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  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:32 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Security Operations (OSO) Compliance Division, is updating the July 10, 2017 BOLO advisory notice based on continued attempts by this individual to access restricted areas and aircraft at multiple airports.

    TSA is aware of numerous incidents involving a suspicious person attempting to gain unauthorized access to aircraft and facilities at primarily Fixed Based Operators (FBOs). The individual identified as Ahmed Olasunkahmi SALAU, aka SALAN, SALUH, Martinez Davon WELLS has reportedly visited several FBOs falsely presenting himself as either a passenger, employee or crewmember with the intent to gain unauthorized access to aircraft and/or facilities. TSA is also aware that the same individual may have also telephonically contacted FBOs in an attempt to gather passenger and aircraft data.

    As a result, TSA is issuing this notice for your security awareness. Contact the TSOC at 877-456-8722 or 703-5633240 and local law enforcement if you suspect suspicious or fraudulent activity regarding this individual.

    UPDATE: Since the original notice issued on July 10, 2017, TSA is aware of several additional FBO/GA encounters by SALAU. The attachment lists various activities conducted by SALAU. Click here for the attachment. 

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:53 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    On Monday, Oct. 23rd at 0700 local time the airport will commence the Rehabilitation of Tower Road project. This project will involve construction personnel using excavation equipment and vehicles. Please use extreme caution when traveling on Tower Road and expect the road to be open at all times with Flagman coordinating traffic during all construction activities. 

    For more information, click here for the full bulletin. 

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 3:44 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    On September 25th, Congressman Peter DeFazio wrote the following letter warning the public about being misled on the causes of flight delays and urging them to oppose H.R. 2997.

    Click here to view the full letter

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:15 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    Next year, there will be a significant  construction work project that will essentially shut down the airport for different extended periods.  This is something to keep an eye on and WAA will make sure to let everyone know more as the details become clear. 

    Click here for the powerpoint discussing the variety of phases that will take place. 

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 3:01 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    Pilots planning to fly in the northern and central New Jersey area

    The Trump national golf course in Bedminster New Jersey has been designated an official presidential residence. When the president is in residence a presidential temporary flight restriction is in effect covering a region 30 miles around the golf course. 

    The TFR may be activated with less than 24 hours notice and covers most of the northern and central New Jersey airspace affecting 19 airports in New Jersey and Pennsylvania violating the TFR route but will result in you being intercepted by military aircraft before flying please check for any TSRs a note of us by calling flight service at one 800 WX brief check in for TFR is before any flight is a good idea. 

    Note: There have already been more than 20 intercepts of GA pilots by Coast Guard helicopters and Air Force fighter jets for violating the TFR. 

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 2:48 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    Last night, the WAA hosted a meeting with approximately 30 pilots, airport operations, FAA personnel and controllers to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. The conversation was flowing for topics ranging from runway incursions and safety, control instructions in the pattern, IFR routings and the changing nature of TFRs in the area.  Leading the meeting were WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Mike Wold (HPN Air Traffic Manger), Vladimir Vallejo (Air Traffic Controller) and Ben Struck (FAA Safety Program Manger, FRG FSDO). 

    Although not scheduled yet, please watch the website for the next quarterly meeting date. 

    Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:

    ·   HPN tower continues to have many trainees among its staff.   

    • There are daily and sometimes more frequent changes to the TFRs in effect over and near HPN.  Pilots are urged to get the latest information immediately before flight commences.  The current UN General Assembly related TFR includes a cut out for HPN; other Presidential TFRs do not....don't assume there is a cut out for your departure from or arrival at HPN.  Often (but not always) having a VFR flight plan on file for the operation, but not activated, is sufficient, provided that you obtain any necessary transponder code BEFORE leaving the ground or arriving within the lateral boundaries of the TFR.  Often (but not always) having an IFR flight plan on file but not activated IS NOT sufficient, it must be active at the time of the operation within the TFR.  The expectation is that later in the Fall the VIP trips to Bedminster will diminish in number.
    • IFR routings for light general aviation aircraft leaving HPN, that would usually be routed over SAX and along V249 to the Southwest (e.g., routings to Trenton, Philadelphia, Lancaster, BWI, Dulles, etc.) are changed when the Bedminster TFR is in effect.  In that event, aircraft are being routed over JFK V16 DIXIE.  Routings thereafter may be along V276 RBV (for Trenton/Philadelphia area) or V1 CYN V16, or V1 LEEAH , depending on destinations.  Plan for different/sometimes longer routings when the Bedminster TFR is in effect. 
    • The Runway Safety Action Team ("RSAT") meeting, which is held annually, was held at our September meeting.  Traffic operations at HPN continue to grow at the rate of about 5% per year, with Calendar Year 2016 seeing 165,356 total airport operations; 169,448 Tower Operations (including overflights); 48,694 VFR itinerants (i.e., non-closed traffic); and 14,548 touch and goes.  These numbers are not including aircraft operations when the tower is closed.
      • There were 2 runway incursions since the last RSAT meeting in May 2016.  One involved a Cirrus SR22 that crossed runway 16 without a clearance.  The other involved a Cessna 421 that did not hold short of runway 11 at C taxiway
      • There were 29 events in which jet or turboprop aircraft were issued a go-around due to preceding traffic not having cleared the runway in timely fashion, at the rate of approximately 2 per month.  It is important for landing aircraft to clear the runway expeditiously, consistent with safety
      • Other runway issues involved flat tires resulting in the aircraft needing to be cleared from the runway, and aircraft excursions on the grass off runways
      • Tower suggests the following best practices for pilots:
    -Focus on readbacks to ensure proper understanding of ATC instructions/clearances.
    -Readback all runway hold short instructions, including the runway number.
    - Study the airport layout prior to arriving or taxiing.
    -Ask for clarifications if unsure of the clearance/instruction
    -See the whole picture, have good situational awareness of what is going on around your aircraft and the route that you will be taking.
    -Be alert to the locations of the FBO's with multiple locations:  Signature/Ross East/West.  Know which direction you'll be turning off the runway.
    • The Tower suggests the following best practices for its controllers:

    - Minimize the number of runway crossings when issuing taxi clearances
    - Issue taxi instructions slowly
    - Seek to have ATC be involved in the planning for airport construction projects
    -Coordinate with the airport operator for familiarization trips in airport vehicles
    - Use of tower cab simulator
    -Invite/encourage users to visit the Tower and interact with ATC personnel

    As always, the Tower at KHPN welcomes visitors.  Visitors must have a passport and be a US Citizen.  Call Mike Wold at 914-948-6520 if you would like to schedule a visit.  Because of the cramped quarters, limit the group to about 5

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 1:16 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    Good Afternoon,

    Please be advised that effective immediately, HPN’s TSA approved escorting numbers are:

    One (1) escort per five (5) individuals


    One (1) escort per five (5) vehicles at any time.

    Please ensure that all escorted personal are equipped with SIDA/AOA Visitor badge and all vehicles have a Class II permit.  There must be face-to-face transfer between escorts and no break in contact.

    Please share this information with your employees and tenants and feel free to call me with any questions.

    Best Regards,

    Laura Etre
    Airport Security Manager
    AvPORTS / Westchester County Airport
    240 Airport Road  Suite 202 / White Plains, NY 10604
    P: 914.995.2748 /Email: lega@westchestergov.com

  • Monday, July 03, 2017 2:24 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    On June 19th, the WAA hosted the Second Annual Safety Standdown for business and general aviation professionals. This year's theme was "The Future of Aviation Safety" and nationally renowned speakers addressed over 225 attendees at the Doral Arrowwood. A corporate operator focused day session garnered employees from various companies throughout the Northeast region who were able to interact with real time survey questions throughout the presentations utilizing the program Poll Everywhere.  All attendees also qualified for one NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credit for attending.

    Morning speakers included NTSB Board member John Beatty, CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation; John Goglia, former NTSB board member; and Aaron Greenwald and Josh Olds, Unmanned Safety Institute.  Also, two panel discussions took place focusing on the future of aviation safety training and fatigue. Panelists included Dann Runik, Flight Safety Intl; Eli Cotti, NBAA; and Sheryl Barden, Aviation Personnel Intl. Furthermore, employees of WAA member companies also participated: Kelly Barfield, Tom Stewart, & Chris Duffek of JP Morgan Chase; Chris Keaney of IBM; Matt Mason of American Express, and Jim Wolley of PMI.

    Along with networking opportunities between various disciplines in an aviation department, attendees also joined in breakout sessions throughout the afternoon specifically tailored to their specialty. Sal Lagonia, WAA board member and owner of Lagonia Law, instructed pilots on how to navigate any situation when the FAA is calling. Food expert, John Detloff trained flight attendants on global food safety. Constant Aviation’s Kent Stauffer delivered a thought provoking discussion on human factors playing into the maintenance role. Finally, Dean Snell and John Kosak of NBAA addressed dispatchers and schedulers on working with the NY ATC and presented helpful weather resources.

    Furthermore, the evening session focused on the general aviation constituency of KHPN. With 60 attendees, members of the Westchester Flying Club, Civil Air Patrol, and other groups listened to the aforementioned Greenwald, Olds, and Kosak. Additionally joining in the presentations was WAA board member, Scott Dyer; Mike Wold, HPN Tower Chief; and Vladimir Vallejo, Front Line Manager of the HPN  Tower.  As one of the top GA events the WAA has hosted, WINGS - Pilot Proficiency credit was offered for all attendees. On hand was Ben Struck of the FAA, to further explain that the objective of the WINGS Program is to address the primary accident causal factors that continue to plague the general aviation community and delivered a short presentation on the “Human Startle Response and Managing Unexpected Events.”

    WAA Chairman Milt Hobbs commented, "We are proud to continue to bring this type of event to our membership and see it grow so much in just one year. I think it displays our unwavering support and commitment to aviation safety at Westchester County airport and our NE region. We hope all who attended were able to walk away learning something new, networking with a neighbor, and thinking differently about what safety means currently in their world and in the future."

    Additional information, pictures, and attendee comments will be posted shortly on the WAA website and social media outlets. The WAA would like to thank all of our volunteers and attendees who made this year's event so successful.

  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7:58 AM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    Last night, the WAA hosted a meeting with approximately 20 pilots, dispatchers and controllers to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. The conversation was flowing for two hours on topics ranging from procedures and projects at HPN to severe weather avoidance plans and alternative routings.  Leading the meeting wer WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Mike Wold (HPN Air Traffic Manger), Devon Browne (HPN Front Line Supervisor), Jon Norris (NY Tracon), Brian Seavey (NY Tracon) and Ben Struck (FAA Safety Program Manger, FRG FSDO). 

    Although not scheduled yet, please watch the website for quarterly meeting dates. 

    Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:

    • HPN tower has had two of its controllers in training become certified recently, with more in process.   
    • Controller staff shortages continue to limits the availability of "line up and wait" as a procedure to expedite the flow of departing traffic (extra staffing is required when line up and wait is used).
    • The next major airport project will be a resurfacing of 16/34, which will occur in the fall of 2018 and require that the runway be closed for an expected 3 days. 
    • A directive from the FAA has now removed the terminology of "Climb Via" from clearances for IFR departure procedures that do not include altitude crossing restrictions on the procedure but have only a Top Altitude.  Thus, "Climb Via" terminology will no longer be used in clearances for the Westchester Five SID. 
    • Runway 29 is now available for landings between sunset and sunrise, but aircraft of more than 12, 500 pounds are restricted from landing on Runway 29 at any time. Another NOTAM indicates that the approach ratio for Runway 29 has been raised, due to the trees on the ridge on short final. 
    • The recent presidential TFRs were discussed.  The TFR centered on Bedminster, NJ, when active, removes the availability of BIGGY, LANNA and PARKE for departures from the HPN, with alternative routings to be given.  Arrival routings from the south and southwest can expect IFR alternative routings over Allentown (FJC) when the TFR over Bedminster is active, and note the V249 routing between SBJ and SAX will not be available in that event (affecting southwest-bound piston arrivals and departures from HPN).  The Hudson River Special Flight Rules Area ("SFRA") was expressly excluded from the Bedminster TFR, although the language was not clear if the Skyline Route (between 1300' and 2000' in the Class B airspace over the Hudson) was excluded as well as it does not lie within the SFRA.  Ben Struck said he would check to clarify the status of the Skyline Route during such TFRs.  Note that the NJ-based TFR changes when the President moves through Morristown Airport (MMU), so be sure to check current TFR status immediately before departures. There is no available information about the possibility of any upcoming presidential trips to homes and businesses in Westchester County. 
    • Severe Weather Avoidance Plans ("SWAP") have been put into effect several times already this season.  ATC is aware that non-airline operators may be willing and able to take departure clearances that involve many more flying miles than the airlines accept, in order to expedite their departures.  Such operators should make that willingness known to Clearance Delivery on initial contact as CD needs to check each routing with Tracon counterparts during SWAP operations and the acceptability of non-standard routings can be conveyed at that time.    SERMN routings (Severe weather Escape Routes Metro New york) can be used as well, either on an elective or mandatory basis, when usual departure fixes are not available.  SERMN routes are useful for departures to DCA, RDU, ORF and as far south as SAV, as well as BOS and New England destinations, BUF, PIT, etc.  SERMN routes require that the aircraft remain at low altitude (8,000' or 10,000' maximums, depending on the destination) for the entirety of the route--don't expect to negotiate higher.  The routings are very similar, if not identical to the low-altitude victor-airway preferred routes usually given to piston singles departing from HPN.

    As always, the Tower at KHPN welcomes visitors.  Visitors must have a passport and be a US Citizen.  Call Mike Wold at 914-948-6520 if you would like to schedule a visit.  Because of the cramped quarters, limit the group to about 5

    Finally, the Tower folks love to be asked to go along on local flights for familiarization

  • Monday, April 24, 2017 2:41 PM | Brittany Davies (Administrator)

    On April 12, board members of the Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) traveled to Washington DC to meet with officials of the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) to discuss the recently proposed plan to privatize the operation of Westchester County Airport. WAA Chairman Milt Hobbs, along with board members Sal Lagonia and Eric Faulkner were joined by Alex Gertsen (NBAA’s Director of Airports and Ground Infrastructure) and Dean Saucier (NBAA’s Northeast Regional Representative). Collectively, they voiced concern over the lack of general aviation’s participation in the privatization plan for the airport and community involvement in the process.

    The meeting was led by Kevin Willis, the FAA’s Director of Airport Compliance and Management Analysis, and included several members of the FAA and DOT staff. Mr. Willis began by giving an excellent briefing on the FAA’s Airport Privatization Pilot Program, which included origins of the program development, its purpose and history, and concluded with the specifics of the HPN program. The FAA Airport Privatization Pilot Program was developed as a tool to help distressed airports expand, improve infrastructure and attract financing. The notable downside is that the surrounding community does lose some control over the future of its local airport.

    What Is the Airport Privatization Pilot Program About?

    Since 1996, 10 slots were provided in the program, of which 7  are not utilized. Westchester County Airport along with St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) and Hendry County Airport (2IS) are in various stages of implementation of the program. The only active airport is San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín Airport (SJU) in Puerto Rico - generally considered a success because the airport was greatly distressed and had a high amount of debt, which prevented much needed improvements. However, other efforts to utilize this program have failed due to either economic reasons or lack of political will to move through to completion. Mr. Willis further explained that there were no plans to expand the number of slots for the program

    Details Regarding HPN

    After providing a framework of the program, Mr. Willis reviewed the details of the program’s implementation at HPN. Currently, HPN has filed an initial application with the FAA and the County has issued an investor RFP to prospective operators. RFP submissions and a decision on which operator or investment group to retain is expected by late July 2017. The Westchester Board of Legislators is required to approve the selection with expected meetings on this matter to occur sometime in September.

    According to Mr. Willis, after Westchester Board of Legislators approval, the process takes approximately a year to complete. This process includes the FAA acting on information provided by the County and the selected operator. Both the County and the selected operator must (among other things) meet 9 statutory conditions to gain approval by the FAA. The completion timeline of this will depend on how long it takes to receive the requested information. At a later point in the process, the FAA will hold public hearings to receive and gauge public opinion from the community. However, by historical data, the expected completion of the process would occur no earlier than late summer/early fall 2018.

    What to Expect Moving Forward

    With awareness that 78% of the traffic and revenue is derived from general aviation at HPN, the FAA assured our WAA representatives that they are very focused on the needs and impact to the general aviation community. Mr. Willis graciously offered to stay in touch and meet again at any time helpful to the WAA.

    After the meeting with the FAA, the WAA board members traveled to NBAA headquarters and received a further briefing on the subject from NBAA’s outside legal counsel to gain additional knowledge on the subject and possible alternatives.

    The WAA Board of Directors will continue to stay hyper vigilant on this issue with the goal of protecting the interests of all users and stakeholders at HPN. The WAA is committed to not only advocating on our members behalf, but also delivering the timely updates and news on this issue and others affecting Westchester County Airport. Please remember that the more constituents we represent, the more our voice and declarations will be listened to and acted upon. If you are a member of the WAA, we thank you for your continued support and want you to know that this is the exact type of issue your membership dollars are working to guard against. If you are not currently a member of the WAA, please consider joining today. As you can see, we are dedicated to our mission of providing a strong voice for general aviation at HPN and to sustain a thriving airport community, both now and in the future.

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