Delta Air Lines on Friday notified Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group that it plans to cancel its contract to fly Bombardier CRJ900s as Delta Connection. The notice marks the second attempt by Delta to remove Mesa-flown jets from its system in recent months. A federal judge in late May issued an injunction barring Delta from ending Mesa’s contract to fly ERJ 145s.
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Late last month the FAA issued several Notams eliminating enhanced Class B airspace and reducing the dimension of the temporary flight restriction areas in Washington, New York and Boston. The Notams also restore Part 91 access to New York’s JFK and La Guardia Airports.
New FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 93-1, “Reservations for Unscheduled Flights at High Density Traffic Airports,” effective October 1, provides details of the FAA’s overhaul of the general aviation slot-reservation process for New York JFK International and La Guardia Airports, as well as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (when reopened to GA). Changes include a move to a 72-hr reservation window and an online slot-reservation system.
Diagnostics of the airplane’s engine indication and crew alert system (EICAS) indicate that a Cessna Citation X (N750WM) that rolled off the side of a JFK Airport runway April 3 had hydraulic problems, according to the NTSB preliminary report. The WM Aviation-registered jet veered right off Runway 13L and collided with a dirt divider, suffering substantial damage.
Imagine you’re a business traveler running late after a meeting in downtown Manhattan. Your flight home leaves in an hour from John F. Kennedy International Airport. If you are at all familiar with the geography, you know you’ll miss it–unless, of course, you could take a helicopter from midtown to JFK and then walk straight onto your airplane.
Concorde, the Anglo-French supersonic airliner that is the flagship of British Airways and Air France, could become a victim of the current economic downturn. Almost exactly 34 years after its first flight and less than 18 months since the aircraft returned to service after being grounded following the July 25, 2000 accident in Paris, British Airways confirmed that it is reviewing Concorde’s future.
At the FAA’s September International Aviation Safety Forum near Washington, the agency included a discussion session entitled “WAAS or LAAS, which is it?” An explanatory note in the agenda stated that “The FAA is investing in both, but industry experts are divided over the safety issues and benefits. What are the costs and benefits of WAAS? LAAS? Which one should we be investing in?”
A helicopter service connecting Manhattan with New York City airports is due to start this month. 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 and 30th Street Heliports later this year.
In the aftermath of the U.S. terrorist attacks, general and business aviation is facing severe flight restrictions. For example, flights below 3,000 ft agl within a three-nautical-mile radius of any major professional or college sporting event or “any other major open-air assembly” are now prohibited throughout the U.S. VFR flying below, through or above enhanced Class B airspace was not allowed.
Ever since the nerve-shattering morning of September 11, the skies over Manhattan have been strangely quiet. At first it was the same sort of silence that settled over the rest of the U.S.–the product of a total operations ban that was the national airspace lockdown.