New York’s only scheduled helicopter shuttle service is no more, at least for now.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Pilatus PC-12/47E, Sante Fe, N.M., Sept. 29, 2008–The Board attributed the fatal crash to the pilot’s fatigue. On the day of the accident, the sole-occupant pilot had flown eight-and-a-half hours, crossed two time zones and been awake for at least 17 hours. The aircraft crashed three miles north of its destination of Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF). Dark night meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
LimoLink International (Booth No. 2795) announced that the company contributed more than $25,000 worth of chauffeured limousine services to cancer patients flying on aircraft provided via the Corporate Angel Network (CAN). The limousine program began in April last year with a patient transfer from Brooklyn to a corporate flight originating at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Teterboro Airport (TEB) presented 29 “Good Neighbor Awards” here yesterday to airport tenants and users who recorded a minimum of 100 operations per year while practicing “quiet flying” at the facility operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Joseph Singh, former director of charters for now-defunct Platinum Jet, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to “a conspiracy to defraud charter customers and brokers and to impede and obstruct the [FAA].” Singh, 37, of Boca Raton, Fla., admitted during his guilty plea in U.S. District Court that “he dispatched unqualified or unrested pilots”–including the pilot of the jet that crashed at Teterboro on Feb.
Teterboro Airport in New Jersey will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. from July 10 to 12 and 17 to 19, as well as one more 24-hour weekend period yet to be decided, according to NBAA. The airport is milling, repaving and grooving Runway 6-24 and installing runway centerline and touchdown zone lights. Check notams and www.nbaa.org/ops/
Four years after a Challenger 600 operated by Platinum Jet Management crashed on takeoff from Teterboro Airport, resulting in a major FAA investigation of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based charter operator and a subsequent civil penalty assessment of more than $1.86 million, six individuals associated with the now-defunct firm have been indicted on charges ranging from conspiracy to making false statements.
U.S. Helicopter has had to suspend its scheduled service from New York’s Downtown/Wall Street heliport to Newark and JFK airports after the heliport’s new operator, FirstFlight, failed to develop a TSA-approved security plan. U.S. Helicopter serves the airports with Sikorsky S-76Bs.
In honor of the second anniversary of the launch of the Teterboro Airport Working Group’s “Pledge to the Community” program–which has as its mission improving the airport’s relations with its neighbors– aviation industry representatives, New Jersey politicians and representatives of the airport’s governing agency, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, met to take stock of the program’s efficacy.
A spokesman for U.S. Helicopter said the company could resume flights from New York’s Wall Street heliport early next year. U.S. Helicopter was forced to suspend its scheduled, $159-per-passenger Sikorsky S-76B service from New York’s Downtown/Wall Street heliport to Newark and JFK airports after the heliport’s new operator, FirstFlight, failed to develop a TSA-approved security plan.