On Tuesday, the NTSB spread broad blame for the fatal VFR midair between a privately piloted Piper Lance and an air tour Liberty Helicopters Eurocopter AS350BA. Nine people perished when the two aircraft collided over the Hudson River near Hoboken, N.J., on Aug. 8, 2009.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
As part of its good-neighbor program, Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y., presented its annual Spirit of Noise Abatement awards at an environmental event organized by the Westchester Aviation Association at the end of May. Since 1994 the program has honored those business aircraft operators who have abided by the airport’s noise-reduction policies during the previous year.
More than two dozen business, civic, labor and environmental organizations have formed a coalition aimed at restoring, maintaining and expanding the New York metropolitan region’s airports. Called the Better Airports Alliance, the group seeks to “educate residents on the problem of airport delays, provide fresh solutions to relieve congestion and build a consensus for major improvements.”
A new rule instituted by the Department of Transportation designed to prohibit airlines from subjecting passengers to lengthy waits on airport ramps takes effect tomorrow and will apply consistently across the entire U.S airline industry.
Nigel Moll says:
An air traffic tower controller and his supervisor at New York JFK Airport were placed on administrative leave last month following an incident in February when two of the controller’s children were permitted to issue instructions to pilots on an ATC frequency during atwo-day span.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has updated its online Teterboro Airport training tool, which covers critical safety information for pilots operating from the busy airport. The tool includes graphical presentations of runway incursion hot spots, scenarios for common pilot errors, aircraft lighting configurations and takeoff procedures.
On August 8, a tour helicopter climbing from a Hudson River heliport in Manhattan collided with a Piper PA-32 Lance piston single. In the ensuing crash, both aircraft were destroyed, and all nine people–three on the Piper and six on the Eurocopter AS 350BA–were killed.
Building on the success of its Teterboro (N.J.) flight-crew briefing module, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is developing a similar module for Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).