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April 23, 2012

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Kansas Airspace Awareness Tool Honored by ACEC

It’s billed as “the Academy Awards of the engineering ACEC_Award_white_backgroundedit.jpgindustry”. Each year the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) honors the most outstanding engineering accomplishments.

The Kansas Airspace Awareness Tool (KAAT) was selected as one of the top 24 projects in 2011 and was given the Honor Award at ACEC’s annual gala. In fact, the KAAT was #1 on the list of Honor Award recipients and finished 8th overall. The seven grand awards selected all topped $1 billion in


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Warbird Community Rises to Meet Threat

EAA and the Warbirds of America are joining with the Commemorative Air Force, Collings Foundation, and other warbird groups in opposition of a proposed amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310) that could have a devastating effect on the fleet of civilian-operated historic military aircraft.

Read more: EAA

South Dakota
Eureka man named to state Aeronautics Commission

Eric Odenbach, of Eureka, has been named by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the South Dakota Aeronautics Commission. Odenbach, 37, farms in the Eureka area and worked briefly for the state Department of Transportation. He recently received his private pilot certificate for single-engine aircraft.

Read more: Aberdeen News

State clarifies airport management limits

Marathon Vice Mayor Dick Ramsay says he’s a lot more comfortable with the possibility of private management at Florida Keys Marathon Airport since the state Department of Transportation clarified a few points.

Read more: Keys.Net

Aviation’s first take off in Winchester remembered on 100th anniversary

The flight of Charles F. Walsh into Winchester aviation history was remembered Wednesday by airplane buffs who gathered at the regional airport to salute his feat on its 100th anniversary.

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Cirrus Aircraft Announces ‘Full Speed Ahead’ for Revolutionary Vision SF50 Jet Program CirrusVision_Big.jpg

Cirrus Aircraft has announced that its Cirrus Vision SF50 personal jet program is fully funded through certification and initial production and projects first customer delivery to take place in 2015.

Read more: State Aviation Journal


Aviation Museum in Wichita cleaning up from storm

The Kansas Aviation Museum may have suffered a tough blowIMG_4166edit.jpg during this weekend’s storm, but it won’t put it down for long, said Lon Smith, the museum’s director. “It could have been much, much worse,” Smith said Monday in the midst of debris cleanup.

Read more: Wichita Eagle

Auditors question FAA’s ability to manage SE2020

An audit calls into question Federal Aviation Administration’s ability to manage the largest set of contracts ever awarded in the agency’s history. The contracts are meant to support projects, such as trajectory based operations, related to the FAA’s ongoing FAA air traffic control modernization effort known as NextGen.

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Gulfstream appoints Lisa Troxall in Midwest

Gulfstream Aerospace recently named Lisa Troxell as a regional Gulfstream_Lisa_Troxall.jpgsales manager for component repair, modification and overhaul in the product support sales organisation. She reports to Brian Schank, director of business and programme support within Gulfstream product support.

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South Dakota
Riggin hired as Madison airport manager

City officials have hired Morris Riggin to take over the operation of the city airport and serve as its fixed-base operator. As the new FBO, Riggin will provide services such as aircraft hangaring, flight instruction and aircraft maintenance.

Read more: Madison Daily Leader


Salina Airport Director Donates Honorarium to MuseumRogers_salinaedit.jpg

When Salina Airport Authority Executive Director Tim Rogers, A.A.E. earned the American Association of Airport Executivesprestigious Distinguished Service Award, it was easy for him to decide where the $5000 honorarium that came with it would end up.

Read more: State Aviation Journal

Tracy airport repairs could squeeze safety

Flight operations at the Tracy, CA Municipal Airport could have a higher risk profile if efforts to fix deteriorating pavement shorten the runways, allowing a reduction in the airport’s safety zone.

Read more: AOPA Online

Monroe Airport Working to Fix Deficiencies

The Federal Aviation Administration will not be taking any legal action against the Monroe Regional Airport, even though FAA officials identified at least six discrepancies with FAA safety certifications and operations standards at Monroe’s commercial airport.

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