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State Aviation Journal Issue #16

May/June 2012

Bonnie Allin - Tucson Airport Authority’s President & CEO

Will Plentl Retires from Charlotte Douglas Int’l Wisconsin and Arizona Hold 2012 State Conferences

Phoenix Hosts 84th Annual AAAE Conference & Exposition May/June 2012

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AAAE Phoenix Hosts Annual Conference

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State Conferences Wisconsin Aviation Conference

Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) Annual Spring Conference Page 28

Contents From the Publisher

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Expressions TSA travel rules: Comply like a terrorist

PHX Sky Train™ Achieves Milestone

Will Plentl Former State Aviation Official Retiring from Charlotte Douglas Int’l

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Bonnie Allin Tucson Airport Authority CEO Navigtates Changing Industry Page 13

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AzAA Leadership Passing the Gavel Outgoing President Reflects on Busy Year Page 29 AzAA Airports Association Unveils New Logo

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Founders Gather in Tucson

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Air Race Classic 2012 Lake Havasu City, AZ Hosts Starting Point

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Western Regional Partnership Aviation Committee Meets in ABQ

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On The Cover

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Bonnie Allin, President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) in the terminal at Tucson International Airport. (Photo courtesy of TAA)

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From the Publisher

Recognition One of the motivations that encouraged me to publish the State Aviation Journal e-magazine was to bring attention to the many accomplishments and contributions that state aviation officials have made throughout the decades. Many times these dedicated servants and their work have either gone unnoticed or have received only minimal recognition within a small circle of the industry or from constituents within their respective states. The majority of state aviation officials that I’ve known and worked with continue to do their job with enthusiasm and passion because they love aviation and understand the value and worth that the aviation industry brings to their local communities, states and to the country. One example of how they promote aviation and disseminate information about the accomplishments within their office is by publishing a newsletter, usually on a monthly or quarterly basis. Beginning this year, the State Aviation Journal in coordination with the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) will be sponsoring an annual state aviation newsletter award in an effort to recognize the fine work that state aviation officials do in creating, writing and distributing newsletters to their customers. The award, which will be independently judged by a panel of experienced publishers and/or journalists, will be presented each year at the NASAO Annual Conference and Tradeshow, beginning this year with the conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The criteria used by the judges will include overall design, quality and accuracy of content, depth of reporting, use of graphics and photography, creativity and the use of social media either in the distribution or marketing of their newsletter. I know first hand how much work is involved in producing a newsletter either in print or electronic formats. I’ve seen many excellent examples from the states and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to have the State Aviation Journal honor and showcase the best example each year.

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Expressions “Central View,” by William Hamilton, J.D., Ph.D.

TSA travel rules: Comply like a terrorist For air travelers over age 75 and under age 12, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is working toward making your screening experience less troublesome. Already children under 12 no longer have to remove their shoes. At Chicago, Denver, and Portland seniors over 75 no longer have to remove their shoes, belts and jackets. Soon JFK International, La Guardia and Newark Liberty airports will be added to that list. One of the nice things about the TSA is that you can go on their website at www.tsa.gov and find detailed lists of what you need to know to be allowed on board an airliner in this country. Savvy travelers read all that information and do their very best to comply with whatever the TSA wants them to do. With practice, the experienced traveler can get very good at pleasing the TSA and sail right on through TSA screening with minimum hassle. Unfortunately, the Islamic jihadists and other terrorists read these same instructions from TSA and learn them by heart and possibly know them even better than the frazzled TSA screeners at the nation’s 499 commercial-service airports. No self-respecting terrorist is going to try to board an airliner in this country without having made sure that he or she is in strict compliance with the instructions available at www.tsa.gov. So, the next time you board an airliner, you can take comfort knowing that every last person going on board along with you has had to comply with the TSA’s preboarding instructions. On the other hand, there are untold numbers of innocent, non-terrorists who are ignorant of the rules or, even if informed, do not follow them. For example, just last week, the TSA intercepted 30 loaded pistols that were inside carry-on baggage. Famous sports and Page 6

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entertainment celebrities have been caught with weapons in their carry-on briefcases or bags. Since TSA screening went into effect, hundreds of thousands of prohibited items have been confiscated by the TSA. In fact, the TSA has had to hold auctions to get rid of hundreds of swords, meat cleavers, spear guns, cattle prods, brass knuckles and box cutters, to mention only a few prohibited items. Needless to say, the TSA needs to do as good a job educating America’s non-terrorists on how to go through TSA screening as the TSA has done with the terrorists. If the rest of us would comply the way the terrorists are complying, the work of the TSA would be a whole lot easier. Getting ready to depart the Nashville Airport last September, this writer encountered a female TSA screener with a keen sense of humor. Running late, Wonder Wife and I hurried to catch a flight back to Denver. We take pride in having our little 3-1-1 bags in perfect order. Our shoes, jackets, keys, cell phones, watches and other metal items placed just right in those little plastic tubs. We can pass through the magnetometer without setting it off. Having strictly compiled with TSA rules and sailing on through, I was collecting my belongings off of the conveyor belt when the TSA lady posted there said, “You obviously take pride in being ready for inspection and in following our rules; however, I want you to know that we really do not go that far.” “What do you mean you don’t go that far?” I asked. With a benevolent smile, the nice TSA lady said, “Your fly is unzipped.” ©2012. William Hamilton. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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Former NH Aviation Director Receives FAA Leadership Award Jack Ferns was named this year’s recipient of the 2012 New England Regional Administrator’s Aviation and Space Education Leadership Award. Ferns, a former state aviation director for the state of New Hampshire, was cited for his exemplary service while with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. Ferns was engaged in countless STEM-AVSED activities and supported more than 20 ACE Academies. He was directly involved in the implementation of the International Aviation Art Contest and countless career outreach events. Ferns is now the Executive Director of the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. Under his leadership, the museum was awarded a one million dollar grant by the Slusser family for the construction of the Slusser Aviation Learning Center.

Ferns and Amy Lind Corbett, Regional FAA Administrator for the New England region.

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The East Economy Parking train station at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ was the location of the milestone event.

Arizona’s PHX Sky Train Achieves Milestone The PHX Sky Train™ achieved another major milestone in May as Phoenix, AZ 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 the event represents a major milestone with 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 seven days a week, 365 days a year, and will

Phoenix Sky Harbor Aviation Director 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 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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Will Plentl in his office at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Plentl Retiring from Charlotte Douglas International by Kim Stevens Willard (Will) G. Plentl, Jr. has experienced a lot in life. His decades of experience in the field of aviation spans a variety of roles and industry changing events, from airline deregulation in 1978 to the terrorist attacks on our country in 2001, to amazing technological advances today. After spending nearly 50 years in aviation, which includes serving as a state aviation director, a lobbyist, pilot, consultant and more than twenty years in the Air Force, Plentl is retiring from his present position as deputy aviation director for Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, a position he has held for 11 years. He started that job on September 10, 2001. Plentl says it was his dad’s influence that initially got him interested in aviation. His dad was an officer in the Air Force and flew. “Growing up on an airbase impacts you as a youngster,” said Plentl. Later, the senior Plentl became the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) liaison in North Carolina. Will Plentl Jr. joined the CAP and flew with his dad Page 10

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when the opportunity presented itself. Plentl later followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Air Force himself, spending 26 years between active duty, the reserves and North Carolina Air Guard. Although he didn’t fly for the Air Force he did get his ratings there through his involvement in the aero club. After leaving active duty, Plentl’s venture into the world of state aviation was as an airport engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation for two years during the time when Grover Jones was the director. While there, Plentl performed the first ever FAA contracted Airport Master Records Inspection Program inspecting over 300 airports during a one year period. “It made good sense,” said Plentl. “In Florida we were licensing airports and needed to be out there anyway.” He left Florida for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, where he served as Aviation Director for 24 years (1973-1997). As an interesting side-note, Plentl and his father are the only father and son to have directed

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Plentl Continued from page 10 a state aviation agency and serve as president of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). Plentl partnered with local governments to help develop 18 new airports along with improving others to create a business and reliever airport system statewide serving both small communities as well as significant cities such as Charlotte. “I enjoyed state aviation and working issues on the state level,” said Plentl. “It’s important to be able to help local communities get into the airport business which benefits both the users and the citizens.” While aviation director, Plentl represented the state’s aviation interests before state and federal officials as well as the North Carolina General Assembly and the United States Congress. Plentl’s lobbying efforts resulted in the establishment of the Federal Block Grant Program for the States. North Carolina, according to Plentl was the first state to be selected to participate in the new program and to be allowed flexibility to adjust federal share ratios allowing for accelerated development of priority projects which general aviation airports outside of North Carolina could not do under the FAA-administrated program. Plentl said being the North Carolina director was a wonderful experience. “Great aviation system, wonderful people and a good fleet of aircraft,” - he flew them all. Between his post as state aviation director for North Carolina and his current position as deputy aviation director at Charlotte, Plentl served as the director of the Wilmington International Airport. He is a registered Professional Engineer in three states including North Carolina. Plentl holds a FAA Airline Transport Pilot’s License for AircraftMulti Engine Land and a Commercial Pilot Rating for Single Engine Land-Instrument. Plentl is set to retire from Charlotte on June 30 with more than 45 years of management experience. Officials praised him for helping oversee the airport’s major expansion over the past decade, during which he worked closely with aviation director Jerry Orr. Andrew Rilol, Airport Advisory Committee Chairman said that the two have Page 12

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complemented each other. Having invested so much of his life to aviation, Plentl says that it is his passion and love for aviation that has kept him going, and the opportunity to do what’s right for the aviation community. Couple that with his joy of working with federal and state officials who have worked hard over the years for their communities and citizens, and he will tell you that he has had a very enjoyable and rewarding career. “In my time a bad day was still good... bad times were great! It was a dream job.” Asked if he had any advice for those just getting started in the business, Plentle said it’s not the same today. “The world has changed. Today there is a level of sophistication with security and technology.” As an example, Plentl said he spoke with a drone pilot operating out of the Las Vegas area - “he is attacking targets one minute and Plentl on the ramp out sitting around the pool later the same day.” Plentl says he still keeps in touch with friends that he met from his days in state aviation and NASAO. He calls Henry Ogrodzinski, current President of NASAO, once in a while – “they’re good people.” “It’s important to make sure you have a bucket list in aviation and in life,” said Plentl. “Then proceed to do what you want to do.” Plentl has done just that. Now he’s asking “what’s next?!” Plentl retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, is a past president of the North Carolina Airports Association and the First Flight Society. He served as a member of the North Carolina First Flight Centennial Commission and is the secretary of the North Carolina First Flight Centennial Foundation. He lives in Davidson with his wife, Ann. They have two grown sons and daughters–in-law along with four grandchildren.

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Bonnie Allin

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Tucson Airport CEO Navigates Changing Industry Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) President and CEO Bonnie Allin, A.A.E., started work at TAA in 1976. Two years later, deregulation profoundly and permanently affected the way airports do business. It was a fitting start to a career that has required constant adjustment to changing business models and customer behavior. Working her way up at both TAA and the Corpus Christi International Airport over the decades, Allin has encountered many a challenge, as have her fellow airport executives. “Few industries could have survived and prospered as has airport management,” said Allin. After deregulation, the second momentous event that reshaped the airport landscape was the attacks of September 11, 2001. The resulting Aviation and Transportation Security Act meant funding challenges for airports, as new infrastructure was needed to accommodate new security measures and a different passenger flow. Meeting these challenges has been a focus for Allin both at Tucson International Airport (TIA) and on Capitol Hill. As chair of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in 2003 and 2004, Allin was involved in refining how airports work with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which was then a new organization. According to Spencer Dickerson, AAAE’s senior executive vice president, Allin’s leadership was pivotal in the organization’s successful efforts to Bonnie Allin expand representation of airport interests with the Department of Homeland Security. Allin advocates giving local governing entities the power to make decisions on capital project funding rather than the airlines or those without a vested interest in our com-

“Spirit of Southern Arizona,” a 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.

munities. “Going forward, we have to fundamentally change how airports pay for major capital improvements,” said Allin. She encourages aviation stakeholders to work with Congressional delegations on an ongoing basis to help them understand the importance of making the necessary changes to the next FAA Reauthorization Bill on Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding and the passenger facility charge (PFC). Allin also believes education and collaboration are key to

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Allin Continued from previous page successful airport management. She encourages airport executives to seek AAAE certification and learn from others in the business. Following her AAAE chairmanship, Allin remained active in the organization and assumed leadership of the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE). She recently began her fifth year as IAAE’s chair. “It’s The existing control tower will remain in place to serve as a local icon. all about education, professional development and networking,” said Dickerson. “Many of ger focus on serving as stewards of the environment. “We the challenges airports deal with are the same outside the must be good neighbors through effective noise mitigation U.S. Bonnie has come to be highly respected by her coland land use compatibility measures,” said Allin. leagues throughout the world.” In 1982, TIA became one of the nation’s first airports “As airport executives, we all learn and grow profession- with a federally approved noise reduction program. Since ally from this exchange. It is also an opportunity for Tucthat time, the Authority has moved the main runway half a son International Airport to mile to the southeast, constructed an engine run-up apron, be recognized at the interna- instituted a preferential runway use policy and placed tional level,” said Allin. restrictions on nighttime operations. As a frequent AAAE Outside TIA boundaries, TAA has worked with local conference speaker, Alagencies on the implementation of land use regulations lin shares TAA’s success and continued promotion of compatible development in stories. For example, a new the airport environs, as well as acoustically treating 1,121 economic impact study homes and one school within the 65 Day-Night Average conducted by the Eller Col- Sound Level (DNL) noise contour as part of the residenlege at the University or tial sound insulation program. Arizona found that Tucson TAA has also long been involved in environmental efInternational Airport (TIA) forts designed to reduce resource consumption. In 2010, contributes more than $3.2 the Authority adopted a sustainability policy in order to Spencer Dickerson billion annually to southern formalize its dedication to a sustainable future. Arizona and supports 35,000 jobs. Earlier this year, the Pima County Board of Supervisors According to Allin, airports are increasingly expected to approved a new Renewable Energy Incentive District drive economic development in their communities. An(REID), marking several parcels of land throughout the other change she has experienced in her career is a stronTucson metro area as suitable for large-scale solar develPage 14

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opment 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. TIA’s latest solar project is also an addition to the airport’s art collection. The “Spirit of Southern Arizona,” a 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. The artistic theme highlights 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,” said Allin. So what’s next at TIA? A new air-traffic control tower, for one. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 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. 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. Additional changes will likely come to the airfield as a result of the recent Airfield Safety Enhancement Study. The first of its kind in the nation, the study identified opportunities to improve safety on the airfield by making physical modifications to its geometry. One of the major recommendations is to boost operational flexibility and redundancy by building a parallel runway.

An inaugural American Airlines flight receives an official waterbridge welcome.

The Airfield Safety Enhancement Study’s conclusions will be further refined through the TIA Master Plan Update, expected to be completed this coming winter. A Terminal Optimization Study for TIA is also 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. Allin will continue to guide TAA in implementing these plans and making adjustments to keep pace with changing technology and airline business practices. “Bonnie is a terrific leader. She has unique talents in terms of her management skills, but more importantly, people skills. She works well with everyone in terms of solving problems, and many seek her out for her expertise,” said Dickerson.

A sweeping photo shows the front of the Tucson International Airport terminal.

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Danny Murphy, Aviation Director for the city of Phoenix, welcomes attendees to the conference.

Phoenix Hosts AAAE Annual Conference The city of Phoenix, Arizona and 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 John Pistole from around the globe. “Phoenix was honored to host the 84th Annual AAAE Conference,” said Newman. “We have received many positive comments from our colleagues who traveled to Phoenix for this event.” Newman said he was proud

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of their Phoenix 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 Kelly Johnson the industry’s most influential 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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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 Left to right are, Jim Bennett, CEO Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Carl Newman, Assistant Aviation available on the exhibit hall floor to Director, city of Phoenix 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 additional photo coverage on the next 6 pages.

Patricia Cox, left, and Claudia Holliway

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Exhibit Hall floor of the 84th Annual AAAE C

Thomas B. Duffy, President, Safegate Airport Systems, Inc., demonstrates the proper technique to launch the popular flying and squawking chicken. Kenn Potts

Left to right are Ben Vogel and Richard Perry with IHS Jane’s and Stanley Mount and Roxanna Meyers, Century Sign Builders.

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Ken and Donna Wiegand. Ken is the Executive Director of Collin County Regional Airport, TX.

Kevin Shirer, Woolpert, Inc. and Judy Ross, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

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With SSI are Joe Stringer, left, Lorena de Rodriguez and Steve Haws.

Conference and Exposition in Phoenix, AZ.

lakely, left and Sarkes Roubanian with Hudsy. Bringing life to Hudsy was yder.

Mark Boguski and Sheryl Mayes with Thales ATM. Inc.

Michael Lettengarver, left, and Dave Friday with Waterblasting Technologies.

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Andrea Orr and Tony Ozuna with NBP Corporation.

Ashish Solanki, left, Maryland Aviation Administration and Barclay Dick of Tucson, AZ

Sonjia Murray, Strategic Partners & Associates, left, and Tamara Gagne, Burlington International Airport.

Arconas Corporation

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With Passur Aerospace, from left are, Fred Roe, Evan Danto and Renee Alter.

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AAAE Celebrates at the Arizona Center

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

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Abby Smith, FAA and John Parrott, Manager, Ted Stevens Anchorage Int’l Airport

Brian Weiler, Director, Springfield/Branson Regional Airport

Bill Barkhauer, Executive Director, Morristown Municipal Airport, Morristown, NJ

Victoria Garmy, Mead & Hunt

George Hewitt, owner of Sound View Electronics

David Sperling and Marc Champigny, Louis Berger Group

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From left with Corgan Associates Architects are Jay Liese, Staci Seyer and Ross Payton.

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Shown above from left are Craig Baker, Gael Ltd., Eric Lugar, Landmark Aviation, Bob Trevelyan, Sextant Readings Solutions Inc., and Gerald Kosbab, also with Sextant.

From left, with Daktronics are Todd Lambert, Casey Williamson and Tom Becker.

Photos by Kenn Potts and Kim Stevens

Chris Brooks, left, and Jay Ruegner with Ennis-Flint.

Ann Crook, Manager of Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, NY.

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The 57th Annual Wisconsin Aviation Conference was held at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Wisconsin Holds Annual Aviation Conference By Rose Dorcey

crophone over to WAMA Board Member Dave Jensen. Jensen presented Mead & Hunt Engineer Greg Stern with WAMA’s

More than 200 Wisconsin aviation professionals gathered

Engineer of the Year award. Stern has more than a dozen years

at the beautiful Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells for the

of airport planning and design experience within Wisconsin.

57th Annual Wisconsin Aviation Conference on May 7-9. The

He has managed numerous projects at General Mitchell Inter-

conference offers airport managers, pilots, fixed base operators

national Airport (KMKE), Waukesha County Airport (KUES),

and other aviation business people the opportunity to meet and

Kenosha Regional Airport (KENW) and others. Dinner was fol-

discuss issues that affect aviation in Wisconsin, now and in the

lowed by a reception in the exhibit area, offering attendees the

future. Airport commission members who attend gain a better

opportunity to view products and services showcased by three

understanding of the importance of airports to the community,

dozen exhibitors.

how their support of airports is vital to their local economy and

Board members of the event’s sponsoring organizations got down to business on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning

the challenges airport staff face. The event kicked off on Monday afternoon with two network-

with board meetings and round table discussions. At Tuesday

ing opportunities, a round of sporting clays at Lake Delton

morning’s general attendee session, Baraboo/Dells Airport

Sportsmen’s Club and a golf tournament at Cold Water Can-

Manager Cheryl Giese introduced Nancy Holzem, City Clerk/

yon Golf Course, followed by an upper Dells cruise on the

Administrative Coordinator of Wisconsin Dells, dubbed “the

Wisconsin River and dinner. The conference was sponsored

Waterpark Capital of the World.” Holzem welcomed attendees

by the Wisconsin Airport Management Association (WAMA),

and thanked them for visiting Wisconsin Dells and urged them

Wisconsin Business Aviation Association (WBAA), Wisconsin

to enjoy all the city has to offer.

Aviation Trades Association (WATA) and the Wisconsin Avia-

vided updates on the FAA’s NextGen system, saying that the

tion Exhibitors and Consultants Association. WAMA President Marty Lenss provided welcoming remarks at the Monday evening dinner buffet and then turned the mi-

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FAA Great Lakes Region Administrator Barry Cooper prosatellite-based navigation system is on schedule, with ADS-B ground station installations scheduled to be complete by 2013.

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Cooper also spoke about unmanned aircraft systems (UAS),

tics Director David Greene reviewed airport projects com-

saying it’s a growing industry with more applications being

pleted in 2011 at general aviation and air-carrier airports. His

added all the time. “The challenge is to open up airspace and

presentation highlighted projects such as Shawano Municipal

maintain safety in civilian airspace,” Cooper said. Six UAS test

Airport’s perimeter fence and an airport rescue and firefight-

sites will be selected by the end of the calendar year. Cooper

ing (ARFF) building at Rhinelander. He provided information on some 2012 projects, including perimeter fencing and roads, lighting and land acquisition at several airports throughout the state. Following the general session, attendees broke for lunch and to learn who received awards. Charity Speich, manager at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, presented WAMA’s scholarships. WAMA awards professional development assistance annually to members of WAMA who are Wisconsin residents or an active duty service member with an entrance point in Wisconsin at the time the award is made. Applications may be submitted for membership dues, conference attendance, a scholastic scholarship or other professional devel-

Bruce Botteman, left presented Jet Air CEO Alan Timmerman with the Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association’s Aviation Business of the Year award.

opment opportunities. Two, $2,000 scholarships were awarded. Tim Butcher, Director of Operations and Public Safety at the

discussed the appropriation bill authorized recently. He said there will be tough years ahead, with potential cuts in 2013 and 2014. Sue Schalk, manager of the FAA Great Lakes Region Airports Division, created interest in an FAA study entitled General Aviation Airports: A National Asset. The recently released 18-month study captures the diverse functions of general aviation airports. As a result, the general public will have a better understanding of general aviation airports in the community and within the national air transportation system. The study is available at http://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/ga_study. It should be a valuable tool for aviation industry stakeholders and airport administrators.

WAMA Board Member Charity Speich congratulates Matt Dubbe as he receives WAMA’s Distinguished Service Award.

Steve Obenauer, manager of the FAA Airport District Office (ADO) in Minneapolis discussed the reauthorization bill, fund-

Dane County Regional Airport was awarded a scholarship to

ing and impacts on Wisconsin airports. As some ground-based

pursue his accreditation with the American Association of Air-

navigational systems are being phased out, attendees ques-

port Executives by attending the Loretta Scott AAE Accredita-

tioned Obenauer on coverage needed for their airports. Obena-

tion Academy and to take the Accredited Airport Executive test.

uer said a list of potential VORs to be decommissioned is being

Tim is a recently retired Air Force fighter pilot who has transi-

compiled, and the FAA is seeking public input.

Continued on next page.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronau-

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Wisconsin

WAI

filter,” he says. “If it benefits the people, their place, and our planet, it has merit.”

Continued from previous page.

Matthew Dean presented the WBAA 2012 scholarship to

tioned into an airport management career. He has been with the

Jared Meidel, of Cleveland, Wisconsin. Jared will attend the

Dane County Regional Airport (KMSN) for the past 19 months.

University of North Dakota with a goal of becoming an airline

The second professional development scholarship was awarded to Hal Davis, an intern at the Dane County Regional Airport.

pilot. Diverse afternoon breakout sessions provided attendees with a

Hal is an Appleton North High School graduate and is cur-

multitude of learning opportunities. A popular session, “En-

rently working to obtain his Masters of Public Administration

gaging Your Community Through Social Media” presented

with an Aviation Concentration. Hal is a Certified Member of

by Brent McHenry, marketing and communications director

the American Association of Airport Executives and currently

at Dane County Regional Airport (KMSN) and Kim Sippola, marketing manager at Outagamie County Regional Airport, included an overview of multimedia use in developing marketing strategies for airports/businesses. Session attendees learned who’s using social media and why, and how it can be applied to their own circumstances. While some in the crowd expressed skepticism of the value of social media, the majority left the session with new ideas on how to attract and engage customers through social media. John Chmiel, Wausau Downtown Airport/Wausau Flying Service, a popular speaker due to his enthusiasm for aviation, described the difficulties of retaining pilots, aircraft owners,

Marty Lenss, left received the Presidential award from Terry Blue. Terry is the new WAMA president. maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.75 in his masters program.

and airport users in today’s economic climate in his afternoon session. Other breakout sessions covered hangar safety and loss control, safety management for flight departments, and an overview and update on Direct Entry NOTAMS (notices to airmen).

Each year the Wisconsin Airport Management Association

The Tuesday evening banquet, sponsored by Mead & Hunt

recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding con-

and M-B Companies, featured Steve Myers, former head of

tribution to aviation with the WAMA Distinguished Service

Lockheed Skunk Works. His presenta-

Award. This year’s recipient is Matt Dubbe, Market Leader in

tion, “Lockheed Aircraft, the First 100

the Architecture division with the engineering firm Mead &

Years,” captivated the crowd with tales

Hunt. Charity said that Matt has been a great friend to Wiscon-

of past top-secret airplane projects and

sin aviation with architectural projects in Madison, Green Bay,

the challenges the projects faced. His

Appleton, Central Wisconsin Airport and Eau Claire. Many of

presentation included mention of avia-

these projects won multiple awards. In Eau Claire, Matt recent-

tion legends Charles Lindbergh, Amelia

ly completed projects at both the airline and general aviation

Earhart, and Wiley Post and Lockheed

terminals, on time and on budget. Throughout the projects, he

airplanes such as the P-38, F-104, SR-

kept in the front of his mind a true sense of what was important

71, U-2, F-117, and F-22.

to the airport and worked to make that architecturally pleasing. Matt subscribes to a triple bottom line philosophy. “I process each design concept through a PPP (people, place, and planet)

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Steve Myers

Steve grew up in Racine, Wisconsin, and graduated from UW-Madison. He served as a U.S. Navy pilot, and is a veteran of two carrier-based combat tours to Vietnam aboard USS

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Navy carriers Enterprise, Constellation and Ranger. He joined

Handling Risks and Risk Management,” reviewing accidents

Lockheed in 1969 in Burbank, California and while assigned to

related to ground handling operations and their financial impact

Lockheed’s famous “Skunk Works” he worked on the develop-

to airports and fixed base operators.

ment of the then highly secret F-117 Stealth Fighter. Myers

Judy Harding, an airport planner with the Wisconsin Bureau

became director of its aerial reconnaissance program in 1984,

of Aeronautics, and Bob Russell, a transportation economist

and in 1989 was appointed to vice-president.

with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, presented

Retired military helicopter pilot Dan Wruck, former man-

“Economic Impact Statements—Defining Your Airport’s

ager of the La Crosse Municipal Airport (KLSE) was awarded

Value.” Jeremy Sickler, manager at Burnett County Airport (KRZN) in Siren, shared his experience about how this information has been helpful. Wednesday’s final luncheon, sponsored by Becher Hoppe Associates, Platinum Flight Center, Aerometric, Avfuel and MSA Professional Services, included closing remarks by 2012-2013 WAMA President Terry Blue. He urged participants to attend next year’s conference, April 29 - May 1 in Middleton, Wisconsin. Blue is the Deputy Airport Director of Operations and Maintenance at General Mitchell International Airport (KMKE) in Milwaukee.

WAMA board member John Dorcey (left) presented WAHF’s Michael Goc with WAMA’s Aviation Person of the Year award.

For more information: www.WIAMA.org.

the WAMA Lifetime Service award. Wruck gave 10 years of service to the airport and the La Crosse community. He was a longstanding member of WAMA and served in multiple board positions. Michael Goc, vice-president of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame, was presented with WAMA’s Person of the Year Award. Last year, Goc planned a series of statewide presentations in cities and towns that celebrated 100 years of flight in 2011. These events led to many positive aviation-related stories in local newspapers and on television stations across the state, such as Nathan Phelps’ “Aviation multi-billion industry for Wisconsin, 100 years since first flight in Brown County” with a focus on aviation at Austin Straubel International Airport (KGRB) in Green Bay. (View the article online at http://htrne.ws/rfM6wK) Goc’s award nomination stated, “Though Michael is not a pilot, he shares a deep passion for aviation history and an appreciation of our state’s airports, aviators and aviation businesspeople, a passion as strong as anyone in the industry today. We are fortunate to have a man of his drive and character among us.” Wednesday morning’s general session topic was “Ground

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

AzAA Holds Annual Spring Airports Conference The Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) held its annual “Dutch Bertholf” Spring Conference in Tucson in May. 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

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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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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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AzAA Spring Conference

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 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 these: “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.

Recipients of the President’s Award were Sandy Kukla, DWL Architects and Kevin Shirer, Woolpert.

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Keynote speaker Peter Smith, (left) Project Leader with the University of Tucson and Jordan Feld, AzAA 1st Vice President and Planning Directro for Tucson Airport Authority.

Arizona Airports Association 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.

Jim McCue, (left) and Gary Mascaro, Aviation Director, Scottsdale Airport, share a fun moment. (At right) Art Fairbanks, Phoenix Deer Valley Airport Manager and AzAA scholarship winner Christina Kenyon.

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

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David Hensley talked about Arizona’s colorful aviation history.

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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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2012 Air Race Classic

More than 50 airplanes were entered in this year’s Air Race Classic. They are pictured on the ramp at Lake Havasu, Arizona.

Lake Havasu Hosts Start of Air Race Classic 2012 Women pilots from around the country took off from Lake Havasu City, Arizona on June 19, for the first leg of the 36th Annual Air Race Classic 2012. With more than 50 teams registered, pilots began departing at 8 a.m. bound for their first stop in Gallup, New Mexico. There were eight airports that they either had to land at or fly over before reaching their final destination in Batavia in southern Ohio, a course distance of 2,300 miles. Other than emergencies, the pilots could only land at one of the eight destinations. The first racers began to arrive at the final destination in Batavia early on Friday, June 22, and continued streaming in throughout the day. The winning team, based on fastest handicapped speed, was Dianna Stanger of Fort Lavaca, Continued on page 36

Team Red Baroness members Renee Brilhante, (left) and Katja Jourdan.

Barbara Zeigler, (left) and Ethel Bailey from Pennsylvania.

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Air Race Classic 2012

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Diana Stanger, along with her teammate Victoria Holt (inset), both from Texas, would prove to be the winning team based on handicaped speed.


A safety seminar was presented by Dominic Gallo with the Flight Standards District Office in Scottsdale, AZ.

Checking the roster are Tonya Hodson, left, and Nicole Lordemann from Kansas State University.

Racers attend safety sessions.

Left to right are Suzie Azar and Laura Pena-Pannel from Texas and Leah Dunn and Joan Evert from Florida.

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Air Race Continued from page 33 Texas and Victoria Holt of Belton, Texas, who flew a Cirrus SR-22. Other stops along the way included Hereford, TX, Goodland, KS, Columbus, NE, Watertown, SD, Ashland, WI, Sault Ste. Marie, MI and Benton Harbor, MI. The race continues the tradition of the transcontinental women’s air race, first held in 1929. After World War II, the race came to be known as the Powder Puff Derby before being reincorporated as the Air Race Classic. Famous participants over the years included Amelia Earhart and Louise Thaden.

Danielle Erlichman, left, and Marisha Falk, Embry-Riddle, Daytona campus.

Pam Rudolph and Shannon Hicks of Arizona prepare for the first leg of the race.

Representing Kansas State University, the team of Nicole Lordemann and Tonya Hodson taxi out for take-off on the first leg of the race.

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Air Race Classic 2012

Team Li’l Red - Participants Mercedes Eulitt, left, and Pamela Flesher.

Photos by Kim Stevens Steve Johnston, Airport Manager

Kristine Anthony, left, and Marlene Wessel, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ.

Nancy Rohr and Cynthia Lee are interviewed by a local television station in Lake Havasu, AZ.

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Dennis Zaklan (above and in inset), Deputy Director of New Mexico State University’s UAS program, briefs attendees of the WRP’s Aviation Committee.

Western Regional Partnership’s

Aviation Committee Meets in ABQ The Western Regional Partnership (WRP) Military Readiness, Homeland Security, Disaster Preparedness and Aviation (MRHSDP&A) Committee met on June 22 in Albuquerque to discuss aviation and airspace issues impacting the five state region. The all day event was hosted by William Walker, Regional Director for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at their office. Kim Stevens, State Aviation Journal publisher and co-chair of the committee said that WRP brings Hanson Scott together all aviation users in the region, which includes the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and California to address emerging issues and to develop solution sets. “We had the opportunity to receive input on the current draft aviation sustainment overview document and to hear Page 38

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briefings on airspace issues in New Mexico.” The committee heard briefings from Brig. Gen. (ret.) Hanson Scott, Director of Military Base Planning and Support, Joe Freeland, Management and Program Analyst, Bureau of Land Management, Dennis Zaklan, Deputy Director of the Unmanned Aerial Systems program at New Mexico State University, Robert Brennan, Air Traffic and Air Space Manger for White Sands Missile Range, Pete Bakersky, FEMA and Terry Hansen, Airspace and Range Encroachment and Sustainment Manager for MCI WEST. Ron Keller, Aviation Safety and Education Administrator for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Aviation Division gave an update on the Division’s activities in New Mexico. Other attendees included representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and other military/ DOD and government representatives. Once completed, Stevens said the aviation sustainment overview will be a great tool to share with policy mak-

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Michael Garcia, Range Operations Director, Cannon AFB and Letie Sanchez Freeman, White Sands Missile Base.

Pete Bakersky, Acting Division Director, FEMA Region VIII

ers, planners and others to better address aviation sustainability issues. This will also provide aviation users and stakeholders information on aviation best practices to assist in working together in a proactive and collaborative fashion. The document includes best practices on emerging issues such as notification and marking of meteorological evaluation towers (MET). The document is intended to be in a primer format to share information on the basics of aviation and the issues the aviation industry faces (both civil and military) on a daily basis.

Gabe Lovasz, Geographic Information Systems Manager, ManTech International Corporation

Robert Brennan

William Walker

Left to right are Erin Ward, Renee Blotske and Mariette Mealor

Terry Hansen

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Ronald Keller

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