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February 13, 2012

North Carolina
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”.  
View Winning Entries
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


DOT selects SeaPort for 4-year EAS contract
The Department of Transportation announced its re-selection of SeaPort Airlines to continue essential air service to the Salina area for another four years. Although typical EAS contracts are awarded for two years, SeaPort proposed an option for a four-year term providing three daily flights, six days a week for an annual subsidy of $1,490,479.
Read more: State Aviation Journal


FAA reauthorization would create NextGen czar UPDATED
A four year, $63.6 billion Federal Aviation Administration authorization bill agreed to by a conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers would require creation of a Chief NextGen Officer. The bill would also authorize the agency to spend nearly $16 billion annually on the air traffic control modernization effort.
Read more: Firece Government IT

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NASA Unveils Future Aircraft Designs: Stunning Models (PHOTOS)
NASA has unveiled concepts of future, eco-friendly aircraft. The stunningly innovative designs, which NASA calls "greener flying machines for the year 2025", are being developed by three firms under contract to the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate's Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project.
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Aviation Education

Aviation takes off at Vermont Tech
Aspiring collegians in Vermont now have another profession to aspire to: airplane pilot. Vermont Technical College on Tuesday unveiled a four-year degree program in aviation.
Read more: Burlington Free Press
Lake County kids take a trip to Cirrus Aircraft
Two Harbors Chapter 1128 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, in collaboration with Two Harbors High School and Lake Superior School District Community Education, recently hosted a two part aviation event for local youth.
Read more: Lake County News-Chronicle

"Red Redmond and the Great Plane Adventure"
Hop on board the aircraft, fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Join Red Redmond and his mischievous dog Pilot as they sneak their way into the underbelly of an airplane. Along the way, they learn plenty about the way an airport and a plane works, finding and naming all the most important parts.
Read more: State Aviation Journal
Bubble era's aviation legacy: Too many airports, all ailing
Japan has 98 airports, and most of them are operating in the red as a result of exaggerated demand forecasts and rampant, costly and arguably pork-barrel construction projects. The transport ministry hopes to mitigate the problem by selling off the management rights to 27 state-owned airports as soon as 2014.
Read more: Japan Times


Press Release 

Piper Adds South American Dealer in Chile
Vero Beach, Fla., Feb. 8, 2012 - Piper Aircraft, Inc. has named a distributor for its new airplane sales in Chile. Eagle South America S.A., located near Santiago at the Aérodromo de Chicureo and headed by General Manager Martin Andrés Busquets, will handle Piper sales in the South American country.
Read more:
State Aviation Journal

    Coming Soon!

Arizona Airports Host 7th Annual "Aviation Day at the Capitol." 
Pictured are Casey Denny, Immediate Past President of the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) and Deputy Director of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Jennifer Maples, President of AzAA and Aviation Superintendent with Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ.

Features include: 

Record Attendance at TRB
Latest Research Released

NASAO ~ Pestka Joines Jviation
                 Alke Steps in as Chair

Former State Aviation Director Leads at
Elmira Corning Regional Airport

Nebraska Navaids Division - Continues Key Role in Nebraska aviation

Marr Arnold Planning

Nebraska's Robert Ducan Recognized by Living Legends of Aviation

Now Available!
Photo by Joyce Sorensen, winner of the Iowa Photo Contest in the Military Category.

NASAO Special Anniversary Edition.
On the cover: Outgoing and Incoming NASAO Chairmen, Randy Burdette, left and Joe Pestka.

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