Helicopters again played a critical role in providing safe evacuations and critical rescues before and after twin hurricanes that pounded the U.S. Gulf Coast between September 1 and September 13. But unlike when Hurricane Katrina laid waste to New Orleans and parts of coastal Mississippi and Alabama in 2005, this time authorities were ready, with detailed plans in place for Gustav and Ike.
The aviation industry took a hit last month from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The back-to-back storms affected more than a dozen airports along the Gulf Coast, resulting in temporary flight restrictions, numerous airport closures and short-term loss of ATC services.
Temporary flight restrictions remain in place around Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), New Orleans Lakefront (NEW) and parts of Southeast Louisiana, following yesterday’s landfall of Hurricane Gustav. The Category II storm battered the Gulf Coast with 110-mph winds and prompted the FAA to issue TFRs throughout Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.
Two years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, the FAA control tower has reopened. The new tower is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 119.9. Currently, Million Air is the sole FBO on the airport, although another FBO is getting ready to open, according to the airport’s fire department. Million Air was scheduled to break ground on a new permanent FBO terminal at Lakefront by the end of last month.
The Dallas-area chapter of the American Red Cross recognized Dallas Airmotive for its employee and corporate support by presenting its 2007 Humanitarian Award to the company. Dallas Airmotive president and CEO Hugh McElroy accepted the honor on behalf of the company during the chapter’s annual recognition ceremony.
Lou Pepper, president of Atlantic Aviation, today told AIN he was “saddened and disheartened” by the lack of news about how the Atlantic FBO at New Orleans Lakefront Airport weathered Hurricane Katrina. “You’d think this was 1955 rather than 2005,” he said.
There will be no NBAA Convention or any other major conventions in New Orleans this year. In the aftermath of the unbelievable destruction of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans officials said it could take months before residents, let alone visitors, would be allowed back into the devastated city.
NBAA has selected Orlando, Fla., as the new venue for its 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in November. The convention will take place from Wednesday, November 9 through Friday, November 11, a week earlier than originally planned. The announcement comes after NBAA was forced to move the event from New Orleans because of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Helicopter Association International’s first-responder database has more than 250 helicopters registered since it became operational last July. HAI formed the database in response to communications gaps that came to light after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The database is designed to allow government agencies to quickly identify and request specific helicopters in the hours and days following a national emergency.
HAI’s first-responder database is up and running with more than 250 helicopters registered since it became operational last July. The association formed the database in response to communications gaps that came to light after 9/11 and rescue missions flown in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.