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1. WHY AREN’T ALL AIRCRAFT FLYING UP I-95?

Before the I-95 Turn was implemented in February 1994, all jets were directed to fly east straight out to the ocean, which at the time included a large number of much louder Stage 2 jets. The City of Fort Lauderdale, the community and the airport tenants worked with the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) to implement the I-95 Turn.Today, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., the FAA directs jets that are departing Runway 9 with destinations to the west and north, to turn to the left over the I-95 industrial corridor. This allows the jets to gain altitude before flying over residential areas. The FAA also turns all jets to the left up I-95 during the late night hours, regardless of destination, between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., except for air ambulance flights, emergencies, and adverse weather conditions.

 

2. HAVE THE FLIGHT PATTERNS OR ROUTES CHANGED?

The FAA-established flight routes for arriving and departing aircraft have not changed. However, seasonal changes in wind direction occur as cold fronts move into the area. These temporary changes in wind direction cause the flow of air traffic to shift from a predominately west-to-east flow to an east-to-west flow as aircraft need to operate into the wind.

 

3. IS THE NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS INCREASING?

Overall, total traffic at Executive Airport has decreased 36 percent from 2000 to 2016. Economic conditions, such as the price of fuel, cost of insurance, and overall operating costs, have impacted the amount of sport and recreational activity that takes place. The total jet traffic at FXE has remained relatively constant since 2000, which currently makes up 15% of the total aircraft operations.  Since January 1, 2016, the number of excessively loud noise events generated by jets dramatically dropped, due to the fact that the quieter, Stage 3 jets now represents 100 percent of the jet activity at the Airport.

 

4. DO COMMERCIAL AIRLINE FLIGHTS FLY INTO EXECUTIVE AIRPORT?

No. The FAA categorizes Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport as a General Aviation (GA) airport. General Aviation is non-airline aviation that includes business/ corporate aircraft, personally owned aircraft, and aviation businesses such as charter, sightseeing, or flight training. The FAA prohibits the operation of scheduled air carriers, such as regional or major airlines, at GA airports.

 

5. WHY DID THE AIRPORT NEED A NEW CONTROL TOWER?

The previous Control Tower, built in 1972, was 22 years past its 20-year design life. The new Tower is constructed to meet the new FAA Tower Security requirements and to withstand hurricane storms.  The new Tower provides a better vantage point of our airport and is important to help ensure the safe operation of aircraft. The Control Tower is an integral part of the FXE Noise Abatement Program that relies on controllers to instruct jet aircraft to make the I-95 Turn and to take off to the west at night, when wind conditions are calm.

 

6. CAN CARGO BE CLEARED AT U.S. CUSTOMS AT FXE?

No. Only passengers and aircraft can be cleared at FXE.

 

7. WILL THE FOREIGN-TRADE ZONE BRING CARGO AIRCRAFT AND WHY DOES THE EXECUTIVE AIRPORT NEED A FOREIGN-TRADE ZONE?

The City designated FXE property as a Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) to offer businesses an additional economic incentive to promote job growth and retention. If airport property is not conducive to area businesses, FTZ-241 can bring the designation to a company anywhere in the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County-wide region.  

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