Haiti Air Ambulance is partnering with Air Methods to bring helicopter EMS service to the poverty-stricken nation on a full-time basis for the first time. Beginning next month, two Air Methods Bell 407s–a primary and a dedicated back-up–will be based at a secure industrial park near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and will be gearing up to fly two missions a day or about 700 hours per year.
Caribbean Flying Adventures (Booth A-074) may be known for publishing the continuously updated website Caribbeanflyingadventures.com, the pilot’s guide to flying to the Bahamas and Caribbean, but few outside of its subscription base realize that the organization is also a provider of Cuban overflight permits for private and business flights, major airlines, charter operators and ferry flights.
A new association brought a ray of sunshine into EBACE this week. The Caribbean FBO Alliance (CFBOA, Stand 957) chose Geneva as its launch venue as it wishes to attract more European private aviation business to the region. Interim president Deborah Aharon explained, “The key difference between us and existing chains is that we are not a chain; we are an alliance of nine unique companies.
Not long after the massive earthquake laid waste to Haiti on January 12, the general aviation infrastructure in the U.S. mounted some of the earliest relief efforts. Accounts of flights carrying doctors, aid workers, medical supplies and food to Haiti are legion, as donors from all over the world funneled supplies to the devastated country through airports in South Florida.
Houston-based Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 219) is recovering from infrastructure damage from Hurricane Ike, which pummeled the Texas Gulf Coast on September 13. Despite the loss of commercial power, the facility remained open throughout the storm, which passed almost directly over Universal’s Houston headquarters.
Struggling Caribbean regional airline Liat and fellow money-losing international carrier BWIA will form the basis of a new West Indian airline under a plan by four island governments to stem the tide of red ink that habitually covers their balance sheets. The plan calls for the governments of Barbados, Antigua, St.
Government shareholders of Antigua-based regional airline LIAT have pledged to support the ailing carrier’s efforts to combat competitive threats from the likes of regional newcomer Caribbean Star. A committee of regional governments led by St. Vincent prime minister Ralph Gonsalves and composed of Barbados, Guyana, St.
Airports throughout Jamaica, Mexico and Belize were shut down at press time as Hurricane Dean plowed through the Caribbean and the Yucatan Peninsula. In Jamaica, Kingston Jamaica Airport and Norman Manley International Airport remained closed for more than two days following the storm. Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay was the first to re-open, 24 hours after aviation operations were suspended.
Airports in Cancun, Cozumel and Chetumal, Mexico, remained closed this morning in the wake of Hurricane Dean, according to inspector Santana Martinez Villanueva at Cozumel International Airport. Martinez Villanueva told AIN that the eye of the storm passed just south of the Estado de Quintana Roo, the region where Cancun and Chetumal are located.
IAM Jet Centre’s second Caribbean FBO, at Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica, will open on December 15. IAM Jet Centre has its own airport entrance separate from the airline passenger entrance. The 4,500-sq-ft FBO terminal houses passenger and crew lounges, private meeting rooms and in-house customs and immigration processing as well as X-ray and electronic security screening equipment.
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