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May 12, 2014
Massachusetts
MASSDOT BEGINS FIVE-YEAR CONSTRUCTION PLAN FOR 15 GA ADMIN FACILITIES
Construction is set for 15 Massachusetts airports as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announces a five year plan to build or renovate general aviation airport administrative facilities across the state. The 15 airports were chosen based on public safety needs and airport activity, and each new airport administrative facility will be designed and built according to a modifiable prototype design that meets the local need.  “The Statewide Airport System Plan review found a significant need to improve administration facilities at general aviation airports, with some airports lacking any facilities and many others working in aging buildings in need of repair,” said Chris Willenborg (shown above), Aviation Director for MassDOT.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
 
NORTH DAKOTA AERONAUTICS COMMISSION ISSUES GRANTS
The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission issued $7,940,027 in grant money to public airports across the state. The intention for the grant money is to help fund many of the high priority projects that will increase airport safety and efficiency. Kyle Wanner, Director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, said the demand for infrastructure due to the tremendous growth North Dakota is experiencing is exponential, and airports are no exception to those demands. “Airports are vital to the state’s economic development and provide much needed services for rapidly expanding communities,” said Wanner. “The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission is excited to be a part of the infrastructure solutions for the many challenges currently faced by the North Dakota aviation community.” 
 
Sederberg Becomes CDOT’s New Multimedia Manager
Colorado Division of Aeronautics employee, Shahn Sederberg recently accepted a position as a Communications/Multimedia Manager with the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Communications Office. Sederberg, who has been a consistent contributor to the State Aviation Journal, began working for the Division of Aeronautics in 2001 as an Aviation Planner, and later as the Division’s Communications Specialist.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Maine

Bethel, Fryeburg, Auburn airports receive federal grants
The Bethel Regional Airport was one of several in Maine to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration for local airport improvements, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced in a press release Friday afternoon.
Read more: Lewiston Sun Journal
 
Pease airport becoming quieter
Due to quieter aircraft and a general lull in the aviation industry, noise created at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease is less than it was nearly 10 years ago, and it looks like it will only continue to shrink over the next several years.
Read more: Seacoast Online

Piper Sells Five Arrow Trainers To Embry-Riddle, Daytona Beach
Piper Aircraft Inc. will begin delivering the first of five new Piper Arrow pilot training aircraft to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The airplanes will serve Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Florida campus.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
 
West Virginia
FAA grants for Mercer and Mason airports
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.),  announced nearly $600,000 in federal funding to enhance airfield infrastructure at Mercer County Airport in Bluefield and Mason County Airport in Point Pleasant. “Investing in our airports and air transportation infrastructure, like in Mercer and Mason Counties, is one surefire way to grow our economy and create jobs,” said Rahall.
Read more: WVVA
 
Indiana
Gary Airport’s New Private Operator Cuts Staff
Gary/Chicago International Airport’s deputy director and two other employees are being laid off just weeks after city officials promised the new public-private partnership there would create more jobs for Gary residents.
Read more: Aviation Pros

Oklahoma
Aeronautics commission fights to breathe life into vetoed tower bill
The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission had its May meeting at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport on Thursday, which included discussion on an airport safety bill vetoed recently by Gov. Mary Fallin and attempts to resurrect the legislation. Fallin vetoed Senate Bill 1195, which would have required all meteorological evaluation towers, commonly referred to as MET towers, be painted in their entirety and that they be registered with the OAC.
Read more: Edmond Sun

 

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Nebraska
Small airports cancel more flights
Flight cancellations have become common at Nebraska’s smaller airports, jeopardizing federal funding and forcing residents to drive hundreds of miles to catch a flight. Cancellations seem routine at the six Nebraska airports served by Great Lakes Airlines.
Read more: Kearney Hub

Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse 
NEW CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK OFFERS SUSPENSE, ADVENTURE AND INSPIRATION
Tonight children will dream big after taking a journey across the Atlantic with one ambitious little mouse. They’ll learn about aviation, innovation, history and perseverance.  New to bookshelves this spring, Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse is a suspenseful yet inspiring story of a little mouse who conquered a big challenge.
Read more: AVED Journal
Watch Trailer: Lindbergh

 

International

Saudi Arabia
New airport planned to serve pilgrims traveling to Mecca
Saudi Arabia is planning to build a new international airport to serve pilgrims traveling to Mecca in the nearby city of Taif, according to the General Authority for Civil Aviation.
Read more: Reuters

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UAS

News media challenge ban on journalism drones
More than a dozen media organizations challenged the government’s ban on the use of drones by journalists Tuesday, saying the Federal Aviation Administration’s position violates First Amendment protections for news gathering.
Read more: ABC News
 
North Dakota
Drones can’t trump privacy of citizens
North Dakota has put a lot of planning and money into unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. And some are predicting the success of the program will rival the oil boom in benefits to the state. The state put more than $14 million into a Grand Forks site.
Read more: Bismarck Tribune


 


 
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Washington
Alaska Airlines Aviation Day Inspires Youth to Pursue Careers in Aviation
Nearly 600 high school students will gather at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on May 10 to kick the tires and stand inside the wheel well of a 737 jet while learning about careers in aviation during the sixth annual Alaska Airlines Aviation Day. Employees from Alaska Airlines, The Boeing Co., Port of Seattle and Federal Aviation Administration will be on hand to inspire the next generation of aviators, engineers, air traffic controllers and aircraft mechanics, among other disciplines.
Read more: Wall Street Journal
 
Idaho
ACE Academy To Offer Teens Chance to Learn About Aviation Careers
Navigating small airplanes, controlling air traffic and exploring Blackhawk helicopters are all part of the Aviation Career Exploration (ACE) Academy, hosted by the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Aeronautics, which will take place from June 16-18, in Boise.
Read more: Ketchum Keystone

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