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April 11, 2011

  Luke AFB 2011 Air Show, Arizona
Photo by Clint Morris, Graphics by Andrew Stevens


 




   Welcome to the State Aviation Journal Skybrief
Arizona
AT LAST, THE U.S. AIRLINE INDUSTRY - BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS, AND FINALLY STABILITY AND PROFITABILITY  
By Ed Beauvais
A loud message came through during the two days of comments made at the Phoenix International Aviation Symposium that ended on April 8. Grinding through the total chaos of 9/11/01, the economic meltdown of 2008/2009, numerous bankruptcy entries and exits, consolidating resources through mergers and acquisitions, operating improvements and massive public scrutiny by the press, the U. S. airline industry has reached a new level of stability and an outlook that its destiny is more manageable than in the last 33 years. 
Read more at StateAviationJournal.com

California


State Aviation Officials Participate in Discussion of Regional Aviation Issues
The Western Regional Partnership Border Committee and the State Aviation Journal sponsored an aviation meeting last week in Sacramento, CA., to discuss issues impacting airspace users in a five state region. The meeting, which was held at the Sacramento International Airport included current and former state aviation officials from California, Nevada and Arizona.  
Read more at StateAviationJournal.com


Arizona
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Hosts 20th Annual Symposium   
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport hosted the 20th Annual Aviation Symposium last week at the Arizona Biltmore, drawing attendees from around the globe. 
Read more at StateAviationJournal.com


New Jersey
Aeronautics Division Approves Controversial Fuel Tank
A proposal to add a 10,000-gallon fuel tank at Eagles Nest Aerodrome, a small privately owned public-use airport, is drawing opposition from township residents and support from small plane pilots who say they need fuel if diverted from their intended landing site. 
Read more at APP.com






Arizona
Aviation Media Treated to Sky Train Construction Tour in Phoenix             
Members of the aviation media, many in town for the 2011 Sky Harbor International Aviation Symposium were treated to a tour of Stage One construction of the Sky Train, underway at the Phoenix, AZ airport. 
Read more at ArizonaAviationJournal.com

 
South Dakota
Airport requests city, county zoning changes to protect operations
Rapid City Regional Airport is asking Rapid City, Box Elder, Pennington and Meade counties to strengthen zoning restrictions on land within a 5-mile radius of its runways to prevent future development hazards to airport operations.    
Read more at RapidCityJournal.com


Arizona
NPS Holds Public Meeting on Special Flight Rules over Grand Canyon  
The National Park Service (NPS) held the first of three open house style public meetings in Phoenix on April 6th to discuss a draft plan to address the impacts of aircraft noise on park resources and visitor experience. 
Read more at ArizonaAviationJournal.com

 
Colorado
Granby Pilot Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Penny Hamilton, Colorado General Aviation Pilot and volunteer Director of the Teaching Women to Fly Research Project and Colorado Airport History Preservation Project,  was recently honored by the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce. 
Read more at StateAviationJournal.com

Connecticut
Tax could result in Danbury Airport becoming a 'ghost town'
Area officials say the city's airport will likely become a ghost town if the governor's proposal to levy a local property tax on airplanes wins approval in Hartford. 
Read more at NewsTimes.com
 
Missouri
Plans move forward for Columbia Regional Airport runway expansion
A runway expansion project at Columbia Regional Airport would better serve planes that already use the airport and help attract larger planes from more airlines, Airport Manager Andrew Schneider said.
Read more at ColumbiaMissourian.com

California
Back by Popular Demand
Sadde Six Arrival to Los Angeles


Maine
Dignitaries help christen Brunswick Executive Airport
State and federal officials joined base redevelopment officials Saturday to hail the opening of Brunswick Executive Airport as a linchpin in what stakeholders hope will become an emerging aviation industry in Maine. 
Read more at TimesRecord.com

U.S.
Private Jets Warming Up for Presidential Campaign
NOW that President Obama has announced his candidacy for re-election, you can almost hear the jet engines starting to rev up around the country as the most brutal form of business travel — campaigning for president — stirs to life. 
Read more at NewYorkTimes.com


Oklahoma
Tulsa airport trust OKs $148.6 million capital improvement plan
A five-year $148.6 million capital improvement plan for Tulsa International Airport that includes major terminal and runway reconstruction projects was approved Thursday by the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust. 
Read more at TulsaWorld.com


Arizona
Peoria's plan for airport buffeted by wary Luke Air Force Base
Peoria's negotiations to build an airport faced turbulence when it caught Luke Air Force Base officials off guard.  
Read more at AzCentral.com


Oregon
747 Sits Atop Waterpark 
Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark, which bills itself as “the nation’s only educational and aviation themed waterpark,” is most notable for the Evergreen International Aviation Boeing 747 atop the McMinnville, Oregon building.  
Read more at Seattlepi.com






Europe
Research group defines 2050 vision for aviation
The EU aviation sector will reduce flight delays to just one minute regardless of weather conditions and cut CO2 emissions by 75% by mid-century, according to a visionary report by an industry-led European research group.  Read more at Euractiv.com




Coming in April
States Use International Aviation Art Contest to Promote Aviation  & Aerospace Education

Wyoming Aeronautics Division
WaterSense and Airports
Western Regional Partnership


Artwork by Emmanuel Ortiz -
New Jersey

 
January/February


 
Iowa Aviation

Conference
 




News Releases
 
Conklin & deDecker Introduces Latest 2011 Aircraft Cost Evaluator Volume I
Conklin & de Decker has released the latest Aircraft Cost Evaluator for 2011. The Aircraft Cost Evaluator delivers the most up-to-date variable, fixed and benchmarking cost data and is the most extensive operating cost database available to the aviation industry.  Read more at StateAvitationJournal.com


Arizona
Tucson Airport Authority Approves TIA Terminal Optimization Study
At a recent meeting, the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) Board of Directors approved a Terminal Optimization Study to identify opportunities to most effectively meet current and future space needs in the Tucson International Airport (TIA) terminal building.    
Read more at ArizonaAviationJournal.com





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