Though the Super Bowl is typically counted on as a magnet for private aircraft, this year’s turnout at New York City-area airports proved in many cases to be disappointing. Teterboro (N.J.) Airport, which was expecting a sellout, still had space available on game day, with some FBOs there receiving traffic that was just half to one-third of their aircraft reservations. Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., which had expected to receive overflow traffic, reported only 14 late-night departures after the game.
AINalerts » February 4, 2014
Projected demand for private charter flights over the next 30 days is down significantly from where it stood at the start of January, according to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode. The company’s demand index for February 2 shows lower air charter demand levels on both sides of the Atlantic for the light, midsize and large-cabin jet categories surveyed each month by Avinode for AIN.
In its continued attempt to close Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport, the city of Santa Monica is now claiming that the statute of limitations on the FAA’s interests in the airfield should be applied with an earlier date.
TAG Farnborough Airport has started a 12-week public consultation period on an airspace change proposal that would “create a new operating environment with elements of controlled airspace” around the London-area business aviation airfield. Feedback gathered during the consultation will be considered before TAG submits a final plan to the UK Civil Aviation Authority, the company said.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) says he wants the FAA to apply noise rules to all helicopters transiting the Los Angeles basin, including those flown by emergency services. “Not all law-enforcement flights are emergencies,” Schiff said during an interview with SoCal public radio station KCRW.
Jet card company Sentient Jet said that 2013 was its best year since 2008. The company sold more than 32,000 hours last year, the equivalent of some 1,300 twenty-five-hour jet cards, and expanded its revenue to more than $150 million. “We could not be more pleased with our 2013 performance, which included our best summer since 2008 and best holiday flying season since 2007,” noted Sentient Jet president Andrew Collins. Sentient also said its top-five busiest airports last year were (in this order): Teterboro, N.J.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Aspen; Las Vegas; and San Francisco.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) placed an order late last week for four Bell 429 light twins to replace the four AgustaWestland AW119 singles that it has flown since 2004. As of 2012, the department’s AW119 fleet had amassed 20,000 hours. The NYPD already operates three Bell 412EPs in various special missions, including counter-terrorism. Deliveries of the four new Bell 429s are expected to be completed next year. The NYPD air unit was founded in 1948 with one Bell 47.
Bombardier Aerospace booked a firm order for eight Globals–three Global 6000s, two 7000s and three 8000s–from an undisclosed customer on Friday. The transaction is valued at approximately $537 million based on 2014 list prices. “We are confident that the Global line’s strong momentum will continue in 2014,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft president Eric Martel.
William Chiles, who has led global offshore helicopter services company Bristow Group for the last decade, will retire effective July 31 and be replaced by current CFO Jonathan Baliff. Chiles will remain as a consultant to the company through 2016. During Chiles’s tenure, Bristow grew rapidly and posted record profits. Baliff, who held senior positions at NRG Energy and Credit Suisse before joining Bristow in 2010, is a former USAF pilot with degrees in aerospace engineering and international relations.