While many may not recall the last time the Super Bowl was played in New Orleans in 2002, images from the early days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005 remain stark, as the city’s iconic Super Dome, home to nine previous Super Bowls, did duty as an emergency shelter for thousands. Wind damage to the building had experts calling for its demolition for months after the storm.
From Friday, February 1 through the morning of Super Bowl Sunday two days later, Retha Slade, customer service manager for General Aviation Corp. at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), placed Mardi Gras beads around the necks of unsuspecting flight crews and customers as they entered the company’s newly completed FBO on the north end of the field.
It may not be the closest FBO to next year’s Super Bowl in Houston, but it might be the most fun. Wing Aviation at Lone Star Executive Airport (CXO) in Conroe, Texas, is planning a bash that should rival the action on the field at the Houston Astrodome, some 45 miles away.
In an effort to protect National Football League Super Bowl XLII patrons and players from the possibility of a terrorist strike, government authorities plan to implement temporary flight restrictions (TFR) over the Phoenix area in addition to traffic-management initiatives.
One spotlight at this year’s National Association of Television Producers and Executives (NATPE) annual convention focused on general aviation, both on and off the airwaves. The event, held late January in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, is a promotional extravaganza serving as a catalyst for the introduction and sale of popular programming to the television and cable networks.
Phoenix-based Swift Aviation Group (Booth No. 615) announced that it has been named the official FBO of the Arizona Super Bowl XLII Host Committee. The designation allows Swift to provide Super Bowl-related hospitality and promotional programs to users of its facility. The FBO, on the southwest side Sky Harbor International Airport, includes a private terminal and two 40,000-sq-ft hangars.
Crew and passengers of private aircraft flying into Miami for Super Bowl XLI on February 4 need to keep important security changes in mind. The FAA is expected to issue a TFR that will cover a 30-nm radius around Dolphin Stadium, effective from at least two hours before the game until two or more hours after it. That means no general aviation traffic into or out of area airports.