Wednesday, April 10, 2013

McGhee Tyson (KTYS), Knoxville, Tennessee: Weather team could be cut at airport

Weather observers at McGhee Tyson Airport said they are concerned about safety for pilots and passengers after their contracts through the Federal Aviation Administration were only extended through the end of May.

Budget cuts from sequestration are prompting the FAA to reduce spending. While the FAA said the contract weather observers, or CWO, are budgeted through the fiscal year, which ends September 30th, local observers said they were told the contracts are only good through the next 60 days.

"This impacts everyone that flies. I think they're doing away with safety," said Gary White, who works part-time as a weather observer at McGhee Tyson Airport. "Our job is extremely important because we are one of the main components of air traffic safety."

White said contract weather observers are trained by the National Weather Service. McGhee Tyson observers are contracted through Vero Tech, which sent White a notification that the contract was only extended through May 31st. White said their badges also expire on that date.

"The FAA is being very tight lipped on this," said White. "Our contract has been extended a couple of months. Whether they extend it again, it just depends on how quickly they can get the air traffic controllers trained on the new system they're working on, which is actually going to be a much limited data gathering system compared to what we currently use."

White said the system will not be able to track snowfall totals, detect ice pellets and freezing drizzle, report visibility under a quarter-mile, or get detailed information on thunderstorms.

"I highly respect the work that air traffic controllers do. They have a profession that is extremely time-sensitive and it also requires quite a bit of subject matter expertise. But whenever you have inclement weather that comes in, they have to be at the top of their professional game to get aircraft vectored correctly and taken care of quickly," said White.

Joe Davis, another weather observer, said he sent politicians letters outlining his concerns.

"Across the nation, CWO offices team with similar professional staff. The loss of the experience of this office and those like it across the nation, in my opinion, is negligent at best and bordering on criminal," said Davis.

Davis said McGhee Tyson and other airports will be using air traffic control (ATC) personnel in a Limited Aviation Weather Reporting Station (LAWRS) capacity.

"This is an extremely dangerous undertaking the FAA is instigating. The replacement of experienced, dedicated, veteran weather personnel with novice, inexperienced tower staff who will handle weather duties, limited as collateral duties, ifs foolhardy," said Davis. "This broad sweeping regression of service will endanger the lives of the traveling public."

The FAA would not confirm the weather office is closing.

"The weather observer contract is funded for this fiscal year, which ends September 30," said Kathleen Bergen, with FAA Communications.

According to the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), it got word of the closing dates for weather offices at over 100 airports across the country. The list showed McGhee Tyson would have to transition from contract weather observers "no later than June 30th."

"It's not a matter of if they are, it's a matter of when they're going to do it," said White. "Being someone who's been in aviation weather for 23 years, I've seen quite a bit of activity. But I've never seen a decision such as this, a decision that has potentially great ramifications than any other budget cut out there."

"A lapse of seconds is enough for mistakes to occur," said Davis. "At Lexington, Kentucky, in 2006, Comair Flight 5191 crashed killing 47 passengers and two crew members. The air traffic controller gave the correct runway assignment and stepped away to complete other administrative tasks assigned by FAA protocol. The plane crashed taking off from the wrong runway."

"We must be able to provide them that information, especially during inclement weather, as quickly as possible, as accurately as possible. We all have to be at the top of our game during inclement weather," said White. "So if an air traffic controller will be doing both jobs at once, you cannot do both jobs perfectly."

According to the list from PATCO, Tri-Cities Regional Tn/VA is required to make the transition no later than June 15th, and Memphis International by July 31st. 


Source:  http://www.wbir.com

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Delta County (KESC), Escanaba, Michigan: Airport Manager Connie Ness announces plans to retire

 

ESCANABA - Following a career at the Delta County Airport that "took off" 17 years ago, Airport Manager Connie Ness has announced her plans to retire. 

The Delta County Board of Commissioners recently received a letter from Ness, who expressed her desire to retire effective June 1.

The board voted Tuesday night during its regular county board meeting to approve a personnel committee recommendation to post the open airport manager position. The job will be posted through Michigan Works! and the Michigan Association of Airport Executives. The board will meet as a committee of the whole to interview applicants for the open position on April 29.

Ness, who is a certified instructor for both aircraft and float aircraft, has worked at the airport for approximately 17 years. Half of this time she served as the assistant airport manager before taking over as airport manager for the remaining half.

In her job as airport manager, Ness has been responsible for maintaining the airport and ensuring its safety while also representing the county to the Federal Aviation Administration and the state.

"Some of the things I'm most pleased with now are our relationship with the airline with our commercial service," said Ness. "They're doing really well right now so I hope we can keep that up. We've also been able to do a number of projects to maintain and upgrade our infrastructure."

So what's next for Ness?

"I'm looking forward to doing other things," she said. "There's lots of things to do."

However, Ness said she will miss the people she has worked with day in and day out.

"I will miss the camaraderie out here of the staff and the pilot and aviation community," she said.

Many who have worked with Ness over the years have had plenty of positive things to say about her and her advocacy for the airport.

"She's always been an advocate for the airport and worked to make things better - to Improve services, improve the atmosphere and comfort of the passengers, private pilots and employees," said Delta County Administrator Nora Viau.

Kelly Smith, assistant manager of the Delta County Airport, has worked with Ness since 2004 and said Ness' knowledge and passion for aviation will be missed.

"She's very passionate about this airport and making sure the community, locally in Escanaba and the whole surrounding area, know how much of an economic impact having a local commercial airport has," said Smith. "It's an investment in the community."

Tom Elegeert, chairman of the county board of commissioners, also praised Ness' job performance.

"She's done an outstanding job," he said. "Over the years she's brought the airport to a very high level and she's done a very super job. She's a really good team player."

Vicki Schwab, director of the Delta County Economic Development Alliance and a member of the Delta County Airport Advisory Board, has worked with Ness over the past couple years and commended her work.

"Connie did a great job managing our wonderful airport asset," said Schwab. "Connie was very committed to promoting and attracting business to the Renaissance Zone and the development of the Delta Green Aviation and Marine Integrator Cluster. It was a professional pleasure to work with her."

Former county commissioner Darrel Bengry also formerly served on the airport advisory board and worked with Ness for many years.

"She's a great asset. She's a very responsible person and I wish her well," he said. "She's what has made the airport successful, really."

Story:   http://www.dailypress.net

Savannah/Hilton Head International (KSAV), Savannah, Georgia: Graham to retire as airport director

The Savannah Airport Commission today announced that Patrick S. Graham, longtime executive director of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport will retire, effective June 30. Airport assistant executive director Gregory B. Kelly will become the acting executive director on July 1.

Graham began working with the Savannah Airport Commission in 1985 and has served as executive director since January 1, 1991. Before that, he was director of administration and finance, as well as assistant executive director.

In his 28 years with the airport, Graham has been responsible for many major capital projects, the largest of which was the design and construction of the new $68 million airport terminal in the northwest quadrant of the airport from 1992 to1994.


Read the full story in Thursday’s Savannah Morning News and on savannahnow.com.

Canso restoration group negotiates east coast engine swap

The Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society members, left to right, Don Wieben, John Campbell, Jim Allan and Doug Roy with one of the engines they will be taking to Newfoundland.


The Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society (FARS) has gotten the green light on a pair of low-hour engines for the CANSO project. 

The towns of Stephenville and St. Anthony in Newfoundland have a Canso aircraft on display with a pair of good engines but as the aircraft there is for display purposes only, they are willing to trade them for a pair on non-running examples.

The FARS group has found a pair of engines, one with just a few hours life left in it, the other with internal damage and will be transporting them to Newfoundland to install on the Canso there after removing the good engines from it.

Canso CFIZU in St. Anthony was on reserve as a waterbomber for the Newfoundland government until about three years ago when it was given to Stephenville for display purposes. Stephenville agreed to let It pass on to St. Anthony as that town had an extensive history with the Canso aircraft – a mission operating out of St. Anthony had used a Canso for emergency flights up and down the coast and a local pilot had died while flying one of them.

Roger Penney, a pilot with 30 odd years flying the Canso on waterbomber duty flew IZU to St. Anthony.

Before the engine exchange could happen, the town councils of both Stephenville and St. Anthony had to agree to it and Don Wieben of FARS said the two councils are thrilled the engines will be flying once again. They attached only two conditions to the exchange, one being if the engines and propellers were sold instead of being used the money from the sale would revert to the towns of Stephenville and St. Anthony. The second is that once the aircraft is flying the Canso group make Stephenville and St. Anthony a part of the airplane’s itinerary so the citizens of Newfoundland can see what they contributed to.

Read more here:  http://www.fairviewpost.com

The Patriots are not the Blue Angels, get over it

BY Chris Sullivan on April 10, 2013 @ 5:51 am (Updated: 7:24 am - 4/10/13) 

The Andrew Walsh Show 

Now that the sadness over the Blue Angels canceling their trip to Seafair is wearing off, it's time to start thinking about who is coming to fly over Lake Washington. 

 What is the Patriots Jet Team, and what does it do?

The Patriots are an all-volunteer jet stunt team. Their pilots do this in their spare time, for fun, but they are former military guys, some who have flown with the Blue Angels, the Thunderbirds and the Snowbirds.

Their L-39's are made in the Czech Republic. They are slower and smaller than the F/A 18 Super Hornets used by the Blues, with a top speed of about 450 miles an hour. "They're a single-engine jet trainer," lead pilot Dean Wright told KIRO Radio's Andrew Walsh. "They don't have all the avionics and weaponry that you're going to find on an airplane like the F/A-18 with the Blue Angels."

The jets don't have an after-burner, which means they certainly don't make as much noise, but Wright said they're still pretty loud.

The Patriots flew over Seafair in 2007 and 2008 as the appetizer for the Blues. This year, they are the main course, and Wright knows that is a disappointment for many. "It sucks that this has happened," he said. "It really does. The same thing has happened down here in the Bay Area with our own Fleet Week, but you know get out and enjoy the day, and we are going to do our best to entertain you and I guarantee you if you do come out you'll go home satisfied. Don't come expecting the Blue Angels or for us to try and mimic the Blue Angels because that's not what we do."

So what do the Patriots do?


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Yukon Mountie charged with dangerous flying after plane clips vehicle

WHITEHORSE — A Whitehorse Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable has been charged with dangerous flying.

RCMP say the charges were laid after a low-flying aircraft struck an unoccupied vehicle near Fish Lake in Whitehorse on January 11.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The officer, who was off-duty at the time, has been charged with three counts of the dangerous operation of an aircraft, but his name has not yet been released and he is scheduled to appear in court May 8.

In addition to the criminal charges, the officer is facing an internal RCMP investigation and has been assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of that probe.

Police aren’t saying what type of aircraft was involved, the type of vehicle that was struck, or if the incident happened during takeoff or landing.

The RCMP say the criminal investigation involving the officer was reviewed by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team and was found to be impartial and comprehensive.

Barry Holt of the Transportation Safety Board said the matter does not fall within the board’s mandate so it did not get involved.



Source:  http://www.therecord.com

Continental Airlines flight 1404, Boeing 737-500, N18611: Accident occurred December 20, 2008 in Denver, Colorado

 

DENVER - The federal government paid $10.2 million to settle lawsuits from passengers and crew on a plane pushed off a Denver runway by a wind gust. 

In December 2008, Continental Flight 1404 slid off a wind-blown runway during a night takeoff and down a ravine, where it caught fire. All 110 passengers and five crew members managed to escape. Six people were seriously injured and dozens of others were treated for minor injuries.

The jetliner crash was blamed on pilot error and a strong crosswind. A 2010 National Transportation Safety Board report said the pilot failed to make the proper rudder adjustments to keep the plane on the runway while dealing with the crosswinds.

The lawsuits alleged that air traffic controllers didn't tell the Continental Airlines pilot about wind gusts when giving him wind speeds before takeoff. The NTSB report also cited air traffic controllers' failure to provide "key, available" information about the wind as a contributing factor.

A lawyer for some of the around 60 people who sued revealed last month that settlements had been reached and they totaled "several million dollars." The Department of Justice released the settlement amount in response to a Freedom of Information Act Request received by The Associated Press Wednesday.

Investigators said the air traffic control system and inadequate crosswind training in the airline industry contributed to the crash.


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 NTSB Identification: DCA09MA021
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of CONTINENTAL AIRLINES INC
Accident occurred Saturday, December 20, 2008 in Denver, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/17/2010
Aircraft: BOEING 737-524, registration: N18611
Injuries: 6 Serious,41 Minor,68 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The Safety Board's full report is available at http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/A_Acc1.htm. The Aircraft Accident Report number is NTSB/AAR-10/04.
On December 20, 2008, about 1818 mountain standard time, Continental Airlines flight 1404, a Boeing 737-500, N18611, departed the left side of runway 34R during takeoff from Denver International Airport (DEN), Denver, Colorado. A postcrash fire ensued. The captain and 5 of the 110 passengers were seriously injured; the first officer, 2 cabin crewmembers, and 38 passengers received minor injuries; and 1 cabin crewmember and 67 passengers (3 of whom were lap-held children) were uninjured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The scheduled, domestic passenger flight, operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121, was departing DEN and was destined for George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas. At the time of the accident, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, with strong and gusty winds out of the west. The flight operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The captain’s cessation of right rudder input, which was needed to maintain directional control of the airplane, about 4 seconds before the excursion, when the airplane encountered a strong and gusty crosswind that exceeded the captain’s training and experience. Contributing to the accident were the following factors: 1) an air traffic control system that did not require or facilitate the dissemination of key, available wind information to the air traffic controllers and pilots; and 2) inadequate crosswind training in the airline industry due to deficient simulator wind gust modeling.

Last of the Helldivers: Aircraft a Popular Attraction in the Warbird Area of Expo

ERNST PETERS | THE LEDGER 
Ted Short , crew chief of the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver, the only remaining aircraft of its kind still flying, poses with the aircraft at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland on Tuesday.


LAKELAND | There were 7,200 Curtiss-Wright SB2C Helldivers built in the 1940s, but only one is still in the air. It's at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In this week.

The fact that this Helldiver is still flying is incredible considering she crashed 31 years ago and broke into three little Helldivers.

"This is an amazing airplane," said Ted Short, 82, from Fort Worth, Texas, crew chief for the plane.

It's still humming along just fine, with a maximum speed of 270 mph, the World War II aircraft is a popular attraction in the Warbird area at Sun 'n Fun.

The two-seat dive bomber, built in 1945, has a chair for a pilot and one for a rear gunner. It was a monster in many ways. It delivered bombs and depth charges and could strafe with rockets, a cannon or machine gun fire.

With the nickname "The Beast," it's still a monster, but now it's a fuel monster, Short said. "It sucks gas like you wouldn't believe."

There are a handful of other Helldivers in the world, but right none of them are in the air, Short said. He said some are in museums, and one is being restored in California.

This particular aircraft was assigned to the Navy from July 1945 through August 1948, primarily in California. Her final service assignment was in Corpus Christi, Texas, after which she went to an aeronautical school and a museum.

A Commemorative Air Force member bought it in 1972.

In 1982, the airplane appeared to meet its doom. It crashed in an emergency landing in South Texas, Short said, breaking into three pieces. The pilot luckily stayed in one piece.


Read more here:  http://www.theledger.com

Hartzell Propeller Debuts New Website at Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo

LAKELAND, Fla., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Hartzell Propeller today announced the debut of their new website, www.hartzellprop.com at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. The new Hartzell Propeller website is the culmination of nine months of market research and strategy aimed to provide each of the diverse Hartzell audiences quick, easy access to information they need.

Joe Brown, President of Hartzell Propeller, welcomes the change, saying, "There is no such thing as a typical Hartzell customer. We serve everyone from pilots to mechanics to kit builders. So we felt that this new website had to have something for everyone. It had to be easy to navigate for each one of our customer groups."

Aside from the easier navigation, the new www.hartzellprop.com features one-click access to the Hartzell Service Center located at the company's headquarters in Piqua, Ohio. It also features an enhanced Top Prop section and a substantial online reference library with access to hundreds of categorized documents, forms, and manuals.

For the aviation enthusiast, new features include "Arrivals and Departures," a blog specifically geared to the aviation community, a collection of Hartzell Propeller videos, and an illustrated company history timeline that dates back to the company's origins tied to Orville Wright in 1917.

According to Brown, "We love aviation and the community that surrounds it. We want this website to be welcoming to everyone in that community."

Hartzell Propeller is widely recognized as the leader in advanced propeller design and manufacturing technology. The company has developed the next generation of propellers based upon innovative "blended airfoil" technology and is manufacturing these blades using a combination of revolutionary machining centers and robotics; and with its new ASC-II(TM) composite technology, to provide mission-optimized performance for its customers. Hartzell Propeller was founded on the principle of "Built on Honor" - a tradition that continues today.

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Cessna 172 Cutlass RG, N9343D: Essex County Airport (KCDW), Caldwell, New Jersey

Courtesy of the Fairfield Police Department
No one was injured when this Cessna 172 Cutlass RG  front landing gear malfunctioned today, necessitating a scary but safe landing at the Essex County Airport.


FAIRFIELD TWP. _  No  injuries were reported when a single engine plane was forced to land without its front landing gear engaged at Essex County Airport shortly after noon today.

Police received a 9-1-1 call from airport officials at 12:21 P.M. reporting a plane would be attempting to land without its front landing gear engaged.

The plane, a 1982 fixed wing, single engine Cessna owned by CF Images LLC of 19 Wright Way, Fairfield,  apparently had some malfunction in engaging its landing gear while in flight, police said.

Frederick Hartman Jr. of Century Air, which is located at the airport, was at the plane’s controls at the time of the incident. He was engaged in training a second individual, identified as Alberto Corvo, to become a flight instructor.

The plane landed at 12:49 P.M. without the front landing gear and without incident. No one was injured.

The Fairfield Fire Department, Atlantic Ambulance and Paramedics and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the emergency. The investigation of the incident was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport has resumed normal operations.

This is the second incident at the Essex County Airport this year involving a plane that had a landing gear malfunction during landing. On February 7th a 1964 Piper PA-30, fixed wing, multi-engine airplane lost the use of all of its landing gear and the plane ended up sliding down the runway. No one was injured.

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Air rage Briton pictured with black eye after offering to fight everyone on board holiday jet



A holiday jet made an emergency landing after a boozed-up Brit offered to fight everyone on board.   Money broker Sean Kelly was last night being held in a Florida jail over his outburst.  The 31-year-old allegedly spat at cabin crew on the British Airways flight from Mexico after downing half a bottle of vodka.

Story, Photo, Video, Reaction/Comments:  http://www.mirror.co.uk


A British holidaymaker was in a Florida prison cell Tuesday facing up to 20 years in jail after allegedly spitting on crew members and threatening fights with other passengers on a flight back to London.

Sean Jude Kelly, 31, was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence after the captain of the British Airways flight from CancĂșn to Gatwick made an emergency landing in Orlando on Sunday night.

Kelly, of Chingford, Essex, drank half a bottle of vodka and became disruptive shortly after takeoff, then fought with police officers and threatened to kill one of them as they removed him from the aircraft when it was on the ground, according to his arrest report.

Story, Photo, Reaction/Comments:  http://www.guardian.co.uk

Privatizing the Blue Angels suggested

 

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - Tuesday, April 9, the Navy announced that the entire 2013 Blue Angels air show season had been canceled due to federal military budget cuts. The same day, the unit's commanding officer spoke to the media aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. 

"We understand it's an important balance, so we don't want to jeopardize any of the resources our deploying forces have," said Commander Tom Frosch. "I've been over there, and you don't want to find out you don't have the equipment you had because of an air show so to speak.  But it's a balance; and we just have to trust our leadership will figure out that balance."

Santa Rosa Island Authority Director Buck Lee said the cuts will kill business on Pensacola Beach.

"If they would just send one less jet airplane to some third world country, we could pay for the air shows around the United States," Lee said.

Lee has his own idea: privatize the beach show and fund it with contributions from local businesses and corporate sponsors.

He said the problem is the price tag.

"I checked to see what it would take," Lee said.  "It would take 15 practices, and then three days of an air show, and you're looking at about $1.2 million to put it on. I could probably go out and find some major sponsors and bring in $200,000, it's the other $1 million that's the trick."

FOX10 News brought Lee's idea to 'Boss' Frosch.

"I know that has been discussed, but unfortunately that's out of my lane," Frosch said.  "It would require a lot more than just one air show. We'd have to maintain proficiency all the way up until that air show. So even if that were the case, we wouldn't have enough proficiency to do something like that.  We can't just turn the air shows on or off; it's something that we need to maintain throughout the year,

The Blues will continue to fly from NAS-P, but not near enough to get ready for shows.

"It's considerably different," Frosch said.  "We're talking 11 hours a month maximum, and it requires a lot more. We normally fly 30 to 40. So to put on a safe demonstration, you need a lot more than 11 hours."

Those 11 hours are all the Blues will get each month.  You can catch them flying around in pairs, just don't expect the normal aerial acrobatics.

The shows may be canceled for 2013, but the commander did leave us with some optimistic words for the future.

"Our hope is that we will get turned on for the 2014 season, and get back up to speed and have a great season next year," Frosch said.

Lee said according to a study done last year by the University of West Florida, the economic impact of the Pensacola Beach show exceeds $2 million for the area.

The Blues said they'll still maintain their high level of community outreach, and will sign autographs Wednesdays at the National Naval Aviaton Museum on-base.


Story and Video:  http://www.fox10tv.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department chief says airport needs more officers



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In a new letter, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe says the airport needs more police officers and outlines what he thinks the city needs to do to keep the airport safer.

 The letter comes at the request of city manager Ron Carlee, who was examining costs at the airport amidst the struggle over control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Travelers said they've never worried about safety.

"I've always felt safe every time I come here," traveler Dwayne Templet said.

Since taking over policing in December, CMPD has bumped up the number of officers from 42 to 61.

But in the letter, Monroe said the airport still has the fewest officers among the 23 Category X airports -- high traffic airports that are at the highest risk of terrorist activity.

"That surprises me," traveler Brenda Martin said, who also added that she feels safe traveling at Charlotte Douglas.

The transition this year, fiscal year 2013, increased costs. With the transition, costs were about $5.5 million. In 2012, the airport spent about $2.6 million on police. Next year, fiscal year 2014, it expects to spend almost $6 million.

Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) said the rising costs are a big reason why giving control to a regional airport authority makes sense.

He said it would protect the airport's low-cost status.

"You don't need more people if the job was being done by what you had before. Are we better off? Are we safer?" he said.

But councilman Andy Dulin said yes and pointed to a memo from Homeland Security attached to the chief's letter.

It says the agency is "delighted" with CMPD taking over and its recent seizures at the airport of more than $200,000 associated with "criminal activity."

"They're saying the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police force is the correct group to be looking after the airport," Dulin said.

Councilman James Mitchell said it shows the city's decisions here have been good ones.

"The question is still -- what did we do wrong?" he asked.

City leaders said it's still unclear to them what kind of security an airport authority would have.

CMPD said no one representing or supporting the authority has asked what it would cost to contract with CMPD and keep police in place.

Story and Video:  http://www.wsoctv.com

Google-powered San Jose airport facility hits snag over curfew: Airport curfew delays decision on jet facility

SAN JOSE -- The City Council on Tuesday delayed until next week a highly anticipated vote on an $82 million proposed facility for corporate jets at the city's airport after worried residents raised concerns about whether or not the recommended operators would abide by the airport's curfew.

A last-minute memo issued Monday by Aviation Director Bill Sherry revealed that Signature Flight Support and its primary tenant Blue City Holdings, a company that manages aircraft for Google executives, would not agree to a specific curfew compliance provision.

But Sherry said both companies have agreed to sign a general provision that requires them to adhere to all federal, state and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations -- which he said applies to the city's curfew.

Sherry said the city is legally covered and both companies would follow Mineta San Jose International Airport's established 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. curfew.

But the memo has generated enough confusion that City Councilman Sam Liccardo, whose district includes residents affected by airport noise, asked the council to wait until the evening portion of next Tuesday's council meeting before deciding on the proposal, which the council roundly said it supports.

That will allow more constituents to publicly air their concerns and hopefully resolve their questions surrounding the curfew issue before the council considers Signature's development proposal.

"There's good reason for people in the public to be suspicious because the change came belatedly," Liccardo told the council. "Let's vet it and expose it to sunshine and move it forward."

In a 10-1 vote, the council agreed with Liccardo, with only Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio opposed, saying most of the corporate jets will ultimately be exempt from the curfew anyway because they generate less than 90 decibels of noise.

Earlier in the meeting, the council unanimously denied an appeal by Atlantic Aviation to halt the city's deal with Signature, which would provide at least $3 million annually in rent and other fees to the city's debt-ridden airport.

Source:   http://www.mercurynews.com
 

San Jose's proposed Google-powered airport hit some turbulence on Tuesday. The culprit? San Jose's much-jawboned curfew regulations. 

 The City Council on Tuesday delayed a vote to approve a ground lease with Signature Flight Support for an $82 million fixed base facility. The fixed base operator's largest tenant would be Blue City Holdings LLC, which operates and manages Google's executives' planes.

The last-minute snag stems from Signature's request that it not be subject to some current curfew enforcement regulations.

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Cape May County Airport (KWWD), Wildwood, New Jersey: Morey Speaks on Economic Development

By Art Hall 

 Our nation has been experiencing economic problems for several years now and as a result there are many people out of work and the average family income has gone down almost 10 percent. Cape May County certainly has not been insulated from this pain.

Several years ago a number of Cape May County citizens and I started meeting monthly to address tax issues in our county, calling ourselves Cape Issues. Because of the county’s need for jobs, this focus has been expanded to include economic development.

The Coalition of Community Organizations (COCA), under the leadership of Larry Kratzer, invited Freeholder Will Morey to speak to the group April 4, and accordingly a number of us from Cape Issues were present. I want to share here with you some of the topics he very briefly sketched out.

While a high-level sketch can come across as underwhelming, the ramifications over time hopefully will prove significant. Take the Open Space changes; to this point, we were setting aside our very scarce land exclusively for nature. Now it will include being held open for the people’s use.

Cape May County Airport. As a resource, it is vastly underutilized. The airport is run by the Delaware River Bay Authority. Under its new and creative director, Scott Green, the DRBA is now undertaking an upgrade of the facility, including securing a fixed-base operator, a company on site to run it, something which it has lacked for years.

An impediment to development which the county had to overcome was a pending Historic-Preservation application which would have encompassed much of the airport. Naval Air Station Wildwood and county government have now worked out a compromise which allows development to proceed. A significant advantage the airport property enjoys is that it is exempt from CAFRA regulations.

Open Space and Farmland Preservation.
The annual $4.8 million program is being recast to include parks, recreation and open spaces for festivals and events within the towns. A Wildwood project, for example, will have Open Space purchase the land, and the City of Wildwood be responsible for the other costs.

The change to Open Space will now allow for Historic Cold Spring Village to be eligible to apply for funding for enhancements.

Wineries. Due to the special soils and our latitude, Cape May County is a desirable wine-grape growing region. The Cape May County planning office and Leslie Gimeno is assisting in developing this potential.

Coast Guard.
There is an $80 million impact on our region by the base, according to an Atlantic Cape Community College study. The City of Cape May and the county are working with the Coast Guard in a formal effort to optimize the relationship for mutual benefit.

Signage. Leslie Gimeno of the county planning office is also working to assist visitors to our area by creating a common theme for directional signage.

South Jersey Economic Development District.
This board has been much in the news lately for going off-mission. Will Morey is now chairman. He took an active role here because of its ability to assist with infrastructure improvements.

NextGen (Next Generation Air Transportation System). The job market is gigantic, particularly with Congressman LoBiondo’s involvement as chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee. This has a short time-horizon of only several years before we see the fruit, and is only minutes away for Cape May County residents.

Strategic partnerships. The county sees the possibility for investments which will not move the tax needle up, yet help our economy to advance. Ocean County and Cape May, for example are short on parking facilities. The county could make investments along with those cities which would generate revenue to not only repay the investment, but bring a return long after the investment is repaid.

County Vocational Technical School. Morey was questioned as to why the school is backing away from providing the vocational education to students in such fields as plumbing, carpentry, electrician, etc. which are necessary for the needs of our county. He responded that he is in the process of learning, what do we have now, what is the mission of the school, and what is the delta.

COCA meets the first Thursday of the month at 2:00 PM in the Intermediate Room in the County Administration Building, 4 Moore Road, CMCH. For information contact Larry Kratzer, 368-0197.


Source:  http://www.capemaycountyherald.com

No one was injured after the mid air emergency due to mechanical problems: Parafield Airport, South Australia

Photo: The Cessna 402 carrying five people was forced to make an emergency landing after a mechanical failure.
 (Kim Robertson: ABC News)


A light aircraft with five people on board has landed safely at Parafield Airport in Adelaide's north after a reported mechanical failure. 

The Cessna 402 departed this morning carrying four passengers from security company Chubb.

A short time later, the pilot reported a problem with the aircraft's landing gear.

Emergency services rushed to the scene as the plane, which was built in 1974, circled the airport for about an hour.

The pilot was able to operate the landing gear and the aircraft touched down without incident just after midday.

A police spokesman says it is believed the warning indicator light for the plane's landing gear was broken but investigations are continuing.

http://www.abc.net.au