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Pilot Earns Prestigious Certification for Second Times

Publication Date: 2016-10-20

Jeanné C. Willerth, an independent Kansas City-area flight instructor, has been reaccredited as a Master Certified Flight Instructor by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation.

Willerth, who lives in Lee’s Summit, first earned the national accreditation in 2014 and is one of only 154 people worldwide to earn the credential at least twice, according to Master Instructors LLC. She is a flight and ground instructor at the Lee’s Summit and Johnson County Executive airports, as well as a volunteer Angel Flight pilot.

She earned national recognition as the 2012 FAA Safety Team Representative of

Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission Unanimously Approves Master Plan

Publication Date: 2016-10-19
Publication Author: CAMERON MACHELL

The Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission unanimously approved their master plan, which lays out long-range business goals over a 20-year period. It is approved and largely funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Heath Marsden, a design engineer at Jacobs Engineering Group, presented the master plan to the commission. Jacobs consults for the airport in its FAA preparation work.

“The airport is not tied to this for the next five, 10, 15 years. It’s a fluid planning document,” Mr. Marsden said.

The capital improvement plan (CIP) is part of the master plan, and lays out 17 projects

Pitt-Greenville Airport Open for General Aviation after Flooding

Publication: WCTI 12
Publication Date: 2016-10-19
Publication Author: AISHA MBOWE

Pitt-Greenville Airport is finally open again after major flooding had most of it under water. Right now, the airport is still not open for commercial flights but it is open for general aviation. 

Crews were out working to get the secondary runway ready for it to be open by 8 Wednesday morning. Once the water receded, the challenge became cleaning up the debris left behind from the flood. The water also got inside the hangers outside. In some places, the water got up to 19 inches high. Tenants are also now working to clean those out.


Nampa Mayor Declares October General Aviation Appreciation Month

Publication Date: 2016-10-18

Nampa’s Mayor Bob Henry has proclaimed this month to be General Aviation Appreciation Month (so many things to celebrate, commemorate and be aware of all at once! My goodness). 

Here’s what Mayor Henry’s proclamation says (in part):

“Whereas the City of Nampa, in the state of Idaho, has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aircraft manufacturing, aviation educational institutions, aviation organizations and community airports; and

“Whereas, general aviation and the Nampa Municipal Airport have an immense economic impact on Nampa; and

“Whereas, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation

Waco Airport Plans Infrastructure Projects

Publication: BAYLOR LARIAT
Publication Date: 2016-10-18
Publication Author: MEGAN RULE

The Waco Regional Airport is creating a master plan to implement changes over the next 20 years.

“The impacts it has on the community is it gives the plan of anticipated growth and a good sense of what we anticipate to develop in terms of infrastructure,” said Joel Martinez, director of aviation at the Waco Regional Airport.

A public information workshop was held on Thursday where members of the Waco community were able to share opinions about what potential airport renovations they want, said Jacob Bell, client manager for Walker Partners. Among the discussion were talks of

What goes into Inspecting, Repairing a Plane?

Publication Date: 2016-10-18
Publication Author: JON BODELL

When your car is making kind of a funny noise or emitting an odd smell, what do you do? If you’re like most of us, you probably just drive off, hoping the noise and smell work themselves out. If they don’t, maybe you try a little dish soap on the belt or just turn the radio up real loud so you can’t hear it anymore.

But when your vehicle of choice is a single-engine Cessna and your destination is a couple hundred miles away, you kind of have to be a little more cautious than that. After all,

Did you Know that Concord has an Airport?

Publication Date: 2016-10-18
Publication Author: TIM GOODWIN

If you’ve noticed small planes and private jets flying just above Concord, it’s probably because they’re coming in for a landing. At the Concord Municipal Airport, of course.

For those of you who didn’t know, Concord is home to a two-runway, city owned spot where planes can really come and go as they please. And go figure, it’s actually located along Airport Road.

But don’t feel bad, we didn’t know much about it until we took a field trip there last week. We knew it was there, had driven by it a bunch of times, but inside

General Aviation — A Versatile Tool

Publication Date: 2016-10-17
Publication Author: DWIGHT COOMBE

When I first got my pilot’s license 22 years ago, I knew flying would be an important part of my life. What I didn’t realize was that general aviation would touch so many aspects of my life — from supporting my business and family farm, to helping me to give back to my community through charitable flying. It just illustrates to what extent general aviation is a diverse tool that is connects so many patients, businesses and communities.

In the insurance industry, you don’t have advance notice of when your clients will need you most. My company, Sprague-Killeen, couldn’t rely

Researchers Explore Technology that could Prevent Midair Conflicts between Drones, other Aircraft

Publication Date: 2016-10-17
Publication Author: BRANDI JEWETT

GRAND FORKS — A team of North Dakota researchers is testing technology that will allow airplane pilots and others to detect the presence of flying drones and avoid incidents such as midair collisions.

The research project is using cooperative airspace techniques and visualization technology to make a case to the Federal Aviation Administration in hopes the agency would authorize its use. The technology allows a ground-based crew to keep tabs on a drone without installing additional equipment on the aircraft. The system uses information that is automatically generated by ground-based sensors to send warnings about the presence of

Engility Wins $369 Million Contract to Modernize Air Traffic Control System

Publication: SEEKING ALPHA
Publication Date: 2016-10-17

CHANTILLY, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Engility (EGL) Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EGL) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center has awarded a $369 million contract to provide engineering and technical services as well as financial and program management supporting the modernization of this country’s air traffic management system, known as NextGen.

“Engility supports the Federal Government’s high priority mission to develop and implement leading-edge technology that advances the efficiency and safety of our nation’s aviation transportation system,” said Engility CEO Lynn Dugle. “This award reflects our DOT team’s strong capabilities and past performance, and we look

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