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.
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.
As the New York area geared up for the Super Bowl on February 2, the local FBOs were preparing for the arrival of hundreds of business aircraft along with their passengers and crews.
In 1968, the Vietnam War was raging, the public got its first glimpse of Boeing’s iconic 747 and Apollo 8 orbited the Moon for the first time. Meanwhile, up in the “Great White North,” entrepreneur and general aviation pilot Irving Shoichet launched an aircraft charter company and founded the first FBO at Toronto International Airport (renamed Lester B. Pearson International Airport during the 1980s).
Reports that the captain of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that crashed at San Francisco International Airport was stressed about landing at the airport without a glideslope left many of us shaking our heads.
Business fliers who regularly fly into the Los Angeles area and use one of the well established Southern California general aviation airports for all their needs, including maintenance, tend to pay top dollar for doing so. One relative newcomer in the region aims to surpass operators’ expectations and requirements without breaking the bank.
With the Super Bowl just five days away, there is still parking space at the major business aviation airports in the New York City area. The five FBOs at Teterboro Airport, less than five miles from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., have received more than 800 reservations from tomorrow through next Tuesday morning, including passenger drop-offs.
The FAA has updated its air traffic controller handbook–JO7110.652–in an effort to prevent aircraft from flying too close together when operating on or near a busy hub airport. The update addresses arrivals and departures using both intersecting and non-intersecting runways. The effort evolved in response to a number of close calls that brought departing aircraft into close proximity with an arrival that had executed an unplanned go-around near the airport.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) recently reported a simple cause for last year’s close call between a Fairchild SA-227 cargo airplane and a Bell 47G helicopter at the non-tower Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport in New South Wales: the volume of the helicopter’s receiver was turned down.