SAJ: Skybrief


May 20, 2013
Photo by Shahn Sederberg
NASAO Elects New Secretary to Executive Board

Carol Comer, Director of the Intermodal Division for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has been elected Secretary of the National Association of State Aviation Officials’ Board of Directors.

Read more: State Aviation Journal

Division of Aeronautics Recognizes Outstanding Airports

Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider congratulated the “2013 Airport of the Year” award recipients last week. Eight Illinois airports were recognized at the Illinois Aviation Conference, held in Moline, for their accomplishments throughout the year, including an outstanding partnership with the state of Illinois and their commitment to customer satisfaction.

Read more: State Aviation Journal

Department of Transportation announces $10,000 Aeronautics Grant to Clarksville-Montgomery County’s Outlaw Field

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that state aeronautics grants totaling $316,650 have been approved for seven Tennessee airports.

Read more: Clarksville Online

New Video Describes Challenges of Building Rural Airports

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) Division of Statewide Aviation released the second video, in a two‐part series, illustrating the vital lifeline aviation provides for 82% of Alaskan communities.

Read more: State Aviation Journal


Amendment to law protects Oklahoma private airstrip owners

The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) has announced that Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin (R) signed HB 1009 on May 13, adding aviation and fly-ins to the state’s recreational use statute covering non-public lands.

Read more: State Aviation Journal

North Dakota
Aeronautics Commission to Make Funding Decision

The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission is in the process of allocating funds granted by the state Legislature for airport improvements. Commission director Larry Taborsky said that it will be up to the Aeronautics Commission to decide how the $6 million is divided.

Read more: Prairie Business


Auditor: ‘Troubling’ Procurement Pattern At DOT’s Airports Division

Hawaii’s Office of the Auditor has released a report examining procurement at the state Department of Transportation, and it’s not flattering. “Especially troubling was the pattern of recurring violations and questionable practices.”

Read more: Honolulu Civil Beat

Hilo Airport Field Office Included in Audit’s Criticism

Hilo International Airport did not escape the attention of state auditors critical of the management of the state Department of Transportation.

Read more: Big Island Now

Were Tower Closures a Grand Bluff?

Did the administration hold aviation hostage as part of a larger political game? With the announcement that the sequester-driven closures of hundreds of contract control towers was off, we might be tempted to pat ourselves on the back.

Read more: Flying Magazine

CAF Looks for New HQ Location to Increase National Profile

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has announced its plans to establish the CAF National Airbase at a major metropolitan area and intends to launch a nationwide search immediately. The new facility, described by CAF officials as an “Airbase,” will contain a year-round aviation attraction, house CAF Staff and support volunteer CAF members who will organize and execute an annual warbird air show/fly-in.

Read more: State Aviation Journal

AAAE Questions Airline Opposition to Local PFCs as Bag Fee Collections Skyrocket

“It’s ironic and disappointing that our friends in the airline industry continue to oppose giving airports the self-help they desperately need to address local infrastructure needs given their own increasing reliance on baggage fees and other ancillary charges to support their operations,” AAAE Gov President Todd Hauptli said.

Read more: State Aviation Journal