Public-Private Partnerships Make Things Happen

Public-Private Partnerships Make Things Happen

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) are exactly what they sound like – collaborative agreements between public entities and private companies. The joint objective of a P3 is to distribute the cost of a project among numerous stakeholders who all stand to reap the eventual benefits of the project. We previously discussed P3s in the context of their [...]

New Life for Braden Airpark (N43) in Easton, PA

New Life for Braden Airpark (N43) in Easton, PA

  In  May 2014 we first reported on the critical financial situation challenging the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority and its potential implications for Braden Airpark. At that time, the Authority was facing the final $7 million payment on a $26 million debt stemming from a 1990s court judgement for the improper eminent domain annexation of a [...]

Sustainability in Aviation, Part II

In this installment we’ll look at the practices that comprise sustainable operations, whether in aviation or other sectors. The mechanism of determining the practices that constitute sustainability, assessing ratings, and issuing recognition of sustainability in all types of building projects is through the auspices of the LEED program, which is the Leadership in Energy and [...]

Sustainability In Aviation, Part I

Sustainability In Aviation, Part I

  Sustainability has become a popular topic of discussion in many circles, including aviation. Here we begin a series of installments to describe what sustainability means, what it entails, how it is evaluated, and its influence in aviation. This author’s interest in the idea of sustainability grew out of research into airport management strategies and [...]

On the docket: Santa Monica Airport (SMO)

On the docket: Santa Monica Airport (SMO)

Previously in these pages, we’ve related much of the history surrounding the airport that began life around 1917 as a simple grass runway. Renamed Clover Field by the U.S. Army in 1922, its struggle with the residents of Santa Monica has been nearly continuous ever since. The protracted legal battle continues to play out, with [...]

DC-3 Flyby

Santa Monica Celebrates 80th Anniversary of the DC-3 First Flight, and Court Date Set for City’s Appeal Against FAA

Readers of this blog and the HangarNetwork eNewsletter may recall that the Douglas Aircraft Company was founded by Donald Wills Douglas, Sr, in 1921 in Santa Monica, CA, and moved to Clover Field a few years later. Clover Field, originally named after World War I aviator 2nd Lieutenant Greayer “Grubby” Clover, was renamed Santa Monica [...]

Thoughts on the FAA Drone Registration Rules

On December 14, the Federal Aviation Administration announced a new set of rules requiring owners of all small unmanned aircraft weighing more than 0.55 lb (0.25kg) and less than 55 lb (25kg) to register on their new web-based system. Registration is required for ALL aircraft – fixed-wing or rotorcraft, fitting the weight description above, and must be [...]

Tapping Into Innovative Revenue Streams – Colorado Springs Airport KCOS, cont'd

Tapping Into Innovative Revenue Streams – Colorado Springs Airport KCOS, cont’d

Now back to the drag racing. While at first drag races on a runway at an active airport might seem to defy logic and raise all sorts of safety concerns, Mr. Stover explained that several things came together that helped sell the FAA on the idea. First, he insisted that the airport would be upfront [...]

Vacant Airport Properties - Where Are All The Tenants?  (Cont'd)

Vacant Airport Properties – Where Are All The Tenants? (Cont’d)

So what does this analysis mean? Well for starters it means in general that aviation spaces stay vacant and remain on the market for longer periods of time compared to other commercial spaces. In our last newsletter we spoke with Jon Wenrich of Centrex Construction and he mentioned that the average time-on-market for an aviation [...]