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Frontier Airlines Adds 10 New Destinations at Long Island MacArthur Airport

Less than two months after Frontier Airlines announced inaugural service to MacArthur Airport with one daily nonstop to Orlando, local government and business leaders will gather again to celebrate Frontier Airlines, ISP’s 4th airline.

Today, Frontier Airlines’ Senior Director, Scott Fisher, will join Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, MacArthur Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken, members of the Islip Town Board and elected representatives, to announce service to 10 new cities from Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Frontier will begin booking all 10 destinations immediately with introductory fares, launching five of the cities this fall, and five more next spring.

Frontier will begin flying nonstop to these five cities from ISP October 5, 2017: 
• Miami (MIA) once daily, increasing to twice daily October 10 • Tampa  (TPA) once daily • West Palm Beach (PBI) once daily • New Orleans (MSY) Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday • Fort Myers (RSW) once daily 
Starting spring 2018 (details to come), Frontier will begin nonstop service to: 
• Atlanta (ATL) • Charlotte (CLT) • Chicago (ORD) 
• Detroit (DTW) • Minneapolis / St. Paul (MSP) 
“This service is exactly what our community has been asking for,” said Angie Carpenter, Islip Town Supervisor. “It’s an amazing win for the people of Long Island. This announcement for the autumn slate of flights equates to roughly $4 million in revenue for MacArthur Airport. We are thrilled with this list of cities. I always knew we had a great story to tell about MacArthur Airport,” she added. 
Earlier this year, MacArthur Airport launched a marketing campaign and professionalized its business model. As part of that effort, the airport reached out to airlines with information on the ISP marketplace. 
“We put together the data to show our wish-list of unserved markets, and we made it clear to airlines that we would work hard to bring that service to our community,” explains MacArthur Airport Commission, Shelley LaRose-Arken. “Frontier recognized the opportunity and moved quickly to serve six of our Top 10 unserved markets,” she adds. 
According to LaRose-Arken, the mix of both leisure and business destinations is also important, as is the route map that dramatically widens choices for ISP passengers. “Vacation destinations in Florida are important and we love providing that service,” explains LaRose-Arken. “However, our business travelers have been underserved at MacArthur for a decade. We will be working hard to win the loyalty of every traveler,” she adds.  
LaRose-Arken says the community will play an important role in getting the word out on these new destinations. She hopes Long Island residents will share the news on social media, and take notice of the marketing messages.  
“For this service to be successful and sustainable we need to make it clear… If you love this airport you need to use this airport,” says LaRose-Arken. “We are prepared to fulfill your expectations with an excellent customer experience if you travel from MacArthur,” she adds. 
Frontier Airlines also shares that commitment to customer service at ISP and systemwide. 
“We realize that MacArthur Airport is a more convenient option for many New Yorkers, providing an easy-to-use great customer experience. It will save our passengers time. ISP is a great match for Frontier,” explains Scott Fisher, Senior Director for Frontier Airlines. “We are grateful to the community for showing us such support. The response to our Orlando announcement was incredible, and we can’t wait to begin bookings for these new cities,” Fisher adds. 
Kevin Law, President of the Long Island Association, added “The growth of Long Island MacArthur Airport will benefit our economy and the region’s business community, and thus I commend Supervisor Carpenter for partnering with Frontier Airlines to expand the travel options available to Long Islanders.” 
 To help customers get to know Frontier, the airline has created a special website landing page to make bookings easy. 
Frontier Airlines is committed to offering 'Low Fares Done Right’ to more than 60 destinations in the United States, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic on nearly 300 daily flights. Headquartered in Denver, Frontier’s hard-working aviation professionals pride themselves in delivering the company’s signature Rocky Mountain hospitality to customers. Frontier Airlines is the proud recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2016 Diamond Award for maintenance excellence and was recently named the industry’s most fuel-efficient airline by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) as a result of superior technology and operational efficiencies. 
Long Island MacArthur Airport has two of the four major US domestic air carriers: American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, who have provided service at ISP for more than 10 years. Together these carriers provide service to 6 cities nonstop, and connect to hundreds of destinations in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe. The airport serves 1.2M passengers annually and employs 6000 people, with a $14.6M annual operating budget and an economic impact of $600M to the region and local community. 
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East Hampton Seeks Legislative Support For Control Of Airport

The East Hampton Town Board has asked Congress to give its officials the power to impose restrictions on flights at the East Hampton Airport as part of a new Federal Aviation Administration work plan—a new tack in the town’s struggle to maintain control over traffic at the airport. 

In a letter to the supervisors and mayors of the East End’s villages and towns, East Hampton officials asked their counterparts to urge U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer and U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin to include language drafted by the town in the FAA legislation. 

The proposed directives would order the FAA to allow the town to impose “reasonable restrictions” on flights at the airport immediately, and for as long as the town declines to accept FAA grant funding, as the town says the FAA had pledged it could do as part of a 2005 lawsuit settlement. 

The town has proposed being freed from the Airport Noise and Capacity Act, or ANCA, as long as it no longer accepts FAA funding. 

In early 2015, the town imposed curfews on flights at the airport based on correspondences between the FAA and former U.S. Representative Tim Bishop that town officials believed had left them with the power to impose reasonable limitations on flights. 

But after charter helicopter companies sued, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling last fall found that the town must comply with ANCA, which prevents municipal airport managers from setting restrictions on flights without express permission from the FAA. 

Last month, the town began preparing to apply to the FAA for permission to impose new flight rules. The application, however, could take several years to complete. 

Congress is in the process of drafting a “reauthorization” of the FAA, a periodic review of the agency’s charge. Following the rejection by the U.S. Supreme Court of a request to hear an appeal of the case challenging the curfews, town officials said they would be exploring a variety of avenues to try to win control of the airport.

The language the town has proposed reads: “Unless [the town] wishes to remain eligible to receive future grants of federal funding … [the town] is not required to comply with the requirements under the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990,” and “[The town] shall not be in violation of the prohibitions against exclusive rights … by adopting any such new airport noise and access restriction.”


Infrastructure Improvements Planned For Gabreski

Westhampton Photo 2017WESTHAMPTON, NY — Francis S. Gabreski Airport is about to get even safer, thanks to federal funding secured for infrastructure improvements.

United States Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Lee Zeldin and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced this week that a $150,000 federal grant was awarded to the airport in Westhampton, home of the 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard.

The grant, secured through the U.S. Department of Transportation, was provided to commence an "anti-obstruction project," at Gabreski — a four-phase effort to improve the safety of aircraft taking off and landing at the airport, a release said.

The grant will be used to implement the first phase of a project to remove obstructions that impact safety on runways 1/19, 6/24 and 15/33, and other approach and departure paths, the release said.

“Keeping our infrastructure in top-notch shape and maintaining safety on the runways at our airports is essential. This important federal investment will enable safer service for our service members at the 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard and all pilots who fly in and out of Gabreski Airport," Schumer said.

“Investing in our airport infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses, travelers, and service members from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard who utilize it every day,” Gillibrand agreed.

And, added Zeldin, “The 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard plays a crucial role to protect our national security and New York's emergency response capabilities, which is why keeping Gabreski’s runways in great condition must be a top priority. This federal funding will allow the airport to begin an important project to improve the safety of aircraft utilizing the runway.”

Bellone said the infrastructure upgrades will enhance safety for Armed Forces and other emergency personnel at the airport, and applauded all the lawmakers involved.

Following the completion of Phase 1, an environmental assessment will be included in Phase 2, with a design phase and construction project to remove obstructions the next steps.


Vaughn College Announces New Strategic Partnerships to Benefit Students

Vaughn College provides its students with real-world skills to fill in-demand careers in the fields of engineering, technology, management and aviation. Recently, Vaughn College has established new corporate partnerships with several airlines that will benefit students and prepare them for post-graduation employment. Demand for graduates is high with 98 percent employed or continuing their education within one year of graduation, 81 percent in their field.

“Partnerships with the industries that employ our students are a key strength of this institution and the beneficiaries are our graduates,” said Dr. Sharon DeVivo, president of Vaughn. “By staying current with industry needs and asking employers to provide opportunities for current students, we continue to provide a transformational education that changes students’ lives.”

The 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook and well as the Airbus Global Market Demand forecasts more than 600,000 commercial pilots and 679,000 maintenance technicians will be needed in the next 20 years.

To provide the next generation of pilots, Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines have developed unique approaches and partnered with Vaughn College on a Preferred Hiring Gateway program, to assist in the selection, training and education of potential new pilots; assist Vaughn with retention of flight instructors; and provide career opportunities for selected pilots. In a similar agreement, ExpressJet has partnered with Vaughn on its Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3), a mentorship-based educational program that gives students a highly structured, clear path through college to help future aviators pursue their dream. The program seeks to arm students with the tools and knowledge they need for efficient career advancement beginning with a certified flight instructor to a position that results in employment as a regional airline pilot and, finally, a major airline pilot.

Vaughn’s Aviation Training Institute, which houses the aviation maintenance technician program, has been selected as one of 38 institutions to partner with Delta Air Lines for its Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) program. As students prepare for their careers, essential and applicable training is necessary to be able to transition successfully into the workforce. Delta Air Lines continues to recognize Vaughn’s ability to produce highly-skilled technicians. This partnership will benefit the College’s students by expanding its relationship with Delta and making the company a resource for continuous improvement of the AMT program, along with Delta’s assistance with marketing the program to prospective students.

Helping middle and high-school students to consider aviation as a career path is key to meeting the forecast demand for well-qualified professionals and it requires strong collaboration between higher education and industry. The JetBlue Foundation recently awarded Vaughn an $85,000 grant as part of its program to fund science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. This grant will fund the purchase of a RedBird MCX full-motion flight simulator training device to expose 300 New York City area students and 300 Vaughn students, particularly the 220 in the flight degree programs, to the career possibilities.

“The new simulator provided by the generosity of the JetBlue grant will significantly enhance our current lab of four simulators,” said Dr. Peter Russo, aviation department chair. “With our aviation heritage and our top-of-the-line equipment, we provide students with high-quality training that will prepare them for their careers.”

About Vaughn 
Founded in 1932, Vaughn College is a private, four-year college that enrolls more than 1,600 students in master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs in engineering, technology, management and aviation on its main campus in New York City and online. The student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1 ensures a highly personalized learning environment. Ninety-eight percent of Vaughn College graduates are placed in professional positions or choose to continue their education within one year of graduation, eighty-one percent in a related field. They work in 20 countries and all 50 states. The institution serves many first-generation college students and is recognized by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. For more information, visit

Luminati Choses Long Island as its Base of Manufacture for its Line of HALE UAV’s

By Steve Attard -Luminati 2017

Friday, June 16th – Luminati Aerospace formally announces the rebirth of aerospace manufacturing at Calverton Enterprise Park on Long Island, New York.  Formerly leased by Northrop Grumman, the Plant 6 facility is where some of the world’s top naval aircraft had once been assembled.  Tapping into the region’s manufacturing past, Luminati will be using the facility and its outlying grounds to produce a unique and innovative line of commercial high altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles known as HALE UAV’s. 

In addition to the design and manufacture of the UAV’s, Luminati’s expertise includes supportive research and development which explores new concepts in both structural composites and energy harvesting which is what makes their UAV product line both unique and possible.  The super light-weight components they develop permit their UAV’s to operate at very high altitudes where they’ll source energy from the sun and also from natural wind currents allowing them to stay aloft for what is essentially indefinite periods of time.

Luminati’s choice to use Calverton Enterprise Park as its home makes perfect sense as the entire complex, originally built in the 1950’s, was assembled as a self-supporting aircraft manufacturing environment.  Even after all of this time the infrastructure remains intact, it’s affordable and space is readily available for any interested organization who may desire to join them in support of their endeavors.  Within his opening speech Daniel Preston, CEO and founder of Luminati, extended a heartfelt invitation to all potential suppliers/partners to reach out to him directly. 

The Long Island Business Aviation Association wishes to extend a warm welcome to Luminati Aerospace, Mr. Preston and all of those in support of the rebirth of aerospace manufacturing within our community here in New York.

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