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Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:17 pm
by Scofreyjet
I'm still listening to #107 in the background as I write this, but I thought I'd comment on the discussion of my current home base, KBED(Hanscom/Bedford) in Massachusetts.

Hanscom Field is controlled by the Massachusetts Port Authority (MassPort), the same folks who control KBOS-Boston Logan. It's a reliever airport to Logan, and (until recently) had scheduled airline service in addition to several charter operators, two major FBO operations, two large flight schools, many private operators, and transient military operations associated with the colocated Hanscom AFB. (Hanscom hasn't had a flying mission for decades.) The airport also has a dedicated State Police presence.

Traffic at KBED varies from Tomahawks and R22's all the way up to charter 737's (often flying professional sports teams in and out) and AWACS and other heavies doing testing for Lincoln Labs and the Air Force. MassPort says that Hanscom is the second-busiest airport in New England in terms of take-off and landing operations, with over 183,000 operations annually.

When it comes to the issue of the $75 ID badge, that's a MassPort requirement. To be on the ramp, you must either have a badge or be accompanied by someone with a badge. As long as my passengers don't go wandering off out of my sight, un-badged folks are not a problem.

If you fly in to Hanscom without a badge, you're going to be going to one of the FBO's anyway, and they will be marshalling you and escorting you into their facility.

I imagine the $75 is intended to help offset the cost of the fingerprinting, State Police background check, and mandatory security training. I don't know if it's all really warranted, but I'll continue to pay the price every couple of years to have access to an airport between my house and my workplace. Other peripheral airports to Boston have much less stringent requirements, but often have badge and/or escort requirements imposed by local airport authorities.

Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:44 am
by PilotBillFromTexas
I'm surprised that that Bradley wouldn't be the #2 busiest airport in New England. I'm guessing that It would be in terms of airline traffic alone.

Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:37 am
by Scofreyjet
Well, you know what they say - "There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics" (Disraeli)

I've read elsewhere that Nantucket (ACK) was the second busiest (and it probably is during the summer months) but it all probably depends on what you count - takeoffs and landings, passengers, unique aircraft... I'm sure Bradley is right up there, along with Manchester (MHT) and Providence (PVD) when it comes to commercial passenger operations.

Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:51 am
by jackhodgson
ACK! You beat me to it here.

After recording this ep I went back and looked again at the Hanscom/Bedford thing, and realized that it allowed for escorted visitors. I'm gonna correct this in #108.

Thanks for all the details.

-- Jack

Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:24 pm
by Pilot_MKN
Can you guys post a link to the video of the GPS review in Jeb's plane?

Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:51 pm
by ebrendan

Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:54 pm
by PilotBillFromTexas
At the very end of the video you could see Jeb's nose in the picture.

Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:56 pm
by PilotBillFromTexas
I'm not done listening to 107 yet. I'm just upset that Dave don't love me no mo'. He didn't remember that I was the GA economics guy. Boo hoo.

Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:22 pm
by Dave Higdon
Sorry, Bill... :oops: My bad...

Rest assured, we all still love ya', babe!

;)

Dave

Re: Episode #107 - "Uphill, Both Ways"

Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:33 pm
by PilotBillFromTexas
Okay, I'm better now. I didn't even need a man hug or anything.