Less than two years after the collapse of three of its four hangars during a heavy snowstorm, the Dulles Jet Center (DJC) reopened today with two new hangars.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs » Heliports
New developments at heliports including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, and acquisitions.
The UK’s National Air Traffic Services proposed a new airspace structure specifically to accommodate business aviation during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The proposal is being considered by the Civil Aviation Authority and other agencies overseeing aviation arrangements for the Olympics and further details are expected to be confirmed in November.
Opposing comments filed by the Airports Council International-North America in response to the FAA’s proposed rule calling for the adoption of safety management systems for certified airports call for the agency to delay implementing the rule, citing “serious analytical, procedural and technical concerns” of the organization and its members.
A new draft Advisory Circular from the FAA is prompting industry concerns with regard to the viability of some existing heliports and the ability to expand/improve them or build new ones, particularly in urban areas. Concerned stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet with the FAA to discuss the heliport design AC (No. 150/5390-2C) at a two-day meeting at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) headquarters Alexandria, Va.
The manager of Washington, D.C.’s South Capitol Street Heliport (09W) said he is optimistic that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will approve a plan that complies with security requirements which will permit the reopening of the facility to corporate traffic.
A new “helicopter only” FBO has opened in Kearny, N.J., half a mile from exit 15E of the New Jersey Turnpike and only two minutes’ flying time from Manhattan. Helo Holdings began transient operations in mid-January. The 7.25-acre FBO offers fuel and maintenance services to based tenants and pre-approved transient traffic. There are two “hot” refueling pads.
A senior member of both the House aviation subcommittee and Homeland Security Committee is urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to re-open Washington, D.C.’s South Capitol Street Heliport (09W) to civilian traffic. In a letter late last year to TSA administrator John Pistole, U.S. Rep.
Helicopter operators wanting to fly into London now have a less costly alternative to the London Heliport at Battersea. Aircraft charter broker Jet Booking Direct is offering the use of a temporary landing site at The Ham Polo Club for VFR movements only.
The new passenger terminal at the London Heliport was officially opened on July 13. The facility is operated and managed by PremiAir on behalf of its parent company von Essen Group, which is due to open its new Hotel Verta on the same site next month.
Acceding to community noise complaints, New York helitour operators and officials from the city’s Economic Development Corporation have agreed on a new set of operating rules that will significantly curtail the volume, frequency and geographic area of permissible sightseeing flights. Four- to eight-minute flights, the current mainstay of the Manhattan-area air-tour business, are now banned.