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John Knight, Director of the Department of Aeronautics for the State of Arkansas, announced his retirement effective September 1, 2014 after serving the agency for 27 years and filling the role of Director since 1992. After a unanimous vote by the agency’s Commissioners, it has been decided that Jerry Chism will serve as Interim Director immediately upon John’s departure. Jerry has been serving as Assistant Director since January 2004 and will join us in Providence. Congratulations John! Thank you for your service to state aviation and to our association, and welcome as a new member of the NASAO Alumni team.


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