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Governor Proclaims June General Aviation Appreciation Month

Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval, proclaimed June, 2014 as General Aviation Appreciation Month. The proclamation notes that the annual economic impact of GA is $721 million and contributes 3,384 jobs with an annual payroll of $93 million. The State of Nevada boasts 49 public use airports, 46 of which are general aviation only.

Aviation bureau calls for move of new prison

State aviation officials say a new prison planned in western Pennsylvania about a half-mile away from an airport will have to be shifted to comply with state guidelines.

Read more: WHTM


Kathy Boykin, the airport manager for the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport, in Statesboro, Georgia, hosted the class for field training Thursday of last week.
f1be8d95-6caf-48e8-a9a0-4b025295cf92.jpgGCR Holds Airport Master Record Seminar in Georgia

State aviation officials from 15 states attended an Airport Master Record Seminar hosted by GCR, Inc. in Savannah, Georgia this week. Also in attendance were ten FAA officials from across the country. Field inspection training was held at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport in Statesboro, Georgia. (Photo above right – Scott Storie, Colorado DOT, makes some calculations).

Santa Barbara Airport Director Appointed
50a86ed7-9209-497d-b5a6-7deaf1dd823e.jpgThe City Council confirmed the appointment of Hazel Johns as Airport Director. She has served in this position on an interim basis since December.

Read more: State Aviation Journal

$150,000 slurry-seal project to extend life of JFK Memorial Airport runway

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced that state and federal funding in the amount of $120,000 will be added to $30,000 in funds from the City and County of Ashland to create a $150,000 preventative maintenance project on Runway 02/20, the north-south runway that at 5,197 feet is the airport’s longest runway.

Read more: Ashland Daily Press


4 Airports Awarded Funds for Improvements

Four Arkansas airports will receive over $3.1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support facility upgrades and expansions.

Read more: Arkansas Matters

North Dakota
Williston’s airport gets $1.8M federal grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding Williston’s Sloulin Field International Airport a $1.8 million grant to rehabilitate its taxiway.

Read more: Westport News

Muscatine airport gets federal funds to pay for improvements

Muscatine received news Thursday that the Muscatine Municipal Airport will receive a $509,326 U.S. Department of Transportation grant to help begin a long-needed renovation project at the airport.

Read more: Quad City Times


Airports Generate $1.4 Billion Each Year for State Economy

According to data released this week by the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division, public-use airports contribute $1.4 billion to the state’s economy annually.

Read more: AASHTO Journal

Airport lands grants to refurbish ‘touchdown zones’

While the news hasn’t been all good recently for Mississippi’s airports, one has landed two separate grants to rework its runways.

Read more: MBJ News

Airports are quiet lifeblood of rural economy

Airports are often hidden in out-of-the-way places, unseen by the majority of residents. Business quietly flies in and out, adding unnoticed dollars to the local economy. But, in spite of the lack of fanfare, airports in this area are important.

Read more: Juneau County Star Times

FAA funding favors small airports over major hubs

No wonder La Guardia Airport is like “a Third World country” — as Vice President Joe Biden famously griped earlier this year. Puny airports in states like Delaware, Wyoming and Arkansas get more federal funding per flyer than major hubs like JFK, Newark and La Guardia, a new report revealed.

Read more: New York Post

New York
USDOT awards Syracuse Airport Authority $1.8M for building construction

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority more than $1.8 million in funding for the construction of a new building at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Read more: CNYBJ

New Jersey
Atlantic City Gets $1.6 Million Grant

Atlantic City International Airport will use $1.6 million in federal funding to purchase snow removal equipment, evaluate the environmental impact of improving an access road, and build perimeter fencing.

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West Virginia
Airports Get Federal Grants

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $1.3 million to help three Southern West Virginia airports improve their infrastructure.

Read more: Gazette-Mail

State approves funding for Wharton Regional Airport

About $90,000 was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission at its May meeting for Wharton Regional Airport. The funds will be used for planned airport improvements, which includes: Engineering/design for hangar improvements and a project consultant will be selected this summer.

Read more: Sealy News

Deer hunts catch few critters at Hannibal airport

A series of safety-related deer hunts at Hannibal Regional Airport wound up reducing the roaming herd by just eight animals.

Read more: Southeast Missourian

SITA to Introduce Enhanced Aircraft Tracking Capability

SITA has announced that it will introduce an innovative technology solution which will allow airlines to efficiently and cost effectively track their aircraft. The solution, which is currently being evaluated by several airlines for testing, will utilize technology that is already installed in the aircraft to provide advanced tracking capabilities.

Read more: State Aviation Journal

Positions Open

North Dakota Seeks Two Airport Planners

The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission is currently advertising for two airport planner positions to be located in Bismarck.

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