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December 03, 2012
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Denver Int’l Airport Terminal – Photo by Shahn Sederberg, graphic interpretation by Andrew Stevens
Arizona
New FAA Airports Field Office Set to Open December 17th NAC_1edit.jpg

The FAA has announced that the new Phoenix Airports Field Office (AFO) will open on December 17, 2012. Of the six staff members currently assigned to the new office, four are new to the FAA and two are transferring from other FAA office locations. (Photo – Mike Williams, PHX Field Office Manager)
Arizona Aviation Journal


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Airfields of Dreams
If you build it, they won’t come.

Willis and Vivian Bramstaedt planned to live out their days on a farm in rural Beecher, Illinois. But two years ago, they got a disturbing letter from the Illinois Department of Transportation: the state, using its eminent-domain powers, would seize their land to provide space for a brand-new airport—intended to relieve congestion at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, some 60 miles north.

Read more: City Journal

California
Dragonfly Aviation makes final hard landing

If there’s anything more rewarding than to buckle into a sleek machine with wings and power up to revel in a bird’s-eye view of the neighborhood or the coast, it may be to teach another person to fly. Bob Archibald has taught many through the 31 years at the now-grounded Dragonfly Aviation flight school at the Sonoma County-Charles M. Schulz Airport.

Read more: Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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Alabama
Huntsville International Airport celebrates the end of a $92 million expansion

There was no ribbon cutting Thursday night as the Port of Huntsville showed off its new baggage claim. But that’s not to say there was no celebrating.

Read more: Huntsville Times

Montana
Airport outlook: Larger aircraft, but no new routes

Despite a small decline in traffic at Helena Regional Airport this year and challenges to the airline industry nationwide, the airport is well-positioned to at least maintain its current level of service, according to a consultant’s report. But don’t expect too many new flight options in and out of Helena.

Read more: Helena Independent Record

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