The Department of Transportation is pressing forward with plans to auction takeoff and landing slots at the three major New York-area airports, despite a GAO opinion that the department did not have the authority to do so. The DOT’s announcement drew immediate condemnation from the Air Transport Association (ATA), which called the idea ill-conceived and said that it will result in a lengthy and costly legal challenge.
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In response to the FAA’s decision last week to reduce the number of hourly slots available for general aviation operators at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) from six to three, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen maintains that the FAA is emphasizing operational limitations at the airport instead of focusing on measures to increase capacity there.
On March 25, 1911, the worst factory fire in the history of New York City erupted in the three floors occupied by the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in a tall building on the northwest corner of Washington and Greene streets in Greenwich Village. The fire began in the cutting room on the eighth floor shortly after 4:30 p.m. and, fed by thousands of pounds of cotton fabric, it spread rapidly.
The cancellation on October 12 of the three-mile temporary flight restriction (TFR 9841) encircling the World Trade Center, which had closed New York City’s three Manhattan heliports to civil operations for more than four weeks after September 11, buoyed the spirits of the helicopter community represented by the Eastern Region Helicopter Council.
More than a year later, southern Manhattan still seems scarred, incomplete; the variegated skyline stretching the length of the island seems an architectural sentence without an emphatic piece of closing punctuation. It’s the visual equivalent of “phantom limb syndrome,” that condition amputees suffer in which they’re not only aware of their amputated appendages but also suffer aches and pains as
New FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 93-1, “Reservations for Unscheduled Flights at High Density Traffic Airports,” effective October 1, provides details of the FAA’s overhaul of the general aviation slot-reservation process for New York JFK International and La Guardia Airports, as well as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (when reopened to GA). Changes include a move to a 72-hr reservation window and an online slot-reservation system.
Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has tapped Marie Kennington-Gardiner of Staten Island to serve as director of the New York Integration Office, created by the DOT last year as part of a coordinated effort to address chronic aviation delays in the New York region.
I was till recently the chief pilot of the Port Authority police helicopter operation. As such, I was in charge of the day-to-day operations and mission for the Port Authority police department and the support of all the PA entities. Therefore, I was in the middle of the catastrophe on September 11 and the subsequent days, weeks and months.
Draft Advisory Circular 93-1, “Reservations for Unscheduled Flights at High Density Traffic Airports,” provides an overview of proposed changes to the slot-reservation process for unscheduled IFR arrivals and departures at New York JFK International and La Guardia Airports, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (when reopened to general aviation).
BEECH KING AIR 200, LEOMINSTER, MASS., APRIL 4, 2003–According to the FSDO in Windsor Locks, Conn., King Air N257CG crashed at approximately 9:34 a.m., destroying the aircraft, killing the pilot and five others and injuring another passenger and one person on the ground.