ADS-B Deadline Approaching!

For all of you among our audience who are aircraft owners or operators, unless you’ve been living in a cave the past 7 years you know about the rapidly-approaching deadline to equip your aircraft with at least ADS-B Out. ADS-B is a core element of the FAA’s NextGen modernization program, and the deadline for implementation [...]

Giving Back: VFW Holiday Airlift Benefits Hundreds of Veterans and Their Families in Rural Colorado

On Sunday December 10, nearly 30 aircraft will depart in 7 groups from Signature Flight Support at Centennial Airport (APA) in Englewood, Colorado. All together, those aircraft will be transporting thousands of pounds of donated toys and non-perishable food to Greeley (GXY), Fort Morgan (FMM), Burlington (ITR), Las Animas (7V9), Pueblo (PUB), Alamosa (ALS), and [...]

Court Filings Traded in Battle over Santa Monica Airport

In the last installment  (Feb 28th)  we described how the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and others at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) had filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, asking the court to review the agreement reached in a secret session between the FAA and the City of [...]

Non-Aeronautical Revenue Keeps Many Airports In The Black

Airport revenue models are as individual as airports themselves which, aside from aviation operations, are generally more different than alike. With the consolidation of commercial carriers nationwide and the drop in revenues associated with fewer routes and flights, airports both large and small continue to evolve their revenue models to make up for shortfalls. We’ve [...]

Giant World War II Hangar’s Future Up In The Air

There’s really nothing quite like it left in the world. The largest clear-span wooden structure in the world, known as Hangar B, is an astonishing 15 stories high. Hangar B is the surviving twin brother to Hangar A. Both built in 1943, the behemoths housed massive World War II airships (blimps) at what was once [...]

Leases: Airport Property as revenue stream for airports

Leases: Airport Property as revenue stream for airports

Airports have become exceedingly more expensive to operate over the last decade. Whether it be construction costs, maintenance expenses and dozens of other increases, airport operators find it necessary to find additional revenue streams. The most popular revenue generators, according to the FAA, are hangar leases. On average, hangars of various types generate more than 90 percent of [...]

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Aerophobics Beware! The Skies Are Safe.

Sophisticated Accident Investigations and Training Reinforce Safety in the Skies. Despite a couple recent mishaps while landing, commercial air travel is still statistically the safest form of travel. U.S. airlines did not have a single fatality last year. It was the third time in the past four years there were no deaths, continuing a dramatic trend toward [...]