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4/7/2015: Division of Aviation to Sponsor Free Wildlife Hazard Training Sessions for Airport Personnel

Division of Aviation to Sponsor Free Wildlife Hazard Training Sessions for Airport Personnel

Posted 4/7/2015 8:06:17 AM

RALEIGH – Wildlife can wreak havoc for airports and their staff. Birds and other animals can damage planes on the ground or cause accidents by flying into the engines or roaming on airport grounds. To increase awareness of these concerns and to improve safety for all, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will offer free training sessions for airport operations personnel. “This training is extremely beneficial for airport owners and operators as we all try to deter wildlife strikes at airports” said NCDOT Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston. “A lot of very practical information and hands-on training is provided at these sessions, so we encourage any aviation users to attend.” These sessions are open to N.C. airport personnel that are tasked with handling wildlife hazards to aviation.  The sessions will be hosted:• Wednesday, April 8 Statesville Regional Airport (SVH)• Tuesday, May 19  Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ) • Thursday, June 25 Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)• Wednesday, December 2 Moore County Airport (SOP)The sessions typically run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch at local restaurants. There is no cost for attendees of this training. Seating is limited; please register early, registration is on a first come first serve basis.   The NCDOT Division of Aviation in cooperation with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service- Wildlife Services will provide technical outreach and other services designed to increase safety at N.C. airports. Topics that will be discussed include: • Topics contained in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200-33 will be discussed• General overview of wildlife hazards to aviation in our state and nationally• Review of the Wildlife Hazard Assessment and Wildlife Hazard Management Plan Process• Rules, regulations, legal reminders, wildlife permits• Basic bird and mammal identification• Wildlife attractants and habitat management• Integrated management of wildlife hazards• Record Keeping and communications• Safety issues with equipment and proceduresTo pre-register call:Contact Jennifer Fuller NCDOT Division of Aviation(919) 814-0560 or email jmfuller@ncdot.gov   For information about the training please call:Mark Lowles (336) 668-2859 or emailMark.A.Lowles@aphis.usda.gov For resources and information on Wildlife Hazards, please visit http://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_safety/wildlife/  andhttp://www.birdstrike.org/  Attachment **NCDOT**
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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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8/2/2013: NCDOT Division of Aviation Partners with Currituck Airport, College of Albemarle in Building Future Aerospace Workforce

NCDOT Division of Aviation Partners with Currituck Airport, College of Albemarle in Building Future Aerospace Workforce

Posted 8/2/2013 4:39:59 PM

$1 million State Aid to Airports grant aids in creation of Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center   RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation, through a $1 million State Aid to Airports grant, has partnered with Currituck Regional Airport in Barco and the College of the Albemarle in the creation of a training facility for future aviation workers.   The grant that was awarded last year assisted the airport in building a new apron that will support the community college’s new 40,000 square foot, $7.1 million Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center. The rest of the state funds will be used to extend the airport’s taxiway   “Any time we can provide funding to grow our future aerospace workforce and improve one of our airports, it is a winning situation,” said Deputy Secretary for Transit Richard Walls. “This strong collaboration to open this facility will have an impact on future aviation jobs in North Carolina.”   The Center, located next to the general aviation airport, includes four aviation labs, a hangar, four classrooms and a library. Students can pull planes up on the apron and into the building to learn how to make repairs.   “The aviation industry is a vital economic sector in North Carolina,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. “Aviation companies need a highly skilled workforce to succeed and grow. Students who complete the programs here at this new state-of-the-art facility will have the skills and knowledge they need to pursue careers where the sky’s the limit.”   Students can receive two-year degrees in computer integrated machining, aviation systems technology, architectural technology or mechanical engineering technology through the facility. Aviation systems technology degrees also provide Federal Aviation Administration certification.    “Everything about this project has involved cooperation and partnership, especially from our friends at NCDOT and the Division of Aviation, who immediately recognized the value of supporting this FAA-certified training facility,” said Currituck County Director of Economic Development Peter Bishop. “The Center is a key asset in Currituck County’s economic and workforce development strategy, but it’s also central to Governor Pat McCrory’s vision for growing jobs throughout North Carolina by delivering a highly-skilled labor pool that’s ready for industry.”   State Aid to Airports is NCDOT’s grant program that 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.   Currituck County Regional Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $10.1 million a year cumulative total impact on North Carolina and supports nearly 40 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic impact study. Editor's Note: Photo 1 shows an overhead view of the new apron area and Center. Photo 2 shows the new apron outside of the center. Photo 3 shows the plane repair area inside the Center. Please credit N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation for photos.  
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6/3/2013: Phil Lanier Promoted to Airport Project Manager for Northeastern North Carolina

Phil Lanier Promoted to Airport Project Manager for Northeastern North Carolina

Posted 6/3/2013 2:33:00 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation has named Philip Lanier as the airport project manager for northeastern North Carolina. Lanier served as an airport development engineer with the Division since 2007. He will replace Chastity Clark, who recently joined the Federal Aviation Administration Memphis Airport District Office as an airport program manager. "Phil has done an outstanding job providing timely construction and maintenance assistance to many of North Carolina’s public airports," said Deputy Secretary for Transit Richard Walls.
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6/3/2013: Division of Aviation to Sponsor Free Wildlife Hazard Training Session for Airport Personnel in Asheville on June 28

Division of Aviation to Sponsor Free Wildlife Hazard Training Session for Airport Personnel in Asheville on June 28

Posted 6/3/2013 11:59:18 AM

RALEIGH – While their presence may be welcome elsewhere, wildlife can wreak havoc at an airport. Birds and other animals can damage planes on the ground or cause accidents by flying into the engines or roaming on airport grounds. To increase awareness of these concerns and to improve safety for all, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will offer a free training session at Asheville Regional Airport on June 28. The sessions are open to any North Carolina airport operations personnel from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Wildlife Services. “Deterring wildlife strikes at airports and ensuring aviation safety is one of the most important aspects of what we do,” said NCDOT Deputy Secretary for Transit Richard Walls. “Every airport in North Carolina should attend to learn the latest techniques from nationally-known experts in the field.” The training session will include information on the following:   General overview of wildlife hazards to aviation; Review of the Wildlife Hazard Assessment and Wildlife Hazard Management Plan process; Rules, regulations, legal reminders and wildlife permits; Basic bird and mammal identification;Wildlife attractants and habitat management; Record keeping and communications;Integrated management of wildlife hazards; and Safety issues with equipment and procedures.    For more information, contact NCDOT Airport Project Manager Jennifer Fuller at (919) 814-0560 or via e-mail at jmfuller@ncdot.gov.
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