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   February 28, 2011


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New Hampshire
Ferns to Head Aviation Museum of New Hampshire
No fooling, on April 1st, long time state aviation official from New Hampshire, Jack Ferns, will begin a new season in his life as Executive Director of the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire.

Funds allocated to GA and air carrier/reliever airports
The Virginia Aviation Board met in Richmond to review funding recommendations for Commonwealth Airport Fund projects. $150,928 was allocated for air carrier/reliever airports and $166,207 for general aviation airports. Projects include $125,600 for box hangar site preparation (construction) at Blue Ridge Airport in Martinsville and $96,757 for air carrier terminal building furniture at Shenandoah Valley Regional in Weyers Cave.        
Airport authority bill dies in committee
A bill that would have allowed for Clark County Regional Airport to establish itself as a regional airport authority supported by three counties died in the Indiana Senate on Wednesday. 
West Virginia
Two Tri-State Air Traffic Controllers Honored For Outstanding Service
Mike Chambers and Clint Clifton will soon head to Las Vegas, where they will know a little something about beating the odds. 


Quality Airport and Heliport Lighting Equipment Since 1955

DFW Becomes First WaterSense Airport
“As one of the world's busiest airports, any steps Dallas/Fort Worth International takes to become better stewards of our water resources has a huge impact,” said EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz. “By becoming WaterSense partners, they have set a standard in environmental management for other airports to follow.” 

Unmanned helicopter completes air drops
An unmanned K-MAX helicopter successfully made multiple guided air drops in Arizona recently and achieved other "firsts" during tests with the U.S. Army.
Read more and see video at

New York
FAA - Explicit Authority to Regulate Helicopter Noise on Long Island
With the announcement from U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, that he successfully included an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill, providing a deadline for the Federal Aviation Administration to implement helicopter flight regulations within 12 months the FAA would have the explicit authority to regulate helicopter noise on Long Island.
Read more at 

Mayor, city council wrestle with San Jose airport's long name
City officials were in no hurry Thursday to rechristen Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport by adding the two words -- Silicon Valley -- airlines say are key to attracting more flights. 

3rd Chicago airport no worry for other airport officials
Officials from surrounding airports are not overly concerned about the possibility of a third Chicago airport affecting their passenger or flight numbers. 


South Dakota
Flying through turbulence  
The federal program that subsidizes airline service for rural communities appears to have largely escaped the budget turbulence that threatened to kill it this year, but its long-term survival still faces much uncertainty. The immediate forecast for Essential Air Service looks better after last week's Senate rejection of a proposal by Arizona Republican John McCain to scrap the 33-year-old program. Read more at

If you wish to opine on the EAS topic
for an upcoming feature on Essential Air Service, email Gary Ness at:


45 New Airports Planned Over Next 5 Years

China plans to invest 1.5 trillion yuan ($228.2 billion) in the aviation industry, building 45 airports and adding 700 new commercial planes, over the next five years to meet surging demand, a top regulator said.  Read more at  

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