Heliport

December 31, 2008 - 4:40am

U.S. Helicopter has had to suspend its scheduled service from New York’s Downtown/Wall Street heliport to Newark and JFK airports after the heliport’s new operator, FirstFlight, failed to develop a TSA-approved security plan. U.S. Helicopter serves the airports with Sikorsky S-76Bs.

December 31, 2008 - 4:34am

The Robert F. Maguire Heliport opened on December 4 in Los Angeles. The new heliport is located atop the 15-story Grand Ave. Garage at 240 West Venice next to the I-10 Freeway. It will serve corporate and EMS customers accessing California Hospital, the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Staples Center, the University of Southern California and L.A. Live.

December 23, 2008 - 8:19am

A spokesman for U.S. Helicopter said the company could resume flights from New York’s Wall Street heliport early next year. U.S. Helicopter was forced to suspend its scheduled, $159-per-passenger Sikorsky S-76B service from New York’s Downtown/Wall Street heliport to Newark and JFK airports after the heliport’s new operator, FirstFlight, failed to develop a TSA-approved security plan.

December 2, 2008 - 4:35am

While the legal wrangling continues, a new operator took over New York’s Downtown Manhattan Heliport last month. It is now run by FirstFlight, a subsidiary of Air Pegasus, the company that currently operates the West 30th Street Heliport. FirstFlight has a 10-year contract to run the Manhattan Heliport; losing bidder Linden Airport Management is challenging that agreement in Manhattan Supreme Court.

October 27, 2008 - 11:44am

Elmira/Corning, N.Y.-based FirstFlight assumed operational control of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport on November 1. The heliport, located at Pier 6 on the East River in Lower Manhattan, is a primary source of helicopter service for corporate and tourism traffic, while also offering scheduled service to John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International Airports.

September 25, 2008 - 5:19am

New York and Las Vegas are two of the most rarefied helicopter markets in the country. While the winds of fortune can be lucrative for operators and service providers in both places, the environments also feature cut-throat competition, congested airspace, an aggressive amount of multi-level government oversight and regulation and robust anti-noise litigation from an affluent citizenry and their environmentalist allies.

August 29, 2008 - 1:21pm

New York and Las Vegas are two of the most rarefied helicopter markets in the country. While the winds of fortune can be lucrative for operators and service providers in both places, the environments also feature cut-throat competition, congested airspace, an aggressive amount of multi-level government oversight and regulation and robust anti-noise litigation from an affluent citizenry and their environmentalist allies.

July 8, 2008 - 8:49am

The UFH, the French helicopter association, is studying how to relaunch scheduled flights among Paris heliport, a helipad in La Défense business district and Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. The idea is to prove the viability of such a service.

July 8, 2008 - 8:48am

France-based operator Azur Hélicoptère is considering offering helicopter connections between Lyon Saint Exupéry airport and the city’s convention center, which would involve building a helipad downtown. Overflights of populated areas are strictly regulated in Europe, so the operator would use the Rhône River as a route. Other links would be offered to and from Lyon Bron business airport and the neighboring exhibition center.

June 9, 2008 - 6:52am

Von Essen Hotels is investing approximately $15 million over the next 12 months to revamp the London Heliport, which it acquired earlier this year. The improvements include a re-worked ramp space, new fuel installations, upgraded control tower, new firefighting facilities, VIP departure lounges, access to adjoining hotel facilities and enlarged customer car parking.

 
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