There may be but a handful of vintage airport terminals left in the United States, and the very fact that some exist at all depends on some specific circumstances. Typically they are found at airports that for whatever reason could not, or did not, expand at a rate to justify destroying their original terminal and replacing it with a larger, more functional structure.
A record-high 2,600 people are expected to attend the 2014 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which opened yesterday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and runs through tomorrow. This year’s theme is “Take the Lead,” and keynote speaker Betty Shotton, the CEO of LiftOff Leadership, delved into the possibilities and obstacles faced in business aviation careers during yesterday morning’s opening general session. Dozens of other interactive education sessions are planned during the conference.
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.
New Orleans Lakefront Airport is requiring reservations for aircraft operators flying into the airport from February 1 to 4 due to the Super Bowl XLVII on February 3. “A heavy volume of air traffic is expected during this time, so a parking reservation system has been established to ensure that ramp space will be available for arriving aircraft,” notes an advisory from New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services in New Orleans completed an extensive restoration of its terminal after Lakefront Airport suffered flooding from Hurricane Isaac in September. The $3.5 million facility opened as an FBO in February and Hawthorne acquired it only a month before the storm. Like other service providers on the field, the Hawthorne FBO was forced to relocate to a trailer while the ground floor of the building was gutted and rebuilt.
The first NBAA business aviation regional forum in 2012 was held in New Orleans on Thursday, marking “a triumphant return to the Crescent City” six years after Hurricane Katrina forced the association to move its annual convention from the flood-damaged region. “NBAA is pleased with the results of the New Orleans forum,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Chapman Freeborn Airchartering of Dubai has coordinated several aircraft charters to New Orleans for BP and other responders in their effort to stem the oil leak from the Deepwater Horizon rig site in the Gulf of Mexico.
The former Million Air FBO facility at New Orleans Lakefront Airport that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 will officially rise from the ashes tomorrow when Odyssey Aviation opens its new 30,000-sq-ft complex. Although the name is different, the FBO is under the same ownership; the Cincinnati-headquartered FBO group rebranded its seven FBOs from Million Air to Odyssey Aviation in 2008.
Odyssey Aviation broke ground in May for its new FBO at New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The facility, which is expected to open by year-end, will include hangars big enough to house GV-size aircraft, overflow parking for jets and cars, a conference room with LCD projector system, a flight-planning room with WSI weather access and a pilot lounge.
On February 11, Lakefront Airport officials celebrated the 75th anniversary
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