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.
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Sheltair signed a lease agreement yesterday with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to manage and operate the general aviation facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport, its 14th FBO location. In doing so, it will become the first private FBO company to serve general aviation at the airport; the Port Authority has run the facility there since 1947 as the sole service provider.
Michael Brassington, former president, CEO chief pilot and cofounder of Fort Lauderdale-based charter operator Platinum Jet, and his brother, former v-p and co-founder Paul Brassington, were sentenced on Tuesday to 30 months and 18 months, respectively, for offenses related to the crash of a Challenger 600 attempting to take off at Teterboro Airport in 2005. According to U.S.
NBAA put out a press release yesterday noting that there are “only 40 days left until NBAA 2011.” That's fitting, with Hurricane Irene’s liquid legacy threatening to linger for a biblical 40 days and 40 nights.
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.
All of the major airline airports along the U.S. eastern seaboard reopened today after Hurricane Irene forced the cancellation of nearly 12,000 flights over the weekend. The major airports in Boston and New York began to see arrivals early this morning and started allowing departures at around noon. By about 8 a.m., Washington, D.C.
Pilot Francis Vieira, 61, who had previously pleaded guilty to charges related to the 2005 takeoff crash at Teterboro Airport of a Challenger 600 operated by defunct Platinum Jet, was sentenced yesterday to six months in prison and an additional six months of house arrest. According to U.S. District Court papers, Vieira entered a guilty plea on the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to defraud the U.S.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai became the first in India to offer a dedicated facility for international private jet travel when it was allowed to operate international flights from its general aviation terminal in the middle of April.
Eastern Aviation Fuels/Shell Aviation has added Panorama Flight Service at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., to its fuel dealer network.
Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB) honored 24 company flight departments and individuals with its annual Good Neighbor Awards at the NBAA Convention in October. Recipients for the year 2009 were recognized for adhering to TEB’s voluntary noise restraints limiting late-night arrivals and departures and prohibiting Stage II jet operations. Honorees also have received no violations or warnings under the airport’s mandatory noise rules.