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NextGen incentive program would require additional FAA appropriation, says Huerta

The Federal Aviation Administration lacks the necessary authority to create an incentive program that encourages pilots to equip aircraft with technology critical to the success of FAA’s 2020 NextGen program. Testifying before the House Small Business Committee June 11, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta saidan incentive program would accelerate NextGen.

Read more: Fierce Government

Congress pushing FAA to create pilot record database

Thanks to Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Congress is about to give the Federal Aviation Administration a nudge to get going on a pilot record database that Congress called for after the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence.

Read more: Buffalo News


Hiring Controllers – Are We Getting the Best

Several months ago at an Aero Club of Washington luncheon, a gentleman asked a question of Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, about FAA hiring practices. That same question was raised later in the same week to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) during another meeting I attended.

Read more: NASAO

Don’t Let The Big Guys Block Norwegian
08858218-8667-4e27-842a-f20ae52f26ec.jpgThe Obama administration has been actively promoting international tourism and a major reduction in barriers to trade between the U.S. and EU—goals that can be immediately furthered by approving Norwegian Air International’s application to provide low-fare competitive transatlantic air service.

Read more: Aviation Week


House votes to block Norwegian airline proposal

he House approved legislation Tuesday to prevent a Norwegian airline from flying to the USA because of concerns the low-cost carrier will dodge international labor rules. The House transportation funding bill must be reconciled with the Senate before becoming law.

Read more: USA Today

Proposed change in pilot licensing not off ground yet

Birds chirped and flapped among the rafters of Hanger No. 8 at the Purdue University Airport.

Below, aviation experts, community leaders and others sat for a roundtable discussion on aviation issues, with a focus on the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act, known as H.R.3708.

Read more: Lafayette Journal & Courier

House nixes amendment allowing Bob Hope Airport to adopt airport curfew

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday narrowly defeated an amendment to an appropriations act that would have allowed the Bob Hope Airport to adopt a mandatory curfew.

Read more: Burbank Leader

New ARFF station dedicated at Kona airport

The state Department of Transportation (HDOT) celebrated the dedication of a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting (ARFF) station at the Kona International Airport on Wednesday. The new 24,000 square-foot facility includes five truck bays and a fueling area, along with improved work and living areas for firefighters, office space, dorm rooms and a workout area.

Read more: Hawaii News Now

Headwinds still blowing in battle over aviation taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has granted relief to some flight services but is still at odds with the Alaska Air Carriers Association and the state’s congressional delegation over taxes and audits the Alaskans claim have been arbitrarily applied.

Read more: Alaska Journal


Gulfstream donates business jet to Savannah Technical College

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has donated a Gulfstream G100 aircraft and several other items to Savannah Technical College. The aircraft was retired from the company fleet in May 2013 and will be used as a training tool.

Read more: Business in Savannah

Ankeny airport gets federal runway safety grant

The Ankeny Regional Airport has been notified it will receive a grant for more than $695,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Ankeny airport’s funds are intended to improve runway safety. In addition, the state will receive $123,255 to conduct a state system plan study.

Muhlenberg airport gets grant

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Muhlenberg County Airport $1.55 million for completing a parallel taxiway to enhance safety.


Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed three aviation-related bills into law, including: House Bill 14-1216 (requires that certain rurally located towers over 50 feet high must have safety markings); House Bill 14-1178 (provides qualified property used in the Colorado aerospace industry with sales and use-tax exemptions), and House Bill 14-1374 (provides sales and use-tax exemptions for on-demand air carriers and eligible aircraft). According to a Colorado Department of Transportation release, the passing of these bills will bring safer skies to Colorado, as well as better paying jobs and a more business friendly environment for aviation-related companies.

North Dakota Passenger Numbers Keep Climbing

North Dakota continues to break records each month for the total number of passengers traveled. During the month of May, airport passenger numbers went over 100,000 and saw an increase of 7.5% over last year’s numbers for the same month. With the growth in passengers, the Aeronautics Commission awarded $3.5 million in grants to airports. Kyle Wanner, Director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, said that the airports will put the grant money to good use as the state continues to grow. “We now have double the amount of passengers flying from North Dakota airports than we did 9 years ago and the airports are working to ensure that the infrastructure projects that are needed to accommodate the increases in passengers are identified.”


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Bismarck Awarded $500,000 Grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $500,000 federal grant to the Bismarck Municipal Airport. The DOT grant is made available through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The funding will be used to rehabilitate a runway.

Chicago Aviation Commissioner Andolino heads for the exit
8b21d105-6ed0-4870-a903-04213741e8ed.jpgRosemarie Andolino looks to be nearing the end of her tenure as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation. A spokeswoman for the Department declined to confirm or deny a report that suggested Andolino was fed up with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli stated in a release that Andolino led AAAE’s Airport Legislative Alliance with distinction for years. “She brought energy, focus and creativity to the table every time she engaged on a national public policy issue.” Hauptli said he is confident that she will remain an active participant in the aviation arena.

Read more: Chicago Business Journal

New hangar moving forward in McCook

The Nebraska Department of Aeronautics has approved city staff to begin the engineering services selection process for the construction of a new eight bay hangar at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport.

Read more: McCook Daily Gazette

Ford Airport secures $3.8 million federal grant to finance safety upgrades

Gerald R. Ford International Airport has secured millions of federal dollars to help fund several projects, including an emergency rescue vehicle scheduled to replace aging equipment.

Read more: Michigan Live

NASAO Announces Henry O Scholarship Program
c1253120-3683-4542-9fe5-087ad336e7d6.jpgThe National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), has announced the creation of the Henry M. Ogrodzinski Scholarship Program. The program will be run through NASAO’s Center for Aviation Research and Education and will award scholarships to dependents and spouses of NASAO members in good standing.

Read more: State Aviation Journal

Can oil industry keep two airports aloft?

The Federal Aviation Administration’s recently released report on airport traffic ranks Acadiana Regional Airport as the second-busiest airport in Louisiana after New Orleans.

Read more: The Advisor

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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