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June 23, 2014
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal proposed for aviation projects
Contractors, trade and labor organizations, small and disadvantaged businesses, and others who are interested in doing business with the Washington State Department of Transportation are invited to comment on the agency’s proposed overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal for Federal Aviation Administration funded contracts. 
Read more: Washington DOT

Northern airports see busy construction season
Several airports in the northern part of Alaska have airport construction projects scheduled this summer. According to the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, they include the following:
Read more: Alaska Dispatch
Four students, a teacher, and two advisors from Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada—which won the second General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge—began building a Glasair Sportsman airplane last week at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington. The school, which was announced as the winner of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competition last month, will assemble the aircraft over the next two weeks.
Read more: AVED Journal

Shreveport airports get more than $30 million in upgrades
More than $30 million will be spent to upgrade different things at the Shreveport Regional Airport and at the Downtown Airport through the next few years, but you might not notice all of the improvements.
Read more: KTBS
Centerville Municipal Airport to receive federal grant
The Centerville Municipal Airport will receive a $158,400 grant from the FAA grant program. The funding will be used for the installation of a wildlife perimeter fence that will protect recently acquired property from unauthorized and inadvertent entry and wildlife hazards.
Hilo airport to see $2 million in improvements
The Hilo International Airport is set to receive more than $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for upgrades at the airport as well as the installation of a 12,000-foot security fence with an end goal of improving security at the facility and keeping travelers safe.

Greenville gets $3M for airport work
The city of Greenville has received a $3.4 million federal grant from the FAA for work at the Mid-Delta Airport. The funds will be used to acquire aircraft rescue and a fire fighting vehicle, along with rehabilitating a taxiway, and to conduct wildlife hazard assessments.

Division of Aeronautics Promotes 2014 Fly Your Plane to Work Day
Illinois has found that many of their newsletter readers are fortunate to work at a location that allows them to fly to work. Flying your aircraft to work does provide an opportunity to introduce your non-pilot co-workers to the wonderful world of aviation. With that in mind, the Illinois Division of Aeronautics is initiating a ‘Fly Your Plane to Work Day’ to be held September 26. Illinois pilots are encouraged to contact the Division at the link below to share their stories and experiences on that day.
Read more: Illinois
South Carolina legislature voted on June 6th to amend the State Recreational Use Statute (RUS) to include aviation activities. The law, signed by Governor Nikki Haley, provides South Carolina landowners with protection from liability when allowing pilots to fly aircraft onto their property. The Recreational Aviation Foundation is responsible for the movement to add aviation activities to each state’s RUS. South Carolina is now the 23rd state to amend its statute, and seven additional states are working to make this change.
Van Nuys Airport to hold Groundbreaking for New Propeller Park
“The Park” at Van Nuys Airport will break ground on Monday, June 23rd at 5:30 p.m. for its $21-million, 30-acre propeller aircraft facility with a formal groundbreaking ceremony by airport executives, government officials and community leaders.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Seven emerging tech companies will be showcasing their newest ideas for aviation this summer at THE place to present innovation – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – as part of the event’s EAA Innovation Center. The exhibits range from new aircraft designs to the latest in power systems and 3D printing for airplane parts.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Construction on TIA’s replacement control tower begins this week
The Federal Aviation Administration is breaking ground on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to construct a new air traffic control tower at Tucson International Airport, according to Viki Matthews, FAA public relations administrator. The new tower will be 252 feet tall and will replace the airport’s existing tower of 115 feet that was opened in 1958. The project is estimated to be completed in 2016. The new tower will be positioned to give air traffic controllers a better view of the airfield and make room for a second parallel main runway in the future. 
Director of aviation abruptly retires
A press conference was held last week by the Chairman of the Lafayette Airport Commission where he announced the retirement of Director of Aviation, Greg Roberts, following an incident at the airport office. The Commission hopes to identify a likely group of candidates to fill the position and begin interviews. Until then Deputy Director, Mike Burrows, will serve as interim director.
Read more: KLFY

Airports board terminates hangar lease agreement
Aviation development at Apple Valley Airport is going a little slower than expected and the county’s airport board terminated a proposed hangar lease agreement. San Bernardino County Supervisors, acting as the Board Governed County Service Areas administrators, agreed Tuesday to end a 30-year lease agreement with Legacy Aviation Development LLC. 
Read more: Victorville Daily Press

Gardner slams FAA application backlog
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) released a scathing report Monday, which found that the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Denver office has some of the longest application wait times in the country.
Read more: The Hill


John Conger, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment addresses attendees in Phoenix. 
The Sixth Western Regional Partnership (WRP) Principal ‘ s meeting was held this week in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo – Gary Cathey, California, left and Kim Stevens, NASAO.) Kim Stevens, Interim President of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and Co-chair of the aviation committee, moderated a panel of aviation experts from both the military and civilian perspective. Gary Cathey, Bureau Chief of the Aeronautics Division for Caltrans, represented state aviation on the panel. WRP represents the states of California,  Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. 

You have probably already read or at least noted, that on Wednesday (June 18th) USA Today published an article titled ‘Unfit for Flight’ that aviation groups have taken exception to, slamming the publication for its one-sided, sensationalistic and inaccurate reporting of safety in general aviation.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
AAAE Urges Local Control Rather Than Federal Control Over Airport Infrastructure Projects
At a hearing last week before the House Aviation Subcommittee on the future of airport infrastructure development, American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) President and CEO Todd Hauptli called on Congress to give airports additional local authority to address pressing infrastructure needs by increasing the arbitrary federal cap on local passenger facility charges (PFCs) that has been locked at the same $4.50 level since 2000. 
Read more: State Aviation Journal
U.S. Airports Have Ample Resources to Fund Capital Needs
Airlines remain opposed to a PFC hike because U.S. airports have ample resources to fund their capital needs. Unlike virtually all U.S. airlines, U.S. airports enjoy investment-grade credit, remain financially sound and have ample access to the bond market to fund capital project needs.
Read more: A4A

AOPA’s Baker Urges Congress to Maintain Airport Support
General aviation airports rely on federal money, making it vitally important that Congress maintain Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding at least at current levels, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker told a U.S. House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee last week.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
NextGen Delivering Promised Efficiency for Airlines and Passengers Traveling through Houston Area
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the successful implementation of the Houston Metroplex NextGen airspace redesign project, which will deliver more on-time flights for passengers while reducing pollution by thousands of metric tons each year.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Small airports important in national airport financing
President Obama’s budget calling for a reduction in airport funding would have a serious effect on small airports, Dr. Gerald Dillingham of the U.S. Government Accounting Office told a congressional hearing Wednesday, June 17. GAO Report
Read more: General Aviation News 

Positions Open

The California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics has an opening for the position of Aviation Safety Officer.  The incumbent performs State permit compliance and aviation safety functions, and has duties that include implementing State aeronautics laws and regulations, working with airport/heliport owners and managers, local agencies, and FAA representatives, and providing technical expertise in the development and operation of aeronautical facilities.  Candidates must have an FAA Commercial Pilot’s certificate with fixed-wing airplane and instrument ratings.
Read more: Jobs 

New Zealand
Government plan aims to modernise aviation industry
A new aviation industry plan released by the Government today is set to make air travel safer, faster and better for the environment. The 10-year National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan will see New Zealand move from radar to satellite technology, meaning planes will be able to communicate quicker with ground staff and each other.
Read more: TVNZ


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State is prepared to be a player when drone industry takes off
Georgia universities and companies are revving their engines and prepared to soar the moment the Federal Aviation Administration approves the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles although other practical hurdles could be as significant.
Read more: Business in Savannah
FAA Announces Texas UAS Test Site Now Operational
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that the Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. The site is the fourth of six to become operational.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
FAA Approves RS-16 For Commercial UAS Ops
The FAA has issued a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to begin commercial operations of the RS-16 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), manufactured by the American Aerospace Airborne Systems Group (AAAI), in New Jersey.
Read more: Avionics Magazine
FAA Approves Lone Star UAS Center as Fully Operational Test Site for Unmanned Vehicles
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC) has met federal requirements to begin full operations as a test site for unmanned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designated the center as one of only six test sites in December, and approved it as operational on Friday, June 20.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Lawmaker enlists help to stop spying with drones
The privacy concerns caused by the unmanned aircraft known as drones has united groups that often don’t see eye-to-eye on most issues. Northern Kentucky Republican state Rep. Diane St. Onge, R-Lakeside Park, has re-introduced a bill she filed for the previous General Assembly session that would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using a drone to gather evidence without a warrant.
Read more: Cincinnati.Com
Drones Could Be The Construction Crews Of The Future
Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, have developed cool drones that can weave cord into rope bridges. Each quadcopter drone is equipped with a spool of strong plastic cable that runs out behind it as it flies.
Read more: Business Insider

Airports seek to rein in drones
The Australian Airports Association believes the small drones need to be regulated to prevent them being operated in areas that may affect the airspace safety of airports.
Read more: The Australian

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EagleMed Air Selects Metro Aviation for Helicopter Flight Sim Training
EagleMed LLC critical care air medical transport company has selected Metro Aviation as its preferred provider of helicopter simulator training for its pilots. EagleMed will conduct this training at Metro Aviation’s Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, La., utilizing a Eurocopter AS350 Level 7 Flight Training Device. “EagleMed’s unconditional commitment to safety is further enhanced by this new addition to our already robust pilot training program,” said EagleMed President Larry Bugg.
OTW Safety’s Runway Barricades Pass Physical Testing
OTW Safety recently tested its airport runway products to the requirements outlined in Military Standard UFC 3-260-01 and Military Specification Engineering Technical Letter (ETL) 04-2 (Change 1). The test was conducted by Darko Technolgies in Ogden, UT, using its recently completed wind tunnel. OTW Models AR10x96 and AR24x96 both passed wind loading at the minimum requirement of 35 mph and were continually loaded to the max wind speed of the facility at over 70 mph with no movement of the barricades.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Open House Celebration for Business Aviation’s Newest State-of-the-Art Aircraft Maintenance Facility
On July 15, 2014, Duncan Aviation is opening its state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance hangar to the business aviation community with an Open House celebration.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
SITA, a specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions announced last week a record revenue of US$1.63 billion.  This consolidated group revenue, a rise of 4 percent from 2012, continues the organization on its growth trajectory.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Ascension Air Launches More Flexible Fractional Aircraft Programs to Include Fuel, Reduced Commitment
Ascension Air is adding two new programs to its lineup. The popular 80 annual flight hour Fractional Ownership option for the Cirrus SR22T aircraft will now be accompanied by a new 60 annual flight hour Aviator’s Club and a 25-hour Prop Card that never expires.
Read more: State Aviation Journal 

United’s Miller Announced as New SITA Board Chairman
SITA’s Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Bill Miller of United Airlines as the new Chair of the SITA Board for a one-year term. The appointment was made following SITA’s Annual General Assembly (AGA). Out-going Chair Paul Coby will remain on the Board of Directors. In addition, the Board confirmed that Francesco Violante will continue as CEO of the organization.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Rick MellIn, President and CEO of ZHA, an international creative design and construction project management company, is pleased to announce that Darrel Brostrom recently joined the firm in the role of Vice President. Brostrom brings more than 30 years of national and international experience to ZHA, having worked on projects on four continents.
Read more: State Aviation Journal


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