Saturday, June 29, 2013

CK's, a landmark Tampa restaurant, closes today: Tampa Airport Marriott

The View at CK's restaurant still spins, but there is no evidence of the hundreds of engagements, proms and anniversaries celebrated there through the years.  The restaurant, perched atop the Tampa Airport Marriott hotel, isn't what it was in its heyday, when hundreds of people waited for a seat on Friday nights and staff kept spare jackets to lend to gentleman guests who came without one.

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Airport needs work; opinions are not facts

I just read another article in The Gazette about the airport here in the Colorado Springs losing money. Oh, I've seen the new ads. And now the people in charge are going to build a new lovely facility for people to enjoy at the airport. The first time I came to Colorado Springs, I flew in. What a lovely airport, I thought. 

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New airport terminal for Durango-La Plata County (KDRO) on table

With the skyrocketing, double-digit growth in passengers, it’s not inconceivable that Durango-La Plata County Airport could have direct international flights to Mexico or Canada within the next five years, Aviation Director Kip Turner said Friday. And with that growth could also come the need for a new terminal, Turner said, which “ballpark” estimates put at $25 million to $30 million. 

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Questionable use of sheriff's 'copter conjures memories

The recent flap over the use of a Stanislaus County sheriff’s helicopter for a private fund-raiser calls to mind the interesting revelations of eight years ago. Deputies, along with a helicopter and other hardware owned by the Sheriff’s Department, were photographed for a July 2005 catalog of 5.11 Tactical, a private business that sells uniforms and apparel for law enforcement personnel.

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Owner Wants Airport Expanded For Private Jets: Mount Snow (4V8), West Dover, Vermont

Jim Barnes purchased the Mt Snow Airport on June 6th. Barnes, who also owns the Hermitage Inn and Haystack Ski Area, says expanding the airport will bring more visitors, more often, to the Mount Snow region and the Deerfield Valley. Barnes bought Haystack in 2011 and revived an earlier plan to turn the defunct Wilmington resort into an exclusive, members-only club. 

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Strong winds rip hangars, damage planes ... Aircraft owners are inspecting destruction: Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport (KSPA), South Carolina

SPARTANBURG, S.C. —Friday night's strong winds in Spartanburg left behind a trail of destruction at the downtown airport and in neighborhoods. Darwin Simpson, director of Downtown Memorial Airport, told WYFF that about 10 hangars and seven airplanes were damaged. Simpson said strong winds struck the airport between 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. 

Top ethics professor accused of sexually assaulting woman on plane

A top academic has gone on trial accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a plane to Scotland. Professor Bernd Wannenwetsch, who is president of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, is charged with touching the woman on her breast and thigh during the flight from Amsterdam to Aberdeen.

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Aviation camp in south-central Kentucky may be canceled

Somerset — Time is running out to be a part of a one-of-a-kind experience that will help the futures of area children to take flight. A youth aviation camp, made possible by the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, is scheduled for July 22 and 23. It won’t be able to get off the ground, however, unless as many as 30 kids sign up. Any less, and it’s a no-go.

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Big money for small airports: Feds split $500,000 for Mansfield Municipal (1B9) and Taunton Municipal/King Field (KTAN), Massachusetts

MANSFIELD - Airports in Mansfield and Taunton will receive more than $500,000 in federal grants to make improvements to their facilities, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III announced Friday. Kennedy said the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $255,000 to Mansfield Municipal Airport and $295,000 to King Field in Taunton. 

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DOGGY ON BOARD: Shelter pets fly to new homes

ELKO — The dogs shuffled in their kennels as they were being loaded onto the private airplane. “I wish I had a Tetris-solver,” laughed Dr. Peter E. Rork, president of Dog Is My CoPilot Inc., as he struggled to fit seven dog kennels into the plane’s small cargo space.

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'Broken' plane delays yacht search

The search for seven people missing on the historic schooner Nina was delayed this morning because an airplane was "broken".   "There's been a bit of a delay because the airplane that they were going to take isn't able to fly," a Maritime New Zealand spokeswoman said this morning. 

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Airshow grounded due to loss of money: Fort Scott Municipal Airport (KFSK), Kansas

Because the Fort Scott Municipal Airport lost money from last year's airshow, the Airport Advisory Board voted during its April 4 meeting to not hold the event this year. On Thursday, board members discussed the event, and stated that the airport lost $2,600 from the show last year and the city made up for the loss by paying expenses from the city budget. 

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Renovation bids continue for Brunswick Golden Isles Airport (KBQK), Brunswick, Georgia

Glynn County Airport Commission officials are closer to embarking on an extensive runway rehabilitation project. Problems arose during the original bidding when 41 contractors were invited to bid on the project, but only one responded. And its bid was for $24 million, twice the $12 million cost anticipated by the commission.

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Monroe Regional Airport, Louisiana: Airplane destroyed on tarmac, reported by KMLU tower observer

Severe thunderstorms along a cold front produced wind gusts of 77 mph at Monroe Regional Airport near 8:30 PM Friday evening.  The Shreveport National Weather Service reports that an airplane was destroyed on the tarmac of the airport.  Also, trees and power lines were reported down around Monroe.


Plane was at Iwo Jima

The OY-1/(L-5) Sentinel now at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot was at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. It is one of 11 planes belonging to the Texas Flying Legends Museum based in Houston. The planes spend a portion of the year in Minot and also in Maine before returning to Houston for the winter months.

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Avantair intends to 'restructure its affair'

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - Avantair Inc., a Clearwater-based company that sells shares in its twin-engine turboprop aircraft to patrons who can schedule flights instead of flying on a commercial airline, told its fractional owners Friday it must "restructure its affairs in order to emerge healthy."

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Williston aircraft company teams with Bolivian Air Force

It takes two to tango, and after a recent agreement between the Bolivian Air Force and a Williston aircraft company, the two partners are collaborating. Team Tango, a local business that specializes in building experimental airplane kits, is negotiating contracts and training technicians in Bolivia. 

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Warbirds will take to Daytona's skies for Coke Zero 400

DAYTONA BEACH — Coke Zero 400 fans won't hear the roar of high-powered military jets over the Speedway at the end of the national anthem, but they will be entertained with vintage warbirds. As the sequester budget cuts continue to keep military jets grounded, Daytona International Speedway has secured a group of eight World War II-type aircraft to perform the pre-race flyover at the July 6 race. 

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