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A U.S. Coast Guard ‘Dolphin’ helicopter at DCA, Photo by Andrew Stevens
June 16, 2014
NextGen incentive program would require additional FAA appropriation, says Huerta
The Federal Aviation Administration lacks the necessary authority to create an incentive program that encourages pilots to equip aircraft with technology critical to the success of FAA’s 2020 NextGen program. Testifying before the House Small Business Committee June 11, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said an incentive program would accelerate NextGen.
Read more: Fierce Government

Congress pushing FAA to create pilot record database
Thanks to Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Congress is about to give the Federal Aviation Administration a nudge to get going on a pilot record database that Congress called for after the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence.
Read more: Buffalo News

Opinion

Hiring Controllers – Are We Getting the Best
Several months ago at an Aero Club of Washington luncheon, a gentleman asked a question of Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, about FAA hiring practices. That same question was raised later in the same week to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) during another meeting I attended.
Read more: NASAO
 
Don’t Let The Big Guys Block Norwegian
The Obama administration has been actively promoting international tourism and a major reduction in barriers to trade between the U.S. and EU—goals that can be immediately furthered by approving Norwegian Air International’s application to provide low-fare competitive transatlantic air service. 
Read more: Aviation Week
 

House votes to block Norwegian airline proposal
he House approved legislation Tuesday to prevent a Norwegian airline from flying to the USA because of concerns the low-cost carrier will dodge international labor rules. The House transportation funding bill must be reconciled with the Senate before becoming law. 
Read more: USA Today

Proposed change in pilot licensing not off ground yet
Birds chirped and flapped among the rafters of Hanger No. 8 at the Purdue University Airport.
Below, aviation experts, community leaders and others sat for a roundtable discussion on aviation issues, with a focus on the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act, known as H.R.3708.
Read more: Lafayette Journal & Courier
 
California
House nixes amendment allowing Bob Hope Airport to adopt airport curfew
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday narrowly defeated an amendment to an appropriations act that would have allowed the Bob Hope Airport to adopt a mandatory curfew.
Read more: Burbank Leader
 
Hawaii
New ARFF station dedicated at Kona airport
The state Department of Transportation (HDOT) celebrated the dedication of a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting (ARFF) station at the Kona International Airport on Wednesday. The new 24,000 square-foot facility includes five truck bays and a fueling area, along with improved work and living areas for firefighters, office space, dorm rooms and a workout area. 
Read more: Hawaii News Now 

Alaska
Headwinds still blowing in battle over aviation taxes
The Internal Revenue Service has granted relief to some flight services but is still at odds with the Alaska Air Carriers Association and the state’s congressional delegation over taxes and audits the Alaskans claim have been arbitrarily applied.
Read more: Alaska Journal

Georgia
Gulfstream donates business jet to Savannah Technical College
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has donated a Gulfstream G100 aircraft and several other items to Savannah Technical College. The aircraft was retired from the company fleet in May 2013 and will be used as a training tool.
Read more: Business in Savannah

Iowa
Ankeny airport gets federal runway safety grant
The Ankeny Regional Airport has been notified it will receive a grant for more than $695,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Ankeny airport’s funds are intended to improve runway safety. In addition, the state will receive $123,255 to conduct a state system plan study.
  
Kentucky
Muhlenberg airport gets grant
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Muhlenberg County Airport $1.55 million for completing a parallel taxiway to enhance safety.
 
NEW AVIATION-RELATED BILLS PASS IN COLORADO
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed three aviation-related bills into law, including: House Bill 14-1216 (requires that certain rurally located towers over 50 feet high must have safety markings); House Bill 14-1178 (provides qualified property used in the Colorado aerospace industry with sales and use-tax exemptions), and House Bill 14-1374 (provides sales and use-tax exemptions for on-demand air carriers and eligible aircraft). According to a Colorado Department of Transportation release, the passing of these bills will bring safer skies to Colorado, as well as better paying jobs and a more business friendly environment for aviation-related companies. 
 
North Dakota Passenger Numbers Keep Climbing
North Dakota continues to break records each month for the total number of passengers traveled. During the month of May, airport passenger numbers went over 100,000 and saw an increase of 7.5% over last year’s numbers for the same month. With the growth in passengers, the Aeronautics Commission awarded $3.5 million in grants to airports. Kyle Wanner, Director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, said that the airports will put the grant money to good use as the state continues to grow. “We now have double the amount of passengers flying from North Dakota airports than we did 9 years ago and the airports are working to ensure that the infrastructure projects that are needed to accommodate the increases in passengers are identified.”

North Dakota
Bismarck Awarded $500,000 Grant
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $500,000 federal grant to the Bismarck Municipal Airport. The DOT grant is made available through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The funding will be used to rehabilitate a runway.
 
Illinois
Chicago Aviation Commissioner Andolino heads for the exit
Rosemarie Andolino looks to be nearing the end of her tenure as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation. A spokeswoman for the Department declined to confirm or deny a report  that suggested Andolino was fed up with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli stated in a release that Andolino led AAAE’s Airport Legislative Alliance with distinction for years. “She brought energy, focus and creativity to the table every time she engaged on a national public policy issue.” Hauptli said he is confident that she will remain an active participant in the aviation arena. 
Read more: Chicago Business Journal
 
Nebraska
New hangar moving forward in McCook
The Nebraska Department of Aeronautics has approved city staff to begin the engineering services selection process for the construction of a new eight bay hangar at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport.
Read more: McCook Daily Gazette

Michigan
Ford Airport secures $3.8 million federal grant to finance safety upgrades
Gerald R. Ford International Airport has secured millions of federal dollars to help fund several projects, including an emergency rescue vehicle scheduled to replace aging equipment.
Read more: Michigan Live

NASAO Announces Henry O Scholarship Program
The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), has announced the creation of the Henry M. Ogrodzinski Scholarship Program. The program will be run through NASAO’s Center for Aviation Research and Education and will award scholarships to dependents and spouses of NASAO members in good standing.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
 
Louisiana
Can oil industry keep two airports aloft?
The Federal Aviation Administration’s recently released report on airport traffic ranks Acadiana Regional Airport as the second-busiest airport in Louisiana after New Orleans.
Read more: The Advisor 

Positions Open

North Dakota Seeks Two Airport Planners
The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission is currently advertising for two airport planner positions to be located in Bismarck.
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FAA Announces Nevada UAS Test Site Now Operational
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced that the State of Nevada’s unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. Nevada is the third of six congressionally mandated test sites to become operational.
Read more: State Aviation Journal 

Rhode Island 
No drones above summer events, officials say
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation is reminding Rhode Islanders that the use of privately-owned drones over public events is prohibited.
Read more: WPRI

Ohio
Blimp in a Box System Delivered to Ohio Department of Transportation
Drone Aviation Corp., a developer of specialized tethered drones and lighter-than-air aerostats, has completed the initial delivery of a Blimp in a Box(TM) 100 (BiB-100) system to the State of Ohio Department of Transportation (“ODOT”). 
Read more: Wall Street Journal
 

 
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Kansas
KAM Offers Play on a Plane Day

The Kansas Aviation Museum (KAM), located in Wichita, is offering a day to step inside some of their airplanes. “You’ve been asking and we’ve been listening,” stated an announcement by the museum.  Mark your calendar for June 21, and prepare to explore the KC-135, Boeing 727 and 737, Learjet 23, F-84, T-33 the Beech Queen Air, and the B52. The Museum said that this won’t happen often, so don’t miss this fun-filled day at KAM.
More Information: KAM

Passero Associates Announces New Hires
Passero Associates has announced the hiring of four new employees; Bruce Clark (shown at right), in Albany, New York and Tim Harris, Matt Newcomb and Tim Geier in Rochester, NY. Clark was hired as an Aviation Services Senior Project Manager. He is a seasoned veteran in aviation services with over 30 years of multidisciplinary project design and management experience with complex aviation projects, serving commercial, municipal, regional and general aviation airports.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
 
Nebraska/Arizona
Women Team-Up for 2014 Air Classic
In January, shortly after signing up for her first flight lesson in three decades, Evelyn Sedivy Cowing, 75, was inducted into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame. On Monday, she will attempt the transcontinental 2014 Air Race Classic with 71-year-old pilot Diane Bartels.
Read more: Arizona Star
 
Iowa
Aviation biofuel takes flight
After years of research, biofuels in the aviation industry are almost ready for take off. The requirements to replace jet fuel at 40,000 feet present a challenge, but airplane manufacturers such as Boeing have set goals for sustainable air travel by the end of the decade and Midwestern commodity groups are along for the ride.
Read more: Iowa Farmer Today
 
Inflatable flying saucer preps for test flight over Hawaii

A NASA team is preparing to launch a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space from a Navy facility in Hawaii to evaluate a technology that could help pave the way for human exploration of Mars.
Read more: AOPA
 
Conklin & de Decker Release 2014/2015 Version of Aircraft Performance Comparator
Conklin & de Decker has announced the release of their 2014/2015 Aircraft Performance Comparator with the most comprehensive aircraft comparison data available to the industry. Part of a family of innovative software products created by Conklin & de Decker, the Aircraft Performance Comparator is a must-have tool for anyone that is acquiring a Business Jet, Turboprop, Piston, or Helicopter, and needs to compare aircraft performance data, quickly and easily.  
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Nevada
Guy Stuck Overnight In Vegas Airport Has Great Time Remaking Celine Dion Music Video
The next time you find yourself alone in an airport, take a page out of Richard Dunn’s book and channel your inner Celine Dion. Dunn, stuck overnight at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, rejected the standard time-wasting techniques of reading and crying alone into stale Cinnabon. Instead, he let his inner creativity take the wheel — and it steered him to Celine Dion’s classic cover of the Eric Carmen song, “All By Myself.”
Watch Video: Huffington Post