Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Adopts Emergency Rules on MET Tower Marking

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.

The emergency rules are a result of House Bill 3348 that was passed by state lawmakers last session. The bill, authored by Sen. Charles Wyrick and Rep. Don Armes, directed the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission to promulgate rules requiring the marking of anemometer towers to ensure their visibility to pilots, thus minimizing the risk of collisions.

"Anytime we have the opportunity to minimize the risk of serious injury or death among the flying public, we should take the necessary actions to do that," said Vic Bird, director of the Aeronautics Commission. "These rules will provide pilots such as crop dusters and emergency medical personnel with an added layer of safety."

Gordon No Longer Colorado Aeronautics Director

The Denver Post reported today that Dave Gordon is no longer the director of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. CDOT confirmed that Gordon has left and named Scot Cuthbertson as acting director.

Colorado’s public-use airports were told by Gordon in November that faulty revenue forecasts forced the division to drastically cut its discretionary grant program from an earlier estimated $15 Million to only $3 Million for 2015.

A CDOT spokeswoman said because the move was a personnel matter she couldn't say if Gordon was fired or if he resigned, however reportedly admitted that the funding miscue was part of the reason for Gordon's departure. There had been speculation from some sources earlier in the year that some members of the Aeronautical Board were not happy with Gordon’s performance.

Gordon had been director since April of 2010 and had been very active on the national aviation scene. He was set to become the Chairman of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) this fall before stepping down from his NASAO Board responsibilities due to what was described as pressure from his home state.

“Dave was a great asset to NASAO,” said Kim Stevens, Director of Operations and Communications at NASAO. “His aviation experience and knowledge of the issues was important in helping to guide our association forward during his time on the Board.”
Stevens said he will be greatly missed.

(Photo - Dave Gordon on the cover of the State Aviation Journal in the 2010 May/June Issue.)

AAAE Announces Student Internship Program as Addition to Ongoing Education Initiatives

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote education, training, and professionalism in the field of aviation, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) has announced the establishment of an internship program at its Alexandria, Virginia headquarters for high school and college students interested in aviation and or associations.

"For decades, AAAE has played a major role in the lives of thousands of young people by providing millions of dollars of scholarships for college," said AAAE Chairman Randall D. Berg, A.A.E., Director of Airport Operations at the Salt Lake City Department of Airports. "Today, we are pleased to announce another critical step in our continuing commitment to the next generation interested in a career in aviation through our AAAE Internship program. I often talk about the importance of 'widening the on-ramp' for young people interested in our profession, and this program will do exactly that."

Bell Helicopter Delivers 50th Bell 429 in Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the 50th Bell 429 in Europe to an operator in the United Kingdom. The aircraft will be used to accomplish corporate/VIP transport across the region.
“The Bell 429 offers customers exceptional performance and a smooth, comfortable ride, and these capabilities are quickly being realized in the region,” said Patrick Moulay, vice president of European sales. “This milestone delivery demonstrates the great success we have seen in Europe with the Bell 429, and we look forward to growing our global and regional fleet even further in the years to come.“

RTCA and EUROCAE Formalize Commitment to Harmonize Industry Performance Standards

RTCA.jpg RTCA, Inc. and the European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, formalizing the relationship of the two standard developing bodies to strengthen the collaboration and harmonization between standards in the United States and Europe.

This agreement brings together the two respected organizations known for consensus-based standards to provide a single global voice on many issues to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for their Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). Both RTCA and EUROCAE are known for their time-honored consensus process that leverages the industry expertise to solve challenging problems. This formal Memorandum will boost global harmonization.

The parties will continue to work closely during an increasingly important time, as more than half of the standards work programs are worked jointly between the two organizations. The increased size, complexity and diversity of the global air transportation system has generated the need to re-double efforts to work together to identify and resolve issues and leverage opportunities in a harmonized fashion.

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