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Arizona Aviation Journal May/June 2012

Issue #8

Aviation in Tucson Thunder & Lightning at Davis-Monthan Ryan Field’s Scott Driver

Changing Times at Tuscon International Airport

TAA Hosts AzAA 2012 Spring Conference Phoenix-Mesa Gateway 2012 Airport of the Year

Tucson’s Ryan Field Hosts Centennial Statewide Fly-In May/June 2012

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Contents From the Publisher EVIT

Soaring to Success

Aviation Explorers Raises $6,400

AFTW

Adding Safety to Flight Training

Executive of the Year

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AzAA Names Gary Mascaro

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Aviation in Tucson

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A Snapshot of Recent Events Page 22

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Bonnie Allin

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TAA Hosts AzAA

Thunder Over the Desert Page 8

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Davis-Monthan Hosts Open House

Arizona Airports Association Sky Kids

A Life Changing Experience

Phoenix Sky Train Achieves Milestone

AAAE

Phoenix Hosts Annual Conference

2012 Airport of the Year Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Page 2

Tucson Site of 2012 AzAA Spring Conference

Page 10 Passing the Gavel

AzAA’s New and Outgoing President

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Centennial Fly-In Page 14 Page 18

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AzAA, TAA Host Statewide Event at Ryan Field

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WINGS Program

FAASTeam Holds Session at Centennial Fly-In

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On the Cover Scott Driver is the Director of Ryan Airfield & Flight Line Services for the Tucson Airport Authority. He is shown on the field during the Statewide Centennial Fly-In held on May 19th. Photo by Kim Stevens.

AzAA Past Presidents Meet in Tucson

AzAA Founders Gather in Tucson

AzAA Golf Tournament Group Plays Arizona National

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AzAA Conference

2012 “Dutch Bertholf� Spring Conference Kicks Off

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Publisher/Editor Graphic Design Layout Design Advertising Director Photography

Contributing Writers

Kim J. Stevens Andrew Stevens Andrew Stevens Vacant Clint Morris Kim Stevens Jayme Kelter Claire Stern Stacy Howard

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Photo - Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, site of the 2012 AzAA Golf Tournament May/June 2012

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From the Publisher Centennial Statewide Fly-In To help celebrate Arizona’s statehood and promote the history of aviation in the state, the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) applied for and was given authorization to have their annual spring conference, held in Tucson, designated an official centennial event. In addition to incorporating airport history into the conference schedule, the AzAA board of directors also jumped on an idea to hold a statewide fly-in as part of the conference festivities. The fly-in, officially dubbed the ‘Centennial Statewide Fly-In’ was a success on many fronts, drawing airplanes and participants from across the state. What was most impressive though was the behind-the-scenes work by many dedicated individuals who love aviation and saw this as a unique opportunity to contribute to an event that highlighted the past, present and future of aviation in Arizona. As an AzAA member I volunteered to work on the planning committee for the fly-in held at Ryan Field. Although everyone I spoke with in the early days of organizing the event responded positively, there were a few organizations that went above and beyond to support the effort. First of all, AzAA and the Tucson Airport Authority, the host of the event, provided substantial help in the form of personnel, equipment and finances. Organizations like the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) local Chapter 81, Tucson and Phoenix chapters of the 99s and the Arizona Pilots Association were terrific in their support. I am also appreciative of Cary Grant and Jim Anderson, who along with Dominick Gallo, FAASTeam Program Manager, organized a WINGS program for pilots that flew in (See page 35). The room was packed. I have always liked the concept of an annual statewide fly-in that is supported by the aviation community as a whole. Back in the nineties as director of the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics, I helped launch an annual statewide event which is still going strong today. I would be thrilled to see this most recent fly-in be the start of a similar event. One that is backed by airports, pilots and everyone in between. If there is enough interest, I would love to help organize such an event. I would envision it rotating to a different airport around the state each year. Not as competition for any other aviation event but as an opportunity to combine interests and passions that already exist - to build enthusiasm and most importantly to help inspire future generations of pilots, airport officials and other important industry roles. It would also be a great opportunity to bring the best in aviation to a different community each year - to promote the economic impact and value of aviation. Send me an email or give me a call. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Student Nick Vensor during his internship.

Student Austin Lee.

EVIT: Soaring to Success

by Claire Stern

“If you aren’t, dedicated, dependable and responsible you don’t belong in the business,” says Captain Al Mittelstaedt, Director of Aviation Programs at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT). His students call him a “straight shooter” and it is certainly easy to see why. Captain Al (as his students call him) knows a lot about the aviation business – he’s been flying since he was 12 years old, spent 20 years as an Air Force fighter pilot and retired as a captain from Southwest Airlines after 17 years. Now his mission is to help make quality aviation education affordable. During the 2011-2012 school year, 80 students were enrolled in EVIT’s aviation program. Next year’s enrollment is expected to be at about 140 students. Through unique partnerships with Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC), Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of North Dakota (UND), EVIT offers “educational pathways,” via CGCC dual enrollment opportunities, for four-year college degrees in Commercial Flight, Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Unmanned Aerospace Systems Operations and a two year associate degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology with FAA Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) certification. The school also offers courses for prospective Flight Attendants and is planning an Airport Management track. This is all being done at less than half the cost of aviation programs offered at the more well-known national schools and students are concurrently earning a full semester of college credit while still in high school. Students who are either juniors or seniors in high school can start the EVIT program while still attending their regular high schools either in the mornings or afternoons. They spend half of their day at their home school and the rest of the day at EVIT in specialized aviation courses. Classes are held at EVIT’s new state of the art 80,000 square foot aviation campus in east Mesa which opened in August 2011. The school even

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offers bus service from all East Valley school districts. Nick Vensor is heading into his senior year at EVIT and attends Skyline High School. He was drawn to aviation by his uncle who entered the Air Force at age 18 and will soon be retiring as an airplane mechanic at the age of 35. Nick is on the Aircraft Maintenance Technology track. Through EVIT he interned as a mechanic on an aerobatic bi-plane, earning more than 100 hours of experience by assisting with the plane’s annual inspection and disassembling the entire plane to reach all the avionics. Nick is set to enter Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s aviation mechanic program and will be on his way to earning an Aircraft Maintenance Technology associate’s degree, with FAA A&P Certification, in about 18 months. This way, he says, “I’ll have the degree and discipline that they (future employers) are looking for.” Nick advises prospective EVIT students that “if you don’t like getting your hands dirty” this probably isn’t the right track for you. And, for a 17-year-old, Nick certainly has picked up a good amount of wisdom at a young age. He says he is very focused on his future career and knows that he has to “make good choices or else it will mess up your whole career track.” His goal is to get his pilot’s license after he gets his mechanics

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EVIT’s air traffic control students.


degrees so he can “work on them and fly them.” Which probably isn’t a bad idea. Captain Al says the industry expects significant shortages of qualified job applicants starting in 2013 due to many baby boomers retiring. He says tens of thousands of pilots, mechanics and flight attendants will be needed worldwide and the

EVIT Instructors Ron Dalton, Al Mittelstaedt and Lou Amadee

entire EVIT program – is to make a quality aviation education affordable to every East Valley high school student who has a passion for the career field. He says he wants to give his students the opportunities he never had in school: to learn and experience the various aviation career opportunities at a younger age and “jump start” their way to a potentially lucrative and exciting aviation career of their choice without incurring vast amounts of debt. “We’ve got students who have never turned a wrench in their life, disassembling a six cylinder aircraft engine,” he says with pride. There is no doubt that he is having just as much fun as his students are – and maybe even more. Because of its association and aviation degree offerings through ASU and UND, EVIT’s educational pathways are accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). For more details about the program, enrollment information or for a tour of the East Branch Aviation Campus, call 480-308-4613 or visit evit.com/aviation.

U.S. alone will need approximately 1500 air traffic controllers annually. Austin Lee of Mesquite High School will also be a senior next year, entering his second year at EVIT. He still isn’t quite sure which track he’ll take – either ATC or Commercial Flight. He likes all of the opportunities that EVIT offers and says that students who are already interested in aviation will like the field even more once they enter the program. But he is quick to warn new students that they’ll really need to keep up with the pace of the program saying, “If you are not dedicated, you will fall behind.” Captain Al agrees. “This isn’t a cakewalk,” he says. “Put your best foot forward all the time.” His goal – and the goal of the

EVIT’s A&P engine lab.

Aviation Explorer Event Raises $6,400

by Claire Stern For the third year in a row Anzio Landing Italian Restaurant at Falcon Field in Mesa hosted a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Aviation Explorer Post 352. All 18 of the Explorers volunteered their time to serve drinks, wait on tables and greet guests in an effort to raise enough money to pay for the Post’s annual insurance on their plane - a Piper Cherokee 180 D Model. Rich Cutshall, the restaurant’s owner, donated the facility and all of the food at no cost to the Explorers. In addition, Wings of Flight Foundation’s Brian Churchill (whose son Will is an Explorer) raffled off a ride in a WWII trainer to help with the fundraising effort. With the help of corporate sponsors CS&W and Banicki Jacob Tyler takes an Construction, the Explorers surpassed their order. goal by serving 180 people and raising over

Left to right are Pieter Mead, Joe Myers, Austin Thompson, Eric Austin, Cannon Cowley, Jacob Tyler, Will Churchill, Jonathan Larkin, Associate Advisor Bennett Sloan and Joe McDermott. Not pictured: Joshua Loy, Stephen Sloan, Wiley Cote and Bryan Hargis.

$6,400 – more than triple what they raised during last year’s event. The Explorers now need to raise enough money for their plane’s engine overhaul. For more information about Aviation Explorer Post 352 or to make a donation to the 501(c)(3) organization, call Associate Advisor Bennett Sloan at 602-316-0588 or email bennett.sloan@gmail.com.

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AFTW meeting. The organization was created more than ten years ago.

Arizona Flight Training Workgroup

Adding Safety to Flight Training by Stacy Howard When you talk to Scottsdale’s FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Manager Dominick Gallo, he frequently points out two important facts about flight training in Arizona. The first is that five of the nation’s highest volume flight schools are located in Arizona. And second, there are more initial pilot certificates issued by the Scottsdale Flight Standards District Office than the next two FSDO’s combined. With statistics like these it is clear that Arizona flight instructors have a global influence on the future of aviation safety. Fortunately, Arizona also has a uniquely effective organization to help assure a strong culture of safety for flight instructors and flight schools. It is the Arizona Flight Training Workgroup, better known as AFTW. AFTW was created more than ten years ago under the skillful encouragement of Michael Halloran, then Manager of Scottsdale Flight Standards’ Aviation Safety Program. Halloran used the group to initiate dialogue among flight schools and flight instructors about frequency congestion and commonly used practice areas. Since then, AFTW has matured to what Gallo, manager since 2009, best describes as a “touchstone” for aviation safety. “Frequently FSDO does not become involved in pilot safety until after the fact,” explains Gallo. “It is the way we are trained. We have no jurisdiction in preventative matters.” When it comes to the training environment, Gallo adds that certified flight insturctors (CFIs) are the experts. They make FAA aware and FSDO can take their concerns to the right division in FAA to address the problem. “AFTW allows FAA to “get to the apple while it is still on the tree… so that both instructors and students become part of the safety team culture.” Communication among Arizona’s flight training profession-

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als, air traffic controllers and FAA Flight Standards is a critical component in industry safety. To this end, AFTW serves as a clearinghouse for information about airport improvements, airspace and regulatory changes; provides a forum for open discussion about training policies, procedures and best practices; and helps assure FAA is responsive to local issues and concerns. AFTW is a pro-active CFI organization, helping solve problems before they become non-compliance or regulatory issues. Rex Ginder, Site Manager at University of North Dakota’s Phoenix-Mesa location, and an active member of AFTW, has been flying in the Phoenix area for more than 16 years. Ginder oversees training for 41 flight students enrolled in the UND Aerospace Sciences. “We’re not just looking to place students with the airlines. Many students want to fly cargo or corporate. UND is about education, not just flight training.” According to Ginder, the industry estimates they will need 27,000 new pilots in the next five years, creating a huge need for CFI’s. He believes that as demand for pilot training increases, flight operations in the Phoenix area will grow too. As a result, local airspace will become more saturated and the work of AFTW will become even more important. “The benefit of AFTW is increased safety through better communication,” assures Ginder. “Schools who participate increase safety exponentially.” AFTW holds quarterly meetings for CFI’s from around the state, primarily in the greater Phoenix area. A typical agenda will include discussions about the safe use of student practice areas, good radio communications technique and frequency use, airspace changes, noise abatement procedures and anything else members think are safety issues. AFTW can help

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everyone answer the question, “What are our safe options?” Instructors use meeting time to get feedback, offer opinions and address action items. Sometimes there is a need to communicate issues more quickly. For this, AFTW uses the web to communicate with members. The AFTW website, www.aftw. org, is managed by Lead FAASTeam Representative Ben Winton and Matt Miller, Chief Flight Instructor for Falcon Executive Aviation in Mesa. It can serve as a close substitute for face to face interaction. Ben Winton believes AFTW has dramatically improved the safety of flight instruction through its overlays on the local Terminal Area Chart of reporting points in the various practice areas; sending email notices to the flight instructor community emphasizing key safety practices; and providing a forum for discussion through its members-only Google Groups service. “I’d like to see more schools and individual flight instructors get more involved,” said Winton. “AFTW has a lot to offer flight instructors—from how to improve teaching skills to just helping keep up on all the latest news and information about flying in Arizona. This is one of the few places where instructors can freely interact with both FAA officials and Designated Pilot Examiners—both groups have tons of wisdom and knowledge they can pass on and share.” Pilot examiners June Bonesteel and Terry Brandt agree. June was one of the first designated pilot examiner (DPEs) to attend AFTW meetings. She thought examiners and CFI’s should talk to one another. As Winton puts it, “In our role we watch how instructors are implementing safety. Participating in AFTW allows us to communicate directly with instructors and helps us remain aware of how airspace is being used all around the state.” Winton and other DPE’s can check into AFTW’s moderated on-line forums and refer to their useful graphics, airspace overlays and cautionary items to locate hot spots in the airspace in the same way airport managers and tower operators locate hotspots on the airport. Brandt cites the example of an outdated and uncharted non-directional beacon (NDB) approach based on a local radio station at Casa Grande Airport (CGZ). Years ago it wasn’t a problem for instructors to use this approach, but as the airspace has become busier, and especially since the CGZ GPS approach has been published, AFTW identified the Coolidge (KCKY) approach as a serious traffic conflict. The approach was removed from their website and through announcements and face-to-face dialogue, instructors were made aware of the problem. Very few pilots are now using the unpublished approach and members hope its use will soon be eliminated entirely. Another example of AFTW effectiveness took place last year when Lake Havasu Airport Manager Steve Johnston approached FAASTeam Manager Gallo about students operations at HII. Some students on solo cross-country flights were having trouble orienting and reporting their position when approaching the airport. To help solve the problem, Johnston used an aerial photograph of the Lake Havasu area to create a graphic overlay indentifying prominent landmarks, recom-

mended reporting points and entry patterns. Gallo contacted AFTW and the graphic was placed on their website. This now serves as a library resource for flight instructors and can be used to brief students before their flight. Pilots can also print a copy and take it with them in the cockpit. Similar processes helped clear confusion about the Luke SATR, recommended traffic patterns at Payson Airport (KPAN), and most recently, AFTW members were consulted during the drafting of a Letter to Airmen from FAA Air Traffic about operations in the vicinity of Gateway Airport (KIWA). Jeffrey Panhans of Allegiant Airlines said the airline finds it very useful to participate in the group. Allegiant provided information about flight tracks and altitudes they were using out of Gateway Airport which were published on the AFTW website. In addition airline representatives visited schools directly and attended groups meetings. These efforts help them de-conflict with flight training operations. AFTW also works collaboratively with the safety team at Luke Air Force Base and the members of the Phoenix Airspace Users Work Group (PAUWG). PAUWG members include airport managers, FAA Air Traffic and contract controllers from Serco, commercial airlines operating out of Phoenix Sky Harbor and Mesa Gateway Airports, the Arizona Business Aviation Association, Arizona Pilots Association, Aviation Safety

Terry Brandt, left, Designated Pilot Examiner and Matt Miller, CFI Falcon Executive Aviation.

Advisory Group, Phoenix Air National Guard, Luke and other industry representatives. By networking with other airspace users, AFTW members cultivate relationships and build resources to keep Arizona flight instructors alert to the operations of others users, and makes other users aware of the needs of CFI’s and their students. Word about how well the airspace users in Arizona work together is spreading around the country. Recently an NTSB representative attended airspace discussions at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (IWA) to witness first hand how airport managers, air traffic control, and general aviation representatives, including AFTW, address issues before they become problems. NTSB took these ideas back to Long Beach to help them address growing conflicts in the complex southern California airspace. Continued on next page.

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AFTW Continued from previous page. University of North Dakota’s main campus in Grand Forks is impressed with the access their Phoenix Campus has to FAA. “We have Phil Thornton to thank for that,” says Ginder. Phil Thornton is the Facility Manager for Phoenix FAA Air Traffic. Under his direction, Arizona ATC managers work freely with groups like AFTW. “I’m proud of the way things work here,” boasts Ginder, “AFTW members are passionate about safety.” The AFTW organization is loose enough to be dynamic, and members are civil and open when exchanging ideas. The group is informal, there are no dues or membership fees and participation is strictly voluntary. AFTW is open to independent flight Rex Ginder. instructors and any schools who wish to become more involved in improving both the quality of fight instruction and increasing air safety. Membership is as simple as sending an email via the contact form at www.aftw.org and asking to be put on the mailing list. “Or just show up at one of the regular meetings,” says Winton. Dominick Gallo really likes that AFTW meets at the Scottsdale FSDO because more FAA staff can be there. “FAA is responsive to consensus issues,” says Gallo. AFTW faces some challenges to its future. Changes in lead-

ership among CFI’s create a need to constantly mentor new involvement in the group. “If there is a weakness in the organization, it is community awareness,” states Ginder. “Pilots can miss out on an opportunity to be part of the group, even if they attend FAASTeam meetings, especially outside the Phoenix area.” CFI workloads are heavy, so instructors cannot always take time to attend meetings. And flight schools are busy places. When instructors return to their environment, information sharing does not always happen as effectively as members would hope. Winton would also like to see AFTW network more actively with other pilot organizations around the state such as airport user groups and the Arizona Pilots Association. APA recognized AFTW’s significant contribution to aviation safety by presenting AFTW with their highest honor, the Ruth Reinhold Award during the annual Aviation Safety Awards Ceremonies in 2011. AFTW members are dedicated to improving pilot judgment and decision-making to reduce accidents, incidents and pilot deviations in Arizona. Industry groups are encouraged to contact AFTW via the website for opportunities to share safety information at upcoming meetings or on the web. “It’s a good group,” Winton assures. “I believe every flight school and every CFI should be actively participating in this group. There is no other organization like it in Arizona where flight instructors can compare notes and improve both their teaching abilities and increase aviation safety.” AFTW is making a difference, today and tomorrow. The future of aviation safety is in the hands of Arizona’s professional flight instructors, and the Arizona Flight Training Workgroup.

Sky Kids

A Life Changing Experience at Goodyear Airport Sky Kids, a 501(c)(3) organization for children ages 6-19 years old with special needs/disabilities, partnered with Hope Kids, an organization that works with children who have life threatening conditions to give them an hour long flight at Goodyear Airport. “This is a life changing event for these kids and they’ll remember it forever,” said Bill Antonucci, founder of Sky Kids. Antonucci with his wife Sharon started the organization in August 2011. Antonucci, a pilot himself since 1972, and his wife were involved in an event that took ill children on flights back in 2010 – that event really had an impact on them and after the organizers of that event had some financial issues, Antonucci decided it was worth it to try it himself “it is so rewarding to see the smiles on these kids’ faces.” Held in April of this year, this was Sky Kids’ first event – although they are looking at doing it again next year. Joe

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Sky Kids founder, Bill Antonucci.

Husband, Goodyear Airport Manager, said the organization is looking to do more events each year at other airports. “These children need something special in their life,” said Husband. During the event, each child received an hour long flight and had to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. They were also able to bring a friend or sibling. Most of the planes that were used were four-seaters.

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On the ramp at Goodyear Airport.

Jim Anderson, a volunteer pilot said he probably had more fun flying on that day than the kids and families did. “When you have the privilege to fly with kids blessed with endless smiles and the joy they bring to your day - I wouldn’t miss this event for the world.” “We have all had challenges in our lives and sometimes the challenges we face look like Volunteer pilot Jim Anderson, left, flew Braydon Fuller, his Mom Hetter Fuller and family mountains we can’t move,” said Anderson. friend Darryl Kannberg. “Spending some time with these kids and their families I find endless inspiration and I know the brief experience they had flying will help them in a positive way as well.” By the end of the day Anderson had flown five missions - all with kids he said he will remember for the rest of his life. “On my flight back to Deer Valley with an empty airplane, I looked back on all the kids I met and the challenges they face,” said Anderson. “My mountains suddenly became gains of sand.” For more information on Sky Kids visit: http://skykidsaz.org.

Volunteers served a meal.

The Goodyear Police Department participated in the event.

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The East Economy Parking train station was the location of the milestone event.

PHX Sky Train Achieves Milestone The PHX Sky Train™ achieved another major milestone in May as Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton sent Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s new automated train on its first official journey. The PHX Sky Train™ traveled on the track between the East Economy Parking train station and its maintenance facility. Mayor Stanton said that today represents a major milestone for the PHX Sky Train™. “Each day brings us closer and closer to completing this vital project. The future success of Sky Harbor is the future success of our City.” The electrically-powered, automated PHX Sky Train™ will transport travelers between the regional light rail system, Sky Harbor’s largest parking area and Terminal 4, which serves 80 percent of the Phoenix Airport’s passengers. It will serve passengers beginning in the first quarter of 2013. The PHX Sky Train™ will run 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and will

Danny Murphy welcomes attendees.

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be free of charge. In future stages, the PHX Sky Train™ will serve all of Phoenix Sky Harbor’s terminals by early 2015 and will continue to the Rental Car Center by 2020. Mary Anne Derr, PHX Sky Train™ production manager for Gannett Fleming, Inc., said it is truly a thrill to witness yet another successful milestone of the PHX Sky Train™ project. “I feel so fortunate to have been part of this project for the last five years; from the conceptual design phase, through final design development, construction of the guideway and stations, and now to the train system testing phase.” Aviation Director Danny Murphy noted that the test run is a visible sign that the project is on track and will soon deliver a new level of service to their customers. The train brings with it many new amenities, including baggage check-in services, boarding pass kiosks and pet parks at the stations. Trains will arrive and depart every three to four minutes, and it will only

Phoenix City Councilman, Tom Simplot, center, was recognized for his supprt of the project. Colin Tetreault and Tamie Fisher are also shown.

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Mary Anne Derr, left, PHX Sky Train™ Production Manager with Gannett Fleming, Inc. and Jennifer Maples, Aviation Superintendent for the city of Phoenix Aviation Department. Bennett Sloan, left with Jacobs Engineering is shown with John Housely, Bombardier.

be a two minute ride between the East Economy Parking train station and Terminal 4. Derr said the commencement is a true testament to the hard work of so many people. “Having a great owner in the city of Phoenix’s Aviation Department, fantastic peers and sub-consultants on the Gannett Fleming design team, and a hard working and diligent personnel in the Hensel Phelps construction team, has helped to make the fixed facilities design and construction phase a complete success.” Now, as the Bombardier team launches into the train testing mode, Derr said she speaks for the entire design team when she says, “The feeling of gratification is overwhelming.” For more information on the PHX Sky Train, visit www.skyharbor.com/phxskytrain.

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Danny Murphy, behind the podium, welcomes attendees to Phoenix.

Phoenix Hosts AAAE Annual Conference The city of Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport hosted the 84th Annual American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) at the Phoenix Convention Center April 29 - May 2, 2012. ‘It Comes 2 Life’ was the conference theme which offered the estimated 2,000 attendees, both timely and interesting topics from the airport industry as well as an opportunity to enjoy a revitalized downtown featuring new restaurants, shops and hotels. AAAE Chair, Kelly L. Johnson presided over the opening ceremonies which included welcoming remarks by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and the Honorable Ed Pastor, U.S. House of Representatives. Danny Murphy, Director of Phoenix Sky Harbor and Carl Newman, Assistant Aviation Director also greeted conference delegates who attended from around the globe. “Phoenix was honored to host the 84th Annual AAAE Conference,” said Newman. John Pistole “We have received many positive comments from our colleagues who traveled to Phoenix for this event.” Newman said he was proud of their Phoenix

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Aviation Department staff members who worked countless hours to ensure the conference was a success. Tamie Fisher, Assistant Aviation Director for the city of Phoenix said the Phoenix Aviation Department team demonstrated a spirit of excellence when their industry peers came to town and she couldn’t have been more proud. The goal of AAAE’s annual conference is to unite the industry’s most influenKelly Johnson tial leaders and allow them to share their knowledge, views and experiences for everyone’s benefit. High profile figures from the transportation industry, including Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and John S. Pistole, Administrator for Transportation Security Administration, were on hand to make presentations. Even with an important last minute change in his schedule, Pistole was able to deliver the keynote address at the awards luncheon on Wednesday. The conference agenda featured more than two dozen educa-

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Deborah Hersman

tional sessions covering many of the key topics shaping the aviation industry. Attendees heard from experts on such topics as sustainability, customer service, aviation security, concessions and emerging technologies. Between sessions more than 175 companies were available on the exhibit hall floor to Left to right are, Jim Bennett, Carl Newman and Paul Blue, chief of staff for Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton. showcase their products and services. For a conference of this magnitude to be successful, it took the support and coordination of a large number of people. City of Phoenix staff were on hand throughout the convention center to provide help and guidance. “It was our privilege to host the airport industry in Phoenix for the conference and a great opportunity for many of our staff to participate in the educational and networking events,” said Jennifer Maples, Aviation Superintendant for the city of Phoenix Aviation Department. “We are very fortunate to have a great staff, who through their volunteer efforts, helped make this such a successful event.” See more photos on next page.

Jennifer Maples and Patrick Murphy, owner of 115 Degrees West, LLC, were part of a session on airport way finding.

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City of Pheonx Aviation Department employees from left are, Kenneth Irwin, Kimberly Brown, Craig Grosskopf, Tracee Crockett and Ed Faron.

Kenn Potts.

Kate O’Mally and James Mascaro.

Barclay Dick.

Kevin Shirer and Judy Ross.

AAAE photos by Kim Stevens and Kenn Potts

Visiting between sessions are from left, Barney Helmick, Chad Makovsky, Art Fairbanks and Tracee Crockett.

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Sean Moran, left and his mentor Jeff Tripp, Mesa Falcon Field.


AAAE Celebrates at the Arizona Center

The Arizona Center was transformed to feature the culture and cuisine of Phoenix.

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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Named Airport of the Year by Kim Stevens Recognized for its superior service and accomplishments over the past year, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport was recently named 2012 Airport of the Year by the Arizona Department of Transportation, MPD, Aeronautics Group. Michael Klein, Aeronautics Group manager presented the award to Lynn Kusy, Executive Director for the airport during the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) annual Spring conference held last month in Tucson. The airport has already been recognized for its rapid growth of passenger service but according to Kusy what makes this award so special is that the criteria used for the award was not focused on passenger service but on community engagement, innovative programs and excellence in airport management. Kusy recognized staff members Casey Denny, Carmen Williams and Deena Norton, who were on hand for the presentation and told banquet attendees that staff are led by a set of values that includes innovation and pride in all that they do. “This award is a validation of those efforts,” said Kusy. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is considered one of the fastest growing hub airports in the United States and has earned a reputation for being a convenient alternative to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Last year, the airport served

Lynn Kusy with the Airport of the Year sign.

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• nearly one million total passengers, with more than 171,200 takeoffs and landings, making it the 65th busiest airport in the United States, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Casey Denny, the airport’s Deputy Director said that even with everything that has been accomplished so far, they’ve just scratched the surface. “We have over 75% of the airport yet to develop,” said Denny. Next for the airport is the addition of more airlines, the development of scheduled cargo service, the creation of a 350-acre aviation industrial park, and the crown jewel - a 660-acre east terminal complex in a development program called Gateway 2030. “It’s an incredible community project and we all feel very fortunate to be a part of it,” said Denny. Additional major successes and accomplishments over the past year for the airport include:

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Allegiant Airlines announced new non-stop service to Minot, N.D.; Appleton, Wis.; Duluth, Minn.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and San Francisco-Oakland, Calif. Spirit Airlines announced new passenger service at Gateway with flights to Las Vegas, Nev.; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Spirit Airlines now also offers continuing service to 30 other destinations. In order to gear up for the increase in passenger service, Gateway broke ground on Phase II of a terminal expansion project, which will add 30,000 square feet of space and two additional gates. The airport also completed a 2,700-space parking lot along Ray Road. Airport staff organized Gateway Aviation Day, with more than 10,000 visitors from local communities spending a day at the airport to view aircraft, tour the facility, visit booths and participate in activities showcasing the airport.

A sign will be erected near the airport announcing PhoenixMesa Gateway Airport as the 2012 Airport of the Year. This is the second time Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has received this award - the first time was in 2004. Will the airport be honored for a third time in another eight years? “The staff and Board of Directors would be very happy to be the first airport to win this award three times, and if we have to wait until 2020, then so be it,” said Denny. The focus, however, has never been about winning these awards. It’s on executing their strategic plan and accomplishing their objectives. “If we stay focused on that, good things happen,” said Denny.

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Gary Mascaro

AzAA 2012 Executive of the Year The Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) selected Gary Mascaro, Aviation Director for the Scottsdale Airport as the 2012 Executive of the Year. The announcement was made during the association’s annual spring conference held this year in Tucson. Michael D. Hill, AzAA’s Corporate Director and Senior Project Manager for Sundt Construction, Inc., made the presentation during the association’s awards banquet. “I am humbled that I was even nominated for this award,”

airport improvement projects. “Each nomination was well prepared and well thought out,” said Hill, “making it a very difficult selection process.” Each of the nominations were very well qualified and according to Hill, deserving of the award. In the end, the selection committee felt that due to Mascaro’s unwavering commitment to AzAA, his support for aviation as an industry, his years as an airport manager and his commitment to his community, gave him the edge over the other candidates. Mascaro previously worked at the Scottsdale airport for eight years before becoming the Airport Manager at Deer Valley. He returned to direct the city of Scottsdale’s Aviation Department in March of 2010. Mascaro said he was grateful for the recognition by AzAA. “I will strive to be the best aviation leader I can be and will work to help mentor future aviation leaders.” “The Arizona Airports Association is fortunate to have individuals such as those nominated this year as members,” said Hill. “That says a lot about our future of this organization.”

Gary Mascaro

said Mascaro. “I respect the Arizona Airports Association and am proud to be part of the organization.” Hill said they rate the nominations on a number of things including accomplishments, qualifications, credentials, dedication to AzAA, knowledge and understanding of aviation issues and contributions to aviation facilities and May/June 2012

Scottsdale 2011 Air Fair

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A Look at Recent Aviation Events in Tucson A-10 from Davis-Monthan AFB.

Tucson tower photo by Scott Kimble.

Thomas Zlaket, TAA Steven Christy, State Transportation Board.

Ryan Field Fly-In

“Spirit of Southern Arizona,” the airport’s new solar sculpture, serves as an 18-foot-high commemoration of Arizona’s Centennial that forges an artistic and scientific link between the region’s historic past and its technological future. Photo by Mike Sultzbach.

American Airlines Arrival.

On the following pages the Arizona Aviation Journal focuses on a number of aviation events held recently in the city of Tucson; from the Centennial Statewide Fly-In held at Ryan Field, a photo montage of Davis-Monthan’s Thunder over the Desert, to extensive coverage of the Arizona Airports Association’s annual spring conference. Page 22 Arizona Aviation Journal

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Tucson International Airport Changing Times

Bonnie Allin - Tucson Airport Authority’s President & CEO

TAA Hosts Arizona Airports Conference Bonnie Allin, A.A.E., started work at Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) in 1976, three years before the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) was formed. As a panelist speaker at the association’s annual spring conference and host, the president and CEO shared her perspectives on how airport management has changed in that time. May/June 2012

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TAA Continued from previous page. “Few industries could have survived and prospered as has airport management,” she said. Looking back to the 1970s, two major events have profoundly affected the way airports do business, Allin explained. Deregulation and the attacks of September 11 permanently shaped the industry landscape in which we work today. Among other effects, both events required airports to invest in more infrastructure, first to accommodate new airlines that needed airfield facilities and ticket counters. This was the beginning of airport funding challenges. “Going forward, we have to fundamentally change how airports pay for major capital improvements,” Allin said. She believes the local governing entities should make decisions on capital project funding rather than the airlines or those without a vested interest in our communities. Allin advocates working to educate our Congressional delegations starting now to help Bonnie Allin them understand the importance of making the necessary changes to the next FAA Reauthorization Bill on AIP funding and the PFC. Working her way up at both TAA and the Corpus Christi International Airport, Allin has witnessed a shift in airports becoming economic development leaders in their communities. A new study conducted by the Eller College at the University of Arizona found that Tucson International Airport (TIA) contributes more than $3.2 billion annually to the southern Arizona economy and supports 35,000 jobs. Airport directors have also put more focus on serving as stewards of the environment in the past decades. “We must be good neighbors through effective noise mitigation and land use compatibility measures,” Allin said. In 1982, TIA became one of the nation’s first airports with a federally approved noise reduction program. Since that time, the Authority has moved the main runway half a mile to the southeast, constructed an engine run-up apron, instituted a preferential runway use policy and placed restrictions on nighttime operations. Outside TIA boundaries, TAA has worked with local agencies on the implementation of land use regulations and continued promotion of compatible development in the airport environs, as well as acoustically treating 1,121 homes and one school within the 65 Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL) noise contour as part of the residential sound insulation program. TAA has also long been involved in environmental efforts de-

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signed to reduce resource consumption. In 2010, the Authority adopted a sustainability policy in order to formalize its dedication to a sustainable future. Earlier this year, the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a new Renewable Energy Incentive District (REID), marking several parcels of land throughout the Tucson metro area as suitable for large-scale solar development and putting incentives in place, including expedited permit processing and fee waivers. TIA and Ryan Airfield were included in their entirety, making Tucson’s two airports the first in Arizona to offer solar development incentives as a consequence of the state’s new improvement district bill, HB 2298. Conference attendees who visited TIA while in Tucson had the opportunity to view the airport’s latest solar project. The “Spirit of Southern Arizona,” the airport’s new solar sculpture, serves as an 18-foot-high commemoration of Arizona’s Centennial that forges an artistic and scientific link between the region’s historic past and its technological future. Six circular medallions encircle the sculpture’s base, representing southern Arizona’s past and present through images such as Tucson’s first airplane flight in 1910, a Tohono O’odham woman harvesting saguaro fruit and the University of Arizona’s radio telescope at Kitt Peak. Taking off from this cultural foundation is a futuristic airplane that leaves a sparkling contrail behind as it climbs into Arizona’s sky en route to the next 100 years of progress. Underlying the theme throughout is the history of aviation in southern Arizona and the importance of solar energy to the future. Photovoltaic solar panel collectors power numerous light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that deliver a constantly changing display of colored lights and patterns at night. “TAA wanted to add a distinctive work to the airport’s permanent collection to mark the Arizona Centennial and acknowledge the growing importance of solar energy in our region. The ‘Spirit of Southern Arizona’ is a beautiful way to do both,” Allin said. The sculpture stands in a high-traffic spot, outside the rental car facility, adjacent to the exit lanes for the terminal roadway loop. So what’s next at TIA? A new air-traffic control tower, for one. The Federal Tucson Air Traffic Control Tower Aviation Administration is in the design phase of a replacement project for the existing structure, which dates to 1958. Design is expected to be complete in 2014.

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Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona

Dan Buchanon (Photo by Jayme Kelter)

Tombstone Riders (Photo by Jayme Kelter)

Davis-Monthan Celebrates 100 Years of Statehood An F-16 pilot talks about performance capabilities. (Photo by Clint Morris)

TAA Continued from previous page. The new tower site will be built on the west side of TIA’s main north-south runway, whereas the existing tower is east of the runway at the airport’s executive terminal. Much to the relief of Tucson locals, the old tower will stay in place and continue to serve as a local icon. Also on the facility side, a terminal optimization study for TIA is ongoing. Its recommendations could change the placement of retail and dining outlets and give customers more options. TAA is also considering how best to implement the latest technology to expedite check-in and screening procedures. The need for airports to make frequent adjustments and infrastructure investments to keep pace with changing airline business models and shifts in the way the public travels was also covered in Allin’s discussion of airport management. She encourages Arizona airport executives to take advantage of educational opportunities and seek certification in order to build the specialized knowledge base needed to succeed in today’s industry climate. Allin said the networking and collaboration offered through AzAA is also invaluable. “We are blessed to be part of an industry that is filled with people who go out of their way to help each other overcome challenges. Fortunately, that has not changed in all these years,” she concluded.

Thunder & Lightning over Arizona, a biannual event at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, was held this year in April. This year’s event celebrated aviation history, airpower and 100 years of Arizona statehood and featured several military air demonstration teams including the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron also known as the Thunderbirds. The two day event to ‘honor the past and inspire the future’ featured a wide variety of static aircraft displays in addition to the ones that flew. The last open house to take place at DavisMonthan was ‘Arizona and Aerospace Days’ 2010 air show. Admission and general parking was free. See more photos on next two pages.

Garrett Morris traveling in style. (Photo by Clint Morris)

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Photos by Jayme Kelter

Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona

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Davis-Monthan 2012 Open House

The sights, sounds and smells of power and finesse.

Photos by Clint Morris

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Tucson: Site of 2012 AzAA Spring Conference

AzAA Articles Passing the Gavel Centennial Statewide Fly-In at Ryan Field Annual Golf Tournament at Arizona National Spring Conference at University Marriott

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exciting in 2012 as the FAA transitions towards opening an Airports [ADO] Office in Phoenix.” For Nystrom, teamwork is critical to success. “I will never ask another team member to do something that I am not willing to do myself.” Undoubtedly she will also draw on her experience leading the Colorado Airport Operators Association (CAOA), a similar organization. “Our missions are very similar,” said Nystrom. “I am hopeful that the two years that I had the privilege of serving as CAOA’s president will assist me in leading AzAA over the next year.” When not focusing on some aspect of airports, Nystrom said she enjoys spending time with her children, traveling, photography and researching her family’s genealogy. “To date, my family tree includes over 7,000 people…none of whom were especially rich or famous…just honest, hard-working souls.”

Jennifer Maples

Outgoing President Reflects on Busy Year By Jenny Watts

Corinne Nystrom, President of AzAA and airport director for Mesa Falcon Field, left and Jennifer Maples, Immediate Past President and Aviation Superintendent, City of Phoenix Aviation Department.

Passing the Gavel New AzAA President to Build on Past Success

Corinne C. Nystrom, newly elected president of the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA), accepted the gavel from outgoing president Jennifer Maples during the waning moments of the association’s spring conference in May, signifying the beginning of a year in office that promises to keep her on her toes. Coming off of what many thought to be a very successful conference, the accredited airport executive has listened carefully to the advice of past presidents and is looking forward to the coming year. “The recent AzAA spring conference was one of the most successful in the history of the association,” said Nystrom, who is airport director for Mesa Falcon Field. “The Tucson Airport Authority, the corporate sponsors and the AzAA Conference Committee did an outstanding job of hosting this event, which drew over 175 attendees.” Nystrom said the working relationship that AzAA has had with the FAA and ADOT is extremely important and is essential that they continue to work cooperatively with them to help develop and maintain Arizona’s airports. “It will be especially

Her day job as an Aviation Superintendent for the city of Phoenix Aviation Department is time consuming in itself but over the past year, Jennifer Maples, AAE has also served as President of the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA). AzAA recently held its annual “Dutch Bertholf” Spring Conference in Tucson, AZ on May 19th – May 23rd. Maples oversaw the conference as part of her last obligatory role as President. Considered a successful conference by most, Maples and the rest of the AzAA Board of Directors accomplished other successes over the year. Some of these accomplishments included continuing active communication with state and federal representatives on national and local funding issues, including AIP and the State Aviation Fund; increased recognition and participation in National Aviation Day; making improvements to the AzAA website; establishing a social media presence through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; and also establishing the Spring Conference and Fly-In as a sanctioned Arizona Centennial event. “We accomplished a great deal,” reflects Maples. Maples acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the Board over the past year, as well as the support of the membership, and concludes that “the association is only as strong as we make it through our individual and collective contributions.” Maples’ individual contributions throughout the year also taught her an important lesson. She says she learned in a role such as president of a professional organization, one should “not take on so much in any one year.” In fact, this is one piece of advice she would pass on to the new incoming AzAA President, along with “use the resources available to you, and don’t

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Maples Continued from previous page. be afraid to ask for help.” As her term was winding down to the final hours, Maples’ belief that the “whole is greater than the sum of its parts” was further demonstrated during her outgoing speech made at the President’s Reception on the final night of the Spring Conference. During her speech, Maples recognized many groups and individuals that had made significant contributions to the organization as a whole over the past year. First, she took the opportunity to recognize and thank all of the sponsors, followed by her recognition of the outstanding job performed by the Conference Committee and its Chair Jordan Feld. She also thanked the Tucson Airport Authority for graciously hosting this year’s event. Maples made a grand gesture by honoring the former AzAA Presidents who were also in attendance that night; this is a group which includes many of her personal mentors. Finally, as part of her final duties as President, Maples had the honor of presenting the Director’s and Officer’s plaques and the President’s Award. Director and Officer honorees included: Casey Denny, of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, for his role as Immediate Past President, Jordan Feld, of Tucson Airport Authority, for his role as 2nd Vice President, and Corinne Nystrom, AAE, of Mesa Falcon Field Airport, for her role as 1st Vice President. Additionally, other honorees included Mike Halpin, of Grand Canyon National Park Airport, for his service filling in to cover an Executive Director position, Sandra Kukla, of DWL Architects, for her two years of service as Associate Director and Deena Norton, of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, for her collective five years of service as Executive Director. To preface her introduction of this year’s President’s Award, Maples cited Casey Denny’s decision last year to award two awards. Alluding to the fact that she herself would also be awarding two President’s Awards she stated, “There are two people who have stood out this year as key contributors to the association, and personally to me in their willingness to take on the tasks I have asked of them.” Maples then announced the recipients of this year’s President’s Award were Kevin Shirer of Woolpert and Sandra Kukla of DWL Architects. Shirer was recognized for his hard work in improving the AzAA website, and Sandra Kukla was recognized for her efforts in establishing a better public relations presence within AzAA. Having presented these distinguished awards, Maples ended her role as AzAA President by briefly introducing the new incoming President, Corinne Nystrom, AAE. Maples noted of Nystrom that “she is consistently there to do whatever it takes for the association…I look forward to her leadership in the next year, and [I] am sure she will continue to serve the association exceedingly well.” The closing remarks made by Maples at the end of her speech that most accurately sum up her term as President, and that will most likely be remembered by the attendees, are this: “This is

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Maples, left, presents the gavel to Corinne Nystrom.

the best group of people I have ever had the pleasure of working shoulder to shoulder with, and I look forward to continuing to serve you as past president in the years to come.” And with that, Maples handed over the gavel to the sound of applause in the background.

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Sandra Kukla

Kevin Shirer


Centennial Statewide Fly-In Held at Ryan AzAA and TAA Back First-Ever Event Members of the Tucson community joined pilots and aviation enthusiasts from across the state to participate in the Centennial Statewide Fly-In held at Ryan Field in Tucson on May 19th. There were 60 airplanes parked on the ramp and each pilot received a participation ribbon for flying into the officially sanctioned centennial event which was sponsored by the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) and the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA). Jennifer Maples, the outgoing president of AzAA said it was a great way to kick off the celebration of the history of aviation in Arizona. “Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make it such a great success!” The history theme was carried through the AzAA conference with historic photographs and a presentation on the history of aviation in Arizona. There were a number of exhibitors set up under a large tent including the Pima Air & Space Museum, the Arizona Pilots Association, the Phoenix and Tucson chapters of the 99s, AzAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Jordan Feld, TAA Director of Planning

Association, Tucson International Airport and the Tucson Radio Control Club. An estimated 150 pancake breakfasts were served by local EAA Chapter 81 members throughout the morning. The event, which began at 7:00 a.m., featured live music and a tour of the air traffic control tower, organized by the Tucson 99s. “I was particularly pleased by the local steel drum band we hired to play for the event, said Scott Driver, Airport Manager at Ryan Field. “Steel drum music is all upbeat and rhythmic which is the perfect complement for an outdoor event.” The AzAA Board of Directors originally discussed the idea for a fly-in as the perfect compliment to the association’s annual spring conference held in Tucson and an additional way to celebrate the history of aviation in the state. The Tucson Airport Authority hosted both events. “TAA is always excited to help facilitate the general public’s enjoyment of aviation and the AzAA spring conference fly-in event at Ryan Airfield was no exception,” said Jordan Feld, AzAA 1st Vice President and director of planning for TAA. “From TAA’s perspective, the fly-in was a tremendous success because it not only brought together aviation enthusiasts from all over the southwest, but it extended the fascinating world of airports to our neighborhoods and our community.”

Viki Matthews and Tom Andrews

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EAA Chapter 81 members John Harlow and Mick Myal

EAA volunteer Erik Fjerstad makes pancakes.

Left to right are Mike Halpin, Grand Canyon National Park Airport Manager and Paul Bedell and Charles Glover, TAA Fire Department

John and Iris Cance of Tucson enjoyed checking out the aircraft at Ryan Field.

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Left to right with the Tucson Radio Control Club are Greg Harrell, Chuck Brooks, Mike Bourne and Bob Snook

Stefanie Spencer and Jim Timm with the Arizona Pilots Association

Phil Drury, left and Larry Moore of Tucson with a 1946 Luscombe

Tim Amalong, Arizona Aero-Tech

Jerry Congbore, TAA

Audree Davis, left and Paula Woods with PHX 99s

Pete Soderquist and Jennifer Maples

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Jim White, Double Eagle Aviation

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Sixty aircraft participated in the fly-in and received centennial participation ribbons.

Mina Stafford, curator of education for Pima Air & Space Museum Barbara Harper distributed participation ribbons.

Tucson 99s, Christina Bentley, left, and Evelyn Cowing

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Centennial Fly-In Sees Large Turn Out for WINGS The objective of the WINGS program especially at the basic level is to address the primary accident causal factors that continue to plague the general aviation community, and in such a manner as to suggest mitigation strategies to avoid those accidents. Arizona Lead FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) representatives had the opportunity during the Centennial Statewide Fly-In at Ryan Field in Tucson, to share that message as pilots from across the state scheduled time to attend the program. Dominick Gallo, Jr., FAASTeam Program Manager for the state of Arizona along with Jim Anderson and Cary Grant, both Certified Flight Instructors (CFI), were on hand to engage pilots in discussions about flight safety as part of the WINGSPilot Proficiency Program. Grant said he was very pleased to see a large turn out at Ryan for the presentation. “It was great to see so many pilots with such a wide breadth of experience in the audience and we really count on the CFI instructors to carry the torch of the WINGS program to the pilot population.” Grant said it was especially gratifying to have so many of them in attendance and offer some very good flying techniques and safety suggestions. All pilots holding a U.S. pilot certificate may participate in the WINGS Program. To participate in flight portions of the program, pilots should contact certificated flight instruc- From left to right, Cary Grant, Dominick tors and flight schools, and other FAASTeam Members, who are or will participate in the Gallo and Jim Anderson WINGS Program. Grant said he wanted to thank all of the people at Ryan who helped commemorate Arizona’s centennial celebration with the flyin and for the opportunity to present their program to pilots who attended. Anderson said the event at Ryan Field was attended by folks from all over the state. “My hope is the attendees will spread the good word about the FAASTeam and the benefits of the wings program.

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Past presidents from left are Gary Mascaro, David Gaines, Mark Myers, Peter Soderquist, Mike Covalt, Jennifer Maples, Jeff Tripp, Neilson “Dutch” Berthholf, Michael Johnson, Barclay Dick, Casey Denny, Lynn Kusy and Joe Husband

Past AzAA Presidents Share Insight

Casey Denny and Jennifer Maples

The Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) Past President’s Council was established three years ago for the purpose of periodically “checking in” with the association’s former presidents, many of whom are still active leaders in the industry and to allow the incoming president and 1st vice president to garner wisdom from their experiences at the helm of the association. “This year was the best attended yet,” said Jennifer Maples, the association’s outgoing president. “Their insights on current issues, concerns, and potential pitfalls to avoid will serve Corinne [Nystrom, incoming president] and Jordan [Feld, 1st vice president] well.” Maples said that several followed up with additional ideas and feedback over the course of the conference, an indication of how effective the council is as an ongoing dialogue for the betterment of the industry. Feld said the advice given was “think big, but be disciplined. The past presidents understand that leading AzAA requires guiding our members’ creativity and willingness in a way that promotes the organization’s growth but also ensures concentration on the issues that are most critical to AzAA.” “This advice is very meaningful and timely for me as it reinforces the need to align our mission with everything we do and more simply, avoiding taking on too much.”

Mr. and Mrs. David Gaines, left, and Jeff Tripp

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Neilson “Dutch” Berthholf

Peter Soderquist, Gladys Wiggins, center, and Corinne Nystrom

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AzAA Founders Gather in Tucson

Many of the founding members of the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) met in Tucson recently to attend the annual spring conference of the association. AzAA was formed in 1979. Pictured above from left are, Michael Klein, Gary Adams, Peter Soderquist, Bill Menard, Barclay Dick and Jim Harris.

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Thirty seven golfers participated in this year’s AzAA golf tournament in Tucson.

AzAA Golfers Tear Up Arizona National Thirty seven members of the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) tore up the Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson with blistering scores well below par during AzAA’s annual spring conference golf tournament on May 20th. Scores weren’t the only thing blistering on the hot spring day. AzAA member Kevin Shirer, Woolpert, came to the rescue by providing cool refreshments and wet towels which the golfers eagerly put around their necks. Arizona National Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. in 1995. The golf course is nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. The golf course follows the rugged natural flow of the land across shady mesquite-lined arroyos and skirts craggy rock outcroppings. The winning foursome overcame a challenging diverse 6,785 yard layout. They were Greg Mead, Gary Mascaro, Ken Goucher and Jeremy Keating. The longest putt was immaculately made by Jim Harris and Mike Norby man-handled the longest drive. Jane Kusy was flawless in recording the woman’s longest drive and Chris Monrad delivered the closest-to-the-pin shot. The second place team consisted of Chris Monrad, Jim Garcia, John Chimos and Brian Oliver. Nine different companies helped sponsor this year’s tournament.

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Mike Hill goes over the rules for the day’s outing.


Above left to right, Ken Goucher, Jeff Tripp and Joel Kath register for golf and buy up a large supply of muligans.

Mary Davis and Debbie Walker helped with registration.

Jim Harris, left, and Maury Clark anticipate a great round of golf.

Putting in hard work behind the scenes were Mike Hill, left, Sandy Kukla and Kevin Shirer.

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Barclay Dick

Mike Hill shows his form driving off the tee.

Steve Rao

Sinking the Big One! Above - Jeremy Keating left, celebrates with his teammates after sinking a long putt, which just may have been the reason his team finished first. Winning foursome left to right are, Gary Mascaro, Greg Mead, Ken Goucher and Jeremy Keating.

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Honors for 2nd place went to Jim Garcia, John Chimos, Brian Oliver and Chris Monrad.

Lorena and Ricardo de Rodriguez A few balls found a prickly home. Left to right are Joel Kath, John Nameth and Mike Halpin

Left to right are Jeff Tripp, Mike Hill and Lance McIntosh Left to right are Mike Covalt, Steve Rao, Zacharay Tait and Patrick Murphy

Left to right are Eric Rotner, Jeff Abraham and Bud Blattner

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Gary Bilow, left, and David Valenzuela

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Left to right are Craig West, Mike Norby, Steve Brewer and Matthew Taylor

Left to right are Barclay Dick, Jim Harris, Maury Clark and Ken Keatts

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Left to right are Sandra Kukla, Lynn Kusy, Jim Laurer and Jane Kusy

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Speakers gave their perspectives on the ‘airport manager,’ then and now.

Tucson Hosts AzAA Annual Spring Conference The Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) held its annual “Dutch Bertholf” Spring Conference in Tucson last month. Designated as an official Arizona centennial event, the conference featured a look at the history of aviation in Arizona along with sessions covering a wide range of topics impacting airports and the aviation industry. Hosted by the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA), the conference also featured for the first time a state wide fly-in and breakfast on Saturday, May 19th at Ryan Field. The event attracted 60 aircraft from across the state and over 150 breakfasts were served. Partnering with TAA and AzAA to help make the event a success were Tucson and Phoenix chapters of the 99s, the Arizona Pilots Association, Pima Air & Space Museum and the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). The conference officially kicked off on Sunday, May 20th with a golf tournament at the Arizona National Golf Club and an opening reception and pool tournament that Hornor Guard from Davis-Monevening. Formal sessions than AFB were held on May 21st and 22nd and concluded with an awards banquet on the evening of May 22nd. Thomas A. Zlaket, Chairman of the Tucson Airport Authority

along with Steven Christy, a member of the State Transportation Board and Dutch Bertholf welcomed attendees to Tucson and the conference. University of Arizona physicist Peter Smith delivered a highly entertaining keynote lecture on the future of space exploration. The conference, held at the Marriott University Park Hotel, is an annual professional educational and networking opportunity for aviation professionals to learn about the latest trends and share experiences and business practices. The conference title honors Neilson A. “Dutch” Bertholf, a former airport director for the city of Phoenix Aviation Department who served the aviation profession in a variety of roles during his more than 50-year career. The new AzAA board of directors State Transportation Board member Steven Christy are Corinne Nystrom, President, Jordan Feld, 1st Vice President, Barney Helmick, 2nd Vice President, Jennifer Maples, Immediate Past President, Art Fairbanks, Chris Read, Mike Halpin, and Gladys Brown-Wiggins, Executive Directors, Mike Hill, Corporate Director, Kim Stevens, Associate Director and Mike Covalt, Administrative Director. AzAA is comprised of representatives of public and private airports and others interested in the general benefit of aviation. Conference speakers represent a broad range of expertise from Arizona airports, aviation organizations, private industry, and government agencies.

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AzAA 2012 Spring Conference

Participants in an airport issues roundtable discussion were, from left, Lynn Kusy, Gary Mascaro, Gary Petersen and Jennifer Maples. Pictured left - Mascaro and Petersen enjoy a lighter moment.

Airport executives and consultants gather in the hotel lobby.

Ken Snyder, left, shows a photo on his smart phone to Casey Denny and Stephanie Munoz.

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Dave Gilbertson, Wilcox, left, and Joel Kath, JK Engineers, Inc.

Lee Hulbert, FNF Construction and Cory Hazelwood, C&S Engineering

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David Cushing, FAA manager LAX-ADO and Jaime Duran, FAA planner

Bonnie Allin, TAA and Steve Rao, DWL

Lynn Kusy, left, listens to Mark McClardy, Airports Division manager for the FAA’s Western Pacific Region. McClardy said the new Phoenix ADO would be a world class office for a world class state. Nancy Wiley, ADOT and Steve Johnston, Lake Havasu City Airport Manager

Steve Jensen, Austin Commercial and Kelly Phelps, PSM2 Inc.

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AzAA 2012 Spring Conference

AzAA outgoing president Jennifer Maples with keynote speaker Peter Smith, center, Project Leader with the University of Tucson and Jordan Feld, Tucson Airport Authority.

Barney Helmick, left, the current manager of the Flagstaff Airport with former managers, Bill Menard, Mike Covalt and Pete Soderquist

Patrick Murphy won a ceramic bowl, crafted by Barclay Dick.

Art Fairbanks with AzAA scholarship winner Christina Kenyon

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David Hensley talked about Arizona’s colorful aviation history.

AzAA Unveils New Logo The Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) unveiled their new logo at the association’s annual spring conference in Tucson. The public relations committee presented the design to the membership after developing the concept for a better part of a year. AzAA member Patrick Murphy, owner of 115 Degrees West, LLC, developed the new design under the direction of the AzAA board of directors. The membership voted unanimously to accept the new design.


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Barney Helmick, Flagstaff and Ken Goucher, Scottsdale

Holly Hawkins, ADOT and Michael Johnson, Executive Emeritus

Gathering door prizes are from left, Mike Hill, Sundt Construction, Sandra Kukla, DWL and Chintan Jhaveri, TRACE Consulting

Lorena de Rodriguez, AviaEd and Mike Hemesath, Sierra Vista

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AzAA Spring Conference

Joe Husband, Phoenix Goodyear Airport manager and DJ extraordinaire

Dibble employees from left are Ryan Toner, Stephanie Munoz, Ken Snyder and Jared Bass.

Bill Harvey at the Monday evening reception.

Self proclaimed pool shark, Kim Stevens, left, went belly-up in the first round. Bruce Loev, billiards tournament director.

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AzAA 2012 Spring Conference

Thomas Hurd, Armstrong Consultants

Barclay Dick, left, and Travis Vallin

Michael Hotaling and Courtney Beamon

H.D. Moss, Rural Electric Inc.

Charles Bowers, Centennial Contractors

John Nameth, ADB Airfield Solutions and Debbie Walker, TAA

David Akers, Huitt-Zollars and Almira Martin, Burns & McDonnell

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David Sperling, Louis Berger Group

Kelly Phelps, PSM2 Inc.


Above, clockwise - Jim McCue, left and Gary Mascaro, Scottsdale Airport; Michael and Anne Marie Johnson, Tucson; Mark Koester, Stantec Consulting; Sandy Kukla, DWL Architects with Charles McDermott and Matthew Taylor, C&S Companies

Donna Ryder, left and Catherine Alcorn, CR Engineers present Bennett Sloan with a model plane

Ken Snyder, left, with Dibble Engineering and Gary Adams

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Jordan Feld and Jennifer Maples

Gladys Brown-Wiggins

Mike Halpin

Left to right are Sandra Kukla, Deena Norton and Carmen Williams

The AzAA Green Hat

Casey Denny (below), past recipient of the Green Hat, prepares to bestow the prized possession on this year’s recipient, Jeremy Keating, assistant airport director at Laughlin/Bullhead Int’l airport.

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