Though the Super Bowl is typically counted on as a magnet for private aircraft, this year’s turnout at New York City-area airports proved in many cases to be disappointing. Teterboro (N.J.) Airport, which was expecting a sellout, still had space available on game day, with some FBOs there receiving traffic that was just half to one-third of their aircraft reservations. Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., which had expected to receive overflow traffic, reported only 14 late-night departures after the game.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Operators using the New York area Teterboro Airport can expect a number of runway and taxiway construction closures beginning December 16 and continuing through December 20. Work will be ongoing on both Runway 19 and Runway 24, as well as on portions of Taxiways Q, E, G, L and R. Most of the closures will begin at 5:30 a.m.
BBA Aviation subsidiary Signature Flight Support’s new FBO at Newark International Airport (EWR) opened last month, after an 18-month construction project. The $11 million facility occupies approximately 11 acres at the airport. It features a 39,000-sq-ft hangar and an 11,200-sq-ft terminal serving as the prototype for Signature’s newly designed interior traffic flow pattern. Built to Leed Gold standard, the terminal provides three lounges, including a separate VIP area.
Two airliners, as well as a privately operated helicopter, were targeted with laser pointers between 9:30 and 10 p.m. on August 15 as they approached Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR) in New Jersey. The helicopter was 10 miles south of the airport at 1,600 feet at the time of the incident. A 737 and an ERJ-135 were illuminated approximately one mile east of Teterboro Airport (KTEB) while on final approach to EWR at 3,000 feet.
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.
FlightSafety International will start construction this spring on an expansion and renovation project at its learning center in Teterboro, N.J. The project is slated for completion early next year.
The existing building will be renovated and reconfigured to provide more amenities and improve workflow, FlightSafety said. A new wing will be added that features facilities for flight crew emergency training, including a pool and other specialized equipment, as well as more classrooms and office space.
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