Jet Center La Guardia will take over the FBO leasehold at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) on August 1. Signature, the incumbent at LGA, chose not to re-bid for the contract following a controversial exchange last year with the airport’s operator, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
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The Baltimore Heliport in Maryland’s “Charm City” now features an updated pilot lounge with new sofas, flat-screen tv and DVD player. Located on Pier 7 on South Clinton Street, the heliport has four landing pads, and a new 6,000-sq-ft hangar is being constructed.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is taking over security checks of passengers and baggage at New York City heliports, following warnings that Al-Qaeda has considered using tourist helicopters as weapons.
For the past month, business aircraft operators flying into New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) may have been surprised to see a fresh new name going on the fuel trucks and above the counter at the field’s sole FBO.
Without doubt, Coulson’s most famous helicopter is S/N 61428. In 1977, while operating as New York Airways’ N619PA, the S-61L was involved in one of New York City’s most highly publicized accidents, the deadly rollover of the helicopter high atop a landmark skyscraper.
The new owner of the London Heliport, von Essen Hotels, has appointed UK helicopter charter operator PremiAir to manage the site. The heliport, located at Battersea on the south bank of the River Thames, will be extensively redeveloped following a February 8 deal in which von Essen Hotels purchased the site from the Weston group.
Helicopter pilots gave a clear demonstration of their dedication to their profession last month by turning out in impressive numbers on one of the most frigid nights of the year, with a snowstorm tossed in for good measure, to attend a meeting of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton in Northern New Jersey. Approximately 75 pilots attended.
The Challenger crash at Teterboro on February 2 brought out the usual airport opponents. For many years, local officials, activists and residents in areas around the airport have been trying to restrain airport growth. Only 12 miles from Manhattan, TEB is one of the country’s busiest general aviation airports, with 202,720 operations last year.
Last month, the FAA approved a $500,000 grant for preliminary engineering work on installing safety barriers at the end of Teterboro (N.J.) Airport’s Runway 1, which ends 300 feet from a multilane commuter highway. The grant comes as a direct result of the February 2 accident in which a Challenger overran the runway following an aborted takeoff, crossed the highway (seriously injuring a motorist) and crashed into a warehouse.
The Harrods Aviation FBO group has sold London Battersea Heliport to Weston Aviation for an undisclosed amount. The new owner, based at Takely, UK, is part of the Weston Homes building group. Battersea is London’s only downtown heliport and is located on the south bank of the Thames River, about four miles west of the financial district. Its standard daily opening hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., but early and late extensions can be arranged.