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August 01, 2011

                          Graphics by Andrew Stevens - Photo by Shahn Sederberg

This Week
in the State Aviation Journal

Click here to see 7 days of photo coverage by Shahn Sederberg of EAA's 2011 AirVenture.

Des Moines aviation director: Lack of FAA legislation won’t impact airport, yet
The expiration of legislation governing and funding the Federal Aviation Administration won’t have an immediate effect on the Des Moines International Airport but city and airport leaders expressed concern about future consequences today. Des Moines International Aviation Director Don Smithey said any effects would target federal construction projects, rather than the traveling public.
Read more in the Des Moines Register

Air show will boost economy, Waterloo airport's profile
The Waterloo Regional Airport isn't using flashy commercials to get people's attention.
Instead, the airport has been and will be the backdrop for some of the Cedar Valley's most anticipated events, including the first air show in almost 30 years.
Read more: WCF Courier
Wichita airports, manufacturers not affected by lack of FAA funding
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, Jabara Airport and local aircraft manufacturers haven’t been affected by Congress’ failure Friday to approve an FAA funding measure, which has halted airport modernization efforts. “We have no current FAA-funded projects at either airport,” Wichita Airport Authority’s director of airports Victor White said of Mid-Continent and Jabara.
Read more: Air Capitol Insider

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Sacramento airport's new terminal works on the finishing touches
They're flushing toilets – a lot – at Sacramento International Airport this month. With the airport's $1 billion new terminal due to open in less than 10 weeks, it's down to details. That includes answering the question of what happens when several planes land and everyone hurries to the restrooms. "We're testing water pressure under certain scenarios," airport director Hardy Acree put it discreetly.
Read more: Sacramento Bee
Airport Runway Project Forced to Wait another Year
The Fort Collins – Loveland Airport, for the second consecutive year has not been issued a Federal grant in time to fund the critically necessary runway rehabilitation project. The airport has applied for a grant with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for this project, and unfortunately due to the inability for Congress to approve an annual budget for the FAA; the project will not get the money in time.
Read more at Northern Colorado 5

Yamhill County investigates Evergreen Aviation fire that caused $20 million in damage
Fireballs erupted overnight in McMinnville, where crews battled a blaze in an aircraft storage unit that caused an estimated $20 million in damage.
Read more at Oregon Live

Arcata-Eureka Airport construction to start despite FAA shutdown
While scores of airport construction projects are being halted nationally, one at the Arcata-Eureka Airport will proceed unimpeded. Construction is slated to begin Aug. 8 on the final element of the airport's runway safety area improvement project.
Read more at Contra Costa Times
Clock ticking to appoint Santa Maria Airport director
Appointing a successor to Ted Eckert on the Santa Maria Public Airport Board of Directors could come down to the wire for the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 6 meeting.
Read more at Santa Maria Times
“Blue Angels” Mustang Raises $400,000 to Support Education Programs

A one-of-a-kind “Blue Angels” edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT produced by a select design and engineering team at Ford Motor Company sold for $400,000 at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction Thursday evening. The auction took place during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, the world’s greatest aviation celebration. A man from California purchased the vehicle.
Read more at State Aviation Journal

Lucasfilm’s Red Tails Will Take Flight on January 20, 2012

A high-flying action epic inspired by the heroic exploits of the first all African-American aerial combat unit, the Lucasfilm Ltd. production of Red Tails will launch on January 20, 2012, released by Twentieth Century Fox.
Read more at State Aviation Journal

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