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.
Bangkok FBO MJets hopes that operations at Don Mueang Airport could resume by early February, following serious flooding that has closed it since late October. According to MJets, the airport, has been dry since early December and clean up work has been under way for several weeks at the MJets FBO. It may take until May to get all repairs complete. During the flooding crisis, the company has been able to provide handling for aircraft using Utapao Airport in Pattaya, some 100 miles southeast of the city.
As the calendar turns to winter, Weather Services International (WSI) has issued its forecast for the upcoming season. The information provider expects the period of January to March to average colder than normal temperatures across most of the northern and western U.S., with above-normal temperatures confined to the south-central and southeastern states because of the La Niña weather pattern.
Flood waters are subsiding at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport, but it could be another two months until the business aviation gateway is ready to reopen, according to Airports of Thailand. Meanwhile, local business aviation services group MJets is about to start repair work to its FBO at the airport.
Despite the closure of Bangkok Don Mueang Airport due to flooding, Thai charter firm MJets is still open for business. The company repositioned its aircraft fleet from Don Mueang some 100 miles southeast to Utapao Airport in Pattaya, where there are immigration services, fueling, MJets technical support and catering.
Weather Services International (WSI) has released a new version (4.0) of its Fusion software, which it bills as a “workflow-based aviation-planning/decision-support tool.” The latest version adds more meteorological features, including an easy-to-understand graphic presentation of weather events and conditions.
At the end of August, the Caribbean and the East Coast of the U.S. again faced the wrath of Mother Nature, this time in the form of Hurricane Irene. The first major hurricane of the 2011 season, the Category 3 storm weakened to a Category 1 as it slowly moved up the East Coast, but it still caused extensive flooding and stirred up powerful storm surge tides.
Weather was not my best subject in flight school, though I readily accepted its importance for pilots. On the FAA written exam for my ATP, six of the eight questions I got wrong were about weather.
Airports in the U.S. East Coast escaped largely unscathed by high winds from Hurricane Irene this weekend, though flooding presented a problem at the metro New York City airfields, particularly Teterboro and Caldwell, N.J. Like TEB, Morristown and Newark Liberty International Airports were shut down at noon on Saturday, with the latter two restarting operations by Sunday evening.
As Hurricane Irene approaches the U.S. East Coast, Signature Flight Support is urging pilots and aircraft operators in the watch and warning areas to contact their FBOs regarding securing aircraft, and also to check the operational status of airports and FBOs. “It is likely that affected areas will experience power and phone outages, so please act early,” the FBO chain advised.