Tucson FAASTeam to Hold First of its Kind UAS Seminar

On Saturday June 11, 2016 the Tucson FAASTeam (FAA Safety Team) will hold a first of its kind in the nation safety seminar on UAS. This free seminar is specifically geared to the general public including hobbyist, commercial and government uses… and all those interested in small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS).

As the use of sUAS continues to grow in the consumer, commercial and government sectors the FAA is responding with new regulations specific to sUAS. As a result hobbyists and commercial users are required to register all sUAS weighing approximately half a pound or more using the FAA online registration system Compliance with this requirement and the resulting safety procedures are easy for the consumer hobbyist to meet. The primary function of the new regulation regarding registration is to help promote a sense of safe use and awareness of the National Air Space (NAS). The official and current FAA information regarding sUAS safe flying practices and integration into the NAS will be presented.


Conklin & de Decker and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have announced that registration is open for their annual Commercial Operators Tax Seminar. This year the Tax Seminar has been designed as a one-day session and will be held at the Jet Linx headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska on July 13th, 2016.

Unique from all other seminars and workshops, the Conklin & de Decker and NATA Tax Seminar is developed for commercial operators and will cover the latest tax issues these operators face on a daily basis. Attendees will learn about current tax subjects affecting aircraft charter and management companies, as well as important best practices, all presented by leading industry experts.

Lightspeed Aviation announces the Fly Me to the Moon Contest


Fly Me to the Moon.jpg Lightspeed Aviation, the world's leading innovator in aviation headsets, has announced the Fly Me to the Moon contest, which runs May 23 through June 26, 2016. The pilot who flies the most miles during private flights — as tracked through CloudAhoy tracking and debriefing service — will win their choice of any of the four models of Lightspeed premium ANR headsets including Sierra, Zulu.2, Zulu PFX, or the new Tango wireless headset. First runner up will win a Gann leather flight bag and second runner up will win a Markham leather flight bag, both from Lightspeed's Adventure Flight Bag Collection. Anyone with a free or standard CloudAhoy account can enter the Fly Me to the Moon contest.

"We designed the Fly Me to the Moon Contest to give pilots one more excuse to go flying," said Teresa De Mers, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support for Lightspeed. "And we've built some features into this promotion that are truly innovative in their own right."

Is it really about the noise or something else? [Chapter 3]


By Bill Dunn
Bill Dunn_4.png So far, we’ve discussed a number of components of airport noise and compatible land use. So now, in this installment, we’ll touch on enforcement of compatible land use requirements. At the end of this column, you will find some additional resources that you may wish to review for additional information on this topic.

Enforcement of airport land use protection provisions is often emotionally charged, politically influenced and controversial. Some cases have resulted in legal action being taken against the airport or airport sponsoring government agency. Court rulings have been mixed; in some cases, viewing airport land use compatibility restrictions as a taking of property without proper compensation to the property owner. For example, Clark County, Nevada had airport compatibility zoning requirements in ordinance for North Las Vegas and Las Vegas International Airports, owned by the county. A developer made application to develop a high-rise casino property one mile south of the airport and on the centerline of the runway at Las Vegas International Airport. The county denied permission. The developer filed suit against the county (McCarren International Airport v. Sisolak) and prevailed in lower state court – which viewed the county’s action as a illegal taking of property. The County appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court – which upheld. An appeal by County to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected by the court. Sisolak was awarded $17 million. Other land use rights advocates have seized this ruling as an argument against protective airport land use zoning in other states.

DWL Partner, Sandra Kukla, Honored with President’s Award at 2016 AzAA Spring Conference

Gladys and Sandraedit.jpg Sandra Kukla, a Partner at DWL Architects + Planners, was honored with the President’s Award at the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) Spring Conference this month in Flagstaff, Arizona. The President's Award is for a special recipient solely selected by the President. The award recipient is someone who has given many hours to the membership or toward to the mission of the AzAA, or someone who has been inspirational and supportive. Previously recognized with the same honor in 2012 as Associate Director of AzAA, Sandra has been involved with the organization for several years. (Photo - Sandra Kukla, left accepts the award from Gladys Wiggins. Photo by Kenn Potts)

“As the outgoing President of AzAA, I selected Sandy for her consistent dedication and readiness to take on whatever needs help or commitment to make it happen. Her positive attitude and composed personality is admired. I appreciated her welcome when I first joined the organization and I am appreciative for her professionalism today. Sandy's love, not only for the profession but for her family, was another quality and example I wanted to recognize to let her know we all appreciate how she juggles it all,” expressed Gladys Wiggins, C.M., Airport Director of Yuma International Airport.

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