I want my airplane back!  Puerto Rican singer Noelia is accusing the Venezuelan government of “arbitrarily” seizing her private jet at Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas, reports Latino Daily News.  She accused National Institute of Civil Aviation agents of extortion in apprehending the jet and has asked Venezuela’s vice president for its safe return.

It’s a novel form of a user fee.  Indiana’s Putnam County Airport needs runway improvements and there’s not enough federal and state funding to make the repairs.  So county officials are asking local residents to help raise the $27,000 needed to make the repairs by donating $5 a foot for the 5,400 foot runway, reports Indiana Public Media.

No more private jets — for now. The Nigerian government has stopped the country’s billionaires from importing private jets and helicopters until it develops a new policy on the practice, reports the Osun Defender.  The newspaper says the Aviation Ministry has a four-month backlog of applications to import private aircraft.

Charter fight!! Rizon Air, a Qatar-based aircraft charter company is accusing flag carrier Qatar Airways of unfair competition, reports FlightGlobal. Rizon believes that Qatar Air is trying to promote its own charter company, Qatar Executive.

Washington Dulles turns runway into a parking lot.  One of the runways at Washington Dulles International Airport was closed from Thursday through Tuesday to park 300 private jets that flew in for the president’s inauguration, reports CBS DC.

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2 Responses to “Strange But True General Aviation News”

  1. Natalie Says:

    I always thought Nigeria was a poor country. Who can afford to create problems by bringing in too many private jets? Four month backlog? Wow!

  2. Sydney Airport Parking Says:

    Maybe the Nigerians were visiting Washington that day? Ha ha!

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