The Civil Aviation Authority will be presenting in April standards to regulate the commercial uses of drones, forcing operators to possess technical records, operating manuals and a policy against damage to third parties.
The rules which the Civil Aviation Authority intends to put forward in April to the Civil Aviation Technical Council exclude their use for recreational or sporting purposes, including them within the practice of aeromodelling and focusing on use for purposes which are "... commercial, scientific, humanitarian, emergency care and others. "
The enlargement of Quepos airport will cost $5 million and will allow the operation of aircraft that have capacity for 70 passengers.
With an investment of $5 million expansion has begun on La Managua airport in Quepos. The expansion, which is the responsibility of the Civil Aviation Technical Council, will allow for the arrival of larger aircraft. The airport currently receives up to 20 aircraft a day which have capacity for 16 passengers, but with improvements it will be able to receive aircraft carrying up to 70 occupants.
The Spanish company FCC won the $34 million contract to build a 10,000 m² hangar for aircraft maintenance.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) made the award for the new hangar where the cooperative in charge of repairing and maintaining aircraft will be relocated to. The new structure will be located 150 meters from the runway of the Juan Santa Maria airport and will be ready in 18 months.
The international airport in the capital of Costa Rica, will be too small to meet the air traffic needs of Costa Rica in the next 10 years.
In 1996 the U.S. consultancy firm TAMS Inc. "recommended the Civil Aviation authority to move the administration of Juan Santamaria Airport into private hands, while a new terminal was being built", which should be operational in 2020.
The low cost Canadian airline Westjet has requested permission to fly from October 2012 two weekly flights between Daniel Oduber Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Westjet is already flying charter flights between the two airports, and has now presented to the Civil Aviation Technical Council (Cetac) of Costa Rica "a request to fly from Toronto to Daniel Oduber Airport on a fixed schedule from 29 October."
For some items, the increases requested by the Cetac are over 60%.
Landing charges for flights, bus services and boarding bridges are some of the items that could be increased if the Public Utilities Authority authorises the applications submitted by the Civil Aviation Technical Council (Cetac).
For representatives of the tourism industry, some of the increases are excessive, and may have a negative effect on the flow of tourists into the country.
Starting today, Houston Airport takes charge of the operation and administration of the Juan Santamaría International Airport.
The consortium, lead by Houston Airport, the world's sixth largest airport operator, obtained the endorsement of the Costa Rican authorities, becoming, starting today, the airport administrator and responsible for the expansion project currently on the works.
J. P. Morgan Bank revoked its $100 million financing proposal for the pending expansion projects at the Juan Santamaría Airport.
The loan had been offered to the new managing agent of Costa Rica´s international airport, Houston Airport System Development Corporation, and they were in the thick of the financing process. The company counted on this finanicng to undertake the termination of the projected expansions. The cause of the cancellation was associated with the delay caused by governmental procedures for the approval of the new airport rates combined with the worsening of the global credit crisis. The airport projects were stalled 13 months ago.
The highly awaited resolution on the future of the project that should have been given yesterday by the Office of the Comptroller General was put off for another nine days.
The extension came because the Technical Council of Civil Aviation (Cetac) presented the required financial information late. Cetac presented the airport rescue plan to the Comptroller on September 19, but it did not include economic details which were handed in four days later.
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