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March 17, 2014
New terminal proposed for Des Moines airport
A new $468 million terminal — potentially the costliest public building project in state history — is the centerpiece of a proposal released Tuesday to overhaul the Des Moines International Airport.
Read more: Des Moines Register
Tax-free zone could lift Colorado Springs Airport
The owner of Rampart Aviation could bring 60 jobs to the Colorado Springs Airport this year. Or he could take those jobs to the Pueblo Airport, or Centennial Airport in Denver or a number of other airports throughout the country.
Read more: Colorado Springs Gazette


DuPage unveils $4.2 million renovation
DuPage Airport has completed a two-year, $4.2 million upgrade to its passenger and crew areas. The project includes an updated lobby and renovated restrooms, state-of-the-art crew lounges, new customer entrances, and upgraded facilities for the U.S. Customs.
Read more: General Aviation News

Wichita’s airport decides it really likes Ike
History buffs and frequent travelers know there are U.S. airports named for Presidents Abraham Lincoln,  John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and others. Soon, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the nation’s 34th president, will have an airport named in his honor, too.
Read more: CNBC


Mike Morgan joins Duncan Aviation Avionics Install Sales Team 
Duncan Aviation is pleased to welcome Mike Morgan to the company’s avionics installations sales team, where he will provide technical sales and quote support for avionics installation projects. Morgan joined Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Michigan, facility in 1996 as an avionics installation technician and, for the last five years, has been a team leader in the engineering department. 
Read more: State Aviation Journal
New Mexico
Eclipse Aerospace Delivers First Eclipse 550 Jet
Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. (EAI) is proud to announce the first customer delivery of an Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet in Albuquerque, N.M. following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.
“This is an exciting day for Eclipse Aerospace and for general aviation,” says Mason Holland, Eclipse Aerospace CEO.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
FAA Forecast of Steady Growth Highlights Need for Airport User Fee Increase
 American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) President and CEO Todd Hauptli today pointed to the just-released Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation forecast for 2014-2034 as further evidence of the need for Congress to increase the federal cap on local airport user fees to $8.50 and to provide additional Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel to U.S. international gateway airports.
Read more: State Aviation Journal



Effects of Pilot Shortage Hits Nation’s Regional Airports
A pilot shortage plaguing small regional airlines across the U.S. is now taking its toll in Western Colorado. The loss is particularly acute at Telluride Regional Airport, where Great Lakes Airlines flights to and from Denver have been suspended from April 8 to June 4.
Read more: Watch Newspapers

New Mexico
Clovis aviation board selects new carrier
No matter who it picked, the Clovis Civil Aviation Board was wooed recently by offers of flights to Dallas – and possibly Albuquerque – at prices low enough to fill the planes. In the end, though, the board decided a higher subsidy request from Boutique Air was justified by going to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and using a pressurized plane that will get passengers there faster.
Read more: Albuquerque Journal

McCook airport losing commercial flights in April
Commercial air service from McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport will be suspended next month.
Great Lakes Airlines flights from McCook to Denver, Colo., will be suspended effective April 1 through April 27.
Read more: KWQC

Women In Aviation Conference Draws 4,500
The 25th International Women in Aviation Conference, held last weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., had a little something for everyone. 
Read more: AIN Online

Airplane Geeks Podcast
Check out the latest from Airplane Geeks Podcast including the annual Aviation Geek Fest in Seattle.
Read more: Airplane Geeks
Five Hours of Airplane Landings Captured in Thirty Seconds
Check out this curious 25-second time-lapse/composite video that shows every airplane that landed at San Diego International Airport.
Watch: PetaPixel

Breitling, the Swiss watch manufacturer is honored to announce that the Breitling Jet Team will be performing in the U.S. for the first time ever in 2015. The prestigious aerobatic display team is the first and largest of its kind; comprised of seven L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph, and have flown across 36 countries all over the world to-date.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Artist: Sky Waters, Minnesota, 1st Place, Category II – 10 to 13 years old.

National Winners of 2014 Aviation Art Contest Announced
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) announced the U.S. national winners of the 2014 International Aviation Art Contest. The original artwork with this year’s theme of “Flying to Save Lives” will be forwarded to Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) for inclusion in the 2014 International Aviation Art Contest in Lausanne, Switzerland in April.
Read more: NASAO

> On the Fly >
Alabama is searching for an entry level Airport Engineer with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and preferably some experience in airport design, construction, operations, and maintenance. A pilot’s license would be a plus but not required. All inquiries should be directed to either Frank Farmer or John Eagerton at (334) 242-6820 or by e-mail to: or

North Carolina
Airports Receive State Grant
The NCDOT’s Division of Aviation has awarded the Wilmington International Airport a $300,000 grant to match FAA funding. The money will go toward construction of a pipe drainage project to enhance safety.The grant is part of the State Aid to Airports program, which is also giving $2 million to Jacksonville’s Albert J. Ellis Airport.

Photo by Shahn Sederberg
Deborah Hersman will be stepping down from her role as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to accept the position of President and CEO for the National Safety Council beginning April 25th. Hersman has been with NTSB since 2004 when she was appointed the position of safety board member by President Bush. President Obama appointed her as Chairman in 2009, 2011, and 2013 with unanimous confirmation votes from the Senate.

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New Jersey
Cape May, Millville Airports want to be part of drone testing
Both the Cape May Airport and Millville Airport are interested in being part of a project to test unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, over the skies of southern New Jersey. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a joint application by New Jersey and Virginia to be one of six national test sites chosen to integrate drones into national airspace plans.
Read more: Press of Atlantic City
Two Unmanned Aircraft Put to the Test as New South Texas FAA Test Site Prepares for Operation
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi continued its preparations to be fully operational as one of only six federal test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with another series of test flight missions this week over South Texas ranchland.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
The European Commission published today a significant update to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) aircrew rules. The new regulation, which goes into effect April 3, takes an important first step forward in simplifying general aviation (GA) pilot licensing in Europe.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Beacons – coming to an airport near you?
Beacon technology has been hailed as a game-changer in retail. It uses Bluetooth to trigger the display of information on phones and tablets that is relevant to the specific location and context of the user. But will Beacons be used at the world’s airports? SITA Lab, the technology research team of the air transport industry’s IT provider SITA, has conducted the earliest trials of beacon technology at airports and has today issued its findings in its paper “Connecting to your passenger – are beacons the breakthrough?”
Read more: State Aviation Journal 

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