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December 29, 2014
Arizona
City says Falcon Field could be industry hub
A 35-square-mile section of northeast Mesa that surrounds Falcon Field Airport has the potential to be an aerospace, aviation and defense hub and a sports-tourism center, the city’s planning and zoning board was told at a recent study session.
Read more: Arizona NewsZap

Small Community Air Service
 
Wyoming
Pilot shortage grounds flights at regional airports
At 7:30 in the morning, the terminal inside Cheyenne, Wyoming’s regional airport looks like a weary traveler’s dream. It’s quiet, there are no lines and parking is free. But Susan Mark is still tense. “I’m just hoping there is a plane and a pilot,” she says.
Read more: Marketplace

North Dakota
Looming pilot shortage threatens regional airlines
For decades, the industry’s consistent story was one of large numbers of pilots competing for very few open jobs. Today, airlines — particularly regional carriers — are having trouble filling cockpits with qualified pilots and the problem only promises to get worse.
Read more: Jamestown Sun 

New Hampshire
Keene airport set for new FAA classification
State aeronautics officials plan to reclassify Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey as a national airport, potentially increasing its chance of getting federal grants for future infrastructure projects.
Read more: Keene Sentinel

AIRPORT PRIVATIZATION: Limited Interest despite FAA’s Pilot Program
Since the FAA started to accept applications to the Airport Privatization Pilot Program (APPP) in 1997, 10 airports have applied to the pilot program (see figure). Of these 10, 2 were privatized, 7 did not complete the program, and one application is currently under FAA review.
Read more: GAO
 
Georgia
Landings restricted at Daniel Field
Augusta’s small general aviation airport has big problems with trees, light poles and other structures getting in the way of safe landings for planes at night.
Read more: Augusta Chronicle

Mississippi
Hub City hoping for $2.6 million runway project in 2015
Hattiesburg Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport may be getting a facelift. Mayor Johnny DuPree said the city had put in an initial application for a $2.6 million grant from the USDOT to repave the runway.
Read more: Hattiesburg American

Colorado
Meeker Airport Makes Smooth Landing
Meeker Airport is critical to the residents and businesses in Rio Blanco County. Located in Meeker, Colo., the airport is designated as a C-II general aviation airport by the FAA.
Read more: Construction Equipment Guide
 
Oklahoma
Pauls Valley part of airport funding
Pauls Valley is one of several communities across Oklahoma that should see construction ramping up at their local airports over the next three years after the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission recently approved its Three-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Read more: Pauls Valley Democrat

ACRP Sponsoring National Competition for Universities
The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is sponsoring a national competition for universities.
The University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs offers broad challenge areas relating to issues facing airports that are excellent open-ended topics for capstone design classes, culminating projects or independent study.  
Read more: State Aviation Journal
 
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NORTH DAKOTA SEEKING AVED COORDINATOR  
Kyle Wanner (North Dakota) reports that they have an opening for a full-time Aviation Education Coordinator. Job information can be found on the state’s job posting website. 
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FAA safety inspectors question speed of drone use approvals
The Federal Aviation Administration recently granted six Hollywood companies permission to use drones on movie sets, saying it was satisfied the drones would not cause damage or injure people. But a Washington Post report raises questions as to whether the FAA ignored internal safety warnings.
Read more: CBS News

 

International

China
Beijing starts construction of third airport
China has begun the construction of a new international airport for $13.1 billion in addition to the existing two to reduce the congestion and to enable the capital to handle 72 million passengers each year.
Read more: First Post