tinicum township — and Delaware County in Pennsylvania file a lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia regarding the acquisition of land to expand Philadelphia Int’l Airport. The complaint seeks a declaratory judgment to uphold a Pennsylvania statute that would require the City of Philadelphia to seek the consent of Tinicum Township and Delaware County prior to purchasing any land located in either. The complaint arises out of the proposed Capacity Enhancement Plan (CEP) at PHL, which calls for the acquisition of land within Tinicum Township to expand airport operations. The lawsuit alleges that the proposed purchase of land would displace some 300 residents in 72 homes.
the sunborne companies —at Centennial InterPort™ in Englewood, CO announce the completion of a lease transaction with the sysRAND Corp., which will occupy approximately 2,400 sq. ft. of office space located at Centennial’s InterPort Boulevard Office/Hangar Facility. sysRAND is an aerospace/aviation company that performs research and development of specialty systems and low-energy industrial processes.
tsa — Transportation Security Administration is scrapping the ‘puffer’ bomb-detection technology, in part because of high maintenance costs for the 94 machines currently deployed at 37 U.S. airports. The agency spent some $30 million for 207 machines, which have incurred about $6 million in maintenance costs since introduced in 2004.
tucson int’l airport — debuts its Prickly Paws Pet Stop, a landscaped lounge area next to its Concourse P, for pet owners.
vivaaerobus — ceases operations at Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport effective June 1, 2009. Carrier cites a key reason for the cutback is the outbreak of the swine flu virus that caused an unprecedented rise in the level of American passenger cancellations.
Hangar 10 opens for business at mkc
The new Hangar 10 aviation services complex at the Kansas City, MO Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) officially opened for business in mid-May. Hangar 10, which broke ground in January on a 91,000-sq. ft. unique aviation services complex, is currently operating from a temporary facility located on ten acres at the northwest end of the airfield. A new 40,000-gallon fuel farm has been installed and an extensive ramp is in place built to accommodate aircraft up to a Boeing BBJ.
When completed, the complex will feature a 28,000-sq. ft. executive terminal that is designed to be a distinct cultural departure from traditional fixed base operations. It will feature several pilot overnight rooms that double as day quarters complete with desk, entertainment center, private bath/shower, a fold-down bed, and a fitness center. The complex will also incorporate three hangar bays totaling 56,000 square feet with two of the bays capable of handling Gulfstream 650 and Global Express sized aircraft.
At long last, development at opa locka
After years of stalled development and declining aircraft operations, Miami’s Opa-locka Executive Airport (OPF) recently unveiled the first of two facilities on a 180-acre plot of land under development by investment firm AVE, LLC. AVE’s completed projects include a 478,000-square foot mail sorting facility for the U.S. Postal Service and a 151,000-square foot aircraft warehouse with space available for lease.
In February 2007, the County entered into a 55-year development lease agreement with AVE for development of a 180-acre tract that required AVE to invest $187 million of development over the next ten years. One-third of the development will consist of aeronautical-related facilities and the remaining will include industrial and retail space.
Meanwhile, J.P. Aviation Investments (JPAI) is actively constructing aviation facilities on 40 acres of land at OPF, including a five-bay, 31,500-square foot corporate hangar under a sub-lease agreement with Turnberry Aviation. Two of the five-bay corporate hangars were completed in 2007 and construction of the remaining hangars is ongoing. JPAI is also constructing a new 656,269-square foot fixed base operator facility for private jet operations.
Burbank Considers Transit Center
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