$900,000 for Washington state airports

WSDOT Aviation has awarded $900,000 in Local Airport Aid grant funds to 35 airports for 41 different projects. Despite a significant projected decline in aviation revenues, WSDOT Aviation was able to use approximately $288,682 to leverage $11.2 million in federal funds, bringing the combined state, local and federal grand total to more than $12.6 million.
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Arizona airports feeling heat from residential development

Derek Jordan reports in The Herald from Sierra Vista, Arizona about Bisbee Airpark operators feeling pressure from area residential areas.

Bisbee Airpark operators concerned about new residential development

By Derek Jordan
The Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Herald

SIERRA VISTA – Cochise County aviators gathered Tuesday to share their thoughts and concerns with state officials regarding the development of new state airport policies.

The meeting, one of six that the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division scheduled statewide, sought to gain insight from rural pilots as part of the planning period for a new State Airports System Plan, or SASP. “This SASP is going to be a real important tool for us to use, so it’s important that we get all of your input,” said Barclay Dick, director of the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division.

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An airport grows in northeast Florida


Palatka Municipal Airport in Florida recently broke ground on a long-awaited new terminal building, new t-hangars, Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS III-P/T), taxiway rehabilitation, and many related improvements.

With the collaboration city and airport staff and event sponsors Seminole Electric and Georgia Pacific, a celebration was held with much fanfare in perfect weather, according to business operations manager Donna Franklin. The ceremony, which featured Congressman John Mica, ended with “a smoking aerobatic team flyover, which added the most appropriate finale,” Franklin said. [Read more…]

Maine’s Biddeford Municipal Airport in danger

A ballot referendum in Maine could spell the end of one community’s airport, if the vote goes against it.

Opponents of the November 4th referendum to close Biddeford Municipal Airport have started an aggressive information campaign to help city voters understand the airport’s importance, according to Alan Lyscars, a member of the Friends of Biddeford Airport.

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