Airports, Heliports and FBOs » Heliports

New developments at heliports including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, and acquisitions.

February 16, 2012 - 3:05pm

American Eurocopter will open a dedicated helicopter sales office in New York City next month at the Atlantic Aviation Metroport in midtown Manhattan. This will be the only helicopter OEM sales office in the area, Eurocopter said. The Atlantic Aviation Metroport recorded about 21,000 landings in 2010, serving more than 90 individual operators and 120 helicopters.

February 13, 2012 - 9:15pm
A Coast Guard Eurocopter H-65 touches down on the rooftop heliport at the Dallas Convention Center. It flew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to help commemorate 1.25 million flying hours by the entire Coast Guard Dauphin fleet.

This could be a called a tale of two cities, but it’s a little more complicated than that.

First, you have Washington, D.C., which has had a viable heliport since early 1998, but it depends on your definition of the word “viable.”

Then you have Dallas, which has had Garland/DRW Heliport since 1988, one of fewer than a dozen stand-alone public-use heliports in the U.S. It was joined in 1994 by 49T, a heliport on the roof of the Dallas Convention Center.

February 12, 2012 - 8:45pm
Garland/DRW Heliport

Sky Helicopters, the FBO at Garland/DRW Heliport, has added a new hangar and more ramp space. The eight-acre public heliport a few miles from downtown Dallas in Garland, Texas, now has hangar space for up to 50 helicopters and over a quarter-million square feet of ramp space. The newest hangar can hold 12 helicopters and adds 17,500 square feet of concrete ramp area.

November 4, 2011 - 3:30pm

Signature Flight Support launched Signature Select, a new program that allows independent FBOs to use its systems, service and safety standards, training, sales, marketing and purchasing power. Each member company maintains its independent brand with t

October 20, 2011 - 3:32pm

Less than two years after the collapse of three of its four hangars during a heavy snowstorm, the Dulles Jet Center (DJC) reopened today with two new hangars.

July 26, 2011 - 9:05am

Opposing comments filed by the Airports Council International-North America in response to the FAA’s proposed rule calling for the adoption of safety management systems for certified airports call for the agency to delay implementing the rule, citing “serious analytical, procedural and technical concerns” of the organization and its members.

June 29, 2011 - 6:05am

A new draft Advisory Circular from the FAA is prompting industry concerns with regard to the viability of some existing heliports and the ability to expand/improve them or build new ones, particularly in urban areas. Concerned stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet with the FAA to discuss the heliport design AC (No. 150/5390-2C) at a two-day meeting at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) headquarters Alexandria, Va.

March 6, 2011 - 6:25pm

The manager of Washington, D.C.’s South Capitol Street Heliport (09W) said he is optimistic that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will approve a plan that complies with security requirements which will permit the reopening of the facility to corporate traffic.

February 24, 2011 - 8:25am

A new “helicopter only” FBO has opened in Kearny, N.J., half a mile from exit 15E of the New Jersey Turnpike and only two minutes’ flying time from Manhattan. Helo Holdings began transient operations in mid-January. The 7.25-acre FBO offers fuel and maintenance services to based tenants and pre-approved transient traffic. There are two “hot” refueling pads.

December 28, 2010 - 8:01am

A senior member of both the House aviation subcommittee and Homeland Security Committee is urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to re-open Washington, D.C.’s South Capitol Street Heliport (09W) to civilian traffic. In a letter late last year to TSA administrator John Pistole, U.S. Rep.