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May 19, 2014
Illinois
Airports Recognized for Outstanding Service
Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider congratulated the “2014 Airport of the Year” award recipients last week. Seven awards were presented by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) at the Illinois Aviation Conference, held in Collinsville today, recognizing  airports for their accomplishments throughout the year, outstanding partnership with the state and commitment to customer satisfaction.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

New York
National and State Aviation Groups Applaud Governor for May Proclamation
New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, is receiving applause from national aviation organizations as well as the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA), for declaring the month of May as Aviation Appreciation Month. Ann Crook, Director of Aviation for the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, and President of the NYAMA Board of Directors, said they have been working hard to make sure that New York lawmakers support this important asset to the state’s economy. 
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Indiana
State was secret bidder for Gary airport
While high-profile negotiations were underway with private investors to take over operations at Gary/Chicago International Airport last year, much quieter talks between the city and state agencies were taking place behind the scenes.
Read more: Northwest Indiana Times

Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Approves $500,000 Grant for Grove Terminal
During the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission’s meeting in Guthrie last week, commissioners approved a $500,000 state grant for the city of Grove to construct a new, $1 million terminal building at Grove Municipal Airport.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
 
EagleMed Begins Flying Critical Care Medical Transports in Houston
EagleMed LLC is adding 14 employees and a medically configured Beechcraft King Air B200 to a new critical care air medical transport operation located near Houston, Texas. The company has already begun flying fixed wing critical care transports in the Houston region from the new location.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
 
Nebraska
All Revved up for new state plane
Nebraska officials wasted no time landing a new state airplane after lawmakers approved the purchase this spring. A shiny new Beechcraft King Air C90GTx, complete with Husker red stripes, should arrive in the state on June 2.
Read more: Omaha World Herald

California
ICON formally confirms move to Vacaville
It’s official — ICON Aircraft is moving to Vacaville. The announcement was made last Wednesday during a press conference at the Southern California-based company’s soon-to-be headquarters on Beechcraft Drive. ICON’s aircraft design, manufacturing, sales, training, service and corporate headquarters are slated to move into its 140,000-square-foot facility near the Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville later this year.
Read more: The Reporter

North Dakota
$14M Bowman County airport construction on schedule
Construction on Bowman County’s new $14 million airport is continuing on schedule — projected for completion in spring 2015 — while county officials mull the purchase of the current airport’s property.
Read more: Prairie Business

Wisconsin
Governor approves Tomah airport reconstruction project
Gov. Scott Walker last week approved a $291,000 pavement design and reconstruction project at Tomah Airport Bloyer Field. The project will fix deteriorating pavement on the aircraft apron, its connecting taxiway and hangar, said Stacey Miller, airport engineer specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Tomah Airport Bloyer Field is one of 98 facilities in the Wisconsin State Airport System Plan, making it eligible for state and federal funding.
 
Mississippi
FAA OKs $4.8M for airports
The Federal Aviation Administration is giving 14 Mississippi airports a total of more than $4.8 million to improve safety and operations.
Read more: Kansas City Business

Maine
Feds Give Maine Airports $2.2 Million
Nine Maine communities have been awarded nearly $2.2 million for local airport improvements. Recipients of the funds include Bangor International Airport, Knox County Regional Airport, Princeton Municipal Airport and Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport as well as airports in Belfast, Bethel, Norridgewock, Fryeburg and Sanford. 

 

Delaware
Sussex County Airport’s main runway re-opens
The Sussex County Airport’s main runway is taxied and ready for takeoff after a six-week maintenance project kept it closed to all aircraft. Crews this week have been putting the finishing touches on a $4.7 million project to repave and repaint the main runway at the facility east of Georgetown.
Read more: Sussex County Post
 
Colorado
Grand Junction airport authority cleared
Federal officials say they won’t prosecute the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority after the board signed an agreement to cooperate with the U.S. Department of Justice in an ongoing investigation.
Read more: My San Antonio
 
Montana
Ellsworth training expansion plan could affect small airports
he oil boom brought Bakken commuting private jets to tiny Baker, but officials say Air Force plans for a South Carolina-sized training area over much of Eastern Montana could quiet the town’s small airport.
Read more: Missoulian

Mississippi
Gulfport-Biloxi airport gets $4.6 for runway rehabilitation
It was announced Friday that the FAA is giving the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport a discretionary grant for$4.6 million to rehabilitate runway touchdown zones at the airport. The new money comes a week after the FAA announced $4.8 million in grants to 14 Mississippi airports to improve safety.
 
Hawaii
FAA Grant to Rehabilitate Hilo Airport Runway
Hilo International Airport’s runway will be rehabilitated thanks to a $3.1 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The project will involve excavation to remove deteriorated sections of the runway and rebuilding it to provide a smooth, durable landing surface.
Read more: Big Island Now
 
Tennessee
Airport Board Approves $108M Runway Project At McGhee Tyson Airport
The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority approved a proposal Wednesday to launch a $108 million upgrade of the runway and taxiway system at McGhee Tyson Airport.
Read more: Aviation Pros

New Jersey
Air show thrills crowds at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Thousands of people tilted their heads skyward as members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team jumped from a height of 12,500 feet and plummeted downward in a bomb burst maneuver — plumes of red smoke trailing behind them. That was just one of the thrilling events Saturday as some 115,000 people streamed into Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for the first day of the two-day open house and air show.
Read more: NewJersey.com

AOPA MARKS 75TH ANNIVERSARY
In 1939, five pilots – all unabashed aviation enthusiasts –   gathered near Wings Field north of Philadelphia and signed the charter that would launch the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), a fledgling group that was destined to become the world’s largest aviation member association. Then, as now, AOPA’s primary mission was to protect the freedom to fly for the growing population of general aviation pilots and aircraft owners.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
 
California
Mather Airport purchase angers regional leaders
Sacramento County started work on an expansion project at Mather Airport before receiving an environmental review required under state law, angering elected officials in El Dorado County, Folsom and Sacramento County itself.
Read more: Sacramento Bee
 
NTSB Calls for Stronger Collaboration, Improvements to Ag Aviation
The National Transportation Safety Board has released findings from its Special Investigation Report on the Safety of Agricultural Aircraft Operations. As a result of the safety issues identified in the study, the NTSB issued eight safety recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Agricultural Aviation Research & Education Foundation.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
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NORTH DAKOTA CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS
North Dakota has seen a rise in airport passengers this year, allowing the state to continually set records for each month when compared to the previous year. The total number of airport travelers increased by 14% in April of this year compared to 2013.  American Airlines will begin flying daily air service out of Bismarck to Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth beginning in October. 
 
Ultra Electronics Airport Systems Awarded Contract to Provide Business Intelligence at JFK T1
Ultra has been awarded the contract to implement UltraAPEX, the Airport Performance EXpert, to assist the Information Technology division at John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal One in delivering operational performance enhancing business intelligence to terminal stakeholders, including 22 international airlines.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
 
Minnesota
Safegate Airport Systems brings intelligent LED airfield lighting solutions to North America
Safegate Airport Systems, Inc., subsidiary of the Safegate Group, is pleased to announce it is unveiling a new line of FAA and ETL certified SafeLED IQ airfield ground lighting fixtures in North America. 
Read more: State Aviation Journal
 

International

Africa
SITA Wins African airlines Association Aviation AWARD
The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has named air transport IT specialist, SITA, the Aviation ICT Service Provider of the Year for the second year running.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

 

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FAA APPOINTS ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR AIRPORTS
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced this week that Eduardo Angeles will be appointed in early July to fill the position of Associate Administrator for Airports, which has been vacant since the end of last year. Mr. Angeles currently serves as the Senior Assistant City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and previously served as General Counsel to Los Angeles World Airports where he oversaw all legal matters for four major airports in Southern California.
 
Hawaii
Fuchigami Named Head of Hawaii DOT
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced May 9 the appointment of Ford Fuchigami as interim director of the state Department of Transportation.
Read more: Pacific Business News
 
South Carolina
Charleston airport names new deputy director
The months-long search for a new deputy director of Charleston County Aviation Authority is over.
On Friday, the agency named Al Britnell to the position. He is currently director of public safety. He will serve as deputy director of airports for administration and public safety.
Read more: Charleston Post and Courier
 
NAA ANNOUNCES 2014 HENDERSON TROPHY RECIPIENT
The National Aeronautics Association (NAA) announced that Dr. John Langford, President and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences, has been chosen to receive the 2014 Cliff Henderson Trophy on June 11, 2014, at the annual NAA Henderson Trophy Luncheon. “John has been a visionary in the research and development of unmanned aerial vehicles,” said Walter Boyne, Chairman of NAA. 


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EAS

Michigan
SkyWest only airport bid
The United States Department of Transportation received only one proposal for essential air service at Alpena County Regional Airport and it was from current provider SkyWest Airline. Airport Manager Billi McRoberts said she is relieved SkyWest bid again.
Read more: The Alpena News

Arizona
Daily flights to Denver, Los Angeles in jeopardy
Susan Kurland, assistant secretary for aviation and internal affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, issued a tentative order last month terminating Kingman Airport’s EAS eligibility, among 12 other airports. “Rural America still needs access to the national system, but we can’t compete in the current market without assistance,” said Executive Director David French.
Read more: Turbo News

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UAS

North Dakota
Drones Spark Safety Concerns for Ag Sprayers
Worried about safety, North Dakota aerial crop sprayers want better communication with unmanned aircraft operators. “We’re requesting if a grower intends to operate an unmanned aircraft over their fields to notify the aerial sprayers in the area with the location,” a statement from the North Dakota Agricultural Aviation Association said.
Read more: Capital Press

FAA Considers Speeding Commercial Drone-Flight Permit Process
U.S. aviation regulators said they are considering a streamlined approval process for flights of small unmanned drones for film making, utilities inspections, farming and other low-risk operations.
Read more:
Bloomberg Businessweek
 
Embry-Riddle Worldwide Offers UAS workshops in Seattle and Syracuse
Professionals looking to gain a better understanding of the emerging unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry can take advantage of a two-day course being offered in Seattle June 5 to 6 and Syracuse June 26 to 27 by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
 
North Dakota
Northrop Grumman and University of North Dakota Sign Cooperative Agreement for Domestic, Global UAS Pilot Training
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks have signed a cooperative agreement to offer unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilot training to domestic and global customers using SandShark(TM), a remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA) trainer.
Read more: Wall Street Journal