Airports – Business Aviation News Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:04:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Airports – Business Aviation News 32 32 142066361 U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $779 Million in Funding for Airport Infrastructure Wed, 15 May 2019 16:01:52 +0000 WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the intent to award $779 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. 

“This supplemental funding allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation’s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The selected airports will receive funding for construction or equipment to increase their safety, capacity, and security. Airports are vital to the local and regional economy and support critical transportation needs.

This funding is in addition to the $3.31 billion awarded in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding during fiscal year 2018, and $205 million awarded in the first tranche of supplemental AIP funding in September 2018. The recipients of the selected grants will meet any remaining required approvals. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by this funding increase the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, capacity, and could support further potential growth and development within each airport’s region.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a Federal Register notice on July 9, 2018, explaining the evaluation criteria and submission process. After the FAA awarded $205 million to 37 airports in 34 states in September 2018, airports in October 2018 submitted additional funding requests for grant awards in fiscal years 2019 or 2020.

Under the Secretary’s leadership, the FAA is administering the supplemental funding to strengthen the safety and efficiency of America’s airports. These investments increase the nation’s competitiveness and improve the quality of life for the traveling public. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. 

The requirements under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 include:

  • Requiring the FAA to give “priority consideration” to specific types of airports (smaller and more rural airports);
  • For non-primary airports, there is no local match required for the work covered by the grant; and
  • Requiring the FAA to obligate the supplemental funding by September 2020.

Please find the list of supplemental grant awards on our website.


SAVANNAH, Georgia, February 19, 2019 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced its ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER again demonstrated its performance prowess in a city-pair record connecting Singapore and San Francisco — a distance of 7,475 nautical miles/13,843 kilometers — faster than any other ultralong-range aircraft.

The G650ER departed Singapore’s Changi Airport at 10:58 a.m. local time December 18, 2018, crossing the Pacific to arrive in San Francisco at 8:45 a.m., local time. Flown at an average speed of Mach 0.87, the flight took just 13 hours and 37 minutes.

“The G650ER’s unsurpassed speed and real-world performance allow it to easily tackle ocean-spanning routes like Singapore to San Francisco faster than any other business aircraft,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “To Gulfstream, leading the class means continually demonstrating to customers that their ultralong-range missions are possible at the fastest speeds. Even after more than 85 records, we will continue to illustrate this real-world performance.”

The G650ER provides significant time savings on some of the longest high-speed routes in business aviation. The aircraft completed an impressive December record run that included:

  • Teterboro, New Jersey, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 6,141 nm/11,373 km in 11 hours and 2 minutes
  • Savannah to Marrakech, Morocco — 3,829 nm/7,091 km in 7 hours and 3 minutes
  • Marrakech to Dubai — 3,550 nm/6,574 km in 6 hours and 46 minutes
  • Dubai to Biggin Hill, U.K. — 3,046 nm/5,641 km in 6 hours and 45 minutes
  • Biggin Hill to Charleston, South Carolina — 3,710 nm/6,870 km in 8 hours and 15 minutes
  • Dubai to Singapore — 3,494 nm/6,470 km in 7 hours and 15 minutes

The Singapore to San Francisco sprint marked the final leg of the seven-record journey.

The G650ER can fly 7,500 nm/13,890 km at Mach 0.85 and has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925. It is powered by two Rolls-Royce BR725 A1-12 engines and can fly up to 19 passengers.

The city-pair records are pending approval by the National Aeronautic Association.



Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,800 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the Gulfstream G280TM, the Gulfstream G550TM, the Gulfstream G500TM, the Gulfstream G600TM, the Gulfstream G650TM and the Gulfstream G650ERTM. We invite you to visit our website for more information and photos at

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Waypoint Aviation Lands at Lunken Airport Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:36:02 +0000 Waypoint Aviation, a new 40,0000 square foot corporate jet hangar and Fixed Based Operation (FBO) at Lunken Municipal Airport, celebrate its official debut this week.

The privately owned FBO opened for business in January.

The newly constructed facility is a one-of-a-kind design and is the first ever FEMA compliant facility to be constructed at Lunken Airport. Additionally, the hangar can accommodate a variety of aircraft including but not limited to the new Gulfstream 650 and Bombardier Global 7000.

The FBO features three acres of ramp space that nearly any aircraft can easily taxi to. Waypoint is also the first and only FBO at Lunken to offer a self-serve Avgas pump to the growing aviation community.

The full service FBO is open to serve 24/7 with state-of-the-art security to ensure customer safety and privacy. There is direct access to the terminal from the ramp offering an efficient arrival or departure. These features along with the close proximity to downtown Cincinnati make Waypoint Aviation an ideal arrival for dignitaries, politicians, CEO’s, and VIP’s.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the grand opening of our new FBO. This event marks the beginning of a new chapter for the aviation community at Lunken Airport,” said Mark Davis, Waypoint Aviation CEO.

Waypoint Aviation was built to provide all the services that passengers, crew, and aircrafts would need under one roof. The facility boasts a beautiful lobby, a huge kitchen area with complimentary Starbucks coffee and Graeters ice cream, a pilot planning room, new model crew cars, a quiet and private upstairs pilot lounge, a shower area, 1500 square feet of covered VIP parking, and a fully certified 145 FAA repair station.

FAA Publishes Air Traffic Management Procedures for NCAA Basketball Tournament Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:12:13 +0000 The FAA has published a NOTAM outlining air traffic management plans for the area due to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Required routes for arrivals and departures will be in place on those dates and can be found in the NOTAM. If demand exceeds capacity at any time during the week, ATC traffic management initiatives are possible.

Due to potential parking constraints, it is recommended that flight operators contact their FBO of choice and provide flight schedule information prior their operation into the area.

View the NOTAM. (PDF)

Note: The NOTAM was not published in the monthly NTAP due to publication deadlines

The following airports in the San Antonio, TX area are included in the NOTAM:

  • San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
  • Stinson Municipal Airport (SSF)
  • Kelly Field Airport (SKF)
  • New Braunfels Regional Airport (BAZ)
Meridian TEB and Meridian HWD Complete Gulfstream Service Training Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:27:16 +0000 Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed ground handling and servicing training for large cabin and mid-cabin Gulfstream aircraft. Gulfstream offers the training in partnership with FlightSafety International, who developed the curriculum for the training courses. The program is designed to raise awareness for aircraft safety during servicing and improve dispatch reliability. The training is available to fixed-base operators (FBOs) that handle Gulfstream aircraft.

The two online training courses are designed for line service technicians and cover large cabin Gulfstream (G350, G450, G500, G550, G650) and mid-cabin Gulfstream (G150, G200, G280) models.

“We are always seeking new ways to improve the customer experience,” said Jeff Torres, Line Service Training Coordinator. “Adding another level of expertise only adds to the quality service we offer our customers, and in this case, those who operate or travel on a Gulfstream model aircraft.”

Gulfstream recognizes those FBOs that have successfully reached 100% Line Technician completion of the training. Meridian Teterboro and Meridian Hayward have completed both the mid-cabin and large cabin training. Subjects covered in the training include aircraft parking, towing and mooring, water servicing, window cleaning, snow and ice removal, and a comprehensive tour of the aircraft itself.

“Meridian is dedicated to continuous improvement opportunities which help us maintain the highest standards,” adds Carlos Rodriguez, General Manager of Meridian Hayward. “We are pleased to have attained another endorsement which adds to our commitment to safety, reliability and outstanding customer service.”

About Meridian

Meridian is a full-service, private aviation company headquartered at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in Teterboro, NJ, located just minutes from New York City. Meridian owns and operates businesses that include Air Charter, Aircraft Management, Aircraft Maintenance, and two world-class Executive Terminals / FBOs. In 2016, the company opened its second FBO at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) in Hayward, CA, located on the San Francisco Bay. Meridian also has charter sales offices located at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and Sonoma County Airport (STS) in California.

Meridian has earned numerous industry awards and accolades for its exceptional service, including: 2017 Top Rated FBO in Northeast by AIN FBO Survey; 2017 Top US FBO in Northeast by; 2017 Best FBO at Teterboro Airport by Aviation International News, Professional Pilot, and surveys; 2017 Best CSRs by Professional Pilot PRASE Survey (#1 for Betsy Wines and #3 for Victor Seda).

Meridian’s safety standard is one of the best in the industry. In addition to our own internal evaluation program, we also regularly undergo rigorous third-party audits conducted by the industry’s leading vendor and international industry auditing associations. Meridian is one of only 135 operators worldwide to hold the ARG/US Platinum rating, the highest level awarded. We are also IS-BAO Stage 2 Certified and IATA TCO Approved. We maintain the Wyvern Wingman Certification, which fewer than 100 operators currently hold worldwide.

For more information, please visit our website at or call us in Teterboro, NJ at 201-288-5040, or in Hayward, CA at 510-674-2500.

Private aircraft firm opens new $6.5M hangar at Tampa International Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:10:01 +0000 Sheltair Aviation’s new $6.5 million executive hangar complex at Tampa International Airport opened Wednesday.

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FXE becomes first general aviation airport with automated passport control kiosks Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:38:38 +0000 The Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) has become the nation’s first general aviation airport to support automated passport control self-service kiosks as part of its Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility.

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Bangor in early talks with aviation company to fund expansion Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:59:02 +0000 C&L Aviation Group CEO Chris Kilgour met with the city council’s business and economic development committee on Tuesday, Feb. 6, to discuss building 10,000-12,000 square feet of additional space, overhauling one of the four airplane hangars and renovating bathrooms in two of the hangars. A formal proposal has not yet been submitted.

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Signature to build FBO terminal-hangar at SWF Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:43:30 +0000 Signature Aviation, one of the fixed base operators at Stewart International Airport, is going to build a 28,000-square foot hangar and FBO terminal once a contract is approved by the Port Authority Board on Thursday.

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Gulfstream G500 Entering Final Series of Certification Testing Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:57:44 +0000 Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s all-new family of business jets, the Gulfstream G500 and G600, continue to make solid progress toward anticipated U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification this year. The G500 is entering the final stage of its flight test and certification program, while the G600 recently completed company field performance testing.

“Both programs remain on track and are methodically moving toward their respective type certifications,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “The five aircraft in each program continue to exceed our expectations. Given the recent announcement about our range increases, this is pretty remarkable, even for Gulfstream.”

To date, the five G500 aircraft have accumulated more than 4,250 flight hours over more than 1,175 flights. The fourth G500 to enter the flight-test program is poised to begin function and reliability testing, which marks the capstone of a flight-test program and serves to demonstrate the overall reliability of the aircraft’s final engineering designs. These FAA-mandated flights total 300 hours and are used to evaluate how the aircraft behaves in conditions representative of normal in-flight operations, including hot, cold and humid environments.

Gulfstream has gone beyond what the FAA requires for certification by flying a fully outfitted production G500 more than 400 hours. The aircraft is currently on a world tour to demonstrate its cutting-edge design to customers and potential customers.

The G600, meanwhile, has amassed more than 1,395 flight hours during more than 360 flights. Next on the aircraft’s schedule is FAA certification testing for flyover noise.

Gulfstream announced performance enhancements for the G500 and G600 in October 2017. The G500 can fly 5,200 nautical miles/9,630 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 4,400 nm/8,149 km at Mach 0.90, while the G600 can travel 6,500 nm/12,038 km at Mach 0.85 and 5,100 nm/9,445 km at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for both aircraft is Mach 0.925.

Even with these performance enhancements, the G500 customer delivery schedule remains the same, with deliveries set for 2018, as originally promised. G500 certification includes additional testing required for the enhanced performance and is anticipated in early 2018. The G600’s anticipated certification and service entry are slated for 2018.


Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,800 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the Gulfstream G280TM, the Gulfstream G550TM, the Gulfstream G500TM, the Gulfstream G600TM, the Gulfstream G650TM and the Gulfstream G650ERTM. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft SalesTM. We invite you to visit our website for more information and photos at

More information about General Dynamics is available at