The newly renamed McKinney National Airport has a 7,000-foot-long runway, new control tower and instrument approach. "Economic development by business aviation, that's the ticket," said Ken Wiegand, Collin County's airport director. "The McKinney City Council understands we're ideally situated for attracting businesses that use aircraft, so they want TKI to be the best general aviation airport in the region." Read more about TKI.
Eastern Iowa Airport Invests in Business Aircraft Hangar
Nov. 19, 2013
As part of an infrastructure improvement project that got underway this month, Clinton Municipal Airport (CWI) in Iowa is adding a new hangar for business aircraft up to Cessna Citation X size, as well as a new terminal building, with the support of federal and state funding. "Clinton is representative of Iowa, which is full of entrepreneurial cities, but which are sometimes without robust airline service," said NBAA Central Region Representative Bob Quinn. "Clinton has invested in the suitable qualities needed for a business aircraft. Investing in facilities for midsize business aircraft makes sense." Construction at CWI should be complete by March or April, 2014. Read more about CWI.
Outagamie County Regional Enhancing GA Services
Nov. 1, 2013
With its two long runways, relatively flat terrain, limited commercial service and a new “green” general aviation terminal, Wisconsin’s Outagamie County Regional Airport (ATW) is hoping to attract more business aviation operations to its 1,700 acres just west of Appleton. The new building, which had its grand opening on Oct. 15, utilizes geothermal heating and cooling, a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic display and locally sourced materials, among many other environmentally friendly features. Read more about ATW.
NBAA Can Help Members Support Their Airports
Sept. 30, 2013
Too often, when there's a public meeting on an airport issue, none of the tenants shows up, said John Dorcey, chairman of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and a retired airport executive. "So already, before the project is out of the gate, the deck is stacked against us because those who do show up are anti-airport or anti-spending," he added. But for those unsure of how to get involved, advocacy groups, such as NBAA can help by providing technical information, political expertise and contacts, both within government and within the industry. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast on advocating for your airport.
Get to Know Your Airport’s Operations Crew
Aug. 29, 2013
Business aviation professionals can work out of a hangar for years without knowing the airport's management or operations staff. "A lot of times, airport tenants don't know what the operations crew can do. They see us driving snowplows, fixing lights and signs. But what we do is often above and beyond," said John Dorcey, a former airport operations manager who is now a consultant for Skyword Communications in Oshkosh, WI. That lack of familiarity with just what an airport operations director and staff can do often leads to misperceptions, he said. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the importance of knowing your airport's ops staff.
Airports in Focus
Learn more about some key general aviation airports located nationwide.
- Centennial Airport (APA) – Centennial, CO
- Naples Municipal Airport (APF) – Naples, FL
- Outagamie County Regional Airport (ATW) – Appleton, WI
- Bradley International Airport (BDL) – Windsor Locks, CT
- Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR) – Bridgeport, CT
- Bangor International Airport (BGR) – Bangor, ME
- Hernando County Airport (BKV) – Brooksville, FL
- Bowman Municipal Airport (BPP) – Bowman, ND
- Bob Hope Airport (BUR) – Burbank, CA
- Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD) – Chandler, AZ
- Clinton Municipal Airport (CWI) – Clinton, IA
- Canandaigua Airport (D38) – Canandaigua, NY
- DuPage Airport (DPA) – West Chicago, IL
- Baraboo-Wisconsin Dells Municipal Airport (DLL) – Baraboo, WI
- Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) – Eagle County, CO
- Wellington Municipal Airport (EGT) – Wichita, KS,
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) – Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) – Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU) – Glendale, AZ
- Manassas Regional Airport/Harry P. Davis Field (HEF) – Manassas, VA
- Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) – Jackson Hole, WY
- Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) – Leesburg, VA
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – Los Angeles, CA
- Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) – Kansas City, MO
- Ohio State University Airport (OSU) – Columbus, OH
- Snohomish County Airport/Paine Field (PAE) – Everett, WA
- Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (PIB) – Moselle, MS
- Oakland County International Airport (PTK) – Pontiac, Michigan
- Paulding County Northwest Atlanta Airport (PUJ) – Dallas, GA
- Wiley Post Airport (PWA) – Oklahoma City, OK
- Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) – Wheeling, IL
- Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) – Reno, NV
- Reno-Stead Airport (RTS) – Reno, NV
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – San Francisco, CA
- Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) – Santa Monica, CA
- Witham Field (SUA) – Stuart, FL
- Teterboro Airport (TEB) – Teterboro, NJ
- Collin County Regional Airport (TKI) – McKinney, TX
- Van Nuys Airport (VNY) – Van Nuys, CA