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February 17, 2014
Mead & Hunt Expands into Arizona
Mead & Hunt, Inc. announced today that it is significantly expanding its position in the Arizona aviation, federal, water and wastewater treatment markets with the start-up of a Phoenix office and the acquisition of H2O in Motion. H2O offers specialized water and wastewater consulting with offices in Michigan and Phoenix.
Read more: Arizona Aviation Journal
Pavement report sees improvement, decline at airports
Airport pavement conditions at larger Washington state airports are holding steady, while pavements at the smaller airports are declining, according to the recently released 2013 Airport Pavement Management System (APMS) report.
Read more: General Aviation News


Haynes Headlines 2014 Aviation Conference
Registration for attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors is now open for the 2014 Iowa Aviation Conference  to be held April 22 & 23 at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel. On Tuesday, April 22 Captain Al Haynes will return to Iowa to present to pilots, airport operators, and first responders on the concept of teamwork in a crisis based on the story of the crash of Flight 232 in Sioux City. 
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Aeronautics Commission Approves $60 Million Capital Improvement Program 
More than two dozen communities across the state will see an increase in construction activity at their local airports over the next several years as well as the jobs that come with such infrastructure work.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

FAA Not Blowing Musicians Horn
A bipartisan group of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation issued a joint statement today criticizing the Federal Aviation Administration for not doing enough to protect musicians and their instruments.
Read more: Nashville Business Journal

Living Legends Honor Paul Poberezny with Tribute
At the Living Legends of Aviation Awards event held January 11 in Beverly Hills, California, EAA Founder Paul Poberezny was the subject of the evening’s Gone West tribute narrated by actor and pilot Morgan Freeman.
Watch Tribute: YouTube
Hundreds Turn Out for EAA’s Annual Skiplane Fly-In
Close to 400 people poured into Pioneer Airport on Saturday for EAA’s annual Skiplane Fly-In at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Read more: EAA
Klapmeier Inducted into Minnesota Hall of Fame
Honors just keep coming to Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft and its founders. On Thursday, co-founder and CEO Dale Klapmeier was inducted into the AirSpace Minnesota Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Minneapolis.
Read more: Duluth News Tribune

FAA allows additional flights over Grand Canyon for ‘quiet’ aircraft
The Federal Aviation Administration said it will allow 1,721 additional flights through Grand Canyon National Park this year, with one catch: the tour flights will have to use quiet-aircraft technology.
Read more: Grand Canyon News

Report touts the benefits of an upgraded KCI
Kansas City could build a more modern airport without seeing airfares climb dramatically according to Frasca and Associates, a consulting firm.
Read more: Kansas City Star
West Virginia
Aviation Director Leaving Post
State Aviation Director Keith A. Wood, a pilot who has flown state aircraft for five West Virginia governors, is stepping down.
Read more: Charleston Gazette

Cirrus Aircraft Partners Unite to Grow General Aviation
Cirrus Aircraft today announced the details of its 2014 JumpStart Program℠, aimed to give more new pilots a comprehensive introduction to general aviation by learning to fly in a Cirrus.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced that nine aviation and aerospace projects will compete for the prestigious 2013 Robert J. Collier Trophy.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

GOP Delegation Promotes Fair and Open Competition on FAA Contract
Arizona’s GOP Delegation, led by Rep. Paul Gosar, sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) commending its decision to move forward with construction of the new control tower at Tucson International Airport under a competitive bidding process free from an anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA).
Read more: Truth About PLAs

Guidance Upgrades with Glass
As Robinson Helicopters announces the introduction of glass instrument panels and advanced avionics for the R22, R44, and R66′s, Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana is upgrading its fleet with Garmin G500H glass panels.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Employment Opportunities
The Georgia Department of Transportation, Office of Intermodal Programs is hiring an Aviation Planner. The recruitment period ends February 19, 2014.
Duties and responsibilities include assessing, planning, analyzing, and maintaining Georgia’s Statewide Aviation Systems Plan.  The individual in this position will manage planning studies statewide to determine airport/aviation needs, to include system planning, airport master planning, air service studies, and economic impact studies. For complete details visit:
Georgia DOT

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New Mexico
Ruidoso picked as aviation conference site for three years
At the January meeting of the New Mexico Airport Managers Board, members voted to keep Ruidoso as the site for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 State Aviation conferences.
North Dakota
Schow to be Inducted in Aviation Hall of Fame
The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission has announced that pilot Martin Schow is the new inductee to the state’s Aviation Hall of Fame to be held next month during an aviation symposium. Schow was one of the state’s first pilots, soloing on April 1928.
Aero Board Taps Reid
The Kalamazoo Aeronautics Board did a national search for a new airport director and ended up hiring from within, tapping David Reid for the top administrative post at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International.
EagleMed Taps Yingling for King Air Modification
EagleMed LLC has contracted with Wichita’s Yingling Aviation to convert a Beechcraft King Air B200 to critical care air medical configuration. The additional airplane will become EagleMed’s 16th King Air fixed wing critical care air medical transport aircraft.

Conklin & de Decker recently announced it has acquired the Aircraft Cost Analysis program and software. Originally developed and supported by Samuel L. Miller, the Aircraft Cost Analysis program is an easy-to-use management tool. Conklin & de Decker has assumed support of the program for existing and new users.

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Virgin Atlantic launches wearable technology trial at London Heathrow 
Virgin Atlantic has launched a groundbreaking trial of wearable technology in the Upper Class Wing at London Heathrow Airport. Airline staff will be equipped with either Google Glass or a Sony Smartwatch 2.
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