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Louisiana economic study makes case for aviation

Publication: BAYOUBUZZ
Publication Date: 2015-08-19

In Louisiana, for example, a newly released study of the economic impact of the state’s 69 airports was released in June. It analyzed the state’s aviation system and identified an estimated $6.75 billion a year in direct economic output by aviation as well as $1.76 billion in annual payroll, and 58,853 jobs supported by airports.

General aviation airports contribute $967 million a year, and generate payrolls of $297 million, distributed among 9,307 jobs, the report said.

The economic output numbers include expenditures by airport businesses, about 3.6 million visitors to Louisiana, and a multiplier effect to gauge the total impact


Transportation Secretary Antony Foxx meets with aviation leaders

Publication: THE WICHITA EAGLE
Publication Date: 2015-08-19

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx met with about two dozen aviation leaders and state officials on Wednesday in a 30-minute session touching on a variety of issues.

Foxx and Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, who organized the event, met with the leaders and officials at the National Institute of Aviation Research’s Aircraft Structural Test and Evaluation Center in Park City.

Among those attending were Kansas transportation Secretary Mike King as well as executives from Spirit AeroSystems, Bombardier Learjet, Honeywell Aerospace, FlightSafety International, Textron Aviation and Airbus Americas Engineering.

One leader wanted to know about the status of Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization,


Le Roy Airport improvements planned

Publication: THE DAILY NEWS
Publication Date: 2015-08-21

The owner of Le Roy Airport plans to improve and upgrade the facility either later this year or early in 2016.

Ray Detor said the main 9,800-square-foot building on the 83-acre site will be either rehabilitated or replaced as part of the $670,000 project.

“Because the building as it stands right now is not very useful,” Detor said.

Detor said he wants the design finalized as soon as possible. “We’re moving toward the end of the construction season,” he said.

The airport’s original hangars and offices were built in the 1950s. The new structure will house hangars, offices and a


Menendez, Booker, Pascrell announce Federal grant to address noise from Teterboro flights

Publication: THE BERGEN DISPATCH
Publication Date: 2015-08-21

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Bill Pascrell (N.J.-09), today announced a $2,268,000 U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) grant to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to fund a noise compatibility study at Teterboro Airport. Communities living under the Teterboro flight patterns have long complained of excessive noise pollution eroding residents’ quality of life.

“We must continue to focus resources and attention to mitigate noise pollution caused by air traffic, which can have a detrimental effect on our quality of life,” stated Rep. Pascrell. “I am pleased that this significant federal investment will help


Charter school set to revolutionize state’s aviation industry

Publication: TIME WARNER CABLE NEWS
Publication Date: 2015-08-20

One of the state’s oldest charter schools that’s set to revolutionize the state’s aerospace industry opened the doors to its new building Thursday.

Rising eigth grader Vy Bui is excited about starting a new school year at Phoenix Academy.

“It’s amazing,” Bui said. “There’s a lot of opportunities out there in the aviation industry, and this really puts us forward.”

She helped Governor Pat McCrory cut the ribbon on the school’s brand new building thursday.

“We have a skills gap right now in North Carolina,” Gov. McCrory said. “We have a lot of kids that are graduating from high schools,


Cape airport gets $4.7 million in Federal funding

Publication: PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY
Publication Date: 2015-08-20

U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo, R-2nd., chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, on Thursday announced the Cape May Airport is getting $4,749,212 in federal funding for runway improvements and other aviation work.

LoBiondo said the money is from the Federal Aviation Administration.

“General aviation airports are a lifeline for countless communities across the country, providing economic growth as well as vital connections to other transportation hubs. New businesses and opportunities in Cape May County have rightly been tied to the airport’s growth and expansion,” said LoBiondo. “In continuing public-private partnerships with local projects, this federal grant will allow further investments


$340K for improvements at Lunken, Harrison airports

Publication: CINCINNATI.COM
Publication Date: 2015-08-20

Almost $340,000 in federal funding is on the way for the Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport and the Cincinnati West Airport in Harrison.

The two Hamilton County airports were awarded the funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday, Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office announced.

“This federal investment is great news for the Cincinnati region and will enhance safety for these airports,” Brown said in a news release. “These improvements will go a long way in sustaining travel in and out of the airport for area residents and businesses.”

The Lunken airport will get $157,500 to repair the airport’s shortest runway


Victim of cliff fall thanks Flight for Life crew who came to his rescue

Publication: CBS DENVER
Publication Date: 2015-08-20

This week an Army veteran badly injured in the Colorado high county reunited with the Flight for Life helicopter crew that he credits with saving his life.

Last year Steve Burns fell from a 30 foot cliff while he was skiing with a friend. He struck his head and suffered a serious brain injury. Unconscious at 12,000 feet up on a remote mountainside with a storm baring down, his only hope was a Flight for Life rescue.

Burns was saved by that helicopter crew, and he’s now walking again after initially being unable to. He says he doesn’t remember his


RDA OKs Porter County airport funding

Publication: THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Publication Date: 2015-08-20

The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority approved a $317,197 matching grant Thursday to the Porter County Regional Airport toward a $12.6 million federal grant for runway improvements.

The airport’s runway 9-27 will be resurfaced and enhanced with high-intensity lighting, said Bill Hanna, RDA president and chief executive officer. The 9-27 runway is about 7,000 feet long and the airport’s second runway is about 4,000 feet. The airport is just north of U.S. 30 at 4207 Murvihill Road, east of Valparaiso and Indiana 49.

“Just like the airport in Gary, the Porter County airport is a significant driver of regional economic


Anthony Foxx and Sen. Jerry Moran: Support aviation industry

Publication: WICHITA EAGLE
Publication Date: 2015-08-20

National Aviation Day celebrates the advancement of air transportation on Orville Wright’s birthday. After perfecting the first practical fixed-wing aircraft, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright forever transformed the world of transportation.

A few years later, innovators converged on Wichita with dreams of building airplanes for a budding industry. Pioneers such as Kansas son Clyde Cessna helped establish what would soon become the home of many renowned aviation companies and secure Wichita’s nickname as the Air Capital of the World. In fact, Kansas aviation workers have supplied nearly 75 percent of all general aviation aircraft since the Wright brothers’ first flight


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