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NASAO Looks Ahead on EAS Funding in Next Spending Bill

  • Friday, April 28, 2017
  • Today Congress passed a one-week stopgap-spending bill that funds the government at current levels. Next week Congress is widely expected to pass an omnibus-spending bill that would fund the government through Sept. 30. In conjunction with the Trump Administration’s recently […]

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    Florida and Missouri Governors Declare April Aviation Appreciation Month

  • Friday, April 28, 2017
  • The Alliance for Aviation Across America recently applauded Governors Rick Scott (FL) and Eric Greitens (MO), for declaring April as Aviation Appreciation Month. In Florida, general aviation airports contribute more than $7.7 billion to the state’s economy annually. In Missouri, […]

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    WSDOT seeking to hire airport land use and strategic programs coordinator

  • Thursday, April 27, 2017
  • The Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division in Tumwater, Washington is currently accepting applications for an Airport Land Use & Strategic Programs Coordinator (Transportation Planning Specialist 4). This unique and challenging position will manage complex, statewide aviation projects and […]

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    BasicMed to Begin May 1st

  • Monday, April 24, 2017
  • General aviation pilots can now prepare to fly under BasicMed without holding a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements. They can fly under BasicMed beginning on May 1, the effective date of the […]

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    Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill to Streamline Aircraft Pilot and Passenger Protection Act

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) worked with state Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus, and state Senator Joe Newhouse, R-Tulsa, to streamline laws regarding any structure near a public use airport in the state.  Governor Mary Fallin signed HB 2179 into law […]

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    Moy Bishop & Associates New NASAO Business Partner

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • Moy Bishop & Associates, LLC, a woman & combat veteran owned business recently signed on as a National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Business Partner. The business has more than 70 years of experience working with the global aviation […]

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    2017 TAC Awards Presented at Tennessee Airports Conference

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017
  • This year’s Tennessee Airports Conference, hosted by the Tennessee Aviation Administration, included a handful of awards presented by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC). TAC Award categories for 2017 included recognition for Special Project of the Year (General Aviation Airport), Special […]

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    FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications

  • Monday, April 10, 2017
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27. The maps will depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. They will help drone operators […]

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    Minnesota Young Artist Places 2nd in 2017 International Aviation Art Contest

  • Monday, April 10, 2017
  • Sky Waters, a Minnesota high school student, took 2nd Place in the Senior Category of the 2017 International Aviation Art Contest held recently in Lausanne Switzerland. The yearly competition is hosted by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Waters finished in […]

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    Rural Air Service, Contract Towers Among Issues Heard During Senate Hearing

  • Friday, April 7, 2017
  • The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation convened a hearing on April 6th that focused on federal efforts to improve access and safety, including the Federal Contract Tower (FCT) program, the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, and the Small Community Air […]

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    NASAO Business Partner Reports Page Field FBO among Best in the Americas

  • Friday, April 7, 2017
  • Base Operations at Page Field has been ranked in the top 10 percent of fixed-base operators in a prestigious international survey conducted by Aviation International News (AIN). According to NASAO Business Partner, Lee County Port Authority, which operates both Southwest […]

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    House Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Enabling Innovation in the National Airspace

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017
  • The House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation convened to hear testimony from representatives of the FAA, Amazon Prime Air, FlyGLO, AirMap, Virgin Galactic, and VDOS about new aviation and aerospace technologies, users, and business models. Gregory McNeal, Co-Founder of AirMap and […]

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    Vice Chairman Designated at NTSB

  • Monday, April 3, 2017
  • National Transportation Safety Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt will again serve as the agency’s vice chairman following his designation as vice chairman by President Donald Trump. The designation of vice chairman was made in conjunction with the President’s intent to […]

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    Governor Cuomo Announces the Availability of $20 Million for Airport Infrastructure Improvements in New York

  • Thursday, March 30, 2017
  • New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the availability of $20 million in new state funding to support safety improvements, modernize operations, and enhance the economic competitiveness of New York’s airports. This funding, provided under the Governor’s Airport Capital […]

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    Inhofe Introduces Fairness for Pilots Act

  • Thursday, March 30, 2017
  • U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus; and certified flight instructor with more than 11,000 flight hours, recently introduced S. 755, the Fairness for […]

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    PFC Increase Sparks Debate in Committee

  • Friday, March 24, 2017
  • On Thursday, March 23rd, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security held a hearing titled “FAA Reauthorization: Perspectives on Improving Airport Infrastructure and Aviation Manufacturing.” The Subcommittee heard testimony from two different witness panels: Airport Improvement and […]

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    NASAO Joins GA Associations in Reiterating ATC Concerns; Request Sufficient Time to Review and Debate Bill

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • With the need to authorize the Federal Aviation Administration before September 30 of this year, a host of general aviation association leaders today joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring “real and long-standing concerns” regarding […]

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    North Dakota Aviation Council to Host Aviation Day

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • The North Dakota Aviation Council will be hosting Aviation Day at the Capitol on March 27th 2017 and will take place from 9am to 3pm in the Legislative Hall in the North Dakota State Capitol. This event will bring together […]

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    Legislative Update: Senate Hearing on UAS Integration

  • Thursday, March 16, 2017
  • On Wednesday the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Innovation, Integration, Successes, and Challenges.” The hearing examined public policy issues related to the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) in the national […]

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    NASAO and FAA Renew MOU

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • FAA Administrator Michael Huerta renewed a long-standing memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) recently during the Association’s Annual Legislative Conference held in Washington D.C. The five-year MOU continues a long-term cooperative agreement between […]

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    North Dakota’s Bismarck Municipal and Bowman Regional Named 2016 Airport of the Year

  • Thursday, March 9, 2017
  • The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission announced that the Bismarck Municipal Airport and the Bowman Regional Airport were awarded the 2016 Commercial Service Airport of the Year and the General Aviation Airport of the Year respectively, on March 7th during the […]

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    MDOT names Airports, Consultant of the Year

  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017
  • The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Aeronautics has named the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) of Romulus as the Airport Sponsor of the Year (Air Carrier Airport Category), and the West Michigan Airport Authority (WMAA) of Holland as […]

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    Trump Budget Blueprint: Impact on Aviation

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017
  • President Trump has released his fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint to Congress. The plan, named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” requests $16.2 billion for the Department of Transportation’s budget, a 13 percent decrease from the […]

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    CONKLIN & DE DECKER ANNOUNCES 2017 STATE TAX GUIDE FOR GENERAL AVIATION

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  • Conklin & de Decker has announced the release of their 2017 State Tax Guide for General Aviation (“State Tax Guide”). Packed full of critical tax information, the State Tax Guide is a must-have reference tool for helicopter and fixed-wing operators, […]

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    FAA Releases Updated Drone Sighting Reports

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017
  • The Federal Aviation Administration released an updated list of pilot, air traffic controller, law enforcement and citizen reports of potential encounters with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – more popularly called “drones”. The latest data cover February through September 2016. Reports […]

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    SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT REPORTS JANUARY TRAFFIC

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • NASAO Business Partner, Southwest Florida International Airport, reports that during January, 892,905 passengers traveled through the airport, a decrease of 2.8 percent compared to January 2016. The traffic leader in January was Southwest with 193,959 passengers traveling to and from […]

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    Legislators hear about important aviation issues during 5th annual Airport Awareness Day

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017
  • Washington legislators, staff members and aviation stakeholders throughout the state flocked to the Capitol Campus in Olympia on Jan. 18, to attend the 5th annual Airport Awareness Day. Over the years, the event has grown in popularity with nearly 100 […]

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    NASAO Business Partner ‘Preparing Airfields Today for a Safer Tomorrow’

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017
  • Last month, Hi-Lite Airfield Services, one of the National Association of State Aviation Officials’ (NASAO) newest business partners, unveiled its new logo at its annual Safety Summit in Watertown, NY. John S. McNeely, Hi-Lite’s CEO said they are not only […]

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    Arkansas Governor Declares February “General Aviation Appreciation Month”

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017
  • The Alliance for Aviation Across America applauded Governor Asa Hutchinson for declaring February 2017 “General Aviation Appreciation Month”. In Arkansas, general aviation airports support an economic value of more than $494 million annually. Mark Kimberling, President and CEO of the […]

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    NCDOT Works to Integrate Drones in Emergency Response

  • Friday, February 3, 2017
  • The N.C. Department of Transportation is exploring how to best implement unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, into future disaster relief efforts. The department’s Division of Aviation recently collaborated with nearly 50 state and local government agencies and industry researchers for […]

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    NASAO Selects John Shea to Serve as Manager of Government Relations

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017
  • NASAO announced today that John J. Shea has been selected to join the NASAO team as Manager of Government Relations. Shea, who will start on January 25th, has several years of Hill experience, which includes work as a legislative assistant […]

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    ACS Rebrands, Offers Updated Newsletter

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017
  • Aviation Career Services (ACS), a NASAO Business Partner, announced that they are rebranding the company and to be on the lookout for information regarding their new website, service offerings, featured job advertising opportunities and ways to connect with them that […]

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    APTech Announces New President

  • Monday, January 9, 2017
  • Applied Pavement Technology, Inc. (APTech) announced that on January 1, 2017, Katie Zimmerman turned over the day-to-day responsibilities as President to Monty Wade. After founding the company and serving 21 years as the torchbearer, Zimmerman nurtured and mentored a new […]

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    NASAO, SAJ Reach Agreement to Collaborate on Publications

  • Sunday, January 8, 2017
  • An agreement has been reached between the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and State Aviation Journal, LLC (SAJ), to combine each organizations weekly aviation news brief into one publication. The two entities will also collaborate to produce the […]

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    Oklahoma Aeronautics Holds Drone School 101 for Law Enforcement

  • Friday, January 6, 2017
  • The public safety sector was called into class last week by the state Aeronautics Commission to decode Part 107 rules recently released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The tutorial, taught by Grayson Ardies, who heads up the airport division […]

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    The AOPA Air Safety Institute and You – How Collaboration Can Help General Aviation Safety

  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017
  • Arkansas Department of Aeronautics Selects ASI You are probably familiar with the AOPA Air Safety Institute. After all, we’ve been working together for decades to promote general aviation safety in your states through in-person seminars and Flight Instructor Refresher Courses […]

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    ASA Invites State Director Participation

  • Sunday, January 1, 2017
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    Working Group on Improving Air Service to Small Communities Announced

  • Thursday, December 22, 2016
  • U.S. Department of Transportation Acting Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs Jenny T. Rosenberg announced recently the members of the new Working Group on Improving Air Service to Small Communities.  The Working Group will consist of 25 stakeholders involved […]

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    Oklahoma’s Energy Lobby Gets Schooled at Drones 101 Class

  • Thursday, December 22, 2016
  • The energy lobby and friends from the utility sector were called into class recently by the state Aeronautics Commission to decode Part 107 rules recently released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The class, taught by Grayson Ardies, who heads […]

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    U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $300 Million for University Transportation Center Grants

  • Monday, December 5, 2016
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today $300.3 million in grants to 32 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing our nation.  The announcement includes awards of up to $72.5 million […]

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    Aviation Enthusiasts to Weigh In on Proposed Washington State Aviation License Plate

  • Monday, November 21, 2016
  • A special license plate recognizing aviation could be a new option for Washington state vehicle owners if a proposal for the plate is approved by the state Legislature. The Washington State Aviation License Plate, sponsored by the Washington State Department […]

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    Kansas UAS program tests drones for bridge, tower inspections

  • Monday, November 14, 2016
  • The new Kansas Unmanned Aerial Systems program started test flights last Friday to find ways to use drones for bridge and tower inspections. “Our Aviation and Bridge inspection teams are doing great work in testing drones to enhance both the […]

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    Airport Solutions Group, LLC Newest NASAO Business Partner

  • Monday, November 14, 2016
  • Airport Solutions Group (ASG) is the newest member of the NASAO Business Partner family. ASG provides airport development services and aviation business solutions for clients across the U.S. Their team is dedicated solely to designing and managing projects involving aviation […]

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    FAA Issues Part 107 Waivers, Airspace Authorizations

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began issuing Part 107 waivers and airspace authorizations to drone operators starting August 29, 2016, the effective date of the new rule.  As of October 24, 2016, the agency has approved 81 authorizations for flights […]

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    NASAO Selects Kimberling as President & CEO

  • Monday, October 24, 2016
  • The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) announced today that Mark Kimberling has been named the new President and CEO of the 85-year-old organization. “I congratulate Mark on his selection as the next President/CEO of NASAO. Mark has the […]

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    Colorado Aeronautics Receives Honorable Mention in 2016 Airports Going Green Award Program

  • Friday, October 21, 2016
  • The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Aeronautics is pleased to announce that it has been distinguished with an honorable mention in the 2016 Airports Going Green Award program for the successful implementation of the Colorado General Aviation (GA) […]

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    Houma-Terrebonne Airport Hosts Annual Cajun Fly-In

  • Friday, October 21, 2016
  • Aviation lovers were able to view more than 100 planes, helicopters, drones and other aircraft at Saturday’s annual Cajun Fly-In held at the Houma-Terrebonne Airport. The free event was scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Hangar […]

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    Drone Advisory Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting

  • Thursday, September 22, 2016
  • On September 16, the 35-member Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) came together in Washington D.C. for their inaugural gathering. NASAO’s Mark Kimberling attended the meeting; Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics Director David Greene was officially appointed to join the group which includes a diverse set of […]

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    NASAO ELECTS NEW OFFICERS FOR 2017

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016
  • Members of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) elected new officers for the coming year at its 85th Annual Convention and Trade Show held in San Antonio, TX earlier this week. Brad Brandt, Aviation Division Director for the […]

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    NASAO Member Selected for Drone Advisory Committee

  • Thursday, September 1, 2016
  • Members of the newly established Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) were announced last night by RTCA, a not-for-profit organization that functions as a federal advisory body to the FAA. Among those selected was David M. Greene (Pictured at right), Wisconsin Bureau […]

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    PRINCIPATO TO JOIN NAA, SEARCH FOR NEXT NASAO PRESIDENT AND CEO BEGINS

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016
  • Washington, DC – The Board of Directors of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) has accepted the resignation of Greg Principato, President and CEO of NASAO.  Principato served in numerous executive positions within the aviation and aerospace industry […]

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    NASAO Awards First “Henry O” Scholarship

  • Saturday, August 13, 2016
  • A student attending the University of North Dakota has been selected to receive the first Henry Ogrodzinski (“Henry O”) Scholarship Award established by the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). The $1,000 scholarship will be presented later this month […]

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    “Beefed-up” FAA Extension Released, Set for Vote

  • Monday, July 11, 2016
  • The House and Senate Committee leadership released the text of a bipartisan FAA extension bill that would fund the agency through the end of FY2017. The legislation authorizes Airport Improvement Program (AIP), Essential Air Service (EAS), FAA Facilities & Equipment […]

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    Coalition and Kansas Aviation Hosts UAS Open Forum

  • Thursday, June 30, 2016
  • Collaboration continues across Kansas to support UAS. Kansas Division of Aviation Director, Merrill Atwater tells NASAO that over 30 representatives from Kansas aviation sectors including academia, military and public and private aviation companies were active in UAS discussions recently. The […]

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    FAA Finalizes Small UAS Rule

  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the long-awaited final rule governing small UAS operations. The Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule (Part 107) contains few surprises with just a handful of notable revisions from the initial proposed rule, but marks a significant […]

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    NASAO Joins with GA Community to Praise FAA Part 23 Rulemaking and Urges Rule Completion in 2016

  • Monday, May 2, 2016
  • On the eve of an FAA public hearing in College Park, Georgia on the Part 23 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), a coalition of general aviation leaders today applauded the FAA’s efforts to improve safety and make it easier to […]

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    NASAO Participates in UAS Symposium

  • Thursday, April 21, 2016
  • The FAA held a UAS Symposium in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this week to broaden the dialogue with industry and the public on how to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. NASAO’s Greg Principato said he […]

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    Explore the NASAO 2015 Annual Report

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016
  • 2015 has been an active year for NASAO; full of transition and movement. We have a new President and a largely new staff team. We have a new arrangement with our association management company, AMG. We have a new strategic […]

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    Senate Approves FAA Bill 95-to-3

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • The Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 by a margin of 95 to 3 today. The bipartisan bill will now head to the House, without Air Traffic Control reform, for further consideration – setting up […]

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    Senate Commerce Committee Advances FAA Reauthorization to Full Senate

  • Thursday, March 17, 2016
  • The Senate Commerce Committee passed their version of the FAA reauthorization in a markup on March 16th after swiftly adopting 52 amendments en bloc at the very beginning of the session-and a handful of others that were offered and voted […]

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    Senate Unveils FAA Reauthorization Bill; Short-term Extension is Imminent

  • Friday, March 11, 2016
  • The leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee released a bipartisan FAA bill –the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S. 2658)–which does not include an overhaul of the air traffic control system. Notably, the measure would only be in effect until […]

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    Air Traffic Control Privatization Debated in Committee

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016
  • The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on February 10th to review the air traffic control reform proposal contained in the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act of 2016. Committee members, who are largely divided along party lines […]

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    NASAO, GA Groups Reach out to Congress on ATC Reform

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • NASAO joined fourteen general aviation industry groups in a letter imploring leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to provide sufficient time for debate and careful consideration of the impending FAA reauthorization bill, and specifically, the plan to privatize […]

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    Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act Introduced

  • Monday, January 4, 2016
  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) today introduced the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act. Among other things, the six-yearreauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would establish an independent, not-for-profit corporation, outside of the federal government, […]

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    Third Class Medical Reform Clears Senate

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015
  • The Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 legislation (S. 571) – containing third-class medical reform – was unanimously passed by the full Senate. Primary sponsor Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) issued a press release applauding the bill passage, which includes a NASAO […]

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    FAA Releases UAS Registration Task Force Report

  • Monday, November 23, 2015
  • NASAO completed its work as a member of the UAS Registration Task Force (RTF) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). The final report — which can be viewed here — was submitted to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on November 20 and was subsequently […]

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    NASAO Selected to Participate on UAS Registration Task Force

  • Friday, October 23, 2015
  • NASAO was invited this week to be a participant on the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force (RTF) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). The invitation came from the FAA UAS Integration Office. On Tuesday U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA […]

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    House Aviation Subcommittee Hearing on UAS Safety

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015
  • The House Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), held a hearing today entitled “Ensuring Aviation Safety in the Era of Unmanned Aircraft Systems” to examine Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) safety issues in response to the marked increase in […]

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    Senate Committee Considers Proposed Cap on G.I. Benefits for Flight Training

  • Thursday, September 24, 2015
  • The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs held a hearing to consider multiple Veterans Affairs (VA) reform bills–including discussion draft legislation that contains a proposed cap on G.I. benefits for flight training as originally put forth in House Resolution 475 at […]

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    FAA Reauthorization Delayed Until October

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015
  • NASAO continues to meet with key staff during the Congressional recess and have learned today that the introduction of the FAA reauthorization bill will now be delayed until October at the earliest. A short-term extension of the existing authorization now […]

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    FRIDAY FINAL DAY TO SAVE ON REGISTRATION

  • Thursday, July 16, 2015
  • Today, Friday July 17th, is the final day to save ($75) on registration for the 2015 NASAO Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Boise, Idaho, September 20 – 22. Please contact Bridgette Bailey in the NASAO office if you have any questions about […]

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    ARIZONA TRANSPORTATION BOARD APPROVES AIRPORT CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
  • Mike Klein (AZ) reports that the Arizona State Transportation Board approved their Five-year Airport Capital Improvement Program (ACIP). This is the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Group’s annual process to distribute funds to airports in the state. The FY 2016 ACIP […]

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    US PROBES POSSIBLE COLLUSION AMONG AIRLINES

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
  • The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. Read More: Yahoo News  

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    FAA SELECTS HINES AS NEW MANAGER OF AIRPORT PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
  • The FAA notified NASAO this week of the selection of Michael Hines as the new Manager of the Airport Planning and Environmental Division. Hines is currently the Manager of Planning for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).  He has been an employee […]

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    AIR RACE CLASSIC INCLUDES STATE AVIATION OFFICIALS

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
  • Randy Burdette and I were on hand Monday at Stafford Regional Airport in Virginia for the start of the 2015 Air Race Classic which saw 56 teams of female pilots begin the first leg of a four day, 2,529 nautical mile race that […]

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    GA GETS BOOST IN ALABAMA WITH OPENING OF NEW GUNTERSVILLE RUNWAY

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
  • John Eagerton shared the news that after 15 years of planning and implementation, the first 4,000 feet of the new 5,005-foot Guntersville, Alabama Municipal Airport runway opened Saturday, June 20, with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony that drew a crowd […]

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    SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SEES INCREASED TRAFFIC, COMPLETES BOND SALE

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
  • NASAO Friend, Southwest Florida International Airport, recently released its numbers for the month of May, sharing that it served 602,891 passengers for a year-over-year increase of 2 percent. Year-to-date passenger traffic is also up 4.8 percent when compared to the […]

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    CONTRACT TOWER WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
  • Kim Curry, manager of the contract tower program at FAA, recently gave a program update during the AAAE/USCTA Contract Tower Workshop in Washington D.C. Click here to view the power point presentation  

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    AIRLINE PILOT SHORTAGE, THE MYTHS, FACTS AND SOLUTIONS

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
  • Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) President Tim Canollasserted that the pilot shortage cited by US regional airlines is really “a pilot pay shortage” that could be alleviated by higher starting salaries and more defined career paths for flight deck crew. Canoll […]

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    ATC REFORM DRAWING OPPOSITION

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
  • In the Reason Foundation’s latest newsletter, you will find six arguments being raised by those who oppose Air Traffic Control reform in light of continued momentum to switch to a corporation ran ATC. Read more: Reason Foundation We also share NBAA […]

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    SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE CLEARS DOT/FAA FUNDING BILL

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
  • The Senate Appropriations Transportation-HUD Subcommitteeon Tuesday approved a fiscal year 2016 DOT/FAA funding bill. The measure continues funding for AIP and FAA’s Contract Tower Program. As you may recall, the House narrowly passed its version of the fiscal year 2016 DOT/FAA […]

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    SENATE APPROVES NEFFENGER TO HEAD TSA

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
  • The Senate voted in Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger as the Transportation Security Administration’s new Administrator after he was nominated for the position earlier in the month. The vote was nearly perfect in Neffenger’s favor to take over the position, with […]

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    FAA IMPLEMENTS SAFETY REPORTING PROGRAM FOR AIRCRAFT CERTIFICATION SERVICE EMPLOYEES

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in partnership with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), on Thursday began a safety reporting program called the Safety Review Process (SRP).  The 18-month pilot program, which is open to all bargaining-unit […]

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    State Aviation Officials Participate in Air Race Classic

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
  • Stafford Regional Airport in Virginia hosted the kick-off for the 2015 Air Race Classic in which 56 teams of female pilots launched Monday on the first leg of a four day, 2,529 nautical mile race that ends in Fairhope, Alabama. Among the […]

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    GOING PARASAILING? NTSB RELEASES SAFETY VIDEO

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  • The National Transportation Safety Board released a video today on parasailing safety. The video shows the consumer what to look for when choosing a parasailing operator, and provides tips for inspecting equipment. Check out this recently released safety video.  

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    NASAO JOINS OTHER ASSOCIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA’S VETERANS

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  • A letter endorsed by a number of associations, including NASAO, was sent out to Veterans’ Affairs Committee ChairmanJeff Miller (R-FL) and Ranking Member Corrine Brown (D-FL) as well as a number of congressional offices, about promises that the United States of America has made to […]

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    THANKS TO N.J. JUDGE, GA AIRPORTS WIN COLLECTIVE VICTORY

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  • We thank Gary Cathey (CA), for bringing the following article from Flying Magazine to our attention.  You may have heard the news this week that a New Jersey judge tossed out a lawsuit brought by the town of Readington, which for more […]

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    GAO RELEASES REPORT ON FUNDING SOURCES AND PLANNED CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  • GOA has released a new report on their website that provides information on funding sources and planned capital development. The report shares that from 2009 to 2013 national airports had an average of $10 billion annually available from sources like […]

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    UPGRADE MY AIRPORT: MYTH VS FACT

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  • Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) unveiled a new web campaign titled Upgrade My Airport. The campaign is part of ACI-NA’s ongoing effort to raise the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), from $4.50 to $8.50 to fund FAA-approved projects […]

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    FAA CONDUCTS GIS SURFACE ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION TOOL WEBINAR

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  • The FAA on Tuesday presented a two-hour webinar for airport owners and sponsors, entitled Airports GIS Surface Analysis and Visualization (20:1) tool, presented by the Office of Airports (ARP) at FAA Headquarters in Washington DC. ARP, along with its partners in ATO, released […]

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    MASSDOT SEEKING ADMINISTRATOR OF AERONAUTICS

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • Massachusetts has opened the door for applications for the position of Administrator of the MassDOT Aeronautics Division. The position is responsible for directing, implementing, and coordinating all aeronautical policies, programs, and projects statewide and for the public-use general aviation airports […]

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    WYOMING HOSTS AASHTO STANDING COMMITTEE ON AVIATION

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • 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 […]

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    RAA – THE FUTURE OF PILOT RECRUITMENT AND STAFFING

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • The Regional Airline Association released Issue 73 of its Regional Horizons newsletter which contains an article on where pilot recruitment and staffing is heading in the future. NASAO’s Greg Principato participated on a panel discussing the same topic. Underscoring the importance of pilot […]

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    CAA CALLS FOR CONTINUATION OF OPEN SKIES POLICY

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • The Cargo Airline Association sent out a press release calling upon the U.S. Government to carry on its policy of promoting competition by continuing to negotiate and abide by Open Skies agreements with trading partners around the world. The U.S. […]

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    NEW HAMPSHIRE RELEASES NEW SYSTEM PLAN

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
  • The New Hampshire DOT’s Bureau of Aeronautics recently finalized a new system plan for the state’s 25 public-use airports. By going to the state’s website, viewers can find the 2015 State Airport System Plan under the Engineering and Technical Information […]

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    IOWA AIRPORT INDUSTRY REPS SIGN REATHORIZATION PETITION

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
  • The Iowa Aviation Conference was held this week in West Des Moines. During the conference 86 airport managers and industry representatives in the State of Iowa signed a petition asking their elected Representatives and Senators to support FAA Reauthorization. See the […]

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    WEBINAR EXPLORES CROSS-SECTOR BENEFITS OF GA

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
  • Dave Fulton (Texas) passed along this opportunity. As part of the Spring Webinar Series hosted by NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, NCSL will be hosting a meeting to discuss the cross-sector benefits of general aviation and address how the coming […]

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    FAA RELEASES UPDATED DOCUMENT ON BIRDSTRIKES

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
  • The NASAO Wildlife Committee wants to draw your attention to the latest update on the FAA webpage in regard to birdstrikes. The new document compiles a list of 596 examples, presented in chronological order, showing the serious impacts that strikes […]

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    RANKING DEMOCRAT ON HOUSE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE PROVIDES COMMENTARY ON FAA REAUTHORIZATION

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
  • Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) recently provided the following commentary on FAA Reauthorization in Roll Call. We thought you might enjoy the read. – The United States has been the international leader in aviation since the Wright brothers’ first flight in 1903. Our […]

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    NATCA PRESIDENT ADDRESSES WASHINGTON AERO CLUB

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
  • “Currently we run the safest, most efficient, most complex, most diverse air space system in the world,” said Paul Rinaldi, President of the National Air Traffic Control Association during his remarks to the Aero Club of Washington this week. “Our system […]

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    Stick Shaker: Chris Willenborg – Saying Goodbye to State Service

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
  • I value the relationship that I’ve built with every state aviation director over the last 20 years. Whether they are still active, retired, deceased or working on the dark-side, I count it a privilege to know or have known and […]

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    NASAO BRIEFED ON NEW AIP HANDBOOK

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
  • NASAO, was recently briefed on the latest iteration of the AIP Handbook by Nancy Williams in the FAA’s Airport Planning and Programming Office. Kim Stevens joined representatives from other aviation associations in the one-hour session at FAA headquarters. Changes and clarifications in the new […]

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    NORTH CAROLINA SPONSORS WILDLIFE HAZARD TRAINING

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
  • Wildlife can wreak havoc for airports and their staff. To increase awareness and to improve safety, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will offer free training sessions for airport personnel that are tasked with handling wildlife hazards to […]

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    CALIFORNIA BILL TO PROVIDE $36M FOR AIRPORT PROJECTS

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
  • Gary Cathey (California) shared some potential good news for the Division of Aeronautics. As a result of the FAA’s amendment to existing aviation fuel tax regulations and the threat to enforce it, California state Senator McGuire sponsored a bill (SB 747) […]

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    ARKANSAS SPENDING MILLIONS ON AIRPORT UPGRADES

  • Monday, March 23, 2015
  • Jerry Chism, Arkansas, was recently quoted in an article about how municipal airports in Northwest Arkansas are spending millions of dollars on upgrades to facilities in hopes of attracting more pilots and businesses. “Airports are important economic tools for their […]

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    MASSACHUSETTS’ ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY AVAILABLE NOW

  • Monday, March 23, 2015
  • Chris Willenborg (Massachusetts) shared with NASAO the latest economic impact study which can now be viewed by going to this link: Massachusetts Executive Summary. Aviation in the state of Massachusetts is responsible for 162,000+ jobs, $6.1 billion in total payroll, and $16.6 […]

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    U.S. AIRPORTS NEED $75.7 BILLION THROUGH 2019

  • Monday, March 23, 2015
  • According to a report released by the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), U.S. airports are estimated to need $75.7 billion in infrastructure investment through 2019 to accommodate for the growth in passenger and cargo activity, along with needing to […]

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    LEGISLATIVE DAY HELD IN MICHIGAN

  • Monday, March 23, 2015
  • The Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) held its annual membership meeting and legislative day on Tuesday, March 17 at the Michigan State Capitol Building. Michigan Aeronautics Director Mike Trout shared that the three main areas of focus were legislation, education and membership. […]

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    FY 2016 FUNDING LETTER SENT TO LEADERS

  • Monday, March 23, 2015
  • The final association contract tower FY 2016 funding letter was sent to the House and Senate appropriations leaders, signed by multiple organizations, including your NASAO, urging for support that would provide dedicated funding for the Contract Tower Program. Click here […]

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    MARCH MADNESS: FOUL ON THE AIRLINES

  • Monday, March 23, 2015
  • AAAE released its latest video in a series that pushes for a hike in the passenger facility charge, this time playing off March Madness. Check out the video here  

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    U.S. CHAMBER HOLDS ANNUAL SUMMIT IN D.C.

  • Monday, March 23, 2015
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation held its 14th Annual Aviation Summit on Tuesday attracting more than 700 guests and 30 chief executives, with discussions on a wide range of issues affecting the aviation industry. NASAO’s Kim Stevens attended the one-day event in downtown Washington D.C., […]

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    FAA FORECAST SHOWS STEADY AIR TRAVEL GROWTH

  • Monday, March 23, 2015
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an annual aviation 20 year forecast that shows a steady growth in the number of air travelers. Airlines in the United States served 756.3 million passengers in 2014, which is an increase of 2.3 percent […]

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    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
  • Recently, NASAO held its Washington conference in conjunction with the AASHTO legislative meeting. We met with key FAA and NTSB officials, staff from Capitol Hill who will be critical to the drafting of FAA reauthorization, representatives of important aviation associations […]

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    KDOT DEPUTY DIRECTOR TO PARTICIPATE IN AIR RACE

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
  • Tiffany Brown looks to grow her flying skills by participating in the 2015 Air Race Classic, which is a four-day, 2,199 nautical mile air race that begins in June. Brown, Deputy Director at the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division, will […]

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    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: IT IS CONFERENCE SEASON

  • Monday, February 23, 2015
  • It is conference season.  I just returned from an excellent event put on by the Michigan Association of Airport Executives and hosted in East Lansing by Mike Trout.  Their meeting is about the same size as the NASAO annual conference (though […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA RECORDS PASSENGER MILESTONE

  • Monday, February 23, 2015
  • North Dakota reached another monthly milestone recently with over 100,000 passengers boarding an airline in the state during the month of January. January 2015’s record is a 4% increase over last year’s number. “North Dakota airports recently posted a banner […]

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    COLORADO SEARCHING FOR NEW AERONAUTICS DIRECTOR

  • Monday, February 23, 2015
  • Colorado is now ready to receive applications for the position of Director of the Aeronautics Division of the Colorado Department of Transportation. Position responsibilities include providing day-to-day leadership, along with the planning, directing, and executing of the Division’s programs. To […]

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    GRADUATE STUDENT PARTICIPATION GRANTS

  • Monday, February 23, 2015
  • Graduate students can now apply for one of four grants to attend the Ninth National Aviation System Planning Symposium in Charleston, South Carolina. Students interested in applying for the grants must send a one or two page application letter to […]

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    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

  • Monday, February 16, 2015
  • This week I was privileged to attend an event marking the release of a critical new study, funded by NASAO along with other key aviation groups, detailing the economic impact of general aviation in this country.  The study was conducted […]

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    STORY OF FORMER NASAO PRESIDENT “CAP” CORNISH TOLD IN NEW BOOK

  • Monday, February 16, 2015
  • Clarence “Cap” Cornish was an Indiana pilot whose life spanned all but five years of the Century of Flight. Born in Canada in 1898, Cornish grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He began flying at the age of nineteen, piloting […]

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    WILLISTON NAMED TSA’S 2014 AIRPORT OF THE YEAR

  • Monday, February 16, 2015
  • Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston, North Dakota received the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 2014 Airport of the Year award. The award is given to an airport that recognizes the effectiveness of TSA operations in regards to passenger security, incident […]

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    FORMER MICHIGAN DIRECTOR INDUCTED INTO HALL OF HONOR

  • Monday, February 16, 2015
  • FORMER MICHIGAN DIRECTOR INDUCTED INTO HALL OF HONOR William E. Gehman, former aviation director for the Michigan Office of Aeronautics and NASAO president in 1999 was inducted into the Michigan Transportation Hall of Honor last November. Gehman spent his career […]

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    NEW HAMPSHIRE AVIATION PHOTO EXHIBIT

  • Monday, February 16, 2015
  • There’s a new aviation themed photo exhibit on display at the New Hampshire state library in Concord. The exhibit promotes aviation across the state and features images of aircraft, airports, and people who play a part in the aviation industry […]

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    FOCUS ON VERMONT AVIATION

  • Monday, February 2, 2015
  • Vermont features 10 state-owned airports and it’s the division of aviation’s mission is to support, maintain and enhance each one of those airports. Emergency services, aviation education, financial responsibility, and promotion of compatible land use are part of the mission […]

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    MEMBER FOCUS – ARKANSAS

  • Monday, January 26, 2015
  • Chism Appointed Director in Arkanasa Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson has appointed Jerry Chism as Director of the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics. Chism, who has been acting Director since John Knights retirement last year, said he is very excited to continue serving Arkansas aviators and working with […]

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    HEARING HELD ON UAS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Monday, January 26, 2015
  • A hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology took place this week in Washington D.C. where the topic of Unmanned Aircraft Systems research and development was the focal point. The hearing was led by Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) […]

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    DRONE LAWS IN THE STATES

  • Monday, January 26, 2015
  • Provided below are links to two excellent web sites that provide legislative information impacting drone operations nationally and in the states. We thank Chris Willenborg (Massachusetts) for sharing this information. http://www.drone-laws.com/ http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/2014-state-unmanned-aircraft-systems-uas-legislation.aspx  

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    VERMONT SEEKING FIXED BASE OPERATOR

  • Monday, January 26, 2015
  • The State of Vermont, acting through the Agency of Transportation (VTrans), is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to perform the duties of Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at the Hartness State Airport (VSF), located in Springfield, Vermont. Please click this link VSF […]

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    STUDY EMPHASIZES GA STATE-BY-STATE IMPACT TO LAWMAKERS

  • Monday, January 26, 2015
  • In NBAA’s No Plane No Gain Report this week, the Association highlighted a study released by the Alliance for Aviation Across America that breaks down the aviation industry’s economic impact throughout all 50 U.S. states. “The executive summary of the […]

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    GEORGIA SEEKS ASSISTANCE AVIATION PROGRAM MANAGER

  • Monday, January 26, 2015
  • Georgia is currently looking to fill the role of Assistant Aviation Program Manager. Duties for this position include managing the State Airport Aid Program and the Federal State Block Grant Program which provides financial assistance to local governments that own […]

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    DHS RELEASES 2014 TRAVEL AND TRADE STATISTICS

  • Monday, January 26, 2015
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released its 2014 year-end comprehensive travel and trade-related statistics from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). “DHS employees stand on the front lines protecting our nation from dangerous […]

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    WEST VIRGINIA AND ARKANSAS SENATORS CO-CHAIR GA CAUCUS

  • Monday, January 26, 2015
  • U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will co-chair the bipartisan Senate General Aviation (GA) Caucus in the 114th Congress along with U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. Boozman and Manchin will take the lead for informing Senate colleagues about GA’s crucial contributions to the nation’s […]

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    New Speakers Confirmed for Washington Conference

  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015
  • FAA and AUVSI to Cover Aviation Fuel Tax and UAS Integration Randall Fiertz, Director, Airport Compliance and Management Analysis with the FAA and Brian Wynne, President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, have both confirmed their […]

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    GCR HOSTS AIRPORT RECORD SEMINAR

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • GCR, Inc., hosted an Airport Record Seminar this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. Twenty-three state aviation officials from 20 states were on hand as well as four employees of the FAA representing 3 Regions and Washington D.C. NASAO’s Kim Stevens […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA SEEKING AVED COORDINATOR

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • Kyle Wanner (North Dakota) reports that they have an opening for a full-time Aviation Education Coordinator. Job information can be found on the state’s job posting website at: North Dakota  

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    NASAO PARTICIPATION IN ENO FOUNDATION

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • On Tuesday, December 9, NASAO President Greg Principato, attended and participated in a meeting of the Eno Foundation NextGen Working Group. NASAO’s participation is at the expressed request of the Working Group  co-chairs:  Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan and former U.S. Secretary […]

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    RONNIE MITCHELL REAPPOINTED IN NEBRASKA

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • Nebraska Governor-elect, Pete Ricketts, announced that Ronnie Mitchell would stay on as Nebraska Aeronautics Director. Ronnie has served as Director since 2009 and has been with the department since 2002. “I look forward to working with Ronnie to ensure that Nebraskans have access […]

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    NEW T&I COMMITTEE REPUBLICANS ANNOUNCED

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster welcomes 12 Republican Members who will join the Committee in the 114th Congress. This includes two members who have been elected to their third terms and ten who are freshman. “I am pleased to welcome these […]

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    OKLAHOMA AERO COMMISSION ADOPTS EMERGENCY RULES REQUIRING MET MARKING

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • Emergency rules designed to protect low-flying aircraft from towers used to measure and record wind speed were recently adopted by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The emergency rules must be approved by the Governor before they become effective. “Anytime that we […]

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    HOUSE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON UAS

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • The House Aviation Subcommittee held a hearing on UAS issues earlier this week.  There is increased concern about a failure of the United States UAS industry to remain globally competitive in this important area.  These concerns combine with competing worries […]

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    FAA GRANTS 2ND GROUP OF UAS EXEMPTIONS

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • On Monday, the FAA granted a second group of Section 333 Exemptions. The five exemptions granted cover operations for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. The petitioners were Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, LLC, Clayco, […]

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    STICK SHAKER: Sea Turtles Demonstrate General Aviation Supremacy

  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014
  • Don’t tell the pig that got booted off a US Airways flight this week, but stranded sea turtles on the shores of Massachusetts have figured out that general aviation is the way to go. Earlier this week I received news […]

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    CANADA RELEASES NEW REGULATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL UAS USE

  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014
  • New rules governing the commercial use of unmanned aerial systems has been released in Canada. Transport Canada released new details to the responsibilities of owners and operators and how Canada isn’t requiring UAS pilots to have licenses. However, owners and […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA’S RISE IN PASSENGER NUMBERS CONTINUES

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
  • North Dakota continues to set a new standard for the year of 2014 when compared to 2013’s total number of passengers traveled through its airports. The state saw nearly 110,000 passengers in October 2014 which is a new record for […]

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    WSDOT AVIATION TO REACTIVATE AWOS

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
  • After hearing feedback from the community, the Washington State Department of Transportation is set to reactivate a decommissioned, privately-owned weather reporting system for use at Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop. WSDOT plans to reactivate the Automated Weather Observation System […]

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    FLORIDA COMPLETES UPDATE OF AVIATION ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
  • The Florida Department of Transportation recently conducted and completed an update of the Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study. The study provides an estimated, annual economic impact associated with Florida’s aviation system and concluded with an estimated $144 billion in […]

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    AUVSI NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
  • Brian Wynne has been named president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), succeeding the retiring Michael Toscanoon Jan. 12, 2015. As you may recall Michael spoke at our convention in Salt Lake City two years ago. He has headed […]

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    AERO CLUB PRESENTS ENGEN TROPHY TO BARCLAY

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
  • The Aero Club of Washington presented the 2014 Donald D. Engen Aero Club Trophy to Charles M. “Chip” Barclay this week during its monthly luncheon and annual meeting. Barclay, who retired as President of AAAE on December 1, 2013, played a key […]

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    NASAO ATTENDS REATHORIZATION HEARING

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
  • A hearing of the full Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was held on Tuesday this week in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on the subject of FAA Reauthorization. NASAO’s Kim Stevens joined a standing room only crowd to […]

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    State Aviation Journal Publishes NASAO 2014 Issue

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
  • The State Aviation Journal published its 2014 NASAO issue covering all the events from NASAO’s 83rd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island.  The State Aviation Journal has covered the event now for the past six years and […]

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    STICK SHAKER: NASAO’s New President

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
  • Beginning on Monday, November 17th Greg Principato will officially become NASAO’s President and CEO, ushering in a new season for the Association. In the relatively short time since the announcement hit the streets, I’ve heard from many state directors, business […]

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    STICK SHAKER: Saying Goodbye to Reagan National Airport

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
  • I’ve really enjoyed my time working at, and living close by Ronald Reagan National Airport. I will miss it very much. However, our new office will have much to offer. (More on that next week). The morning and evening walks […]

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    OKLAHOMA HIRES NEW AVIATION PROGRAM MANAGER

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
  • Catherine Taber has landed the position of Aviation Program Manager for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Taber received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation from the University of Oklahoma in 2013 and is currently working on a Master’s in Occupational Safety […]

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    STICK SHAKER: TRIBUTE TO HOOVER

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
  • The first time I saw Bob Hoover fly was in Columbus, Nebraska in the mid nineties during my stint as Director of the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics. I had the priviledge of talking about that day with Mr. Hoover last […]

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    NASAO NETWORKS AT NBAA

  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
  • Your NASAO was busy this week networking during NBAA’s 67th Business Aviation Convention. Although there were scheduled activities and workshops as early as Sunday, October 19th, the Convention didn’t officially open until a ribbon cutting Tuesdaymorning at the close of the […]

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    STATES PARTICIPATE AT NBAA

  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
  • A number of states participated in NBAA’s 67th Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida last week. NASAO’s Kim Stevens was able to visit during the Convention with Kathy Vesely (Minnesota), Vic Bird (Oklahoma), Chris Willenborg (Massachusetts) and Randy Burdette (Virginia). The Virginia Dept. of Aviation took […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA KICKS OFF ECONOMIC AIRPORT STUDY

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
  • North Dakota launched a research study that will document the effects that 89 airports have on the state’s economic growth. The study is being funded in part with a grant from the FAA and preliminary results are expected to be […]

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    OCTOBER IS AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH IN GEORGIA

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
  • Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a proclamation stating October 2014 as Aviation Appreciation Month in his state. The proclamation mentions how Georgia takes pride in its role as a leader in the field of aviation, which is a vital engine of growth […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA ENTERS STATEWIDE AWOS MAINTENANCE CONTRACT

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
  • The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission recently solicited for bids and entered into a statewide AWOS maintenance contract to help the airports throughout the state maintain their AWOS equipment in the most cost-effective way.  The Commission also will fund 100% of […]

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    EBOLA AND THE STATES

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
  • A number of state aviation directors have been communicating with each other in regard to how their states are responding to Ebola and the protective steps their Governors are outlining for airports in their state. We’ve included releases from New Yorkand Florida. […]

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    TSA’S PISTOLE TO STEP DOWN

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
  • The Transportation Security Administration’s longest serving administrator, John S. Pistole, announced his retirement this week from the agency. He spent more than 31 years in the federal government, which includes over four years at TSA and 26 years at the FBI. […]

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    ACRP POSTS NEW RFP ON LEGAL ASPECTS OF AIRPORT PROGRAMS

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
  • The ACRP released a new RFP on the legal aspects of airport programs by taking a look at many of the different types of agreements airports reach with vendors and tenants. One of the main objectives behind this research is […]

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    STICK SHAKER: SAYING GOODBYE TO A FRIEND

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
  • I noted this week in Pireps, Nebraska’s Department of Aeronautics bi-monthly newsletter that one of their workhorses is on the auction block. The Department is putting their Cheyenne IIXL up for sale after many years of service. I have a […]

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    STICK SHAKER: LAWMAKER CALLS FOR FAA REAUTHORIZATION TO BE TRANSFORMATIONAL

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., told attendees at an A4A event earlier this week that the next FAA reauthorization should be transformational and that lawmakers will have to think big and bolder to craft a long-term […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA NUMBERS INCREASE 6% IN AUGUST

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • North Dakota’s number of airline passengers continue its upward trend for the year of 2014 as the month of August saw a 6% increase in comparison to the previous year’s numbers. This also comes as Williston airport began providing direct […]

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    VERMONT SEARCHING FOR AVIATION EDUCATION AND SAFETY COORDINATOR

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • Vermont Aeronautics is searching for qualified individuals to perform the duties of the Statewide Aviation Education and Safety Coordinator. Aviation education is an important mission for Vermont, along with efficient and effective operation safety at the 10 state-owned airports. All […]

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    TAKE FLIGHT TOMORROW RAISES AWARENESS ON PILOT SHORTAGE, LOSS OF SERVICE TO SMALLER COMMUNITIES

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • Highlights of a webinar held this week by ACC included some of the challenges faced by communities securing and retaining air service. One in particular – changes to FAA Regulations, Part 117, requiring pilots to have substantially more training hours […]

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    STATE TAX LAW CHANGES

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • We are pleased that Friend of NASAO, Nel Stubbs (Conklin & de Decker), has shared updated state tax data for your information. Every year the states make changes to their tax laws and many of these tax changes affect general aviation aircraft. Check […]

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    WHITAKER ANNOUNCES ‘CALL TO ACTION’ AT NEXTGEN INSTITUTE MEETING

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • FAA Deputy Administrator, Michael Whitaker used a speech to industry leaders attending the NextGen Institute’s Annual Public Meeting to announce that the FAA will hold a “Call to Action” summit to engage the aviation industry in meeting the January 1, 2020 deadline to equip […]

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    FAA GRANTS ADDITIONAL TIME TO COMMENT ON HANGAR-USE POLICY

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • The FAA is allowing 30 additional days to comment on its proposed hangar-use policy after receiving multiple requests from the GA community. To date the FAA has received more than 2000 comments. The public comment period remains open until October 6th. Your […]

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    GOOGLE HIRING TO PURSUE DRONE LICENSE WITH FAA

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • It appears that Google is in the process of hiring 10 positions including engineers, a technical writer and a quality assurance program manager as it staffs up its recently acquired Titan Aerospace solar drone operation located in Moriarty, New Mexico. […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA REACHES OVER 110,000 PASSENGERS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN JULY

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • North Dakota has been achieving new heights each month this year with a higher average number of passengers than the previous year. That average continued in July of this year as airports saw an 8.5% increase in total number of […]

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    AVIATION WEEK IN SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • Aviation week is set to takeoff in South Carolina from August 17th through the 23rd with the South Carolina Aviation Association and Aeronautics Commission showing the impact it has on the state through a seven minute video that can be […]

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    JOHN KNIGHT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • 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, […]

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    NON-AERONAUTICAL USE OF HANGARS

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • The FAA has issued a proposed rule on the non-aeronautical use of hangars. Comments are due by September 5th, 2014. Use the following link to view the document: Regulations.gov  

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    PENNSYLVANIA AIRPORTS TO HOST EVENTS ON NATIONAL AVIATION DAY FOR STUDENTS

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • PennDOT and 11 airports across Pennsylvania are inviting second to sixth grade students to participate in airport tours and various activities as part of this year’s National Aviation Day celebration occurring on August 19th. “Aviation supports more than 300,000 jobs in […]

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    TEXAS SEEKING AVIATION PLANNER

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • Texas is currently seeking someone to fill the role of Aviation Planner for the state’s aviation division. Those interested can click here to view the full job description and apply online.  

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    FAA’S MURPHY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • Douglas R. Murphy, FAA Regional Administrator for Southern Region announced he is retiring next month. Murphy advised the FAA’s Southern Region Management Team during a conference call Wednesday evening, that he will retire from the FAA at the end of September after […]

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    AERO NEWS ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS NASAO

  • Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Journalist Maxine Scheer stopped by the NASAO tent at AirVenture as well as a forum that NASAO held at the world’s greatest aviation celebration last week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In her article written for Aero News, she discusses NASAO’s importance […]

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    STICK SHAKER: NEXTGEN

  • Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Over the last year I’ve had the opportunity to participate on the NextGen Advisory Council’s Sub Committee and have been named to the Management Council of the NextGen Institute representing NASAO. This has given me a unique opportunity to immerse […]

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    HENRY O RECOGNIZED AT MEMORIAL WALL CEREMONY

  • Monday, August 11, 2014
  • On Sunday, August 3rd, the final day of EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a ceremony was held at the Memorial Wall on the EAA grounds, paying tribute to those who are no longer with us. The ceremony began with […]

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    Stick Shaker – AirVenture: A Season of Change

  • Sunday, July 27, 2014
  • Part of the allure of attending EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin each year is based on past experience and knowing what you can expect and realizing that there will be the unexpected. This manifests itself in what you take in […]

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    Stick Shaker: Flight 93

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
  • I was reminded this week how easy it is to forget important things in my life. In this case an event that has impacted all of us – September 11, 2001. My wife Deb and I were driving from Washington […]

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    KENTUCKY GOVERNOR DECLARES JULY AS AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
  • Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear was applauded by aviation organizations for declaring July 2014 as “Aviation Appreciation Month.” General aviation in Kentucky accounts for more than $1.7 billion in economic activity annually. NASAO’s Kim Stevens noted that Kentucky’s network of airports help […]

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    PENNSYLVANIA AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO SUPPORT OVER 2,600 JOBS

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
  • Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced that an $18 million state and federal investment will be used to improve the safety and operations at 35 airports across the state, supporting over 2,600 jobs throughout the process. The FAA is providing $17.1 million […]

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    GA ISSUES AND SECURITY CONFERENCE

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
  • AAAE’s annual General Aviation Issues and Security Conference was held this week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and drew more than fifty participants from around the country. Attendees heard from a number of speakers on topics ranging from UAS to 20:1 Approaches. […]

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    GONE WEST: OKLAHOMA’S DAN STROUD

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
  • Dan Stroud, a long-time aviation advocate and the recent communications director for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, passed away unexpectedly on July 10. He had been with OAC since April of this year and was in charge of all internal and external […]

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    ARIZONA AERONAUTICS GROUP ON THE MOVE

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
  • Arizona’s DOT Aeronautics Group is moving from its current location to the basement of the Motor Vehicle Division building, about two blocks away.  The official move is set to take place on August 6th, and during the transition period employees […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA FIRST: JET SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL COMMERCIAL SERVICE AIRPORTS

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
  • The Devils Lake and Jamestown airports in North Dakota have ended a 4 month drought of air service and have begun offering direct flights to Denver through SkyWest Airlines. “For the first time in the history of our state, all […]

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    FAA CONTINUES WILDLIFE STRIKE REPORTING CAMPAIGN FOR GA AIRPORTS

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
  • The FAA created a new poster for this year’s Wildlife Strikes outreach campaign with the hopes to grab the attention of pilots, airport sponsors, aviation organizations and more. These posters are intended to encourage the aviation community to report wildlife […]

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    FAA GIVES APPROVAL FOR TEXAS SPACEX LAUNCH SITE

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
  • It’s been reported that the FAA’s office of Commercial Space Transportation has published a record of decision giving approval to Space Exploration Technologies Corp. for a SpaceX launch site in Cameron County, Texas. This will allow the company to launch […]

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    USA TODAY ARTICLE ON GA SLAMMED BY AVIATION ASSOCIATIONS

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • You have probably already read or at least noted, that on Wednesday (June 18th) of this week, USA Today published an article titled ‘Unfit for Flight’ that aviation groups have slammed for its one-sided, sensationalistic and inaccurate reporting of safety […]

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    CALIFORNIA SEEKING TO FILL AVIATION SAFETY OFFICER POSITION

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • Gary Cathey (California) announced that the Division of Aeronautics has an opening for the position of Aviation Safety Officer.  The incumbent performs State permit compliance and aviation safety functions, and has duties that include implementing State aeronautics laws and regulations, […]

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    SOUTH CAROLINA AMENDS RUS TO INCLUDE AVIATION ACTIVITIES

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • South Carolina legislature voted on June 6th to amend the State Recreational Use Statute (RUS) to include aviation activities. The law, signed by Governor Nikki Haley, provides South Carolina landowners with protection from liability when allowing pilots to fly aircraft onto […]

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    ACRP SYNTHESIS 55 GOES INTO DETAIL ON BACKCOUNTRY AIRSTRIP PRESERVATION

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • The Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) released Synthesis 55: Backcountry Airstrip Preservation, which covers the uses, benefits, and threats to backcountry airstrips. It also provides practices and strategies that can be used to manage certain threats. View […]

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    AAAE URGES LOCAL CONTROL OVER AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli, at a hearing before the House Aviation Subcommittee on the future of airport infrastructure development, called on Congress to give airports additional local authority to address pressing infrastructure needs by increasing the arbitrary federal cap on local […]

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    NASAO PARTICIPATES IN WRP PRINCIPALS MEETING

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • The Sixth Western Regional Partnership (WRP) Principal’ s meeting was held this week in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo – Gary Cathey, California, left and Kim Stevens, NASAO.) Kim Stevens, Interim President of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and Co-chair of the […]

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    FAA NEW ENGLAND REGION HOSTS STATE DIRECTORS

  • Monday, June 16, 2014
  • Amy Corbett, FAA New England Regional Administrator and her team hosted an in-person meeting of state aviation officials at their Burlington, MA office on Wednesday. Participating from the states were, Kelly Fredericks (Rhode Island – NASAO’s Regional Director), Chris Willenborg (Massachusetts), Patrick Herlihy (New Hampshire), Guy Roulle (Vermont), Kevin Dillon(Connecticut) […]

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    TURNEY TAKES THE REINS AS SOUTHERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR

  • Monday, June 16, 2014
  • Winn Turney (Kentucky) has graciously accepted the call to serve as NASAO’s regional director for the Southern Region for the rest of this fiscal year.  He steps in to serve-out the rest of the term for Richard Walls, who, as you know, […]

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    NASAO MEMBERS URGED TO REGISTER FOR GA ISSUES AND SECURITY CONFERENCE

  • Monday, June 16, 2014
  • AAAE cordially invites NASAO members to attend the General Aviation Issues & Security Conference July 13-15 in Pittsburgh, PA and is offering a discounted registration. This annual conference, hosted this year by the Allegheny County Airport Authority, is an annual gathering of general […]

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    NASAO INTRODUCES HENRY OGRODZINSKI SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

  • Monday, June 16, 2014
  • The brochure and application for the Henry Ogrodzinski scholarship program is now available on the NASAO website. The scholarship – operated independently by Scholarship Managers, a division of Career Opportunities Through Education, Inc – is open to dependents and spouses of association […]

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    FLORIDA LEGISLATURE OKS RECORD MATCHING GRANTS

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • Former Florida Aeronautics Director and current Executive Director of the Florida Airports Council, Bill Johnson, tells NASAO that the Florida legislature approved aviation state matching grant funding of $337 million for fiscal year 2014/15. Bill shares that this is a record […]

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    NEBRASKA AERO GETS A NEW ‘BIG RED’ STATE AIRPLANE

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • Nebraska lawmakers approved the purchase of a brand-new Beechcraft King Air C90GTx. The new eight-seat state airplane replaces its older 1982 Piper Cheyenne and comes complete with Husker red stripes. Ronnie Mitchell (Nebraska) mentioned that it’s a great investment for the state […]

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    OKLAHOMA AERO COMMISSION APPROVES NEW TERMINAL

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • Last week, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission approved a $500,000 grant for the city of Grove to build a new terminal building at its municipal airport. The total cost is expected to be around $1 million total, with the city of […]

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    MAY ‘AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH’ IN NEW YORK

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, is receiving applause from national aviation organizations as well as the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA), for declaring the month of May as Aviation Appreciation Month. In a news release issued by the Alliance for […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • North Dakota has seen a rise in airport passengers this year, allowing the state to continually set records for each month when compared to the previous year. The total number of airport travelers increased by 14% in April of this […]

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    NAA ANNOUNCES 2014 HENDERSON TROPHY RECIPIENT

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • The National Aeronautics Association (NAA) announced that Dr. John Langford, President and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences, has been chosen to receive the 2014 Cliff Henderson Trophy on June 11, 2014, at the annual NAA Henderson Trophy Luncheon at the Marriott Crystal […]

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    FAA APPOINTS ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR AIRPORTS

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • Earlier this week FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced that Eduardo Angeles will be appointed in early July to fill the position of Associate Administrator for Airports, which has been vacant since the end of last year. Mr. Angeles currently serves […]

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    STICK SHAKER: OPENING DOORS AT NASAO LAND, AIR MARSHALS

  • Monday, May 12, 2014
  • OPENING DOORS AT NASAO LAND As most of you know by now, NASAO entered the world of social media a couple of months ago. Rather than being presented, like at a debutant ball, we quietly eased into this well-established society. […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA AERONAUTICS COMMISSION ISSUES GRANTS TO PUBLIC AIRPORTS

  • Monday, May 12, 2014
  • The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission issued $7,940,027 in grant money to public airports across the state. The intention for the grant money is to help fund many of the high priority projects that will increase airport safety and efficiency. Kyle Wanner […]

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    NO PLANE NO GAIN HIGHLIGHTS VIRGINIA OPEN HOUSE

  • Monday, May 12, 2014
  • A recent article in NBAA’s No Plane No Gain brief, provided an excellent highlight of the recent Virginia Department of Aviation Open House and the Department’s support of business aviation in Virginia. Read More: NBAA  

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    NORTH DAKOTA’S UAS TEST SITE IS NOW OPERATIONAL

  • Monday, April 28, 2014
  • More than two and a half months ahead of schedule, the unmanned aircraft systems test site in North Dakota is now operational. This is the first of six test sites chosen to perform research on unmanned aircraft systems, which the […]

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    U.S. DOT LAYS OUT PLANNED EAS SERVICE CUTS

  • Monday, April 28, 2014
  • The U.S.DOT is proposing to cut Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidies to 13 small airports that don’t meet the eligibility requirements. The affected airports have 20 days to object, and the department can grant a waiver if it chooses. The list […]

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    Stick Shaker: Mysteries, ASSET and Neckties

  • Monday, April 28, 2014
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    GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICANTS UNTIL MAY 29th

  • Monday, April 28, 2014
  • Students can now enroll in the Graduate Research Award program for the Airport Cooperative Research Program of the National Academies Transportation Research Board.  This program supports applied research in public sector airport-related issues, and provides funding, expert support, national recognition, […]

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    OKLAHOMA AERONAUTICS COMMISSION APPROVES $3.4 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR SAFER AIRPORTS

  • Monday, April 28, 2014
  • The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission approved 3.4 million dollars in grants to be used toward improving Oklahoma airports, making them safer and more accommodating for travelers. This is part of the Commission’s three-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) which was approved earlier […]

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    KENTUCKY AEROSPACE INDUSTRY LEADS STATE TO RECORD EXPORTS

  • Monday, April 28, 2014
  • According to Governor Steve Beshear’s office, Kentucky’s exports amassed a record setting $25.3 billion in sales in 2013, with the Aerospace industry leading that charge with $5.6 billion. Winn Turney (Kentucky) tells NASAO that this comes after an 85% increase in aerospace […]

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    MET BILL PASSES IN OKLAHOMA

  • Monday, April 28, 2014
  • The Senate recently passed a bill that requires all meteorological evaluation towers (MET) to be painted entirely and registered with the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Several accidents have occurred with low-flying aircraft colliding with these unmarked, or inadequately marked, towers. The […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA AERONAUTICS COMMISSION APPOINTS KYLE WANNER AS NEW DIRECTOR

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission announced the hiring of Kyle Wanner as its new Director.  Wanner has been with the agency since 2011 and spent the previous 4 months serving as Interim Director. Originally from Mandan, North Dakota, Wanner is […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA’S PASSENGER NUMBERS CONTINUE TO RISE

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
  • North Dakota continues to see a growth in airport passengers state-wide as the total number has increased by 8% for the month of March compared to the previous year. Two western North Dakota airports, Dickinson and Williston, have seen a […]

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    OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL FOR EXTENDING AEROSPACE INDUSTRY TAX CREDITS

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a new bill that extends tax incentives in the aerospace industry until 2018. Fallin mentioned that the aerospace engineer tax credit has helped create hundreds of new jobs, and plays an important role in maintaining Oklahoma’s […]

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    FAA NAMES BRISTOL COO OF AIR TRAFFIC ORGANIZATION

  • Monday, March 24, 2014
  • Teri Bristol has been named the new COO of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization. The position is responsible for leading the Air Traffic Organization’s 33,000 employees in the safe and efficient delivery of air traffic services throughout the National Airspace […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA BREAKS FEBRUARY ENPLANEMENT RECORD

  • Monday, March 24, 2014
  • North Dakota had the most active month of February in history by having 100,999 airport passengers during that time, an increase of 8% over the previous year. This record breaking month also resulted in four commercial service airports achieving their […]

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    WASHINGTON STATE AIRPORTS TO RECEIVE NEW LAYOUT PLAN

  • Monday, March 24, 2014
  • The Washington State Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Washington Army National Guard, chose five airports to receive a new layout plan over the next two years. The five state-managed airports include Woodland, Lower Granite, Stehekin, Easton, and Sullivan […]

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    COLORADO’S 2014-2015 AERONAUTICAL CHARTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

  • Monday, March 24, 2014
  • Those who are in Colorado or plan on visiting the state will be happy to learn that the Colorado Division of Aeronautics announced the availability of its new 2014-2015 aeronautical charts. You’ll be able to get your hands on a […]

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    MAJOR UPDATE STREAMLINES GA PILOT LICENSING IN EUROPE

  • Monday, March 24, 2014
  • Under a new rule issued by the European Commission (EC), GA pilots have a new framework for achieving the competency-based instrument ratings and the en-route instrument rating, establishing a more proportional path for instrument flight operations for GA pilots, according […]

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    ASSET II RELEASED

  • Monday, March 24, 2014
  • As your NASAO staff communicated yesterday, the FAA released the ASSET 2 study on Thursday, March 20th. Ben De Leon, FAA’s Acting Associate Administrator for Airports, briefed the core group of stakeholders, including NASAO’s Vic Bird (Oklahoma), David Greene (Wisconsin) and […]

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    NEW TERPS GUIDANCE AVAILABLE

  • Monday, March 24, 2014
  • The FAA has notified users that Order 8260.3B Change 26, United States Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS), signed by AFS-1 on February 24, 2014, is now available for reference. The purpose of this change is to incorporate existing standards from […]

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    National Winners of 2014 Aviation Art Contest Announced

  • Friday, March 14, 2014
  • Washington, D.C., March 13, 2014 – The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) announced the national winners of the 2014 U.S. Aviation Art Contest. The original artwork with this year’s theme of “Flying to […]

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    PROCLAMATIONS RECOGNIZING AVIATION ISSUED IN FOUR STATES

  • Monday, March 10, 2014
  • Governors in the states of North Dakota, New Hampshire, Louisiana and Florida have issued proclamations recognizing aviation in their states. National aviation organizations, including the Alliance for Aviation Across America, commended Governors Jack Dalrymple (North Dakota), Bobby Jindal (Louisiana) and […]

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    NORTH DAKOTA PRESENTS AIRPORT OF THE YEAR AWARDS AT SYMPOSIUM

  • Monday, March 10, 2014
  • The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, in partnership with the Airport Association of North Dakota, presented two awards on March 4, 2014 at the 2014 Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium held in Grand Forks. Gwinner Municipal Airport received the ‘2013 General Aviation […]

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    Women Can Fly Event Will Introduce Flight to Girls and Women in Virginia

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014
  • Women Can Fly, a series of four special Saturday events scheduled for May and June of 2014, will introduce aviation to more girls and women in Virginia. While the number of women working in the aviation industry has steadily increased, they are […]

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    Executive Board to Form Search Committee for Association President, Names Interim Director

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  • Washington, D.C., February 18, 2014 – Christopher J. Willenborg, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), has announced that the Executive Board will establish a search committee for the Association’s next President […]

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    ACRP Announces New RFP

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  •     Project Data Funds: $60,000 Contract Time: 13 months (including 3 week panel review each for Tasks 1, 3 and 4) Authorization to Begin Work: 6/1/2014 — estimated Staff Responsibility: Marci A. Greenberger Phone: 202/334-1371 Email: mgreenberger@nas.edu RFP Close Date: […]

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    FAA Administrator Addresses Reauthorization Accomplishments with House Subcommittee on Aviation

  • Monday, February 10, 2014
  • The following is FAA Administrator Michael Huerta’s remarks to the Subcommittee on Aviation: Chairman LoBiondo, Ranking Member Larsen, Chairman Shuster and members of the Subcommittee, it’s a pleasure to be here to talk about what we have accomplished since the […]

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    FAA REAUTHROIZATION HEARING

  • Sunday, January 26, 2014
  • An FAA reauthorization hearing took place this week in Washington D.C., focusing on reforming and streamlining the FAA’s regulatory certification processes. The full House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I), led by Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), also focused on progress the FAA […]

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