Posts Tagged ‘aviation’

Columbus AFB runway reopens after $32M improvement project

COLUMBUS — Columbus Air Force Base has reopened its 12,000-foot long center runway. The $32-million project involved replacing 10,000 feet of old runway with a 10-inch thick, 200-foot wide concrete surface. The runway was built in 1959. CAFB officials say less than 20 percent pavement life remained on the asphalt surface before construction began in […] [...]

State submits proposal for drone-testing site

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A consortium of companies and universities in Alabama and Tennessee are hoping to develop a site where drones would be tested. If approved, the facility could become one of only a half-dozen sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for research involving unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones, the news […] [...]

Air Force delays plans to shift aircraft from Keesler

BILOXI — Air Force Reserve Command headquarters has announced a delay of plans to move 10 C-130Js from Keesler Air Force Base to Pope Airfield, N.C. Keesler officials said in a news release yesterday received by the Sun Herald the movement of planes from 815th and 345th airlift squadrons was scheduled for Oct. 1, but […] [...]

Keesler commander leaving for overseas assignment

by MBJ Staff Published: July 1,2013

Tags: Air Force, aviation, command, commander, defense, military, military installation, reassignment

BILOXI — Brig. Gen. Brad Spacy, 81st Training Wing commander, has been selected for a new assignment as director for logistics, installations and mission support at Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. According to a news release from Keesler, the general hasn’t received a report date yet, but a change […] [...]

New FAA budget could keep state’s air control towers open

by Ted Carter Published: June 21,2013

Tags: air traffic control towers, aviation, FAA, Ray LaHood, transportation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI: The Federal Aviation Administration’s budget for fiscal 2014 assumes an end to the federal fiscal sequester and proposes including money to keep open 149 contract air traffic control towers around the country, including five in Mississippi, previously targeted for loss of FAA funding. The tower funding is proposed to continue under the FAA’s […] [...]

Airline announces new service at Oxford

by Associated Press Published: June 16,2013

Tags: air travel, airline, airport, aviation, flight, tourism, tourist, transportation, travel, visitor

OXFORD — Memphis-based Southern Airways Express will begin offering flights out of the University Oxford Airport. Stan Little, Southern Airways CEO, said this week that the company will launch flights to and from Destin and Panama City in Florida June 20, and then add flights to and from New Orleans by the end of June. […] [...]

Governor, MDA director headed to Paris Air Show

JACKSON — A group including Gov. Phil Bryant and Mississippi Development Authority director Brent Christensen will attend next week’s Paris Air Show. MDA will send a five other people besides Christensen. Agency spokeswoman Marlo Dorsey says they will man a booth showcasing Mississippi. She says the state’s delegation has meetings scheduled with dozens of high-ranking […] [...]

Runway construction at Columbus air base running ahead of schedule

by Associated Press Published: June 10,2013

Tags: Air Force, aviation, construction, contract, defense, military, runway

COLUMBUS — Columbus Air Force Base officials say construction of a center runway is ahead of its projected late-August completion target. The Commercial Dispatch reports the work began in March and officials say it is about two-third complete. The $31.29-million project is the most extensive overhaul to the two-mile runway since it was built in […] [...]

Air Force base runway project claims a life

by Associated Press Published: May 16,2013

Tags: aviation, construction, contractor, death, defense, employee, fatality, military, runway, work, worker, workplace safety

COLUMBUS — A contract worker involved in an accident at Columbus Air Force Base has died from his injuries. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant says 24-year-old James Meyers of Columbus was working on a runway project on the base when he was injured. Merchant says it appears Meyers died from blunt force trauma. Merchant says […] [...]

National guard tankers returning to Key Field

by Associated Press Published: May 10,2013

Tags: air national guard, aviation, defense, jet, military, military base, natoinal guard, plane, tanker

MERIDIAN — The Air National Guard at Key Field is receiving two KC-135 tankers in July. The arrival of the tankers means the Guard unit is going back to an air refueling mission. The KC-135′s left Key Field in March of 2011. The base received C-27 planes as it changed to an airlift mission. Col. […] [...]

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