foot aircraft repair center.
Once the existing passenger terminal build-out
is completed with 10 gates, we will begin design
of the east terminal, dubbed Gateway 2030. This
will allow for an immediate 40 percent expansion
of terminal capacity, and ultimately will enable the
community to accommodate up to 10 million passengers. Preliminary planning and site engineering
are already underway and a new project executive
has been hired to focus on this expansion.
TODD L. MCNAMEE, A.A.E. | DIRECTOR OF AIRPORTS
VENTURA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF AIRPORTS
A year has passed since I last discussed how
things are going in our little part of the world
known as Ventura County, Calif.
As a reminder, we operate Camarillo Airport,
which is considered to be a “national asset” in
FAA’s recent general aviation airports report, and
Oxnard Airport, a Part 139 airport with limited
commuter service and a good GA presence. At
Camarillo, operations have remained steady at
150,000 or so, and have even increased slightly.
We have, fortunately, filled most of the vacancies
in our business park to include a tenant that provides the transit buses for the county. The tenant
rents 10,000 square feet of office space and approximately one acre of vacant land for bus parking.
This is a new contract for the company, which
also operates Roadrunner Shuttle in the county.
The operator relocated to Camarillo Airport based
on the central county location and our competitive lease rates. We do continue to have strong
demand for storage hangars (we have a wait list of
170+), but based on survey information, we will
not likely break ground on new hangars for at least
At Oxnard, annual operations continue to be
around 60,000. We lost air service in 2010 and
have been working to restore service ever since.
Well, I have some exciting news to share. MVP
Airways, a Las Vegas tour company, began scheduled charter service Oct. 5, 2012. The company
operates a 30-seat Saab 340 aircraft and flies three
days a week. Load factors increase daily as the
community becomes aware of the service, and I’m
confident they will succeed. We are very excited
to have them serve the airport and are hopeful that
their success will help us attract other carriers by
demonstrating the demand of Ventura County.
The project we completed in late 2011 to lengthen the runway landing distance has resulted in a
full FBO hangar that was previously short of based
tenants and in additional business aircraft operations overall.
I attended the AAAE National Airports
Conference earlier this year and participated in
the GA airports roundtable discussion. The FAA
GA airport report was a highly debated topic, as
were not correctly categorized in the
set for grant
funding, if in
fact FAA uses
in that way.
Other topics that were
move to an
fuel from 100LL avgas, the aging pilot population,
how we can help develop our future pilots, and
overall GA operations. These topics were consistent areas of interest of the attendees, and together
we will tackle them.
While I remain optimistic, I still don’t believe
we’ll see any real economic recovery occurring
until we see sustained growth in the jobs market,
and a rebounding of the housing market. Right
now I’m building my “winged arc,” so that when
we go off the fiscal cliff, I’ll be able to land softly. In all seriousness, I’m confident that Congress
ultimately will avoid sequestration, but any deal
that is reached as a compromise surely will have
an impact on us all. So, buckle up, ease your
seat back, and do your best to enjoy the ride.
LOUIS E. MILLER | AVIATION GENERAL MANAGER
HARTSFIELD-JACKSON ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL
At ATL, we expect our total passengers to
increase by about 3 percent in 2012 from a
record year of 92.4 million in 2011.
Delta continues to strengthen its hub operations
and also is reducing the number of small regional
jets serving ATL, which will substantially increase
our peak-hour capacity. With Southwest’s acquisition of Air Tran, we will see an increase in origination and destination passengers, and the company
will equalize its operations throughout the day,
which also will increase our peak-hour capacity.
We currently are updating our master plan,
which should be completed by the end of 2014
and which will lay out our development program
for the next 20 years.