A UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s special bulletin [preliminary report] on the January 16 helicopter crash in central London appears to blame the pilot and sole occupant of the Agusta A109E for failure to maintain sufficient forward visibility while flying in congested airspace over the River Thames. The helicopter struck a building crane on the south side of the river killing the pilot and a pedestrian on the ground after the aircraft fell to the street.
London’s Battersea Heliport–now known as Barclays London Heliport following a sponsorship deal with the UK bank–is making the most of its unique position as London’s only heliport for the Olympic Games. It is situated on the Thames River opposite Chelsea, well west of the city and the Olympic Park, which is also close to the Thames.
The Reuben Brothers, owners of London Oxford Airport and Barclays London Heliport, have announced discounts for single-engine helicopters to use its facilities.
Children’s Hospital New Orleans received approval June 18 for a new helicopter WAAS LPV approach to bring arrivals down to a height above landing (HAL) of 270 feet. The new procedure allowing more precise guidance in poor weather was developed by Orange Beach, Ala.-based Hickok & Associates.
The Civil Aviation Directorate of Serbia has launched an initiative to open a registered “heliport” in each municipality in the country. AIN understands these will be proper landing areas with at least a wind sock. Municipalities would have to pay for land development and site maintenance. Currently, the Serbian registry of heliports includes only eight platforms.
Reuben Brothers acquired the London Heliport in Battersea from Andrew Davis today, adding to an aviation portfolio that includes London Oxford Airport . The heliport, which is located on the River Thames and allows easy access to London’s West End and city center, is the only CAA-licensed one in London. PremiAir, which is still owned by Davis, is one of the most frequent users of the heliport.
Sky Helicopters, the FBO at Garland/DRW Heliport that is just a few miles from downtown Dallas, added a new hangar and more ramp space. The eight-acre public heliport now has hangar space for up to 50 helicopters and more than a quarter-million sq ft of ramp space. Sky Helicopters has been the heliport’s FBO since 1992. Opened in 1988, Garland/DFW is one of fewer than a dozen stand-alone public-use heliports in the U.S. It offers fuel sales, hangar rental, charter, training and maintenance.
Sky Helicopters, the FBO at Garland/DRW Heliport, has added a new hangar and more ramp space. The eight-acre public heliport a few miles from downtown Dallas in Garland, Texas, now has hangar space for up to 50 helicopters and over a quarter-million square feet of ramp space. The newest hangar can hold 12 helicopters and adds 17,500 square feet of concrete ramp area.
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.