November 2013

California Airports

FAA Dedicates New Control Tower at Oakland International Airport

OAK-Tower-RenderingOAKLAND, Calif. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today dedicated a new, 236-foot-tall, environmentally friendly airport traffic control tower at Oakland International Airport.

“This Recovery Act project enhances safety for travelers at the Oakland Airport, while also helping the environment,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The Obama administration is committed to investing in our nation’s aviation infrastructure to create good-paying jobs and keep the U.S. competitive in today’s global economy.”

California Airports

Livermore approves new construction at airport

LVKLIVERMORE — The city has begun the process of renovating the Livermore Municipal Airport and establishing a maintenance facility to provide airplane repairs, refueling and other services for air travelers.

The City Council unanimously approved measures Monday to authorize the city to enter agreements with private companies in the area for the construction of a new administration building at the airport, along with a new gourmet restaurant with a well-known chef.

Aviation Regulation

FAA Orders Apnea Testing

faaFAA Orders Apnea Testing For Overweight Pilots, Controllers – U.S. pilots and air traffic controllers who are deemed overweight will be screened for obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, a condition that could cause them fatigue on the job, endangering the lives of air passengers, a new FAA order says.
In a recent memo, the Federal Aviation Administration’s chief medical officer, Dr. Fred Tilton, has ordered physicians to calculate the body mass index of pilots and controllers. Anyone with a BMI of 40 or above will need to be evaluated by a sleep specialist.

California Airports

Drift In Magnetic North Spurs Runway Updates At John Wayne Airport

john wayne airportSANTA ANA ( – John Wayne Airport is set to become the first airport in Southern California to re-number its runways in response to Earth’s changing magnetic field.

Orange County Register reporter Mary-Ann Milbourn told KNX 1070′s Chris Sedens and Diane Thompson workers at John Wayne will re-number the airport’ s two runways and update about two dozen directional signs to adjust for a periodic shift in magnetic north, the point at the top of the Earth that determines compass headings.