FAA: PBIA navigation points once named for Trump now equestrian-themed

A set of navigation points near Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach that once honored part-time Palm Beacher and President-elect Donald Trump now have more of an equestrian bent.

The Federal Aviation Administration — which announced it would change the names of the navigation points early in Trump’s presidential campaign — said the new so-called “fixes” are now in line with Palm Beach County’s role as a top equestrian destination. In July 2015, when the agency said the points would be renamed, new names had not yet been chosen.

President-elect Donald Trump (from left) stands with his son, Barron, wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka after delivering his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning in New York City. (Getty Images)
President-elect Donald Trump (from left) stands with his son, Barron, wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka after delivering his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning in New York City. (Getty Images)

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“In general, the FAA chooses names that are non-controversial and relate to the area in which the fixes are located,” the FAA said in announcing its decision. The Trump names had been in place since 2010, part of a batch of fixes named for prominent Palm Beachers including Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and musician Jimmy Buffett.

It’s common for the FAA to give navigation points five-letter code names, each with a local twist. For example, Orlando International Airport has several nearby points named for Disney characters.

The Trump points were UFIRD, short for “you’re fired,” Trump’s catchphrase on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice”; DONLD and TRUMP; and IVNKA.

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One point was not renamed with the western communities of Palm Beach County in mind: The FAA said UFIRD became CRRMN, in honor of an FAA employee named Carman.

Here are the other points formerly named for Trump, with their new names and meanings from the FAA:

• DONLD is now RIDRR, short for “rider,” because Palm Beach County is home to a large equestrian community.

• TRUMP is now RBACK, short for the “rollback” equestrian maneuver.

• IVNKA is now SLIDZ, after the sliding stop some horses are trained to do after a rundown maneuver.

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PBIA opens second suite for nursing mothers

Palm Beach International Airport has opened a second lactation suite to provide traveling mothers a private and clean area to nurse children or use a breast pump.


The first suite opened earlier this year beyond the security checkpoint in Concourse C.

With the addition of the second suite, the rooms are now accessible by travelers in all concourses.

Each handicap accessible suite has a lockable door and a power outlet for mothers who need to plug-in a breast pump.

Allegiant launches new flights to PBIA from Pittsburgh

Allegiant Air on Friday will begin new, nonstop seasonal flights to West Palm Beach from Pittsburgh.

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The new flights are expected to bring more than 4,000 additional visitors each year to the Palm Beach area and generate an estimated $3.6 million in total visitor spending annually, the airline has said.

Allegiant’s growth at PBI is exciting news for Palm Beach and is representative of the increase in air travel to and from the Palm Beaches. We welcome Allegiant’s new, nonstop service to Pittsburgh and are pleased to partner with Allegiant for their first nonstop to Pittsburgh in South Florida,” Bruce Pelly, director of airports for Palm Beach County said in November.

The service was heralded by tourism leaders.

“We are thrilled to see these new Allegiant Air flights from Pittsburgh to The Palm Beaches,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County. “As our destination continues to see a steady increase in the number of visitors from Pennsylvania, it becomes an increasingly important opportunity market for us.”

In November, Allegiant announced it would offer the seasonal service beginning on Feb. 19. The company initially offered promotional one-way fares as low as $39.

“The Palm Beaches offer what the Pittsburgh area clearly lacks: 47 miles of tropical beaches. Our warm-weather climate and wide range of arts, shopping, ecological areas and entertainment options makes this a desirable location for visitors from that area, especially during this time of year,” Pesquera said. “We’re pleased to see Allegiant Air expand nonstop air service and increase overall capacity to Palm Beach International Airport, while continuing to provide our visitors and residents with yet another great travel destination in the northeast.”