The East Hampton, N.Y. town board is expected to pass a resolution tonight rejecting future federal airport funding, clearing the path for it to limit and/or ban certain types of aircraft operations–including helicopters, jets and seaplanes–at East Hampton Airport beginning with the 2015 summer tourism season. The town could impose an Aspen-style slot system on all traffic in combination with curfews and significantly increased landing fees, fuel prices and hangar rents.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) last week denied a 2013 petition to re-examine the causes of the July 1996 accident in which TWA Flight 800 exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean soon after takeoff from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. A group called The TWA 800 Project filed the petition, claiming that a “detonation or high-velocity explosion” (possibly a missile) brought down the Boeing 747.
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.
The NBAA/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) soirée committee announced today that a private concert by legendary band Three Dog Night will be the capstone to this year’s Soirée. This year’s event to benefit CAN, the industry charity that arranges for cancer patients to fly to treatment in empty seats on business aircraft, will be held Wednesday, October 22, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Ballroom as part of the 2014 NBAA Convention.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the FAA to make the controversial North Shore helicopter route over Long Island permanent, albeit with a few changes. The offshore route became mandatory in 2012 but is scheduled to expire under a sunset provision on August 6 unless the FAA renews it.
Now air charter buyers can use their smartphones to grab the next available helicopter seat bound for the Hamptons. The new Blade app lets customers book a seat on an existing flight or charter a whole helicopter and then use the app to help fill the seats. The app is backed by New York City’s Liberty Helicopters. Flights booked on Blade take off from NYC’s East Side Heliport and land in South Hampton, East Hampton and Montauk, with return flights to Midtown’s West Side Heliport.
Officials at Florida’s Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport and the owners of Destin Jet, one of two FBOs on the field, are working to resolve a dispute involving county anti-trust safeguards and FAA grant assurance violations that resulted when the owners of Destin Jet allegedly purchased rival provider Regal Air Destin at the end of last year and continued to operate both facilities without notifying the airport authority.
Corporate Angel Network, the 33-year-old organization that arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients in empty seats of corporate aircraft, transported its 45,000th patient this morning. The milestone flight, operated by Bank of New York/Mellon Bank, carried 22-year-old patient Todd Blake and his mother home to Central Florida after he received treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Columbia University in New York City.
Dick Koenig, former publisher of Flying, has been tapped to head the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the organization that arranges free flights for cancer patients to treatment centers using empty seats on corporate jets. CAN executive director Peter Fleiss is retiring, effective January 20, after leading the organization for 14 years. Fleiss will thus become director emeritus and remain actively involved during the leadership transition.
As the New York area FBOs prepare for the onslaught of business aircraft arrivals at the Super Bowl little more than two weeks away, some continue to develop their plans and customer incentives. At NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, which began today in New Orleans, Sheltair, which operates FBOs at five area airports (John F.
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