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FAA honors Yankee Aviation Services Owner and Pilot Peter Conner with Two Awards

Publication Date: 2015-11-24

Clouds and sky. Gazing down at the checkerboard pattern of fields and the frothing white of the waves as they charge the shoreline. A sunset of Chagall colors. The hum of an engine and the lazy sweep of the horizon.

The work involved to get there, high above the rooftops in that peaceful blue sea, can be quite an undertaking.

Pilots earn their wings. Airplane mechanics, through the painstaking proof of performance, earn trust.

Peter Conner earned both, early on, and made sure everything he did complied with the Federal Aviation Administration, because, as everybody knows, there is almost no

Civil Air Patrol Assigned Aircraft

Publication: DAILY NEWS
Publication Date: 2015-11-24

On Nov. 15, 2015, the Greensburg squadron of the Civil Air Patrol took possession of a Cessna 172P. On hand to receive the aircraft on behalf of the squadron was Maj Keith R. Clapp, Group XII Commander for the Southern Indiana area of operations.

“As the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air force, these aircraft are purchased with funding from the Department of Defense, along with other support equipment such as communications and ground vehicles. This aircraft is equipped with specialized equipment for use during Air Force assigned missions such as search and rescue and disaster relief sorties”, Clapp

Delaware Officials Promote Benefits of GA at Rally

Publication: AIN ONLINE
Publication Date: 2015-11-24

Industry leaders joined the governor of Delaware and lawmakers on November 20 to promote the benefits of general aviation to the state’s economy. “We live in a global economy and it is critical that government continue to foster an environment where industries can grow and thrive,” Delaware Gov. Jack Markell told hundreds of attendees during GAMA’s latest jobs rally. “This aviation-jobs rally is indicative of GAMA’s commitment to contributing to the revitalization of our manufacturing industry by promoting high-skill, good-paying jobs in an industry with tremendous growth potential in our state.”

The rally, held in New Castle, Delaware, was the

Charity Event Raises $505,000 To Support CAN

Publication: AIN ONLINE
Publication Date: 2015-11-23

The NBAA/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) Soirée, held November 18 at NBAA 2015 in Las Vegas, raised $505,000 for CAN, the organization that coordinates the use of seats on business aircraft flights to transport cancer victims to treatment. CAN is quickly nearing its 50,000th patient transport since it was launched in 1981.

This year’s amount is one third more than the $380,000 raised at the event last year and marks the first time it has surpassed a half million dollars. Most of this increase was attributable to Sandel Avionics, which made a late-entry donation of a $175,000 Avilon flight deck retrofit

Sky is the Limit for Moore County Airport

Publication: NEWS CHANNEL 10
Publication Date: 2015-11-23

Aviation is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and just at the right time for the Moore County Airport, which is moving fast to bring in new services to the area.

“We always thought about three things that would help run an airport, that’s low fuel prices, a restaurant, and good service,” said Moore County Airport Manager Brandon Cox.

The Moore County Airport is on the verge of having all those things. Right now, Dumas has one of the cheapest jet fuel prices in the Panhandle. Construction began on a new $2 million hanger project that will

Aviation Alliance Commends Mayor Braddy for Declaring November ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’

Publication Date: 2015-11-22

The Alliance for Aviation Across America today commended Mayor Edward B. Braddy of Gainesville, Florida for proclaiming November “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Florida, general aviation airports contribute over $7.7 billion to the state’s economy annually.

“Mayor Braddy’s proclamation helps highlight the economic benefits and valuable service that general aviation provides to the City of Gainesville and the State of Florida,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “We sincerely thank the Mayor and the City of Gainesville for recognizing this vital industry.”

To view the proclamation, click here.

Formed in 2007, the Alliance for

Immokalee Families Served with Turkeys, Fixings for Holiday Meals

Publication Date: 2015-11-21

Watching as the historic Douglas DC-3 airplane was unloaded with bags of food and boxes of frozen turkeys, Pete Hecht considered the plane’s past and its present.

It’s a stretch, he said, but just as the World War II-era aircraft dropped supplies during the Berlin Airlift in the late 1940s, the plane was helping a community in need.

“The airplane resupplies again,” this time for the people of Immokalee, the 75-year-old Hecht said.

Volunteers and community members of Immokalee came together Saturday at the Immokalee Regional Airport to hand out 250 meals to about 250 families for the third annual

Gallia-Meigs Airport Completes Rehab

Publication Date: 2015-11-21

The Gallia-Meigs Regional Airport’s roughly $1 million rehabilitation is complete.

According to Gallia County Administrator Karen Sprague, final inspections for the runway rehabilitation projects were completed Nov. 19. The runway’s overall rehabilitation consisted of two projects: an airport and grading drainage project as well as the actual runway rehabilitation itself.

The rehabilitation was required by the Federal Aviation Administration and Ohio Department of Aviation to remove obstructions and safety hazards along the runway and approach areas. The project contract was awarded to Sexton’s Excavating of Jackson. The grading took 82 days to finish. The contract amount for the project was

Phase 2 of Asheville Regional Airport redevelopment project nears completion

Publication Date: 2015-11-20

From Asheville Regional Airport:

Phase Two of Project SOAR, the airfield redevelopment project at AVL, is nearly complete. The new temporary runway (west of the existing runway) will be commissioned in December, and the existing runway will be permanently taken out of commission.

A temporary runway had to be constructed in order for the existing runway to be demolished and replaced. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prioritized the replacement of AVL’s runway as part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, noting the age of the runway (50+ years) and the need to bring our airfield into current FAA

Erie-Ottawa International Airport gets $640,000 Grant

Publication Date: 2015-11-20

Erie-Ottawa International Airport’s efforts to expand its services and add more traffic apparently haven’t gone unnoticed.

The airport has been awarded a $639,854 state grant to carry out maintenance work on its longest runway and on a taxiway. It’s the biggest grant among the about $5.8 million that the state awarded to 24 airports, according to a letter written to Sen. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, by Tisha P. Brady, legislative director for the Ohio Aviation Association.

Stan Gebhardt, director of the airport at 3255 E. State Road, near Port Clinton, said the airport will hire contractors next year to do

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