A new seaplane service connecting New York City with Boston and Washington, D.C., will make its debut this month. Tailwind Air Service has partnered with established New England seaplane operator and charter provider Fly the Whale and will conduct morning flights aimed at business travelers, using amphibious Cessna 208 Caravans departing 23rd Street on Manhattan’s East River.
Honolulu International Airport
Representatives from Japan’s Nagoya Airport have traveled to ABACE (Booth H124) to discuss the airport’s convenient location within the country, and its suitability for business aviation travelers in the region.
Narita International Airport (Booth 610), Japan’s major international hub, opened its Premier Gate business aviation terminal in March 2012, the first in the Tokyo area.
Japan’s expansion of the international terminal at Haneda Airport in the Tokyo metropolitan area bolsters route expansion plans by its two major carriers, ANA and Japan Airlines (JAL).
A Cessna 208 Grand Caravan operated by Makani Kai Air crashed after the engine quit shortly after takeoff from Kalaupapa Airport, Hawaii, on December 11. One person died after the aircraft impacted the water. The injuries of the remaining eight people, one of whom was the pilot, were not reported. The aircraft was destined for Honolulu International Airport at the time of the accident.
Bradley Pacific has become the leading FBO chain in Hawaii, uplifting an astounding one million gallons of jet-A daily to a mix of business jets and airliners. It also has the only Corporate Aircraft Association-preferred FBOs in the state, which puts it in the top echelon of business aviation service facilities.
PlaneSense took delivery of the 1,200th PC-12 at its Portsmouth, N.H. headquarters last month during a ceremony hosted by company founder and CEO George Antoniadis. The aircraft is the 49th PC-12 acquired by PlaneSense since its founding in 1995 and launch in 1996. With retirements (typically after 6,500 hours of service) and replacements over the years, PlaneSense’s current fleet counts 30 of the turboprop singles, with an average age of five years (including the four core aircraft).
Cutter Aviation will start work soon on a $1.75 million expansion and renovation project on its facility at New Mexico Albuquerque International Airport. Set to begin next month is a $250,000 modernization of its FBO terminal, including the refurnishing of the lobby, conference room and pilots’ lounge areas. The remaining $1.5 million will be used to construct a new 20,000-sq-ft hangar on property already under the company’s leasehold, capable of storing ultra-long-range business jets.
Japanese authorities on Friday followed the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in formally approving Boeing’s modifications to the 787’s battery system.
Among the aircraft manufacturers and charter providers appearing at ABACE, aviation service providers are also represented among the exhibitors. One that is returning for a second year is Castle & Cooke Aviation (Booth P318), which operates a string of fixed-base operations (FBOs) with locations on the U.S. West Coast and in Hawaii.
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