WPCNR FRIENDLY SKIES. Special to WPCNR from Peter Katz, NTSB REPORTER. September 15, 2015:
A new air service was launched today at Westchester County Airport. It offers travelers who can afford the $2,000 monthly fee unlimited flights between Westchester and Boston. Called Beacon, the service uses Beechcraft King Air B200 twin-engine turboprop airplanes which typically are configured to hold seven passengers. Three of Beacon’s four founders were involved in starting a similar operation in California called Surf Air.
The first flight departed Westchester at approximately 11:30 this morning from Landmark Aviation West, which is on the opposite side of the airport from the commercial passenger terminal.
Passengers flying Beacon will not have to pass through TSA screening each time they board, but will be prescreened by Beacon.
Beacon plans to market its service to corporations, law firms, and others who have personnel traveling frequently between the New York area and Boston.
Beacon’s CEO Wade Eyerly, who at one time worked for former Vice President Dick Cheney, said that they plan to expand service from Westchester to include Washington. They also offer seasonal service from Westchester to the Hamptons and Nantucket.
Beacon’s first flight received a special salute from water cannons atop the airport’s fire/rescue tankers as it taxied out for takeoff. It’s a tradition in aviation for an airline’s first flight to receive such a salute.
The water cannon salute also is given to retiring airline captains after they’ve landed on their final flight. Their web site address is flybeacon.com and additional information can be found there.