Hawaii is considering legislation that would create a state agency to manage all airports. Whatever makes sense needs to be enacted now to make Hawai’i ready for this once-in-a-decade flow of airport funds.
Washington State aviation associations are proposing $40 aviation license plates. $12 would cover licensing fees and the remaining $28 would support aviation-specific initiatives such as airport infrastructure, economic development and statewide aviation awareness.
The San Diego Airport Authority decided to spend airport funds on an artwork collection for Lindbergh Field. The decisions on how to decorate a public facility ordinarily are the exclusive domain of such an authority, but there are limitations on such discretion.
The UK government issued a historic decision on a new runway for London’s Heathrow Airport, but similar to the US, this case suggests a crisis is needed to force NextGen support.
An airport may be located in a community; its presence is national.
Three recent stories about communities which step up, put their airports in the front yard and deal with it affirmatively.
Imagine a New York Times headline which announces “FAA decides location of the NY/NJ/CT Airport for the future.” A national commission made the strategic decision of where the UK’s future airport capacity will be built. [Other countries prefer to follow the English view of centralized planning.] Is such a process better or worse than the US’ locally initiated/sponsored policy?