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.
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Helicopter operators wanting to fly into London now have a less costly alternative to the London Heliport at Battersea. Aircraft charter broker Jet Booking Direct is offering the use of a temporary landing site at The Ham Polo Club for VFR movements only.
The new passenger terminal at the London Heliport was officially opened on July 13. The facility is operated and managed by PremiAir on behalf of its parent company von Essen Group, which is due to open its new Hotel Verta on the same site next month.
Acceding to community noise complaints, New York helitour operators and officials from the city’s Economic Development Corporation have agreed on a new set of operating rules that will significantly curtail the volume, frequency and geographic area of permissible sightseeing flights. Four- to eight-minute flights, the current mainstay of the Manhattan-area air-tour business, are now banned.
Residents of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, N.Y., are flooding officials with noise complaints in the days since helicopter tour flights relocated to the South Street Seaport heliport after they were banned from the West Side Heliport effective April 1. South Street is owned by New York’s Economic Development Corporation.
A lawsuit recently filed involving a charter operator versus the Massachusetts airport at which it is based could set a precedent regarding what constitutes an ATC clearance.
The court-appointed trustee in the 2008 Silver State Helicopters (SSH) collapse has filed suit against the company’s ex-CEO, Jerry Airola, and his top deputy, Steve Pickett, charging that the two used a complex shell game to fraudulently transfer $8.2 million out of the company in the months immediately before it declared bankruptcy.
Operators using the newly activated automatic dependence surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) ATC and information system in the Gulf of Mexico will likely see flight leg times cut by an average of 15 to 25 minutes and individual IFR routes shortened by at least 30 miles, compared with using the old grid ATC system in the Gulf, according to the FAA and individual operators.
FlightAware (Booth No.1693), the first company to offer free flight tracking of private and commercial aircraft, has announced its new FBO Toolbox, a Web-based, market-analysis and flight-tracking application. The new toolbox offers FBO managers an in-depth look into the flying habits of both current and potential customers. Elements of the Toolbox are also available on FlightAware’s just-launched iPhone application.
The French Ministry of Transport has launched a study to establish several helipads or heliports in the Paris area within two years. Operators, who have been anticipating such a move, remain concerned, however, that the addition of more heliports might also entail the imposition of a strict limit on passenger traffic at the current Paris heliport.