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October 01, 2012
Photo by Shahn Sederberg

FAA approves $200,000 grant for Spaceport Colorado

Spaceport Colorado reached a crucial milestone Tuesday when Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall announced the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of a $200,000 grant to fund the site’s feasibility study. “This is what we’ve called the domino that needs to fall,” said Dennis Heap, executive director of aviation at Front Range Airport, the proposed site for the spaceport facility.

Read more: Canon City Daily Record

Air Tour confirms ‘Aviation Month’

The Michigan Aviation Association has been holding its Michigan Air Tour since 1928 as a way to promote aviation and educate about the economic impact air travel has on communities. On Sunday the tour, which had about 30 planes, made a stop at the Alpena County Regional Airport for the first time since 2007. While at the airport, MAA President Bob Shafer presented a proclamation from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder that designated September ‘Aviation Month’ in the state.

Read more: Alpena News


North Dakota
Improving air services makes sense

The small airport at Killdeer, Weydahl Field, gets 16 to 20 takeoffs or landings per day. “The airport right now is busier than it’s ever been and it’s officially closed,” according to Clarence Schollmeyer of the Dunn County Airport Authority. Pre-oil boom, the city discontinued airport operations because it could no longer afford to maintain it. Plans are now to rebuild the airport with new runways, hangars and fuel services.

Read more: Bismarck Tribune

State drafts layout for planned Peotone airport

Illinois has completed a draft layout for a proposed airport in the far southern Chicago suburb of Peotone and submitted it to the Federal Aviation Administration for review.

Read more: State Journal-Register

Kimberly-Clark to build new hangar at Outagamie County Regional Airport

Kimberly-Clark Corp. will build a new aviation facility on the south end of Outagamie County Regional Airport utilizing the general aviation infrastructure investments made there over the past five years. The Outagamie County Board on Tuesday authorized Airport Director Marty Lenss and County Executive Tom Nelson to enter into a land lease with K-C for about 1.7 acres for $17,679 annually over 20 years.

Read more: Appleton Post-Crescent

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