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Opening Nebraska’s Skies

Publication Date: 2016-07-26
Publication Author: U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer

Nebraska airports connect our families, businesses and communities to our country and the world. Year round, in all kinds of weather, these facilities serve the traveling public and advance commerce by moving people, products and freight into and out of our state safely and reliably.

But even as demand has increased, our small community airports have been forced to cut back their services due to misguided national policies that favor major large cities outside of Nebraska.

These cuts have a major impact on airports in rural Nebraska and the Panhandle. With fewer inbound and outbound flights, these smaller airports have

Officials: Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Key to Local Economy

Publication Date: 2016-07-24
Publication Author: EVAN BEVINS

Enplanement numbers at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport have taken a nosedive over the last two years, but local officials say the airport remains an important factor in economic development in the area.

“I think it’s an essential part of our community,” said Wood County Commissioner Bob Tebay, who represents the county commission on the Wood County Airport Authority.

In 2013, 8,126 enplanements – people boarding an aircraft – at the local airport were recorded, “and our demand was going up,” airport Manager Jeff McDougle said. The next year, the number dropped to 5,322 before sliding to 4,424 in 2015.

Local Facilities at Center of FAA’s Progress on NextGen, says Shelley Yak

Publication Date: 2016-07-24
Publication Author: SHELLEY YAK

The July 18 editorial of The Press of Atlantic City, “Region and nation again told to wait for air traffic upgrade,” inaccurately describes the Federal Aviation Administration’s modernization of the nation’s air traffic control system, known as NextGen.

The FAA has made significant progress on NextGen over the past few years. Completing the transformation to NextGen is one of the agency’s highest priorities. NextGen so far has yielded $1.6 billion in benefits to airlines and the traveling public. With consistent funding from Congress, we expect to deliver $160 billion in benefits nationwide by 2030.

FAA facilities at Atlantic City International

Privatizing Threatens Airports

Publication Date: 2016-07-24
Publication Author: COLLEEN DIPIRRO

With approximately 7,000 planes in flight over the United States at any given time, the nation’s air traffic control system is among the most vital functions that our government carries out every day.

In New York, access to safe and affordable flights is integral to our local economy. In addition to allowing efficient business travel and general aviation activities, the aviation industry itself supports 37,800 jobs statewide, including dozens of rural airports that have a significant economic impact in their communities.

The good news for air travelers is that this week a misguided proposal in the House of Representatives that

New Director Takes Reins at Grand Junction Regional Airport

Publication: KKCO
Publication Date: 2016-07-22
Publication Author: CARLY MOORE

A new airport director was appointed by the Airport Authority Board last week to the Grand Junction Regional Airport, ending a year-long vacancy followed by an FBI investigation, as well as the firing and resignation of previous directors.

Kip Turner is the third airport director in about two years.

Turner said his first task will be to make some much needed improvements, including renovation of the east commercial ramp, which was originally constructed in 1978 and handles about 20 commercial flights per day.

“It’s very active and very busy,” said Turner.

Turner said a $3.3 million grant is going to

Airport is Bracing for Increased Service

Publication Date: 2016-07-22
Publication Author: COLLIN SZEWCZYK

As many as 40 commercial flights will come daily during peak season

An increased flight load coming into and out of the Aspen Pitkin County Airport this winter will likely stress the cramped capabilities at Sardy Field during peak travel days.

Airport Director John Kinney told the Pitkin County commissioners on Tuesday that as many as 40 commercial flights are scheduled to fly through Aspen this season, up from 34 last year.

The scheduled peaks of activity are anticipated from 7 to 9 a.m., and again from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kinney said.

“We really have got a robust

Summer Aviation Camps Fuel Interest in Industry Careers

Publication: AVIATION PROS
Publication Date: 2016-07-22

A variety of summer experiences, aimed toward middle and high school students, are sparking interest in aviation and aviation-related careers – including business aviation.

“These summer experiences are so important to the kids and to our industry as a whole,” said Kristi Ivey, NBAA’s Northwest regional representative. “Young people often think a career in aviation is out of reach or impractical. Or they think it means flying airplanes, because they have no exposure other aspects of the industry.

“These programs will continue to be crucial to growing a competent workforce that is passionate about aviation,” she added.

The camps’ emphasis

Provo Airport Expansion Could Provide Up to 700 New Jobs

Publication: DESERET NEWS
Publication Date: 2016-07-22
Publication Author: ABBY HOBBS

A planned expansion at the Provo Municipal Airport could add up to 700 jobs and potentially bring more commercial airlines to the city.

Duncan Aviation, a business aircraft maintenance and repair company, will cover $50 million for the expansion project, while the city of Provo promises to provide funding for installation and construction of utilities and infrastructure for the project. The Provo City Council ratified a letter of committment this week for the expansion project.

The aviation service provider plans to add 220,000 square feet of maintenance facilities at Provo’s 45-acre airport. The company will break ground during the first

FAA Grants $20.3 Million for MS Airport Upgrades

Publication: MS NEWS NOW
Publication Date: 2016-07-22


U.S. Senators Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today reported that 19 Mississippi airport facilities will benefit from $20.3 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Airport Improvement Program grants include significant awards for the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, with $13.8 million approved for runway work in Jackson and nearly $4.6 million for noise abatement and other work in Gulfport.

“These grants are important investments in the safety, security and efficiency of local airports in Mississippi,” Cochran said. “This funding will support projects that

EAA’s Make-A-Wish Day at AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

Publication: WBAY
Publication Date: 2016-07-22

For more than 25 years, the International Federal Partnership (IFP) and EAA have invited five Make-A-Wish children and their families for a fun packed day at AirVenture. This year’s activities on Saturday, July 30, will include tours of the Federal Pavilion, air traffic control tower, and rides in various aircraft. The families will also view the afternoon airshow and meet EAA Chairman and CEO Jack Pelton.

One of the children attending the Make-A-Wish day is Ericka. Ericka is 15 and was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Her wish was to go to New York City to see Broadway shows.

“We are

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