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Keesler commander leaving for overseas assignment

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

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

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

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

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

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. […] [...]

State sends drone site proposal to FAA

JACKSON — Mississippi is bidding for one of six sites nationwide to test unmanned aerial vehicles. A Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman says the state submitted its proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday. State officials say the FAA should choose Mississippi because it has three manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as a […] [...]

Gerard hands Eurocopter keys to Spears

COLUMBUS — Mike Spears, who has worked more than 25 years at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Troy, Ala., has been named head of American Eurocopter’s Lakota helicopter production facility in Lowndes County. Spears succeeds Fred Gerard, who has served as senior director of the Lakota production and retrofit unit since the program’s 2006 inception. Gerard […] [...]

New plant means more active partnership with university

ELLISVILLE and HATTIESBURG — The official opening of GE Aviation’s new plant in Ellisville will mark a significant uptick in the partnership between the manufacturer and the University of Southern Mississippi. Tomorrow, GE Aviation opens its new facility at the Howard Technology Park in Ellisville. Previously, the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance […] [...]

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