After being out of commission for nearly three months, the control tower at Puerto Rico Isla Grande Airport (SIG) finally went back online last week in response to increased customer demand at the airport. The tower, which was shut down on August 8, resumed operations after temporary repairs were completed. It is operational from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Transportation Security Administration began random security checks of airline and airport employees in Florida and Puerto Rico last month after authorities arrested two Comair employees for smuggling weapons and drugs aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Orlando to San Juan.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, has joined the Million Air family, bringing to 29 the total number of FBOs housed under the Million Air chain. Located at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (TJIG), the new FBO comprises a 5,600-sq-ft passenger facility and 14,000-sq-ft hangar. Construction is scheduled for completion in mid-month, and the official opening date is slated for May 1.
Keystone Helicopter in West Chester, Pa., reached an agreement with Seacor Holdings to sell its Flight Services Division, a 35-aircraft fleet dedicated to air-medical operations at various bases throughout the Eastern U.S. and Puerto Rico. Seacor, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is a multibillion-dollar company with diversified businesses, including ERA Helicopters.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, April 12, 2005–On a flight from Vieques, Puerto Rico, to San Juan, Caravan N1241X experienced a total loss of engine power about 20 minutes after takeoff. The pilot landed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station. The U.S.-registered airplane is owned by First Bank of Hazelwood, Mo., and was being operated by MN Aviation, San Juan, as a Part 135 scheduled domestic passenger flight.
The FAA plans to halt around-the-clock technical staffing of the Pico del Este long-range radar in Puerto Rico. As part of the move, four radar technicians are being reassigned to nearby San Juan International Airport. An FAA spokeswoman said the Pico del Este radar is one of dozens of overlapping radars serving civil aviation, the Department of Defense and Immigration and Customs Enforcement missions in Caribbean airspace.
IAI 1124 Westwind, Mosstown, Exuma, Bahamas, May 24, 2006–Westwind N475AT declared an emergency after having an electrical problem and was diverted to Mosstown. When the airplane landed and the two crew-members and six passengers left the airplane, one had minor injuries. The Airtrek Westwind had left San Juan, Puerto Rico, for Punta Gorda, Fla., on an IFR flight plan. The source of the electrical problem was not reported.