Last month we reported that, in the fallout from the February 2 Challenger overrun at Teterboro (TEB), the FAA levied a fine of almost $2 million against Platinum Jet and its principal officer and owner. I requested a copy of the action so that I could review it myself.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
A helicopter service connecting Manhattan with New York City airports is due to start in about two weeks. On March 13 US Helicopter will introduce an eight-minute S-76B flight between the Wall Street Heliport and JFK Airport. The company will add services linking La Guardia and Newark Liberty International to Wall Street and the
East 34th Street Heliport later this year.
A new traffic control rule proposed by the FAA for New York La Guardia Airport would replace the current system of slot allocation with “operating authorizations,” a mechanism that would allow the authority to exclude airlines that fly too many regional jets.
Another penalty has been assessed against Darby Aviation, one of several operators involved in the crash of a Challenger 600 at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport on February 2. Doing business as AlphaJet International, the Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Anthony Coscia, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns and operates Teterboro Airport (TEB), stirred up a hornet’s nest when he proposed changes at TEB to mollify those residents who oppose the airport’s existence.
British Aerospace Hawker 700, Teterboro, N.J., March 8, 2005–The NTSB blamed the overrun on the pilot-in-command’s inadequate in-flight planning for landing on a contaminated runway. The Board cited inadequate crew coordination, gusty winds and a slush-covered runway as factors.
US Helicopter’s (USH) scheduled service between Manhattan’s Wall Street heliport and JFK Airport carried 335 passengers during its first week of operation. CEO Jerry Murphy told AIN that he was pleased with the level of publicity the service received and the smoothness of the operation. “It ran like a Swiss watch.”
The controversy over Teterboro Airport (TEB) operations seems to be cooling down. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns and operates the airport, has been calling for a 10-percent reduction in operations, and Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) has been demanding a 25-percent reduction.
As of June 1, the Million Air FBO franchise at Teterboro Airport left the Million Air chain and was renamed Meridian Teterboro. In January, the FBO moved into a new 33,000-sq-ft terminal and headquarters building. Construction is ongoing on a new 40,000-sq-ft hangar and maintenance facility, due for completion in October. The maintenance division was also renamed and is now Meridian Jet Center.
The FAA has referred its civil penalty case against Platinum Jet Management to the U.S. Attorney General in the office of the Department of Justice for further action. Platinum Jet Management and the FAA last month apparently failed to reach a compromise agreement on the agency’s proposed July 2005 $1.86 million civil penalty against the company for allegedly operating numerous for-hire flights without an operating certificate.