|North Dakota Addresses AIP Issues with FAA Administrator Huerta
North Dakota’s aeronautics director Larry Taborsky (pictured) and state airport planner Kyle Wanner visited Washington DC last week to visit with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Associate Administrator for Airports Christa Fornarotto about AIP funds. Due to North Dakota’s recent oil boom, it is now the number two oil producing state in the nation which has recently caused an exponential growth in both commercial and business aviation resulting in enormous pressure on the state’s airport infrastructure.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
National shortage of large air tankers constrains firefighting efforts
Right now, the federal government has exclusive contracts for only 10 large air tankers nationwide. There were more than 40 such planes in the federal government’s arsenal a decade ago.
Read more: Denver Post
Billings airport closing on weekends to rebuild runway
After four years of planning, the project every airport manager dreads, resurfacing the main runway, begins July 12 for six weekends through August 18.
Read more: Billings Gazette
Guidance Aviation CEO Wins National SBA Award
John Stonecipher, President and CEO of Guidance Aviation in Prescott, Arizona was named the Person of the Year by the United States Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C., during the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week.
Read more: Arizona Aviation Journal
GA spared adverse tax changes
Sometimes in politics, the good news is that bad news won’t happen. In Louisiana, antique aircraft collectors and aviation employers dodged legislative bullets that would have raised the costs of aircraft ownership or of doing business.
Read more: AOPA
Bismarck Airport Awarded Grant
The Bismarck Airport was awarded a $472,800 Air Carrier Grant from the state Aeronautics Commission to help rehabilitate a commercial apron. Total cost of the project is $5.63 million.
On June 6, the state Aeronautics Commission funded $5.04 million for airport projects around the state — $2.55 million in state grants for general aviation and nearly $2.5 million more to air carrier airports.
Read more: Bismarck Tribune
Aviation Museum offers F-4 simulator time
The Kansas Aviation Museum F-4 Phantom flight simulator will now be open for flights on the last Saturday of each month through November (Open 10am-5pm). Pre-registration is highly recommended. Fly with an instructor who guides you through your flight. The simulator sessions will continue to be 30 minute introductory and 90 minute in-depth flights. Call (316) 683-9242 to make reservations.
Read more: KAM
FAA Western Pacific Region Officials Visit Yuma
The FAA recently opened a new office in Phoenix, much to the delight of the Yuma County Airport Authority. “We believe having FAA managers right here in the State will help tremendously when it comes to the grant funding process,” said Rob Ingold, president of the Airport Authority.
Read more: Arizona Aviation Journal
LAX Offers Peek at Airport’s New International Terminal
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and airport officials Thursday offered an early glimpse of a sleeker, airier and more upscale Tom Bradley International Terminal, which is undergoing a $1.9 billion facelift to be completed later this year.
Read more: Beverly Hills Patch
Aviation company moving to Miami, creating 40 jobs
Aviation firm ATR North America is relocating its American headquarters from Dulles, Va. to Miami Springs and will create up to 40 jobs, the Beacon Council announced.
Read more: South Florida Business Journal