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A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter approaches DCA, Photo by Andrew Stevens
June 09, 2014
Governor Proclaims June General Aviation Appreciation Month
Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval, proclaimed June, 2014 as General Aviation Appreciation Month. The proclamation notes that the annual economic impact of GA is $721 million and contributes 3,384 jobs with an annual payroll of $93 million.  The State of Nevada boasts 49 public use airports, 46 of which are general aviation only. 

Aviation bureau calls for move of new prison
State aviation officials say a new prison planned in western Pennsylvania about a half-mile away from an airport will have to be shifted to comply with state guidelines.
Read more: WHTM


Kathy Boykin, the airport manager for the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport, in Statesboro, Georgia, hosted the class for field training Thursday of last week.  
GCR Holds Airport Master Record Seminar in Georgia
State aviation officials from 15 states attended an Airport Master Record Seminar hosted by GCR, Inc. in Savannah, Georgia this week. Also in attendance were ten FAA officials from across the country. Field inspection training was held at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport in Statesboro, Georgia. (Photo above right – Scott Storie, Colorado DOT, makes some calculations).  

Santa Barbara Airport Director Appointed
The City Council confirmed the appointment of Hazel Johns as Airport Director. She has served in this position on an interim basis since December.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

$150,000 slurry-seal project to extend life of JFK Memorial Airport runway
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced that state and federal funding in the amount of $120,000 will be added to $30,000 in funds from the City and County of Ashland to create a $150,000 preventative maintenance project on Runway 02/20, the north-south runway that at 5,197 feet is the airport’s longest runway.
Read more: Ashland Daily Press

4 Airports Awarded Funds for Improvements
Four Arkansas airports will receive over $3.1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support facility upgrades and expansions. 
Read more: Arkansas Matters

North Dakota
Williston’s airport gets $1.8M federal grant
The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding Williston’s Sloulin Field International Airport a $1.8 million grant to rehabilitate its taxiway.
Read more: Westport News

Muscatine airport gets federal funds to pay for improvements
Muscatine received news Thursday that the Muscatine Municipal Airport will receive a $509,326 U.S. Department of Transportation grant to help begin a long-needed renovation project at the airport.
Read more: Quad City Times

Airports Generate $1.4 Billion Each Year for State Economy
According to data released this week by the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division, public-use airports contribute $1.4 billion to the state’s economy annually.
Read more: AASHTO Journal

Airport lands grants to refurbish ‘touchdown zones’
While the news hasn’t been all good recently for Mississippi’s airports, one has landed two separate grants to rework its runways.
Read more: MBJ News
Airports are quiet lifeblood of rural economy
Airports are often hidden in out-of-the-way places, unseen by the majority of residents. Business quietly flies in and out, adding unnoticed dollars to the local economy. But, in spite of the lack of fanfare, airports in this area are important.
Read more: Juneau County Star Times

FAA funding favors small airports over major hubs
No wonder La Guardia Airport is like “a Third World country” — as Vice President Joe Biden famously griped earlier this year. Puny airports in states like Delaware, Wyoming and Arkansas get more federal funding per flyer than major hubs like JFK, Newark and La Guardia, a new report revealed.
Read more: New York Post

New York
USDOT awards Syracuse Airport Authority $1.8M for building construction
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority more than $1.8 million in funding for the construction of a new building at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
Read more: CNYBJ

New Jersey
Atlantic City Gets $1.6 Million Grant
Atlantic City International Airport will use $1.6 million in federal funding to purchase snow removal equipment, evaluate the environmental impact of improving an access road, and build perimeter fencing.
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West Virginia
Airports Get Federal Grants
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $1.3 million to help three Southern West Virginia airports improve their infrastructure.
Read more: Gazette-Mail

State approves funding for Wharton Regional Airport
About $90,000 was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission at its May meeting for Wharton Regional Airport. The funds will be used for planned airport improvements, which includes: Engineering/design for hangar improvements and a project consultant will be selected this summer.
Read more: Sealy News 

Deer hunts catch few critters at Hannibal airport
A series of safety-related deer hunts at Hannibal Regional Airport wound up reducing the roaming herd by just eight animals.
Read more: Southeast Missourian

SITA to Introduce Enhanced Aircraft Tracking Capability
SITA has announced that it will introduce an innovative technology solution which will allow airlines to efficiently and cost effectively track their aircraft. The solution, which is currently being evaluated by several airlines for testing, will utilize technology that is already installed in the aircraft to provide advanced tracking capabilities.
Read more: State Aviation Journal 

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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Drones over Ohio prisons? Officials mull the idea
Could drones fly over Ohio’s prisons? Officials are evaluating the idea. A demonstration was held recently by Wright State Research Institute and University of Dayton Research Institute at Wilmington Air Park of a sensor drone that could fly over Ohio prisons.
Read more: Dayton Business Journal
North Dakota
UAS AG Study Underway
The first three flights with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been completed at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center, in a cooperative study involving University of North Dakota personnel.
Read more: AGWEEK

FAA to Consider Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced that seven aerial photo and video production companies have asked for regulatory exemptions that would allow the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with FAA approval for the first time. 
Read more: State Aviation Journal

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Embraer Executive Jets reaches milestone of 500th Phenom family jet

Embraer Executive Jets celebrated today the delivery of the 500th Phenom family jet, a significant achievement only five-and-a-half years after entry into service of the first aircraft. Winners of various innovation and design awards, the Phenom 100E and the Phenom 300 are best-in-class jets, having redefined the entry-level and light jet segments with the latest generation technology, a new style concept, premium comfort, performance and reliability.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

FAA Pilot Program Collects ASIAS Data from GA Operators Near Phoenix
The FAA has launched an Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program for the general aviation community, bringing to the sector a system many operators–from Parts 121 and 135 to GA pilots–are already using. In response to GA’s static fatal accident toll over the past five years, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has identified initiatives that make reducing GA fatalities a high priority.
Read more: AIN Online
U-2 spy plane flies over Pocatello airport
A U-2 spy plane pilot flew his last flight over the Pocatello Regional Airport on Wednesday. 
See Video: Local News8


Solar Impulse 2 conducts first flight

The revolutionary single-seater aircraft, with which Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are attempting to carry out the first solar-powered flight around the world in 2015, has successfully completed its maiden flight this morning in Payerne.
Read more: State Aviation Journal