The hotly debated North Shore Route over New York’s Long Island will be mandatory for at least the next two years. The route was added to the New York helicopter chart in 2008 and operators were encouraged to use it voluntarily. However, local politicians, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), pressed Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the FAA to make it mandatory. Operators have expressed concern that a substantial part of the route is over water. The rule mandating the route will lapse in two years unless the FAA takes further action.
The seasonal control tower at East Hampton Airport (HTO), East Hampton, N.Y., is scheduled to open on Tuesday, June 26. The tower frequency (125.22) will be actively staffed with contract controllers from Robinson Aviation between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.
A super-midsize Gulfstream G280 recently set an unconfirmed city-pair speed record from Paris to White Plains, N.Y., making the flight in 7 hours 40 minutes. The G280, which is expected to be certified in the third quarter, took off from Paris Le Bourget Airport on May 17 and flew nonstop to Westchester County Airport in White Plains at an average speed of Mach 0.80 against an average 32-knot headwind. Piloting the G280 were Gulfstream mid-cabin chief pilot Brett Rundle, mid-cabin senior international captain Chip Leonard and senior production test pilot Butch Allen.
Quick, what was New York City’s first municipal airport? If you answered Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, give yourself a pat on the back as not many people would know that. Fewer still appreciate the patina that the former airport, located at the southernmost tip of Flatbush Avenue, has accumulated over the past 80 years. As a teen I lived less than a mile from the site, and I scarcely knew anything about it.
Aircraft Service International Group (Asig) has signed an exclusive agreement to become GE Aviation’s third-party service provider for ClearCore engine wash systems for commercial and military engines in the U.S. GE Aviation will provide its mobile ClearCore engine wash units to Asig in support of Asig’s service provider agreements with various U.S. airports. The launch of the service will focus on airports in California and Florida then expand to airports in other major U.S. cities.
It took a pilot to make one of the first moves in Congress to create one level of safety as part of a 2011 proposal to upgrade Part 121 crew-rest requirements.
A House/Senate conference committee removed language inserted by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) in the final FAA re-authorization bill that would have mandated helicopters transiting parts of Long Island to fly off its North Shore at a minimum altitude of 2,500 feet.
Gulfstream Aerospace donated $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network, which arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats on business aircraft. Gulfstream was one of the first corporate flight departments to join as a CAN participant in 1982 and has donated both flight time and funds to the organization. “When treatment centers are far from home CAN provides free flights, allowing patients to travel without compromising their weakened immune systems,” said Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.
Fractional provider Flight Options donated 10 hours of fractional jet flight time to Corporate Angel Network, which arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients using the empty seats on corporate jets. This contribution expands the relationship between Corporate Angel Network and Flight Options, which has donated flight time to the organization since 2001. “Corporate Angel Network provides a unique and extremely valuable service to those afflicted with cancer, and we are proud to be able to support this life-giving organization,” said Flight Options chairman Kenn Ricci.
Safe Flight Instrument donated $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network (CAN) to support the charity’s mission of arranging free flights to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats in business aircraft. The company has a long history with CAN, transporting the organization’s first patient–a 16-year-old boy going back home to Detroit after treatment in New York City–some 30 years ago. CAN now has 530 participating corporations, a team of 50 part-time volunteers and six paid staff.