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December 15, 2014
Airports Face Loss Of Federal Funding
Airports in Cheyenne and Riverton are on track to fall short of a Federal target for traffic this year. That means they’ll lose almost a million dollars each in federal funding.
Read more: WPM

Mitchell Reappointed as Aeronautics Director
Nebraska Governor-elect, Pete Ricketts, announced that Ronnie Mitchell would stay on as Nebraska Aeronautics Director. Ronnie has served as Director since 2009 and has been with the department since 2002. “I look forward to working with Ronnie to ensure that Nebraskans have access to the air services that they need,” said Governor-elect Ricketts. “His military and commercial background bring well-rounded knowledge, and I know that his continued service will be an asset to the citizens of our state.”

Hoover Honored with
Wright Memorial Trophy

Hoover, left, accepts the 2014 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from Jim Albaugh, Chairman of the National Aeronautics Association. NASAO photos by Kim Stevens.
Robert A. “Bob” Hoover was the honoree at the 67th Annual Wright Memorial Dinner, held Friday in Washington D.C. Hoover was presented with the 2014 National Aeronautic Association Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy for distinguished service as a military pilot, test pilot and air show performer. Referred to by many as a “pilot’s pilot,” Hoover was also reconized for advancing safety and precision in the art of flying and for using his skills as an aviator as a tool to inspire and motivate generations of pilots worldwide. 

Captain Gene Cernan, USN (Ret.), recipient of the 2007 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy provided a tribute to Bob Hoover.

Congress Approves Aviation Security Bills
As part of ongoing efforts to clear the decks of pending legislation before the end of the year, Congress has approved two aviation-security related bills to codify the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) into permanent law and to reform TSA’s acquisition process. 
Read more: Aviation News Today

Hey Pilots – Are You Moving? 
The FAA is providing a friendly reminder for all airman certificate holders that in accordance with 14 CFR 61.60, 63.21, and 65.21, the FAA requires you to update your mailing address within 30 days of obtaining that new address. 
Read more: FAA 

Cedar City Airport manager resigns
After seeing the Cedar City Airport grow from its infancy to a Class-1 facility, Russ Volk is ready to leave it behind to head to Austin, Texas.
Read more: Spectrum

Carl Newman Selected for Jackson Post
AAAE Second Vice Chair Carl Newman, A.A.E., has been named CEO of the Jackson (Mississippi) Municipal Airport Authority, effective Jan. 2. Newman currently is general manager of Houston Bush Intercontinental. In his new position, Newman will plan, direct, manage and oversee all activities and operations of Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International and Hawkins Field airports.

PHX Sky Train® Now Serves All Terminals at Phoenix Sky Harbor 
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, members of the Phoenix City Council, City and Airport officials took the first ride to the brand new Terminal 3 PHX Sky Train® Station December 8 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The event marked the opening of the newest section of the PHX Sky Train®, extending it to Terminal 3 with a walkway to Terminal 2.
Read more: Arizona Aviation Journal

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Granby Airport amends name to recognize Emily Warner
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has amended the name of Granby Airport to include the title Emily Warner Field at its Dec. 9 meeting. In 1973, Warner became the first woman to be hired as a commercial airline pilot in the United States. 
Read more: Sky-Hi News

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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. 
Read more: North Dakota   

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US Army builds $33mn UAV airport
An airport designed for only two kinds of drones is set to be built in the US State of Texas. At $33 million cost, the project demonstrates America’s unprecedented drive toward the use of unmanned aerial systems.
Read more: RT
Small World
The last five years have seen an explosion of issues and concerns associated with the growing production and use of small unmanned aircraft and systems. Ultimately it will be the courts and the US Congress that will have to provide the clarity needed to fully integrate UAS productively into our lives. This will no doubt be a long and arduous process.
Read more: Air Traffic Management
Latest Drone Permits Include Ties to Arizona Companies
Under pressure from Congress to speed access to U.S. skies for commercial drones, the government granted four companies permission Wednesday to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. At least two companies have Arizona ties.
Read more: KTAR


Westmoreland County Airport Authority seeks $5M for Arnold Palmer
Westmoreland County Airport Authority wants funding to aid a large-scale, $7 million project to expand the terminal building and a $15 million project to strengthen and widen the runway.
Read more: Trib Live

Aeronautics Commission Adopts Emergency Rules on MET Tower Marking
Emergency rules designed to protect low-flying aircraft from towers used to measure and record wind speed were recently adopted by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The emergency rules must be approved by the Governor before they become effective.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Business Aviation Association Awards Fall Scholarships
Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) has awarded scholarships totaling $9500 to four applicants in business aviation-centered education programs or careers.
Read more: Arizona Aviation Journal