Transportation in North America

February 13, 2012 - 9:15pm
A Coast Guard Eurocopter H-65 touches down on the rooftop heliport at the Dallas Convention Center. It flew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to help commemorate 1.25 million flying hours by the entire Coast Guard Dauphin fleet.

This could be a called a tale of two cities, but it’s a little more complicated than that.

First, you have Washington, D.C., which has had a viable heliport since early 1998, but it depends on your definition of the word “viable.”

Then you have Dallas, which has had Garland/DRW Heliport since 1988, one of fewer than a dozen stand-alone public-use heliports in the U.S. It was joined in 1994 by 49T, a heliport on the roof of the Dallas Convention Center.

August 18, 2011 - 6:23am

A measure in the latest temporary FAA funding extension to completely cut the Essential Air Service (EAS) program in the lower 48 states by October 2013 will no doubt face some stiff opposition from the likes of Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and well it should.

July 26, 2011 - 5:58am

When three Republican members of the House of Representatives introduced a 21st extension of FAA programs and funding containing a policy provision that cuts Essential Air Service (EAS) passenger subsidies to 13 airports, it set off a firestorm in Congress and inside the Beltway. Probably passengers who use the affected airports were not too happy either.

March 10, 2011 - 11:04am

Since 9/11, Signature Flight Support has been working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other governmental aviation regulatory agencies and industry associations to improve access to Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA), where the company operates the sole FBO on the field.

March 6, 2011 - 6:25pm

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.

February 22, 2011 - 8:45am

The Transportation Security Administration has transferred authority over the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) from its security operations office to its general aviation division under the leadership of GA manager Brian Delauter.

December 28, 2010 - 8:01am

A senior member of both the House aviation subcommittee and Homeland Security Committee is urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to re-open Washington, D.C.’s South Capitol Street Heliport (09W) to civilian traffic. In a letter late last year to TSA administrator John Pistole, U.S. Rep.

August 3, 2010 - 6:50am

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is interested in making it easier for corporate aircraft to use Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and last month held a security summit with industry associations to discuss the issue. Five NBAA members that have overcome the many obstacles to flying into DCA also attended.

June 10, 2010 - 12:37pm

Without revealing specifics, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assistant administrator John Sammon said on Tuesday at the National Air Transportation Association Air Charter Summit that his agency is hard at work on a rewrite of the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). The TSA met with the general aviation community “about this time last year” to gather input for the new rule, he said.

November 10, 2008 - 5:38am

The latest fleet data from UK-based consultancy Ascend clearly charts the impressive growth in Middle Eastern business aviation over the past few years. The number of business jets registered in Middle East countries has increased by almost 71 percent in the 10 years since October 1998, rising from 120 to 205 (see Fleet Growth chart below).

 
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