Jet card company Sentient Jet said that 2013 was its best year since 2008. The company sold more than 32,000 hours last year, the equivalent of some 1,300 twenty-five-hour jet cards, and expanded its revenue to more than $150 million. “We could not be more pleased with our 2013 performance, which included our best summer since 2008 and best holiday flying season since 2007,” noted Sentient Jet president Andrew Collins. Sentient also said its top-five busiest airports last year were (in this order): Teterboro, N.J.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Aspen; Las Vegas; and San Francisco.
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New York City-based Wheels Up launched a partnership with HeliFlite to give Wheels Up members use of that operator’s Bell 430s and Sikorsky S-76s for transfers between Manhattan and local airports such as Teterboro, White Plains and Farmingdale. Under the terms of the December 13 agreement with HeliFlite, Wheels Up members will be able to purchase time in its rotorcraft in blocks of 10 or 20 hours. HeliFlite, based at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, offers flights within a 250-mile radius of the center of Manhattan and also operates throughout Florida.
Atlantic Aviation has completed a more than $500,000 refurbishment of its Portland (Oregon) International Airport location, the latest in a series of renovations at its FBOs. The three-month-long remodeling project features five separate designated seating areas, an Internet café in the pilot lounge, private data rooms for passengers, two conference rooms with wireless audio-visual capability, a customer coffee bar and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Continuing the design theme seen in its recent facelifts at other locations is the use of natural stone throughout the facility.
Today’s NBAA business aviation regional forum brought 35 aircraft, 130 indoor exhibitors and more than 2,000 attendees to the First Aviation FBO at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport, with the attendance making it the association’s largest regional forum to date.
The Teterboro, N.J., and St. Louis, Mo. avionics shops of Duncan Aviation have moved into new locations. Duncan Aviation-Teterboro has relocated into First Aviation’s newly constructed fixed-base operation. “First Aviation built a beautiful new facility to serve customers,” said Matt Nelson, Duncan Aviation’s satellite operations manager. Duncan Aviation-St. Louis has moved into a new facility in Tac Air’s Chesterfield complex in Hangar 2.
In 1986, at age 18, Mario Diaz came from his native Argentina "to spend a couple of months." Twenty-five years later he is CEO of Cabin Crafters, a fast-growing completion and refurbishment center tucked away in the suburbs of South Hackensack, N.J., five minutes from Teterboro Airport.
In 1986, Mario Diaz came from his native Argentina as a boy "to spend a couple of months." Twenty-five years later he is CEO of Cabin Crafters, a fast-growing completion and refurbishment center tucked away in the suburbs of South Hackensack, N.J., five minutes from Teterboro Airport, where his father began his own career in aviation.
According to the Teterboro Users Group (Tug), aircraft movements at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport in November came in at 12,834, a 3.8-percent year-over-year increase and the first rise in traffic noted at the field in more than 12 months. Total jet movements were 10,033, up 3.4 percent, while dispensed fuel rose 6.7 percent, to 3.1 million gallons.
Five executives and a pilot associated with now-defunct Platinum Jet Management have been charged in connection with the 2005 crash of a Challenger 600 following an aborted takeoff at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport. Arrested yesterday were Platinum Jet Management president Michael Brassington; his brother and vice president Paul Brassington; managing member Andrew Budhan; and director of maintenance Brien McKenzie.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is making a highly public issue of battling the FAA’s proposed policy on defining airport weight-bearing capability in its efforts to keep the FAA from forcing Teterboro to accept “large planes." Local politicians, including New Jersey Governor James McGreevy, have joined the Port Authority in condemning the FAA.
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