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October 14, 2013
Photo by Shahn Sederberg

Members of the National Association of State Aviation Officials Convention_19edit3.jpg(NASAO), elected their 2014 Executive Board during the Association’s 82nd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota earlier this month. They are Chairman, Christopher Willenborg, Massachusetts DOT (shown at right); David Gordon, Colorado DOT, Vice Chairman, Carol Comer, Georgia DOT, Treasurer and Gary Cathey, California DOT, Secretary. Tommy Booth, Mississippi DOT, will continue to serve as Immediate Past Chairman. See expanded coverage of the NASAO Convention in the next issue of the State Aviation Journal e-Magazine.


West Virginia
Aeronautics Commission Hears Grant Requests from State Airports

Airport members all over West Virginia were in Elkins Wednesday to meet with the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission. Nineteen of the state’s airports are looking for assistance by the aeronautics commission to complete capital improvements. Those improvements can be for runways or airport terminals.

Read more – See Video: WBOY 12

Airports Contribute $36.7 Billion Annually Statewide

A new study from the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division details the economic impact of regional airports on the state.. It shows while payroll and economic output continue to rise, the total number of jobs has fallen below 2003 levels.

Read more: KRCC

Marshfield Airport project takes off

About two dozen guests, including federal, state, local officials, volunteers and residents gathered for the official start of the Marshfield Municipal Airport improvement project.

Read more: Wicked Local Marshfield


Helena woman named “master pilot” by FAA

Many people know Patricia Johnson as an educator. She taught physics and earth science in Helena for 27 years, and now she administers school grants at the Office of Public Instruction. To fellow pilots, Johnson is a lifelong student and aviation advocate.

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Barrow honored for work on Capitol Hill

AOPA honored Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) Oct. 10 with the John_Barrow_Official_Headshot_small.jpgJoseph B. Hartranft Jr. Award—one of the association’s two highest honors—for his unparalleled work on behalf of general aviation in the House of Representatives. The award is presented annually to an elected or appointed government official, whether federal, state, local, or foreign, who has made significant contributions to the advancement of general aviation.

Read more: AOPA

City Council Approves Brown Field Redevelopment Project

San Diego City Council has approved a redevelopment of Brown Field Municipal Airport in Otay Mesa, involving more than $900 million in planned improvements over the next 20 years.

Read more: NBC 7


Airport gets grant to add more flights

A $600,000 grant is expected to aid officials in attracting new flights to Fort Wayne International Airport. The Small Community Air Service Development Program awarded the travel hub the funds, which are meant to help it remain competitive.

Read more: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

North Carolina

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that Wilmington International Airport has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Small Community Air Service Development Program. The program provides financial assistance to smaller communities like Wilmington with improving air service.

North Dakota
Fargo Jet Center forges new partnerships

Fargo Jet Center of North Dakota has formed a joint venture with Ross Aviation, based in Denver, Colorado, and Overland Aviation in Williston, North Dakota.

Read more: Corporate Jet Investor

FAA grant funds research for heated airport pavements

A team of researchers from Iowa State has been given a Federal Aviation Administration grant for their research on making snow- and ice-free airport pavements.

Read more: Iowa State Daily


New York
NYAMA Honors Suriani with 2013 Bill Shea Award

In recognition of his years of service to aviation in New York State, the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) presented Otto Suriani with the 2013 Bill Shea Award. Suriani accepted the award at a ceremony on September 19, during NYAMA’s 2013 Fall Conference and Exhibition Show in Albany, New York. Suriani’s aviation career included more than 50 years of service to the FAA, with the last 40 years in the New York Airports District Office. The Bill Shea Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and effected positive change in the aviation industry in New York State.

Small airports become hubs for new business as flights decline

Fewer planes are taking off at municipal and county airports these days, thanks to the long economic downturn and high aviation fuel prices. But small businesses such as T-shirt printers, breweries, car dealers and equipment renovators are taking off there.

Read more: Press of Atlantic City

OTW Safety Wins NWAAAE Corporate Award of Excellence

OTW Safety, the creators of the low profile water filled airport barricade and innovators in safety and security products, announced that they have won the Northwest American Association of Airport Executives (NWAAAE) Corporate Award of Excellence. This award is given to companies whose professionalism and recent contributions to the Association and the airport industry have made a significant difference in fostering aviation. OTW Safety has been designing, testing and manufacturing plastic barricade products since 1993.


After 15 years, St. Louis’ 2nd airport gets little traction

The woes keep growing for the MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in southwestern Illinois. The airport opened 15 years amid great fanfare, promoted as an alternative airport to a then-busy Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Read more: Tucson Citizen

Fatal Accidents Drop for Experimentals

Fiscal year 2013 was less unlucky than 2012 for fatal accidents among the experimental category. There were 55 accidents involving fatalities this year, compared with 73 last year, a 25 percent decrease.

Read more: Flying Online

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FAA Selects University for Testing Small UAS Certification Standards

FAA has selected Kansas State University Salina to test certification standards for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), part of an effort to begin creating industry standards for certifying unmanned systems for commercial applications within the National Airspace System (NAS).

Read more: Avionics Magazine

FAA Opens the Arctic to Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft

A research vessel plying the icy waters of the Chukchi Sea above the Arctic Circle seems an odd place for a Federal Aviation Administration employee. But that’s exactly where Alaskan Region inspector Jay Skaggs was on September 12. His presence aboard the Westward Wind helped ensure the first FAA-approved commercial flights by an unmanned aircraft went off safely and without a hitch.

Read more: FAA

UND, US Air Force partner on new UAS curriculum

The University of North Dakota announced Thursday a new program to train pilots of the Predator unmanned aircraft using a full-size simulator.

Read more: Prairie Business