What we’re reading: Millions for runway for no one, Riviera’s cruise suite sizes, terrorism impact on business aviation


A $64 million runway for no one in Alaska?

Similar to Alaska’s Bridge to Nowhere, a remote Alaskan airport project is raising concerns on how the government spends money.

The price this time is $77 million and the place is Akutan, a remote island village in the Aleutian chain, according to a report from the Alaska Dispatch.

By next winter Akutan is scheduled to have a 4,500-foot-long runway, built at a cost of $64 million ($59 million in federal and $5 million state funds), the Dispatch reports. The problem is, the runway is on Akun Island, 6 miles from the village across the treacherous waters of the Bering Sea. Plying those waters can be tricky with seas over 6 feet and winds above 30 mph.

Oceania touts Riviera’s suite sizes

Oceania Cruises is saying that the staterooms and suites aboard its new Riviera cruise ship will be among the spacious in the industry.

Veranda and Concierge-level staterooms are 282 square feet. Penthouse suites are 420 square feet and will have a living/dining room separate from the sleeping area, along with a walk-in closet.

Terrorism’s impact on business aviation

The TSA was created in response to the 9/11 hijackings. Has all of this surveillance and control “resulted in a safer air transportation system?” especially for both FAR Part 91 and Part 135 business aviation?

“We are less vulnerable, we are hardened, to a degree more proactive, and perhaps more visible about the security we do have,” Doug Carr, vice president for safety, security and regulation at the NBAA, observed. He believes that, overall, business aviation is in “a better place,” but that “at the end of the day, if something does happen, I think we remain vulnerable to the whims of Congress who may come up with a solution for us if we don’t have one.”

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