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June 04, 2012
Photo by Jayme Kelter

– Photo Ops –

Former and Current State Aviation Officials Catch Up in Tucson

Above left to right – former state aviation officials Barclay Dick (Arizona) and Travis Vallin (Colorado) chat with the current aviation director for Arizona, Mike Klein. Vallin, who was recently appointed as a principal with Jviation, displays a ceramic bowl created by Mr. Dick. Since leaving ADOT Aeronautics Mr. Dick has developed quite a following in the Tucson community with his ceramic work. Vallin purchased this one from a local shop in town. The men were attending the annual spring conference of the Arizona Airports Association. (Photo by Kim Stevens)


Left to right are Mike Klein, Gary Adams, Peter Soderquist, Bill Menard, Barclay Dick and Jim Harris. (Photo by Kim Stevens)
Arizona Airport Association Organizers Reminisce
Some of the original organizers of the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) took the time to enjoy each others company while attending the annual spring conference of the organization they helped create back in 1979. Held in Tucson, the conference was an officially sanctioned centennial event in this, the state’s 100 year anniversary.


Arizona Airports Association Names Scottsdale Director Executive of the Year Av_Day_25edit2.jpg
The Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) selected Gary Mascaro, aviation director for the Scottsdale Municipal Airport as the 2012 Executive of the Year. The announcement was made during the association’s annual spring conference held this year in Tucson.
Read more: Arizona Aviation Journal

Aerospace summit to take flight this week in Norman
Oklahoma’s aerospace workforce will gather in Norman to listen, learn, share, and celebrate the industry that is responsible for tens of thousands of jobs in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Aerospace & Defense Summit and Expo will be Tuesday at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman.
Read more: The Norman Transcript

Jviation Appoints Travis Vallin as Principal Vallin_edit21.jpg
Jviation, Inc., an aviation-focused planning, engineering and construction management firm, announced the appointment of Travis Vallin as Principal. Vallin will be joining the three founding Principals of Jviation, Jim Trott, J.D. Ingram, and Jim Fluhr, as principal and part owner to further develop Jviation’s aviation practice throughout the United States.
Read more: State Aviation Journal

Alexander Field to Undergo $319,427 Improvement Project
The runways at Alexander Field in Wisconsin Rapids will undergo a $319,427 improvement project as part of routine maintenance. The project involves crack filling and seal coating of the airport’s runways.
Read more: Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

West Virginia
Three local airports to receive funding for upgrades
Airports in Barbour, Marshall and Upshur counties will receive a total of $795,000 in federal funding to help them build new hangar buildings.
Read more: Gazette-Mail


Planes on the plains help Nebraska’s economy soar
General aviation is a critical component in Nebraska’s infrastructure – and general aviation is an irreplaceable part of Nebraska’s economic machinery. It keeps commerce flowing and empowers new business.
Read more: York News Times

Eastern Iowa Airport Names New Director of Marketing and Communications heather.jpg
Heather Wilson has been named the new director of marketing and communications for The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID). Wilson will leave her current position as director of sales support for Noel-Levitz.
Read more: Iowa DOT


Washington D.C.
FAA promises to do better on future realignment decisions grizzle_FAA.jpg
The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing for a large-scale realignment of hundreds of air traffic control facilities between now and the 2030s. Meanwhile, a new inspector general audit finds the agency has made past consolidation decisions without developing enough data to determine whether they’ll save money.
Read more: Federal News Radio


North Dakota
Devils Lake gets $1 million for airport runway extension
The city of Devils Lake will receive a $1 million federal grant to extend the primary runway at Devils Lake Regional Airport. The project, once completed, will alleviate a concern air carriers have expressed about service into Devils Lake.
Read more: Grand Forks Herald

Christiansen Aviation celebrates 40 years of business
"I wanted to be an airline pilot, but my mother said I needed a college education, and OU (University of Oklahoma) had a flight school." Christiansen is the owner and founder of Christiansen Aviation, the fixed-base operator, flight school and Cessna Aircraft dealer that is celebrating its 40th anniversary in business at Jones Riverside Airport.
Read more: Tulsa World