As the New York area geared up for the Super Bowl on February 2, the local FBOs were preparing for the arrival of hundreds of business aircraft along with their passengers and crews.
A cabin mockup of Dassault Falcon’s new Falcon 5X will stop at the Super Bowl for an invitation-only event within the Meadowlands complex on Sunday afternoon before kickoff at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Headquartered at nearby Teterboro Airport, Dassault Falcon is a host committee sponsor for this year’s Super Bowl, a spokesman told AIN. The company is also well placed to provide customer support for Falcon operators traveling to the event, especially since its largest spare parts depot is at Teterboro.
The FAA has pushed out, from 4 p.m. until approximately 5 p.m., the start of an eight-nautical-mile-wide TFR centered over MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Super Bowl Sunday. From that time until an hour after the end of the game, no general aviation flights will be allowed to enter the TFR ring below 18,000 feet. From noon until 5 p.m., a one-nautical-mile-wide TFR with a minimum altitude of 3,000 feet will be imposed around the stadium.
With the Super Bowl just five days away, there is still parking space at the major business aviation airports in the New York City area. The five FBOs at Teterboro Airport, less than five miles from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., have received more than 800 reservations from tomorrow through next Tuesday morning, including passenger drop-offs.
“Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor gloom of night…” With apologies to the U.S. Postal Service, that saying could have easily been the pre-Super Bowl mantra for every Indianapolis-area FBO. Remembering how a last-minute snowstorm blindsided last year’s Dallas-area FBOs, the folks in the Indy area weren’t taking any chances for a late blitz by Mother Nature.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support has released its 2012 Quick Response Team special events schedule. The OEM provides on-site technical expertise and immediate support to owners and operators at popular business, political, sporting and lifestyle events around the world. The 2012 events include: Super Bowl XLVI (February 5); Daytona 500 (February 26); Masters Golf Tournament (April 5 to 8) in Augusta, Ga.; Indianapolis 500 (May 27); and the Summer Olympics (July 27 to August 12) in London.
With Super Bowl XLVI a little over two weeks away, Indianapolis-area FBOs are preparing for the arrival of approximately 1,500 business and general aviation aircraft. “We’re already at more than 60 parking reservations for the game,” Million Air Indianapolis regional director Drent Sarault told AIN.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul Group has positioned three mobile response vehicles to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to support visitors to the Super Bowl, company president Hugh McElroy told AIN. There are more than a dozen business aviation airports within a 60-minute drive of the Super Bowl site.
The Steelers and Packers aren’t the only teams who have spent months preparing for Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on February 6. The FAA, along with Dallas-area airports and FBOs, have also invested countless hours and millions of dollars getting runways and facilities ready for the more than 4,000 fans expected to arrive by private aircraft.
There was little time for talking in the office of Addie Fanguy, division manager for Million Air NEW, as the onslaught of Super Bowl traffic began arriving on Friday, February 1. Battling slot restrictions and constricting temporary flight restrictions, the New Orleans Lakefront Airport facility was prepared to take on the challenges and coordinated effort such large events require.
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