State aviation offices along with numerous aviation trade associations raised their collective voices in support of a memo released on Friday, by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who announced that USDOT did determine that the recently enacted Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 allows the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to transfer sufficient funds to end employee furloughs and keep the 149 low activity contract towers originally slated for closure in June open for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.
Victor Bird, director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (shown on the right with Congressman Nick Rahall, D-WV), applauded Secretary Ray LaHood’s announcement. “The decision officially announcing that the federal government will fund air traffic control tower operations for the remainder of the current fiscal year is certainly good news to the millions of people who use commercial and general aviation aircraft to get to their intended destinations,” said Bird. “There have been a number of people and organizations who have worked tirelessly over the last several months to convince federal officials of just how dangerous closing those towers would be. We can now exhale and begin to work on making sure funding is in place for fiscal year 2014 and beyond.”
J. Spencer Dickerson, Executive Director of the U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA) said they are grateful that the leaders of DOT and the FAA have moved to utilize the clear authority provided by the Congress to keep contract towers open and operational beyond June 15. “In particular, we appreciate the leadership of the dozens of senators and members of the U.S.
In a memo released today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that USDOT has determined that the recently enacted Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will allow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to transfer sufficient funds to end employee furloughs and keep the 149 low activity contract towers originally slated for closure in June open for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.
J. Spencer Dickerson, Executive Director of the U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA) said they are grateful that the leaders of DOT and the FAA have moved to utilize the clear authority provided by the Congress to keep contract towers open and operational beyond June 15. “The broad coalition of communities, airports, air traffic controllers, aviation system users, and Members of Congress that has emerged in recent months united in the fight to keep contract towers open is a testament to the important role these facilities play in enhancing the safety and efficiency of the nation's aviation system,” said Dickerson. “In particular, we appreciate the leadership of the dozens of senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have worked diligently to ensure that these important air traffic facilities remain open now and well into the future. Their dedication and determination give us great hope for the long-term success of the Contract Tower Program."
The FAA will also put $10 million towards reducing cuts and delays in core NextGen programs and will allocate approximately $11 million to partially restore the support of infrastructure in the national airspace system.
Piper Aircraft Inc. today delivered eight single-engine Piper Archer TX training airplanes, equipped with the latest Garmin G1000 avionics, to Florida Institute of Technology.
"We are pleased that Florida Institute of Technology is our launch customer for the Piper Career Alliance, and today we are doubly gratified to hand over the keys of the first eight Archer TX trainers," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "In the future they will help the university train hundreds of new aviators just beginning their professional aviation careers."
"We are anxious to integrate these new Piper Archer TXs into our curriculum," said Kenneth Stackpoole, Ph.D., Vice President of Aviation Programs and Dean of Florida Institute of Technology. "These new airplanes will be put to use immediately, training our student pilots."
Everyone knows that Oshkosh becomes the busiest airport in the world the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (July 29-August 4), and that airplanes take off all the time … however, 2013 will be a first for some very special planes.
The summer release of “Disney’s Planes,” the animated comedy adventure from above the world of the popular 2006 film “Cars,” has the entire aviation community buzzing! Those attending AirVenture this year will have the opportunity to experience a Special Preview Screening at the Fly-In Theater on Friday night, August 2, one week before the movie opens in theaters nationwide. “Disney’s Planes” will touch all who see it and help them understand the thrill and excitement that flying offers.
Director and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall says, “‘Disney’s Planes’ is a great underdog story. It has a lot of heart and a message we can all use: If we can believe in ourselves, step out of our comfort zones and get past whatever fear that’s holding us back, we’d be surprised with the results. And that’s exactly what happens to Dusty in this movie. He’s a crop duster who’s never flown above 1,000 feet, but he dreams of being the fastest air racer in the world. He has a lot of obstacles to overcome and needs to dig pretty deep to find the courage to become more than he was built to be. We’re so happy to share the film with the passionate aviation community at AirVenture.”
Embraer Executive Jets has added seven seasoned business aviation executives to its North American sales team. They include sales veteran Keith Garner (shown at right) as Vice President Sales for the Large and Ultra-Large Aircraft Division and David Armstrong (shown below) for the Light and Midsize Aircraft Division. Both Garner and Armstrong will report directly to Vice President Sales – North America Bob Knebel.
In addition, three regional sales directors have also been appointed to represent the Company’s light and midsize jets. Spencer Bain is now Regional Sales Director responsible for customer relationships and new business development in the Midwest. Matt Brown has been appointed Regional Sales Director covering the Pacific Northwest, while Dustin Cordier has been appointed Regional Sales Director responsible for the Texas region. All three will report to Armstrong and represent the entry-level Phenom 100, the light Phenom 300, the mid-light Legacy 450 and the midsize Legacy 500.
Embraer Executive Jets has also appointed two regional sales directors for the Legacy 600, Legacy 650 andLineage 1000. John Harris and Mike McCracken will report to Keith Garner. Harris has been appointed Regional Sales Director in the Upper Midwest for the large and ultra-large division. McCracken has been appointed Regional Sales Director responsible for sales in the Southeast.
Garner has broad experience in several senior management roles in the business aviation industry. He has held top-level management positions with several business aircraft manufacturers. He also served as president of Greenwich Aero Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Wichita State University and is a licensed private pilot.