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McKinney National Airport breaks ground on new US$16m FBO terminal

The city of McKinney has broken ground on the future home of the US$16m McKinney Air Center, a state-of-the-art fixed-base operator (FBO) terminal at the McKinney National Airport. The terminal will span 17,000ft2, in addition to a 40,000ft2 transient hangar. Read more on this story here.

23rd April 2018



Donegal ranked as world’s most stunning runway in 2018 Scenic Airport Poll

Private jet booking platform, PrivateFly, has revealed the results of its Scenic Airport Poll 2018, with Ireland’s Donegal Airport being ranked as the world’s most beautiful landing spot. The annual survey, which was conducted in February 2018, asked 8,500 travellers to name their top landing location. Other airports listed in the top ten include Barra in Scotland, Nice in France and Queenstown in New Zealand.

12th April 2018



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Trump proposes air traffic control privatization in USA

President Donald Trump has announced his intention to shift the air traffic control function of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to an independent, non-governmental organization. The plan forms part of Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal and follows a recent Business Airport International online poll, where 83% of readers said they were against the move.

Organizations such as the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers’ Association (GAMA) are opposed to the idea, and have issued statements saying that air traffic systems should remain under government control. Both have said that privatization will lead to a negative impact on aviation safety, rural and small communities, national security and air traffic control modernization.

GAMA said, “The FAA air traffic control system is the safest, most efficient, largest, and most complex in the world. To a degree not found in other countries, the economic health and vitality of numerous businesses and communities, small and large, depend on the US aviation system. We must not weaken this strong foundation.”

Similarly, Ed Bolen, CEO and president of the NBAA, said, “America’s system of airports and airspace serves the public interest, including the people, businesses and communities that rely on general aviation. Congressional oversight ensures that the entire public has access to aviation.”

According to Forbes, the FAA handles more than 50,000 flights per day and more than 700 million passengers each year. It spends nearly US$10bn on air traffic control each year, funded largely through passenger user fees, with around 28,000 air traffic personnel. It has already implemented US$7.5bn in an updated ‘NextGen’ system that would use satellites to monitor aircraft instead of radar, which is hoped to lead to around US$160bn in savings through 2030.

However, Trump criticized spending on NextGen, approved by his predecessor, Barack Obama. The US President said that the system was “totally out of whack”, over budget and behind schedule.

March 17, 2017

Written by Chris Anderson


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