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WYOMING HOSTS AASHTO STANDING COMMITTEE ON AVIATION

John Eagerton (Alabama), second from left, addresses the Standing Committee on Aviation. To Dr. Eagerton's right is West Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Paul Mattox. To his left is Dennis Byrne (Wyoming). NASAO Photo by Kim Stevens.

John Eagerton (Alabama), second from left, addresses the Standing Committee on Aviation. To Dr. Eagerton’s right is West Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Paul Mattox. To his left is Dennis Byrne (Wyoming). NASAO Photo by Kim Stevens.

Paul Mattox, West Virginia Secretary of Transportation and Chair of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Aviation, convened a meeting of the Committee in Cheyenne, Wyoming last week, hosted by the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Wyoming Aeronautics Administrator Dennis Byrne, welcomed attendees to the meeting and gave a brief overview of the state of aviation in his state. Committee Vice Chair, Dr. John Eagerton (Alabama) and Susan Chernenko(West Virginia) also participated in person. Eagerton led a roundtable discussion on State Departments of Transportation use of Unmanned Aerial Systems and later addressed other

Left to right are Paul Mattox, John Eagerton, Susan Chernenko and Dennis Byrne. Photo by Kim Stevens.

Left to right are Paul Mattox, John Eagerton, Susan Chernenko and Dennis Byrne. Photo by Kim Stevens.

AASHTO committees on the same topic. NASAO’s Kim Stevens was on hand to give a NASAO update. Many other state aviation directors participated by phone with more than fifteen states represented by either aviation or state DOT officials. Shayne Gill, Senior Program Manager for Aviation, Passenger Rail and Public Transportation, led a discussion on AASHTO’s Resolution on FAA Reauthorization as passed by the AASHTO Board of Directors. Byrne, during his update mentioned how the 1500 minimum hour for pilot experience and other factors have been negatively impacting air service in Wyoming. NASAO’s Air Service Chair, Cassandra Isackson (Minnesota) and Debbie Alke (Montana) echoed his statement. It was suggested that AASHTO and NASAO look at addressing this issue separately even though it is part of the two Association’s Reauthorization White Papers.

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