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10/6/2014: North Carolina Aviation Development Task Force Meets for the First Time

North Carolina Aviation Development Task Force Meets for the First Time

Posted 10/6/2014 1:44:57 PM

RALEIGH – On Tuesday, Oct. 7, 19 appointed officials will convene for the first time to establish the North Carolina Aviation Development Task Force at N.C. Department of Transportation headquarters in Raleigh. The task force was created by two executive orders issued by Governor Pat McCrory this summer, and is charged with submitting a comprehensive report on the state’s aviation programs to the Secretary of Transportation by September 1, 2015. Executive Order No. 54 outlined the task force and was issued by Governor McCrory on May 19. The initial order was then amended through Executive Order No. 63, which increased the maximum number of task force members from 13 to 21, and revised the deadline for a final assessment from May 2015 to September of that year. The task force will be chaired by John D. Lennon, a member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation. For Tuesday’s inaugural session, there will be 19 members present, and by the end of the meeting members will have formed four focus area groups to achieve the goals laid out in Executive Order No. 54. These focus areas are Division of Aviation process, funding, economic development, and military retention. For more information, please visit the Division of Aviation’s homepage.   ***NCDOT***  
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4/16/2014: NCDOT Division of Aviation Sponsors Aviation Career Day for High School Students April 28

NCDOT Division of Aviation Sponsors Aviation Career Day for High School Students April 28

Posted 4/16/2014 11:56:00 AM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will sponsor an Aviation Career Day for high school students at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 28. The event will feature speakers from a variety of high-growth aviation sectors.   “This is a great opportunity for Triangle-area high school students that are in need of career and job shadowing opportunities,” said Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston.   The following career areas will be presented: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), a.k.a. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Aircraft Maintenance Pilot Aeronautical Engineer Air Traffic Control   Airport Engineer Participants will have the opportunity to talk to speakers after receiving a tour of the state aviation hangar. The final speaker lineup is subject to change, so check the NCDOT Aviation calendar for the most up to date list.   Space is limited to 24 students. To register, contact Tom Freeman, NCDOT Division of Aviation, Aviation Safety and Education Specialist at (919) 814-0559 or tfreeman@ncdot.gov.   ***NCDOT***
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3/11/2014: Division of Aviation Awards $450,000 to Wilkes County Airport for Improvements

Division of Aviation Awards $450,000 to Wilkes County Airport for Improvements

Posted 3/11/2014 11:59:38 AM

RALEIGH - As part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s ongoing commitment to improving aviation in North Carolina, the N.C. Division of Aviation awarded $950,000 to the Wilkes County Airport in Wilkesboro for capital improvements. The funding includes $450,000 for an apron rehabilitation project, which will strengthen the pavement where planes park and travel to taxiways, and $500,000 for a lighting and signage rehabilitation project. The State Aid to Airports Program is NCDOT’s basic airport aid program. This program provides funds for the purpose of planning, acquiring, constructing or improving municipal, county and other publicly owned or controlled airports, and to authorize related programs of aviation safety, promotions and long-range planning. Wilkes County Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $20.9 million a year impact on North Carolina and supports more than 90 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic impact study. ***NCDOT***
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3/11/2014: Division of Aviation Awards $5.8 Million to Piedmont-Triad International Airport for Improvements

Division of Aviation Awards $5.8 Million to Piedmont-Triad International Airport for Improvements

Posted 3/11/2014 11:58:22 AM

RALEIGH - As part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s ongoing commitment to improving aviation in North Carolina, the N.C. Division of Aviation awarded $5.8 million in State Aid to Airports funds to the Piedmont-Triad International Airport for capital improvement projects. The funding includes a $1.3 million reimbursement for the HondaJet terminal area development, including the Headquarters and Manufacturing buildings; $4 million for site work for economic development associated with the Maintenance/Repair/Overhaul Facility; and $500,000 for construction of airfield improvements. Piedmont-Triad International Airport is a commercial aviation facility that has an approximate $1.9 billion a year impact on North Carolina and supports more than 7,700 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic impact study. ***NCDOT***
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3/11/2014: Division of Aviation Awards $260,000 to Mount Airy-Surry County Airport for Utility Relocation

Division of Aviation Awards $260,000 to Mount Airy-Surry County Airport for Utility Relocation

Posted 3/11/2014 11:56:45 AM

RALEIGH - As part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s ongoing commitment to improving aviation in North Carolina, the N.C. Division of Aviation awarded $260,000 in State Aid to Airports funds to the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport to relocate utilities along Holly Springs Road in preparation for a runway extension project. The State Aid to Airports Program is NCDOT’s basic airport aid program. This program provides funds for the purpose of planning, acquiring, constructing or improving municipal, county and other publicly owned or controlled airports, and to authorize related programs of aviation safety, promotions and long-range planning. Mount Airy-Surry County Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $222 million a year impact on North Carolina and supports more than 1,940 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic impact study. ***NCDOT***
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