Feb/March13 Industry News

Boeing 787 Grounded

Dreamliners worldwide have been grounded as of press time after lithium ion batteries led to a fire in one plane and smoke in a second. Boeing is still building 787s even though deliveries have been halted, and is aiming to deliver at least 60 of the planes in 2013. That would keep it on pace for its current rate of building five per month. Boeing has said it wants to be building 10 787s per month by the end of 2013. U.S. aviation officials have asked Boeing for a full operating history of the batteries on the 787s. Japan’s All Nippon Airways confirmed that it had replaced batteries on its 787 aircraft ten times because they didn’t charge properly or connections with electrical systems failed; Japan Airlines also said it had replaced 787 batteries.

ACI-NA Releases 2013 Capital Needs Survey

America’s airports need to complete $71.3 billion worth of essential infrastructure projects between now and 2017, including major runway and terminal expansions that are required to keep pace with passenger growth forecasts, says the association. During a media briefing, ACI-NA president Greg Principato stressed that the existing federally mandated funding system fails to meet U.S. airport capital needs for modernizing airport capacity which is critical for a safe, efficient, and globally competitive aviation system. The survey provides information on all airport projects over the next five years, not just those that are Airport Improvement Program (AIP) eligible, as is the case with the FAA’s National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) report.


ACC — Paula Hochstetler will retire as president of the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) on Dec. 31, 2013. The ACC board of directors has unanimously selected ACC Executive Vice President T.J. Schulz to succeed her as president. At the time of her departure, Hochstetler will have led ACC for more than 19 years.

Bombardier Aerospace — increased its aftermarket service network for business aircraft customers with the addition of a line maintenance facility (LMF) in Nigeria. ExecuJet Nigeria in Lagos will complement ExecuJet’s centre in Lanseria, South Africa, which has been part of Bombardier’s Authorized Service Facility (ASF) network since 2002.

Bonham (TX) — receives a $1.6 million aviation grant from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division. The Texas Transportation Commission gave final approval in January for the grant for Jones Field. It requires the city of Bonham to match 10 percent, $160,000.

CDA — Chicago Department of Aviation has been honored by the Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) with a “Public Body of the Year” award. According to CISCO, the CDA was chosen for its management of the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP), which has provided thousands of jobs to Chicagoland area union construction workers and contractors.


COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE — Holly Woodruff Lyons has been appointed Subcommittee on Aviation Staff Director. Woodruff Lyons has been a member of the Subcommittee staff since 2002, and the top Republican Aviation staffer since 2007.

DANE COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT (WI) — Passenger traffic was up 6.7 percent when compared to 2011, marking the second-best year in airport history. In 2012, the airport recorded 810,953 passengers, behind the record year of 2004 when 847,341 passengers flew out of the airport. Officials credit the boost to several service expansions that included flights to New York-LaGuardia; Cincinnati; Denver; Orlando, FL.; and Washington, D.C.

DELTA AIR LINES — will add new service to Atlanta from Burlington, VT; Green Bay, WI; and Anchorage, AK, beginning summer 2013.

Delta Air Lines — the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and JFK International Air Terminal LLC (JFKIAT) will continue expansion at JFK International Airport with a $175 million project that will add 11 gates and 75,000 square feet to Terminal 4’s Concourse B. Delta has committed an additional $5 million for information technology enhancements. The new project is in addition to the previously announced $1.2 billion redevelopment at Terminal 4 set to open in May.

DFW — Jeff Fegan announces plans to retire in September as chief executive of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Fegan, 58, has held the top position at DFW since 1994.

EPIC — announces the release of the iGo EPIC app. The app offers easy search functionality and fuel pricing for FBOs within the EPIC FBO Network. For EPIC Cardholders there’s an added convenience of getting account specific pricing by FBO location.

Google — execs could be getting a serious travel upgrade with the proposed addition of an $82 million facility that would service and house their private jets at the Mineta San Jose International Airport. The proposed 29-acre expansion will include an executive terminal, hangars, and ramp space large enough to accommodate large business jets and aircraft servicing facilities.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — is keeping its title as the world’s busiest. Airport officials say passenger traffic increased by more than 3.1 million passengers in 2012 — making 2012 its busiest year ever.

JDA Aviation Solutions (JDA) — and Group & Wang Associates (G&W) of Washington, D.C., and Beijing have entered into a strategic cooperative relationship to help aviation companies improve safety and quality management and comply with the U.S. and People’s Republic of China civil aviation regulations and certification requirements. The focus will be on airworthiness, certification, airline and airport safety auditing and management.

LANDMARK AVIATION — announces Charlie Ferraro as a regional vice president. Ferraro will supervise the company’s Western U.S. locations, which include operations at IFP, LAX, OAK, SAN, and SDL.

MIDWAY AIRPORT — FAA approves the City of Chicago’s preliminary application to its privatization pilot program, allowing the City to move forward with issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for potential interested bidders in Midway Airport, and test market interest, conditions, and revenue generation possibilities for the potential lease of Midway.

Midway — The number of passengers boarding flights at Midway Airport last year increased a modest 1.8 percent from 2011, to 9.67 million travelers, enough to surpass the airport’s previous high set in 2004. Five airlines provide more than 510 daily flights to about 65 cities.

NBAA — changes the name for its largest annual U.S. event from “Annual Meeting & Convention” to “Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition” (“BACE”).

North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) — will be presenting the first annual Safety Show-Down event on April 3, 2013 at Million Air Dallas at Addison (KADS) Airport.

Northrop Grumman Corp.’s — Europe-based airport systems group has signed a contract with the U.K.’s East Midlands Airport, part of the Manchester Airports Group, for the delivery of the Passenger Flow module of its Airport Realtime Collaboration (ARC) suite.

PARAGON NETWORK — Paragon Aviation Group adds two locations DuPage Flight Center (KDPA) in Chicago, and Henriksen Jet Center (KTME) in Houston. Located in West Chicago, DuPage Flight Center is an alternative to Midway. Its 14,000-square-foot executive terminal features an array of professional amenities, including on-site catering, a restaurant, and exercise facilities.

PINNACLE AIRLINES — announces it will move its headquarters from Memphis to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

PIPER AIRCRAFT — The FAA is requiring inspections on tens of thousands of older model Piper airplanes to check cables that control tail surfaces. The FAA is posting a directive prompted by reports of failures in the cable assembly which direct a plane’s nose. The rule requires inspections and parts replacement as needed, to correct what the FAA calls an “unsafe condition.”

REPUBLIC AIRLINES — Embraer and Republic Airways Holdings Inc. sign a contract for the sale of 47 Embraer 175 jets. The agreement includes options for an additional 47 aircraft, providing a potential for 94 E175s, which could reach a total value of approximately $4 billion.

Rizon Jet — the luxury flight services company headquartered in Doha, State of Qatar, announces that its VIP Terminal in London Biggin Hill has been ranked No. 1 in this year’s European Business Air News (EBAN) FBO survey.

Singapore — plans to add a fourth terminal to its international airport, boosting the number of passengers it can handle to 82 million a year as low cost airlines burgeon in the region. Changi International Airport says that construction of the 600 million Singapore dollars ($485 million) terminal will begin in the fourth quarter of this year and be completed by 2017. It will spend a further S$680 million on airfield infrastructure, aircraft parking spots, and security.

Swissport USA — plans to hire 1,000 New Jersey residents for available positions with the aviation ground services company at Newark Liberty International Airport as it opens a new cargo and baggage handling operation this spring.

Triangle Grading And Paving — has been awarded a $943,182.78 contract from the city of Lynchburg, VA, to enhance Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH). The project is expected to begin Friday, March 15 and is scheduled to be completed by May 2013.

U.S. Department of Transportation — According to the Air Travel Consumer Report issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the reporting carriers posted a rate of 3.09 reports of mishandled baggage per 1,000 passengers for 2012, an improvement on 2011’s rate of 3.35 and their lowest rate of mishandled baggage for a year since this data was first reported in September 1987.