29 July 2015 | Auburndale, Florida. Conditions outside reflected typical summertime afternoon weather in Florida; conditions were hot, humid and dark clouds were begiining to fili the sky. But inside the comfortable and spacious City of Auburndale Sports Complex’s meeting room, where Mr. Neil Cosentino addressed several officials, it was cool and dry. The subjects were his Global Airport concept and Florida Global Airport Initiative. He began the meeting by stressing the fact that large airports are not particularly a new idea but over time needs change. As Cosentino stated, “Airports are evolutionary.”
Neil explained, “We are now seeing extraordinarily large aircraft, such as the Airbus A380, entering service. These airplanes require facilities beyond the norm.”
“Furthermore, the fact is that simultaneous, 24-hour operations for worldwide, international, national, regional, commercial, general aviation and spaceplane operations are not feasible on a comprehensive and sustainable scale with existing airport designs and infrastructures,” added Mr. Cosentino. He additionally pointed out that “maritime, railroad, and commuter rail operators all too frequently lack ready access to air shipping.”
Neil Cosentino contends that his Global Airport concept and Florida Global Airport Initiative address the aforementioned multifaceted and seemingly incompatible issues and provide practical solutions for government and private enterprise.
Alluding to technology requirements for a Global Airport, Mr. Cosentino pointed out that “advances in avionics, satellite, and radar technology, as well as weather forecasting, have made the impossible possible. The Global Airport is a viable goal.”
Talking about industry planning, Mr. Cosentino also indicated that “a number of plans related to the construction of advanced air centers have been publicized. However, all have inherent limitations or are in one or more ways shortsighted.”
Neil Consentino, a Vietnam veteran, former U.S. Air Force F-4E Phantom II pilot, charter company aviator, and author of Letters from the Cockpit, is the conceiver of and driving force behind the Florida Global Airport Initiative.
The Florida Global Airport Initiative operates under the auspices of Tampa Bay World, LLC. Neil Cosentino invites public and private sector leaders to learn more about his potentially revolutionary and transformative proposals.
The Florida Global Airport Initiative staff may be contacted at (813) 784-4669 or via e-mail at Info@FloridaGlobalAirportInitiative.com.
Mr. Cosentino can be contacted through 20th Century Aviation Magazine as well. We are pleased to be able to further Neil Cosentino’s efforts in pursuit of the Florida Global Airport Initiative (jrh).
The author (Col. J.R. Hafer) thanks Neil Cosentino and the City of Auburndale, Florida, for their cooperation during the preparation of this article.