Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport still lays claim to being not only the busiest business aviation hub in Russia, but one of the busiest in Europe. According to the airport administration’s statistics made public as it was hosting the Jet Expo show, the airport’s Vnukovo-3 business aviation terminal served 19,437 business jet flights (with 133,000 travelers aboard them) last year.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs » Heliports
New developments at heliports including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, and acquisitions.
Set to open this month in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, Texas, is the nation’s newest helicopter facility, DeSoto Heliport, located in the Eagle Business & Industrial Park.
With construction already under way on the new Aerovale aeronautical community in Caçapava, about 65 miles northeast of São Paulo, Brazil, CEO Rogério Penido made a visit to Miami in September for a series of meetings with local business aviation executives and aircraft owners in an effort to attract support and investors in the project.
PremiAir Aviation International, which chairman Graham Avery acquired last December, is launching The West London Heliport, located with its maintenance facility at Blackbushe Airport, and adding an FBO. “We felt a need for a second heliport serving the capital,” Avery said during a press conference at Helitech.
Chalk up another incompletion for the New York Jets.
The perennially struggling U.S. National Football League team has withdrawn its application to build a helipad at its Florham Park, N.J. training facility. The Jets had claimed the helipad was necessary to speed exigent medical evacuations and for the swift transport of team personnel. Or maybe Coach Rex Ryan and his staff just needed a quick way to escape those pesky questions from sportswriters.
Eurocopter obtained the first license in Europe permitting localizer-performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches on a helipad, at its development and production facility in Donauwörth, Germany. The helicopter manufacturer emphasized that such a procedure improves safety in poor visibility, since aircraft can overfly obstacles more safely.
UK helicopter charter specialist PremiAir revealed plans to brand its Blackbushe base (near TAG Farnborough Airport) as the West London Heliport, following the company’s restructuring under new ownership. More details will be revealed at the Helitech show, which will be held September 24 to 26 at the Excel center in London’s Docklands. The company also plans to acquire its own twin-engine helicopters to “build up a managed fleet of helicopters it will both maintain and offer for third-party charter.”
U.S. delegate Eleanor Norton (D-D.C.) has proposed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 transportation appropriations bill that would overturn the FAA ban on most civil helicopter operations within the District of Columbia. Norton’s amendment would pave the way for the re-opening of the South Capitol Street Heliport (09W, SCSH), which has been closed to most public traffic since 2005 to accommodate security concerns. The heliport was opened in 1998 and hosted 41 corporate operators. Public access was limited after the terrorist attacks on Sept.
Baltimore Helicopter Services (BHS) received TSA approval to fly passengers directly from its Pier 7 Heliport in Baltimore to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). This makes Pier 7 the first heliport in the U.S. to receive such approval as a gateway airport under the TSA’s Fixed Base Operator Standard Security Program, allowing pre-cleared helicopters to land at the heliport and be screened for access to DCA.
Não há um fabricante que não fique disfarçadamente com água na boca ao mencionar-se o apetite da América Latina por helicópteros e o crescimento deste mercado. De acordo com o relatório da Honeywell, o 15º Perspectiva Sobre a Compra de Helicóptero a Turbina Para Uso Civil, o apetite por helicópteros na América Latina sugere um pico nas vendas de 34 por cento ao longo dos próximos 5 anos. Espera-se que as vendas durante esse período atinjam “algo em torno de 4.900 a 5.600 helicópteros de uso civil em todo o mundo,” tal previsão certamente chama a atenção dos fabricantes.
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