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 talent and the vision to lead this organization and continue to keep NASAO visible and valuable in Washington,” said Brad Brandt, NASAO Chair and Aviation Director for the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development. “I look forward to our many opportunities to support our member states and increase the value of NASAO to our Business Partners.”
Before joining NASAO to manage the association’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures, Kimberling served as the National Director of State Government Affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), where he successfully spearheaded several significant pro-aviation state tax reform and funding initiatives across the country and received the Presidents Award - the organization’s highest honor for an employee. Kimberling also worked as an international aviation and airport analyst, authoring a comprehensive assessment report on the development of Brazil’s national system of airports and infrastructure. Prior, he worked on transportation, aviation, and other policy issues in Congress on the staff of Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19). Kimberling is also a commercial rated pilot and certified flight instructor (CFI) with international flight experience as a former First Officer for American Eagle Airlines based in Puerto Rico.
During a recent celebratory luncheon, John Hastings, President of the Mohave County Airport Authority, announced American Airlines will begin nonstop service between Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (IFP) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) beginning February 16, 2017.
The announcement is the culmination of over a decade of labor on the part of Airport Authority staff and its many community partners who have been tirelessly working to attract commercial service since the late 1990s. “We have been waiting for this news for a really long time and we are beyond excited for this opportunity”, said Jeremy Keating, Airport Director. Efforts to attract scheduled air service ramped up in 2008 when the airport was first awarded a Small Community Air Service Development (SCASD) grant from the U.S Department of Transportation. Efforts continued to gain momentum
in 2010 when Sixel Consulting Group was hired by the airport to help organize air service development strategies.
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) signed an agreement at Helitech International 2016 with HeliAir Sweden to enroll two AS350B2, one AS350B3, and two H120 helicopters onto JSSI’s Engine Program.
“We are happy and excited to start this collaboration with JSSI”, stated Aram Rubinstein, CEO for HeliAir Sweden AB. “Their product is a fantastic solution for us with the SAFRAN engines, especially as we are looking to expand our fleet of Airbus helicopters. In addition to reducing the workload of searching online for parts by our maintenance manager, Mr. Jan Yngvesson, we will also reduce our stock of spares because now we won’t need as many in inventory. A positive outcome due to our enrollment with JSSI.” Mr. Rubinstein added, “The fantastic service provided by JSSI is one that makes us feel welcome into the” JSSI family” from day one by providing coverage for FOD and other unexpected events,” Mr. Aram Rubinstein is also enrolling with JSSI, the PT6A engine for his personal Piper Meridian turboprop aircraft.
Neil Book, President, and CEO of JSSI commented, “It is a privilege to work with HeliAir Sweden, such a unique and extraordinary company. We are committed to providing them a program that stabilizes and reduces their maintenance budget while delivering them the type of service our customers both expect and deserve.”
Passero Associates is proud to welcome Gregory T. Topping, PE as Northeast Aviation Services Director. Greg is the former Eastern Region Aviation Manager for C&S Companies, and has over 30 years of experience in aviation engineering and management, including nearly 25 years in the field of consulting. As a program manager for multiple airports, he has been responsible for managing hundreds of millions of dollars in aviation projects from grant programming through airfield construction. He has overseen dozens of large-scale pavement rehabilitation and other significant airfield improvement projects.
In his new role as Northeast Aviation Services Director, Greg will work with the Aviation Services group and firm leadership to strengthen the firm’s current client relationships and to grow its client base in the Northeast. The experience and expertise he brings to this new role will be of great benefit to the firm and its clients.
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) Airport Sustainability Program. The Airports Going Green Awards program recognizes the contributions of outstanding projects, programs or people in pursuit of sustainability in the aviation industry.
Development of the Colorado GA Airport Sustainability Program began in 2014, and was officially released for use in June of 2016. The Colorado GA Airport Sustainability Program was designed to help Colorado's system of 74 public-use airports become better stewards to their communities. This revolutionary first-of-its-kind program offers Colorado airports a no-cost, easy to use online toolkit that allows them to develop goals, implement strategies, and create a measurable sustainability plan. This program provides Colorado’s airports with a solid framework to build upon, helping them become not only environmentally sustainable, but economically, operationally, and socially sustainable as well.