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March 23, 2015

FAA Reauthorization panel with participants, from left, Stephen Alterman, Cargo Airlines Association, Kevin Burke, ACI-NA, James Burnley, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Sharon Pinkerton, A4A. The panel was moderated by Alexandre de Gunten, HEICO Aerospace, shown at the far right.

U.S. Chamber Foundation Holds Annual Aviation Summit
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation held its 14th Annual Aviation Summit – Flight Path 2015, The Future of Space and Aviation in the Global Economy – on Tuesday attracting more than 700 guests and 30 chief executives. Each year the Chamber presents the forum that brings together top experts and leaders from all sectors of aviation to discuss issues impacting the industry.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Gordon Bethune, former Chairman and CEO of Continental Airlines is presented with the Carol B. Hallett Award, by Carol Hallett during the Chambers 14th Annual Summit. NASAO photo by Kim Stevens

U.S. and Gulf airlines clash at aviation summit
Etihad CEO James Hogan (shown at right) delivered a spirited defense of his company, saying the government of Abu Dhabi did provide startup capital and loans, but did so as a rational shareholder, and is expecting and getting returns on its investments. “I don’t apologize for anything,” Hogan told attendees at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Shareholder loans and equity? That’s business.”
Read more: Reuters

Participating in a global discussion are from left, William J. Flynn, President of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, James Hogan, President Etihad Airways and Scott McCartney, Wall Street Journal reporter. Etihad’s James Hogan said, “We shouldn’t attack what we don’t understand.” NASAO photo by Kim Stevens

Etihad Subsidies Highlighted at Chamber Aviation Summit; CEO Doesn’t Rebut $17B in UAE Subsidies 
At the recent Chamber of Commerce 14th Annual Aviation Summit, the nonprofit coalition, Americans for Fair Skies, highlighted the subsidies by the United Arab Emirates to its national airline, Etihad Airways. The CEO of Etihad, James Hogan, spoke to the summit and had an opportunity to directly address the subsidies, but instead only indirectly addressed the subsidy facts but offered no rebuttal. 
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Top Airport and Manager Named at Conference
During their annual conference in Tulsa earlier this month, the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association (OAOA) named Madill Municipal Airport as its Airport of the Year. Jeff Mulder, director of airports for the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust, which manages and operates Tulsa International Airport and R.L. Jones-Riverside Airport, was also selected as OAOA’s Airport Manager of the Year.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Dyersburg Regional Airport receives state award
“The gateway to everywhere” is a nickname provided to the city of Dyersburg through avid aeronautic enthusiasts thanks, in part, to the stability of our local airport.  Dyersburg Regional Airport received the 2015 Award of Excellence for the Most Improved Airport by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission during the Tennessee Airports Conference held on March 18-20. William Orellana, director of Aeronautics, along with Tennessee Aeronautics Commissioners Chairman Nisha Powers, Fred Culbreath and Secretary Butch West, presented the award.
Read more: State Gazette
Town-owned airport flourishes
Plainville is proud of Robertson Field, the oldest airport in the state. It was opened in 1911 and generates revenue for the town today. The town bought the airport in 2009 and paid only $100,000; the bulk of the $7.7 million price tag was picked up by the state and federal government.
Read more: Plainville Citizen
Beverly Municipal Airport rebuilds for a future of high-value, corporate jets
Bill Mahoney’s heart has been in the skies for 71 years, his mind set on re-imagining Beverly Municipal Airport for the past 25. The Airport Commission’s 88-year-old vice chairman sits at a table in a cramped meeting room, his fingers running across engineering plans that he says will usher in the future for the airport.
Read more: Salem News
Airport stages first fly-in
The Columbia Gorge Regional Airport will hold a fly-in Saturday, June 13, to raise money for fire services and celebrate improvements that are aiding in economic development around the area.  All proceeds will go to the airport and the Dallesport Fire Department, which provides services to the airport that is co-owned by the city and Klickitat County.
Read more: Dalles Chronicle

Air Service
Port of Seattle enhances incentives for small community air service from Sea-Tac Airport
The Port of Seattle Commission approved an enhanced incentive program for new commercial air service to small communities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho as a means to stimulate the critical links between small communities and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The action took place during Tuesday’s Commission meeting.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 gains support
Support continues to grow for the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, which would reform the third class medical process and provide a wide range of protections for pilots. As of March 19, AOPA members had sent 32,434 letters asking their members of Congress to co-sponsor the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, and 16 senators and 30 members of the House had signed on as co-sponsors.
Read more: AOPA

Legislative Day Held at State Capitol
The Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) held its annual membership meeting and legislative day on Tuesday, March 17 at the Michigan State Capitol Building. The three main areas of focus were legislation, education and membership. The MBAA membership were urged to engaged state legislators to secure adequate funding for the State’s aviation infrastructure and reminded those in attendance that contact with federal legislators would also be a priority in this federal reauthorization year.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Aviation Associations Asking Congress for Full Contract Tower Funding
A coalition of aviation groups, including the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) have written leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to reassert the vital role that contract air traffic control towers play in improving safety and saving taxpayer dollars, and made a simple request that language be included in a Federal Aviation Administration appropriations bill to ensure their continued operation.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Scottsdale Airport Showcases Superbowl Success (Video)
The Scottsdale Airport is promoting a new video highlighting the success of the Scottsdale Airport during Super Bowl XLIX.  Key team players are interviewed, including Arizona Cardinals’ President Michael Bidwill who says Scottsdale Airport is ‘number one for airport operations during Super Bowls.’ Scottsdale Airport led valley airports with the most airport operations for private jets with no delays and smooth operations. This success is attributed to the teamwork and preparation by the Federal Aviation Administration, NFL owners, Super Bowl Host Committee, Signature and Landmark fixed base operators and airport staff members.  Scottsdale Airport’s operational plan is serving as the model for the next Super Bowl.  
Watch Video: Scottsdale

Airport cuts ribbon on new general aviation facility
City leaders helped cut the ribbon Friday morning at the Springfield-Branson National Airport’s new General Aviation facility. The expansion project redeveloped about 12 acres of airport property and made it “development ready” for new general aviation airplane hangars.
Read more: KY3
National General Aviation Award Recipients Named
For more than 50 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety. This year’s recipients for the National General Aviation Awards are, Mary A. Schu (shown at right) of Tualatin, Oregon—Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Donald D. Streitenberger Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio—Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year;  Ricky D. Hestilow of Arlington, Texas—Avionics Technician of the Year; and Christopher J. Hope of Kansas City, Missouri—FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Representative of the Year.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Coming Events

Preliminary agenda released for 2015 Iowa Aviation Conference

The Iowa Aviation Conference is April 21 & 22 in West Des Moines.  The Iowa Aviation Conference will bring together airports, fixed base operators, government officials, pilots, and aviation businesses to network and learn about issues impacting aviation in Iowa. A new preliminary agenda has been posted on the web at: Iowa Aviation Conference





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NASAO file photo by Kim Stevens
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA, Shown above) was recently presented with the 2014 Joseph B. Hartranft Jr. Award—one of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA)  highest honors—for his unparalleled work on behalf of general aviation in the U.S. Congress.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

FAA Forecast Sees Continued, Steady Growth in Air Travel
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an annual aviation forecast last week that shows the nation’s aviation system will continue to grow over the next two decades with greater numbers of people expected to fly more miles each year.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

State police could move aviation unit to Avoca
The Pennsylvania State Police is considering moving an aviation unit that has been stationed at Hazleton Regional Airport for at least four decades, a development that city officials fear would reduce police presence and cost the airport approximately $20,000 per year in lease revenue and fuel sales.
Read more: Citizens Voice

American Propeller Appointed Hartzell Service Facility for Western U.S.

Hartzell Propeller Inc. has appointed American Propeller Service as a Recommended Service Facility. American Propeller, of Redding, Calif., covers a large area of the western United States with its fleet of transport vehicles offering propeller pickup and delivery services.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Duncan Aviation’s Next Free NextGen Seminar in Dallas April 7 
Duncan Aviation has announced the time and location for its next free NextGen seminar, which will work well for those heading to Dallas for the AEA International Convention and Trade Show April 8-11. The day before the convention, Tuesday, April 7, Duncan Aviation will host a free NextGen Seminar at the Embassy Suites (3880 W Northwest Highway) from 7:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. 
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Bell Helicopter Opens New Tokyo Office, Delivers 412EP to Nishi Nippon

Bell Helicopter announced the delivery of a Bell 412EP to Nishi Nippon Airlines Co., Ltd.  The sale and delivery are the first conducted through Bell Helicopter’s new office in Tokyo.  A delivery ceremony was held at the customer’s facility near the Fukuoka airport yesterday.
Read more: State Aviation Journal


Billings Lawmaker Proposes Drone Licensing
A Billings Republican introduced Friday the latest in a line of bills to regulate drones in the state of Montana. Rep. Jeff Essmann proposed that the state license and regulate drones in order to keep unmanned aerial vehicle systems from invading people’s privacy.
Read more: Flathead Beacon
Drone Fishing
The next big industry?
YouTube: Fishing


Nation considers building 2800 general aviation airports
China has mapped out a blueprint for building general aviation airports in most of its counties, which will help drive another round of massive investment in infrastructure and manufacturing, said a senior official of China’s civil aviation authorities on Saturday. There is huge market potential in connecting some 2,800 counties with general aviation aircraft during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20)
Read more: Global Times