Airport Managers Beg Congress for Increase in Passenger Facility Charges

Senior executives from commercial-service airports large and small pleaded the House Subcommittee on Aviation to increases the maximum authorized Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) in hearings Wednesday. “The PFC program allows the collection of fees up to $4.50 for every enplaned passenger,” says Sean Donohue, CEO of Dallas/Ft. Worth International. This maximum charge hasn’t been adjusted since it was put in place in seventeen years ago.
Source: avwebAirport Managers Beg Congress for Increase in Passenger Facility Charges

Apollo 11 Module To Go On Tour

The command module Columbia from the Apollo 11 mission to the moon will leave the National Air & Space Museum, in Washington, D.C., this October, for the first time in 46 years, to tour four cities around the country. The traveling exhibit, “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” will visit the Space Center in Houston this October, then move on to the St. Louis Science Center in April 2018, the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh in September 2018, and the Museum of Flight in Seattle, in March 2019.
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FAA to Hold Airspace Workshops in Denver

February 28 -The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold 11 public information workshops in April and May 2017 on proposed airspace improvements in the Denver Metro Area.

The improvements are part of the Denver Metroplex project, which proposes to use streamlined satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the Metro Area. Existing air routes may be modified with new satellite-based routes.

Satellite technology enables the FAA to create more direct air routes as well as routes that are automatically separated from one another. It also enables the FAA to build highly efficient climbs and descents into departure and arrival routes, which has yielded significant environmental benefits in a number of locations throughout the country.

The Denver Metroplex project includes Denver International Airport, Centennial Airport, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Buckley Air Force Base, Northern Colorado Regional Airport, Front Range Airport and Greeley-Weld County Airport. It is one of 12 Metroplex projects nationwide.

All of the upcoming workshops will occur in the evenings. The FAA is holding the workshops in an Open House format, so people can attend any time during the publicized time range to learn about the proposed improvements.

FAA representatives will provide information on the project and be available to answer questions, one-on -one. The preliminary route designs also will be displayed on poster boards and iPads.

Free parking, street parking, or paid parking will be available at all locations. The FAA will make Spanish interpreters available if city officials request them at least one week prior to the event.

The community feedback the FAA receives from these workshops will help the agency determine whether it should make changes to the preliminary designs before beginning the projects draft Environmental Assessment (EA).

When the FAA completes the Draft EA, it will hold additional public workshops where people can review and comment on the proposed route designs analyzed in that document. These public workshops are expected to take place in 2018.

The workshops will be held on the following dates:

Monday, April 3, 6-8:30 p.m.: Front Range Airport, Executive FBO Training Room, 37501 Cessna Way, Watkins, CO 80137

Tuesday, April 4, 6-8:30 p.m.: Aurora Municipal Building Lobby, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012

Wednesday, April 5, 6-8:30 p.m.: Erie Community Center, 450 Powers Street, Erie, CO 80516

Thursday, April 6, 5-7:30 p.m.: Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center, Community Room B, 4890 N. Argonne Way, Denver CO 80249

Monday, April 17, 5:30-8:00 p.m.: Boulder Library Main Branch, Boulder Creek Room, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80301

Tuesday, April 18, 6-8:30 p.m.: City of Greenwood Village, City Hall Community Room, 6060South Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Wednesday, April 19, 5:30-8:00 p.m.: Douglas County Library, Parker Branch Event Hall A, 20105 East Main Street, Parker, CO 80138

Thursday, April 20, 6-8:30 p.m.: Chatfield Senior HS, Commons Area, 7227 South Simms Street, Littleton, CO 80127

Monday, May 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Metropolitan State University of Denver, Tivoli Student Union, Baerresen Ballroom, Room 320, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Tuesday, May 2, 6-8:30 p.m.: Rocky Mtn. Metro Airport, Mt. Evans Conference Room, 11755 Airport Way, Broomfield, CO 80021

Wednesday, May 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Stuart Middle School, Cafetorium, 15955 E. 101st Way, Commerce City, CO 80022

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Drone Safety Apps Take off in UK and Australia

In the past few days at least two high-profile stories have emerged relating to drone safety. The first involves a Seattle man being jailed for a month after his drone fell out of the sky and injured two people during a pride parade in 2015. The second apparently involved a GoPro Karma crashing through the window […]

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General Aviation wins a convert

The situation came to my attention thanks to a post on social media. A woman I went to high school with reached out looking for comfort. My former classmate’s post began, “Due to complicated weather conditions yesterday, flights to the northeast were all cancelled.” That happens, unfortunately, Inclement weather can cause delays and even cancellations […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comGeneral Aviation wins a convert

CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum celebrates 30 years

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.  — Two restored World War II aircraft have taken flight as the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Warbird Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary. Sixteen years of restoration work by the Wing’s volunteers has brought a Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra back to flying status, more than 40 years after it last flew. Also, a […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comCAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum celebrates 30 years

Esri Boosts Drone2Map Tool With Upgrade

February has always been great for mapping analytics firm Esri. Last February, the California-based company released Drone2Map for ArcGIS, a powerful application that captures raw, drone-based image data and creates digital surface models, orthomosaics, 3D-point clouds and 3D Shareable PDFs. GIS users who lack the photogrammetry skills can leverage the software to transform raw drone […]

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