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.
EUROCOPTER AS 350B2, VENICE, LA., MARCH 6, 2003–At 7:20 a.m. CST Eurocopter N945PT was substantially damaged when it collided with water while turning to reverse direction after encountering IMC near Venice. The helicopter was registered to Banc One Leasing Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, and operated by Taylor Energy of New Orleans. The commercial-rated pilot and four passengers were uninjured.
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.
American Utilicraft’s full-size fuselage mockup arrived in New Orleans on September 11, to be ready for display at the scrubbed NBAA Convention. Under development for 10 years, the FF-1080 is designed to carry six fully loaded (2000-lb) LD-3 cargo containers up to 500 mi or four such containers up to 1,500 mi
NEW ORLEANS, LA.– September in this Crescent City typically unwinds much like a sizzling escape valve. After the steamy summer, and a few degrees of cooler temperatures, this tropical town simmers down. Fall is prime time for exhibitions and conventions–a virtual industry for the city. The prospect of hosting NBAA 2001 was a highlight on the hospitality community’s to-do list.
Atlantic Aviation has signed letters of intent to acquire FBOs at two New Orleans airports–Lakefront (NEW) and Louis Armstrong International (MSY), formerly Moisant Field. Terms of the deal for the two FBOs, currently owned by General Aviation Corp., were not released, though the transaction is expected to close within 60 days, following due diligence and airport-authority approval.
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.
At a meeting on September 20, the NBAA board of directors decided to re-schedule the association’s 54th annual convention and trade show for December 12 to 14 in New Orleans. The association’s annual meeting of members has been scheduled for October 31 in Washington. The annual convention and meeting was originally scheduled for September 18 to 20 in New Orleans, but was canceled following the terrorist attacks of September 11.
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.
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.