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NYPD Aviation Unit Increases Coverage on Illegally Flown Drones

NYPD Aviation Unit Increases Coverage on Illegally Flown Drones

The NYPD’s Aviation Unit has had to increase its monitoring systems for illegally flown drones. The recreational drones pose a threat as they are operated in air space for helicopters and commercial aircraft. The NYPD is now tracking rogue drones through technology in their helicopter and following the drones until they land. Penalties include fines… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

Council considering heliport on Buffalo waterfront

Council considering heliport on Buffalo waterfront

Buffalo’s waterfront has grown rapidly, with new restaurants, houses and parkland as well as an expanded marina. The Common Council are now considering the addition of a heliport to the area. They would need a special permit for the proposed site, next to Silo City, reports WBFO. . They hope that the new heliport will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-17

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Bristow teams with Blade to provide cabin class service

Bristow teams with Blade to provide cabin class service

Bristow U.S. LLC (“Bristow”) today announced an alliance with Fly Blade, Inc. (“Blade”) within the greater New York area. Under the agreement, Bristow is providing the aircraft, crew and maintenance for Blade’s new cabin service, with Blade providing the ground support, passenger booking, on-the-ground experience and marketing. “Bristow remains a proven leader for aviation services… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 28-Jun-17

New tour operator in Niagara Falls area

New tour operator in Niagara Falls area

Mike Campbell is looking to open a new heli-tourism company in Buffalo, called Fly Buffalo. He is currently waiting for approval of setting up the operation at the Outer Harbor. He has planned for two packages when the business is up and running. One that covers all of Buffalo will be $70 to $100 and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

Four NY National Guard Soldiers receive highest state heroism award Thanks

Four NY National Guard Soldiers receive highest state heroism award  Thanks

Four New York Army National Guard Soldiers who rescued a pilot from a burning plane received New York’s highest medal for heroism during a June 4 ceremony at the National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility at MacArthur Airport here. The members of the Company B, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment were presented the New York… Read more »

Source: Dvids, 08-Jun-17

JetSmarter offers heli service from NYC to the Hamptons

JetSmarter offers heli service from NYC to the Hamptons

JetSmarter, the fastest growing private jet company across the globe, has announced the launch of its Helicopter Service, which will offer free helicopter rides to its members traveling betweenManhattan and the Hamptons starting on May 6, 2016. The service will offer transfers to East Hampton, with Southamptonservice starting Memorial Day Weekend. The Helicopter Service Schedule is… Read more »

Source: JetSmarter, 28-Apr-16

OFFICIAL – Downtown Manhattan HP tour flights to halve

OFFICIAL – Downtown Manhattan HP tour flights to halve

Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Helen Rosenthal, and Margaret Chin have been instrumental in pushing forward new legislation, and were co-sponsors of the calls for restrictions of tourist helicopter flights taking off and landing at Downtown Manhattan Heliport. That legislation was given a hearing last November by the Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection. On Monday 1st… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-16

Zip Aviation to Host Breast Cancer Awareness Day at NYC Heliport

Zip Aviation to Host Breast Cancer Awareness Day at NYC Heliport

Zip Aviation announced today it would host Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport on Friday October 30, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. A portion of Zip’s proceeds Friday will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Helicopter tour passengers flying Friday are encouraged to wear pink attire to create… Read more »

Source: Zip Aviation, 26-Oct-15

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Blade helped New Yorkers avoid Pope

Blade helped New Yorkers avoid Pope

Blade, an Uber-for-helicopters startup, has a solution to the anticipated traffic congestion in New York City this weekend when the Pope visits the city. See Full Story

Source: Business Insider, 28-Sep-15

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‘Sex Slave’ assistant sues Zip Aviation boss

‘Sex Slave’ assistant sues Zip Aviation boss

The owner of Manhattan helicopter tour company Zip Aviation turned his comely assistant into his “sex slave” — regularly forcing himself on her while she lived on an air mattress in a company apartment, court papers charge. See full story HeliHub.com notes that the assistant, named in the article as Katharina Roelcke, has a Twitter… Read more »

Source: NY Post, 12-Aug-15

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Warner Music COO leaves to run Blade – the Uber for helicopters

Warner Music COO leaves to run Blade – the Uber for helicopters

Robert Wiesenthal, the chief operating officer of the Warner Music Group and a longtime entertainment industry executive, is planning to resign to lead a start-up company that promises to be the Uber of helicopters. See Full Story

Source: The New York Times, 18-Jun-15

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5th Annual JETNET iQ Business Aviation Summit to be held in New York

5th Annual JETNET iQ Business Aviation Summit to be held in New York

JETNET LLC, the world leader in aviation market intelligence, will host its 5th annual JETNET iQ Global Business Aviation Summit in New York City on June 23-24, 2015. The JETNET iQ Summit is a fast-paced, data-rich gathering of industry thought leaders to discuss, deliberate, and predict the state of business aviation markets. Industry veteran Susan… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 20-Mar-15

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Introducing Gotham Air – a crowdsourced NYC helicopter service

Introducing Gotham Air – a crowdsourced NYC helicopter service

Time is money. Imagine if you could travel from Manhattan to JFK or Newark Liberty Airports in six minutes instead of two hours of stop and go traffic. Today marks the launch of Gotham Air, a premiere daily crowdsourced helicopter service that will revolutionize how you commute. To celebrate the launch, first time riders can… Read more »

Source: Gotham Air, 21-Jan-15

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FlightSafety and Air Methods announce a new Learning Center in Colorado

FlightSafety and Air Methods announce a new Learning Center in Colorado

FlightSafety International announces that it has entered into a comprehensive long-term agreement with Air Methods – the global leader in air medical transportation – to provide four LevelD qualified full flight simulators at the Company’s new Learning Center in Colorado.  The facility is scheduled to open in 2016. “We look forward to opening this new… Read more »

Source: Flight Safety, 08-Dec-14

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Zip Aviation orders Bell 407GX

Zip Aviation orders Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced a signed agreement with Zip Aviation for the sale of a Bell 407GX to be used for corporate transportation, charters, tours, transfers and aerial surveys. The aircraft will be equipped with a Quiet Cruise™ kit for reduced noise levels in cruise flight. “The Bell 407GX is perfect for our corporate… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Oct-14

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Sen. Menendez calls for ban of Hudson River tourist helicopters

Sen. Menendez calls for ban of Hudson River tourist helicopters

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today joined local residents and officials to decry the proliferation of helicopter traffic over the Hudson River and call for an outright ban of tourist choppers threatening the quality of life and public safety of residents living along the waterfront.  The coalition of electeds fighting for a ban includes members… Read more »

Source: Senator Menendez, 11-Aug-14

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2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

Two men were arrested after a small drone flying near the George Washington Bridge came within 800 feet of a police helicopter, officials said on Tuesday.  See full story File photo

Source: NY Times, 10-Jul-14

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Blade – The iPhone app offering crowdsourced helicopter flights

Blade – The iPhone app offering crowdsourced helicopter flights

A new app aims to provide a helicopter lift from Manhattan to the Hamptons for less by helping travelers “crowdsource” their own flights.  See full story

Source: NY Post, 21-May-14

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DirectView Security completes installation at Pier 6 NYC Heliport for HeliNY

DirectView Security completes installation at Pier 6 NYC Heliport for HeliNY

DirectView Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: DIRV), a company focused on ownership and management of leading video and security technology companies, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary DirectView Security has completed a custom surveillance installation at the elite New York City downtown heliport for Helicopter Flight Services, Inc. (“HeliNY”). HeliNY is the premier provider to thousands of clients… Read more »

Source: DirectView, 11-Apr-14

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Liberty Helicopters adds two AS350B2s

Liberty Helicopters adds two AS350B2s

Business is growing for Liberty Helicopters, New York City’s premiere tour and charter company, and so is their all-Airbus Helicopters fleet. “Over the past 28 years, we have become the largest and most experienced sightseeing and executive charter operator in New York City,” said Chris Vellios, COO of Liberty Helicopters. “To keep pace with our… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Audemars Piguet continues advertising at New York’s E34 Heliport

Audemars Piguet continues advertising at New York’s E34 Heliport

Swiss Haute Horology brand Audemars Piguet continues its successful partnership with Roaring Thunder Media, the premier source for private jet terminal advertising, in the creation of an innovative media program. For the third consecutive year this custom-tailored “domination program” gives Audemars Piguet the opportunity to be featured exclusively on all interior and exterior signage, as… Read more »

Source: Audemars Piguet, 10-Jul-13

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Zip Aviation Welcomes Back a Member of its fleet

Zip Aviation Welcomes Back a Member of its fleet

Zip Aviation re-entered their Bell Jet Ranger 206B into service at their Downtown Manhattan (New York City) Heliport. The Bell Jet Ranger 206B, or known as 99ZA, has received many new upgrades just in time for the summer season. 99ZA’s Turbine engine was overhauled by Aeromaritime, making it like new. The ship was then sent… Read more »

Source: Zip Aviation, 26-Apr-13

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Mayor Bloomberg to stop using E34 Heliport on weekends

Mayor Bloomberg to stop using E34 Heliport on weekends

A neighbour has been videoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg using his S76 in and out of East 34th Street Heliport at weekends when the heliport is closed.  Sounds to us like a mismatch between Bloomberg considering that heliport is open although the terminal is closed and fuel not available – and the neighbours who… Read more »

Source: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=8673840, 24-May-12

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NBC TV stations in NY and LA get new helicopters

NBC TV stations in NY and LA get new helicopters

KNBC in Los Angeles has been involved in a helicopter share with Fox’s owned stations, while sister station WNBC in New York will get its helicopter later this year. (see full story)

Source: Broadcasting & Cable, 29-Jan-12

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Helicopter New York City promotes free hotel stay

Helicopter New York City promotes free hotel stay

Helicopter New York City, a leader in New York helicopter tours, announces their special promotion for a the chance to win a Free Hotel Stay in New York – and their New York helicopter tour customers will have first dibs at winning. Voted “Best Tour in NYC” by the Association of Hotel Concierges three years… Read more »

Source: Helicopter NYC, 29-Sep-11

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Liberty Helicopters and Analar Corp relocate to HHI Heliport

Liberty Helicopters and Analar Corp relocate to HHI Heliport

Liberty Helicopters, operator of the largest helicopter sightseeing and charter fleet in metropolitan New York, is moving to the new Helo Holdings Inc. (HHI) Heliport at Kearny, New Jersey, beginning today, April 26th. Liberty is bringing eight helicopters to the new facility as well as its corporate administration, accounting and maintenance functions. Chris Vellios, Chief… Read more »

Source: HHI Heliport, 28-Apr-11

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Helo Holdings to open first helicopter-only FBO NYC market

Helo Holdings to open first helicopter-only FBO NYC market

The Northeast corridor, and especially Manhattan, is the busiest helicopter environment in the world. However, helicopters have always been a “secondary priority” to fixed wing aviation at all the airports in and around New York – paying high fuel prices and enduring long ferry sectors to service the flying public. Helo Holdings Inc. is pleased… Read more »

Source: Analar Corp, 20-Oct-10

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New York mid-air – helicopter was flying too high

New York mid-air – helicopter was flying too high

The Liberty Helicopter Tour aircraft, which took off for a 12 minute sightseeing trip around the Manhattan skyline, was supposed to stop climbing when it hit 1,000 feet, the NTSB reported

Source: New York Daily News, 15-Sep-10

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New rules for Hudson River tour helicopters begin today

New rules for Hudson River tour helicopters begin today

Tour helicopters that want to fly higher than 1,300 feet over the Hudson River — and show off the scenic span of Manhattan island — must adhere to stricter flight patterns beginning Monday.

Source: NorthJersey.com, 16-Aug-10

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Profile: NYPD Aviation Unit

Profile: NYPD Aviation Unit

Profile by a WSJ journalist who flew with a female NYPD pilot and a photographer who had his own [seemingly misguided] opinion about helicopters!

Source: Wall Street Journal, 12-May-10

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Rules Tightened for Helicopter Tours in New York

Rules Tightened for Helicopter Tours in New York

Bowing to pressure from community groups upset by the noise of whirring rotors, city officials have banned most types of helicopter sightseeing flights leaving from Manhattan.

Source: New York Times, 01-May-10

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New York: Tourist heliport move generates noise complaints in Brooklyn

New York: Tourist heliport move generates noise complaints in Brooklyn

The fact that there’s now a single site in Manhattan for tourist-helicopter flights is a big part of why a bad problem is a whole lot worse,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn), who said his staff arrived at work Monday to find 50 e-mail complaints about chopper noise.

Source: New York Post, 11-Apr-10

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Air Pegasus Heliport (W30th) ends tourist flights

The changes at the Air Pegasus Heliport, located near 30th Street, bring to a close more than a decade of wrangling among West Side residents and park advocates over noise problems and having the heliport in Hudson River Park.

Source: DNA Info, 08-Apr-10

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New York helicopter commute for $200 a day signals revival

New York helicopter commute for $200 a day signals revival

Liberty Helicopters Inc. is offering to fly weary commuters from New Jersey to Manhattan for about $200 a day, saving them 14 hours in traffic a week and signaling that Wall Street may have seen the worst of the recession.

Source: Business Week, 26-Mar-10

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Wall Street Heliport Wants to Install a 4,000 Gallon Gas Tank

A proposal to install a 4,000-gallon above-ground gas tank at a downtown heliport has raised concerns among residents who fear it poses a safety risk and could become a terrorist target.

08-Dec-09

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Helicopter Service to NYC Airports Faces Uncertain Future

Helicopter Service to NYC Airports Faces Uncertain Future

Scheduled helicopter service between Manhattan and local airports will not resume before early next year — if ever.

Source: NY Times, 28-Nov-09

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Helicopters Fly Over Manhattan, and Police Take Notice

The Police Department seems to be moving fast to alert the public in advance of any flights that might, at first glance, appear confusing or worrisome.

Source: NY Times, 18-Oct-09

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NTSB: New York fixed wing pilot had incorrect radio frequency

he pilot of a small plane involved in an Aug. 8 midair collision over the Hudson River read back the wrong radio frequency to an air traffic controller but was not corrected by the controller, a federal safety official said yesterday.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 18-Sep-09

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NTSB Chairman testifies before Congress concerning Hudson River airspace

NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman testified  on the status of the ongoing investigation into the mid-air collision over the Hudson River. The collision occurred on August 8 between a helicopter and an airplane.  All 9 persons on board both aircraft were killed.  Chairman Hersman provided an overview of the ongoing investigation based on facts… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 17-Sep-09

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NTSB issues recommendations regarding Hudson River Class B exclusion area

The NTSB today issued five safety recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) resulting from the Safety Board’s ongoing investigation of the midair collision over the Hudson River near Hoboken, New Jersey on August 8, 2009.  The collision of a Eurocopter AS350 BA helicopter, and a Piper PA-32R-300 airplane caused nine fatalities, including the pilot… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 28-Aug-09

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NATCA ousted from Hudson River investigation for breaching protocol

“At the outset of the investigation, the organizations sign an agreement to abide by NTSB party rules,” says the NTSB in a press release issued this evening. “Among the rules parties agree to is that they will not reveal investigative information being learned through that process, nor publicly comment on it.”

Source: CharterX, 25-Aug-09

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NTSB Midair Probe Could Result in New York VFR Airspace Restrictions

Source: Aviation Week, 18-Aug-09

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Hudson River crash was ‘inevitable,’ colleague of helicopter pilot says

Source: NY Daily News, 11-Aug-09

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Airspace Above Hudson River is “a Highway With Few Signs”

Source: New York Times, 10-Aug-09

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NYPD order two Bell 412EPs to replace older aircraft

Source: Textron, 15-Jun-09

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Chopper 4 grounded as two New York TV channels combine helicopter resources

Source: NY Daily News, 02-May-09

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