SAJ Skybrief

September 16, 2013
Photo by Kim Stevens
NASAO Selects Burdette as 2013 Ambassador of Aviation

Virginia Department of Aviation Director, Randall Burdette, has Randy_Burdette1a.1.jpgbeen selected by the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) to receive the Kenneth A. Rowe Ambassador of Aviation Award. Named after a previous Virginia Director, the award honors a state aviation director who embodies spirit, optimism, and fierce pride in the capabilities of the state aviation agencies. It will be presented at the upcoming NASAO Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This is a special award; it has only been presented eight times since its creation 19 years ago. Burdette will be the first Virginia director to receive it since it was presented to and named after Kenneth A. Rowe in 1994.

Read more: State Aviation Journal

New Mexico Aviation Division Director Steve Summers, welcomes attendees to the 2013 aviation conference.
New Mexico Aviation Conference

The 2013 New Mexico Aviation Conference was held in Ruidoso, New Mexico Wednesday through Friday last week. One of the highlights was a keynote address by Doreen Welsh. Welsh was the flight attendant stationed at the rear of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 that went down in the Hudson River and became known as the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’.


Groundbreaking for $2.5-Million Airport Renovation Project in Trenton

A big project is underway at the Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton. A groundbreaking was held last week at the airport to mark the beginning of the construction project.

Read more: WABI TV5

Airport manager nominee narrowly approved, gets one-year contract

The Quincy City Council voted 8-6 Monday to confirm the one-year appointment of Jarred Hester as manager of Quincy Regional Airport.

Read more: Quincy Herald-Whig

Change in tax policy helps state’s aviation industry take off

While it wasn’t the only factor in the company’s decision, South Carolina-based Tempus Jets likely would not have chosen to move to Maine if it weren’t for the sales tax exemption on aircraft parts.

Read more: Bangor Daily News

State to get more than $23M in federal funding for airports, bus transit

Hawaii will receive more than $23 million in federal transportation funding for airports statewide and bus transit on the Neighbor Islands, including $10.5 million for rehabilitating the runway at Honolulu International Airport.

Read more: Pacific Business News

North Carolina
PTI Airport to use grant to extend taxiway

Piedmont Triad International Airport has gained a $1.5 million 3B1A1911edit.jpggrant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to help complete the extension of taxiway M. The completion of this taxiway will be a key step allowing HondaJet to expand.

Read more: Winston-Salem Journal

West Virginia
Cumberland airport gets $2.3 million FAA grant

The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority has been awarded a $2.3 million Federal Aviation Administration grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for runway rehabilitation at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport.

Read more: Cumberland Times-News


North Dakota
Airports to get $2.5M in grants

five airports in the state are getting federal grants for construction projects and other improvements.

The Federal Aviation Administration is giving a total of about $2.5 million to the airports.

Read more: Jamestown Sun

Ottumwa airport receives grant for wildlife fence

The Ottumwa, Iowa airport is receiving nearly $420,000 for a 26,000-foot wildlife perimeter fence meant to ensure that wildlife is kept out of the airport and improve safety for planes landing and taking off.

$3.2 million for airport runway improvements in Davenport and Ankeny

The Federal Aviation Administration will give $1.8 million to the Davenport Municipal Airport to pay for reconstruction of a deteriorating runway. The FAA also will give nearly $1.4 million to the Ankeny Regional Airport to pay for the relocation of a road that will allow full use of a runway.

New York
Rochester to get grant for taxiway improvements

The Greater Rochester International Airport is getting an $828,000 federal grant to rehabilitate taxiways that are in poor condition.

Quad-City Receives $1.6M Grant for Airport Improvements

The Rock Island County Metropolitan Airport Authority has been awarded a $1.65 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for improvement projects at the Quad-City International Airport.


Marion Airport to Get Makeover

Marion Municipal Airport soon will receive a federal grant that will enable it to repair a deteriorating storm sewer and runway, the airport’s acting aviation director said.

Read more: Marion Star

New airport in west Oak Ridge will focus on small business jets

The airport proposed at Heritage Center in west Oak Ridge could feature a 5,000-foot runway, accommodate all but the largest business jets, and cost between $35 million and $45 million.

Read more: Oak Ridge Today

Sequester short-changes the future of America’s airports

With fiscal year 2014 now in clear view, AIP grants may again be viewed as FAA’s preferred scapegoat to bridge its budgetary stop-gaps.

Read more: The Hill

Delta Woos High Value Customers with Porsche

Delta is trying new ways to cater to the business travelers who make up the heart of the airline business.

Read more: NPR



U.K. Launches Unmanned Aircraft Civilian Flight Testing Center

Airport authorities and aviation officials launched the National Aeronautical Center (NAC), the U.K.’s first testing center for the development of operations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in civilian airspace, on Monday at two airports near Wales.

Read more: Aviation Today