Smith Reynolds awarded $1.85 million in federal block grant funds
Smith Reynolds Airport has been awarded $1.85 million in federal block grant money from the N.C. Division of Aviation for a taxiway improvement project. "Rehabilitation of this pavement is critical to the corporate end user of the airport," said Richard Walls
, (shown at right) the N.C. Department of Transportation's director of aviation.
Read more: Winston-Salem Journal
Able Engineering Breaks Ground for MRO at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week for what will be the largest facility and private employer to-date at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The City of Mesa and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority recently reached agreement with Able Engineering to operate the facility.
Read more: Arizona Aviation Journal
2012 Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced
A total of 169 Virginia artists ages 6 to 18 participated in the 2012 International Aviation Art Contest. The theme this year was “Silent Flight”.
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State House passes aviation tax exemption
The Idaho House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill exempting aircraft parts, supplies, and other components from the state’s sales and use tax. The bill, strongly supported by AOPA and the general aviation community, is now headed for Senate committee.
Read more: AOPA Online
State bill would raise aviation fees
A proposed hike in aviation registration fees would only “further depress” a tax-burdened aviation economy in Illinois, AOPA said, urging officials to reject the plan. Illinois House Bill 4444 would double registration fees paid by aircraft owners and pilots.
Read more: AOPA Online
Front Range Airport, econ-development groups want unmanned aircraft site
Economic development agencies and Front Range Airport are pushing for the federal government to put one of six U.S. unmanned aircraft test ranges in Colorado.
Read more: Denver Business Journal
State plane cleared by FAA to fly again
Air and ground training classes on a state-owned Partenavia P68 Observer airplane will begin for pilots in the coming weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration gave the Ohio Department of Transportation the all clear to fly the plane.
Read more: Dayton Daily News
Airport board approves return of air tanker base
New agreements with the Texas Forest Service were approved Wednesday, allowing the return of an air tanker base to Abilene Regional Airport during firefighting seasons the next two years.
Read more: Reporter News