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February 2, 2015
WWII Veteran Reunited with Last B-26

Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona has produced a must-see video of WWII Veteran, Barney Wasowicz as he was reunited with the last B-26 Marauder at the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Florida. Wasowicz, on his 18th mission piloting the Marauder, became a POW after being shot down over occupied France.
Watch Video: Guidance

State should manage its aircraft fleet more efficiently
The state of Missouri owns 14 planes and five helicopters. It spends about $3.3 million a year to operate the fleet, and employs 16 pilots at an added annual cost of $1.5 million. A new report by state auditor Tom Schweich makes a strong case for saving money by paring down the state’s fleet of aircraft and consolidating operations.
Read more: Kansas City Star
Audit: Missouri state government has too many airplanes
Three things define the state of Missouri’s plane situation for state Auditor Tom Schweich: there’s too many, they cost too much and they aren’t used enough. These conclusions are laid out in an audit released Monday examining the state’s airplane and helicopter usage. 
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cessna Aircraft Company celebrated recently the roll out of the first production Citation Latitude at the company’s Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility, just three years since being announced to the market. The assembly of the Latitude features a variety of technological advancements including the use of new automated robotics and ergonomically friendly tooling stations. Today’s event is the latest in the aircraft’s progression toward type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is expected in the second quarter of this year. 
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Washington State
Aircraft taxes should go into aviation fund, AOPA says
Under a current Washington law, only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. 
Read more: AOPA

Peoria lands Asian aviation company
A Chinese aviation company is coming to Peoria and with it 30 high-paying jobs in aerospace systems and software engineering with annual salaries in excess of $100,000. 
Read more: AZ

$27.5M in construction work coming to Dayton airports
The Dayton International Airport looks to be on track for funding to some planned upgrades. Dayton City Commission accepted Wednesday morning $25 million in grants that will benefit the Dayton International Airport and Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport. 
Read more: Dayton Business Journal

Marion hopes investment takes new ‘hybrid’ city airport to new heights
The city of Marion is taking steps to purchase the Marion Airport, converting it from a privately held facility to a “hybrid” municipally owned airport.
Read more: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Freshman Miami congressman assigned to aviation subcommittee
U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Miami’s only freshman congressman, said last week that he’s been assigned to three Transportation & Infrastructure subcommittees of particular importance to South Florida, one being aviation. “Our airports and seaports drive South Florida’s economy and are of major significance to the country,” Curbelo said in a statement.
Air Service
DOT derails Aerodynamics’ plans for scheduled air service
The U.S. Department of Transportation has tentatively denied Aerodynamics Inc.’s proposal for scheduled air service, putting the future of air service at Kearney Regional Airport in question once again.
Read more: Kearney Hub
Scottsbluff, Kearney, North Platte airports may have to choose another airline
Airports in Scottsbluff, North Platte and Kearney, Nebraska, may have to choose a new airline to provide subsidized service. The U.S. Transportation Department said in an order late last week that Beachwood, Ohio-based Aerodynamics Inc. has failed to show it is fit to operate as an air carrier under the direction and control of Scott Beale, its majority shareholder and CEO.
Read more: Omaha World Herald

New Jersey
Momentum builds for aviation research park
An aviation research park stalled by funding shortages, lawsuits and alleged mismanagement appears to have “turned the corner” as hopes build that construction may finally start this year, the project’s new chief executive said last week.
Read more: Press of Atlantic City

Hartzell, Red Bull Air Race Partner for another Year
Hartzell Propeller Inc. will become the propeller technical partner of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship series for the second consecutive year in 2015. Hartzell will again provide its three-blade structural composite propeller known as “The Claw,” carbon fiber composite spinners, and lightweight governors to each race team. Hartzell will also supply complete propeller technical support and maintenance services for all of the entrants for races throughout the world.  
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” Finalizes Filming at Piper Aircraft
The Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” documentary television series has completed filming at Piper Aircraft, culminating after two detail-intensive days in the factory and supporting departments.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Lightspeed announces first $500 Burger Deluxe Getaway winner
Lightspeed Aviation has announced that M. Wade Davis of Dayton, Ohio is the first weekly winner in the $500 Burger Deluxe Getaway, the enhanced version of the sweepstakes that Lightspeed debuted last year.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Coming Events


The Aerospace States Association (ASA) of state Lt. Governors and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the first National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment Exposition which will be held this year, October 26-28, in Los Angeles, California. The expo is set to gather foreign investors, state’s economic developers, government policy makers and influencers, elected officials, political appointees, support organizations, and aerospace industry members.
You can find out more and register on the Exposition website at:


Job Opportunities

North Carolina
Manager, Aviation Development

The Manager of Aviation Development is responsible to supervise, manage, and coordinate all activities of the Aviation Development Section for the Division of Aviation. Responsibilities include the management and administration of the State Aid to Airports Program and the FAA State Block Grant Program to Airport Sponsors across the state.
For more Information: North Carolina

Assistant Aviation Program Manager

Georgia is currently looking to fill the role of Assistant Aviation Program Manager. Duties for this position include managing the State Airport Aid Program and the Federal State Block Grant Program which provides financial assistance to local governments that own and operate public use airports.
Those interested can apply by sending a cover letter and resume to either Mike Martin ( or Ron Bird ( 
Read more: Georgia


The State of Vermont, acting through the Agency of Transportation (VTrans), is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to perform the duties of Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at the Hartness State Airport (VSF), located in Springfield, Vermont.
Read more: VSF FBO RFQ

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New Program Collects Passenger Change to Benefit USO Arizona 
On Wednesday, January 28, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton launched a program that makes it easy for passengers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to provide support to USO Arizona. Change receptacles located in front of each security checkpoint in the terminals are now available for travelers to contribute loose monies to help make a difference to service members. 
Read more: Arizona Aviation Journal

North Carolina
State moves ahead with drone research
With experts saying new rules for civilian use are still probably months or even years away, North Carolina’s nascent drone industry and state government agencies that are eager to use the aircraft aren’t waiting.
Read more: News Observer


Thirteen more airports to soon become CAT-III compliant
Thirteen more airports in the country, including Amritsar, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Patna and Lucknow, will soon become CAT-III compliant, a step which will ensure seamless flight operations even during fog.
Read more: Economic Times of India
‘More airports of the future will be designed by airlines’
Since the opening of Hamad International Airport (HIA) nine months ago, the eyes of the industry have been on the $16 billion facility with many wondering whether the unique approach to its development – namely an airline playing the lead role in its design and delivery – may have set a precedent for the future.
Read more: Future Travel Experience

Officials meet to address safety after aviation calamities

Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished without a trace in Asia and another shot down in Eastern Europe.
Read more: Arizona Daily Star


Colorado Airport Directory 

Electronic copies of the 2015-2016 Colorado Airport Directory are now available for download. Free hard copies of the Colorado Airport Directory will be available on February 15th, 2015.  Click to order an advance copy. Orders will be mailed when hard copies are available (+ $5.00 shipping & handling).