Paulding Northwest Regional Airport near Atlanta was heavily damaged when it was struck by an F-3 tornado on the night of March 2. Among the airport’s casualties was a hangar that partially collapsed, destroying 18 aircraft including a Cessna Citation III. A Learjet 25 that was parked nearby on the ramp escaped with only minor damage. The airport’s main building also suffered structural damage. No one was present at the airfield when the twister hit. According to airport authorities, the storm caused more than $7 million in damage to the aircraft and the facility.
Sporty’s Pilot Shop introduced a wire-free weather receiver for the iPad. Called Stratus, it combines an ADS-B and GPS receiver into a single unit that wirelessly streams Nexrad radar, text weather, TFRs and aircraft position to the ForeFlight Mobile app for iOS devices. The Wi-Fi connection allows multiple iPads to connect to Stratus, making it possible for two-pilot crews to view weather on separate iPads. There are no monthly subscription fees for the weather information, according to Sporty’s. Stratus costs $799.
Helijet has selected Max-Viz EVS-1500 infrared enhanced vision systems for three Sikorsky S-76s used in EMS operations. “Air Ambulance flight crews are reporting that not only can they see terrain features and man-made structures at night, but they are seeing fog and cloud formations and concentrations of precipitation during the day enabling them to pick safer routes ahead,” said Helijet chief pilot Brendan McCormick. According to Max-Viz (Booth No.
The first NBAA business aviation regional forum in 2012 was held in New Orleans on Thursday, marking “a triumphant return to the Crescent City” six years after Hurricane Katrina forced the association to move its annual convention from the flood-damaged region. “NBAA is pleased with the results of the New Orleans forum,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Bangkok FBO MJets hopes that operations at Don Mueang Airport could resume by early February, following serious flooding that has closed it since late October. According to MJets, the airport, has been dry since early December and clean up work has been under way for several weeks at the MJets FBO. It may take until May to get all repairs complete. During the flooding crisis, the company has been able to provide handling for aircraft using Utapao Airport in Pattaya, some 100 miles southeast of the city.
As the calendar turns to winter, Weather Services International (WSI) has issued its forecast for the upcoming season. The information provider expects the period of January to March to average colder than normal temperatures across most of the northern and western U.S., with above-normal temperatures confined to the south-central and southeastern states because of the La Niña weather pattern.
Flood waters are subsiding at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport, but it could be another two months until the business aviation gateway is ready to reopen, according to Airports of Thailand. Meanwhile, local business aviation services group MJets is about to start repair work to its FBO at the airport.
Despite the closure of Bangkok Don Mueang Airport due to flooding, Thai charter firm MJets is still open for business. The company repositioned its aircraft fleet from Don Mueang some 100 miles southeast to Utapao Airport in Pattaya, where there are immigration services, fueling, MJets technical support and catering.
Weather Services International (WSI) has released a new version (4.0) of its Fusion software, which it bills as a “workflow-based aviation-planning/decision-support tool.” The latest version adds more meteorological features, including an easy-to-understand graphic presentation of weather events and conditions.
At the end of August, the Caribbean and the East Coast of the U.S. again faced the wrath of Mother Nature, this time in the form of Hurricane Irene. The first major hurricane of the 2011 season, the Category 3 storm weakened to a Category 1 as it slowly moved up the East Coast, but it still caused extensive flooding and stirred up powerful storm surge tides.