Posts Tagged ‘aviation’

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 […] [...]

Airline trimming Jackson-to-Houston flight

JACKSON — Southwest Airlines is dropping one of two flights between Jackson and Houston, Texas, on June 1. Dirk Vanderleest, chief executive officer of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, tells The Clarion-Ledger that the discount airline will drop its 2:10 p.m. flight, leaving it with just two — a 6:45 a.m. flight and another at […] [...]

Air force base to feel impact of deep budget cut

by Published: April 17,2013

Tags: Air Force, aviation, base, cuts, defense, funding, military, training

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The commander at Keesler Air Force Base says the base will ground planes and reduce training to deal with a 20 percent reduction in its budget. That’s the effects of the federal spending reductions, known as sequestration. The Sun Herald reports  Gen. Brad Spacy, commander of the 81st Training Wing, told […] [...]

Airport, ex-director settle lawsuit just before trial

TUPELO — A lawsuit against the Tupelo Regional Airport Authority has been settled just days ahead of the scheduled trial. Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills dismissed a suit by Reid Dawe, a former director of operations at Tupelo Regional Airport. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Dawe claimed his rights were violated when he […] [...]

Alabama makes sure no Airbus suppliers come to Miss.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In an effort to ensure that Airbus aircraft suppliers move to Alabama and not neighboring states, Alabama leaders have enacted a new law putting a time limit on lawsuits against the airplane manufacturer and its suppliers. The Alabama Senate gave final approval to the legislation yesterday, 27-0, and Gov. Robert Bentley quickly […] [...]

Golden Triangle, Key Field air control towers win reprieves

Ties to military operations have exempted Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus and Key Field in Meridian from closing under a funding cutoff set to begin April 7 under the federal budget sequester. Five other “contract towers” in the state — Tupelo, Greenville, Oliver Branch, Jackson and Bay St. Louis – failed to gain exemptions […] [...]

Pilots recognized for stewardship

Four aerial applicators were recently recognized for exemplary environmental stewardship. Selected pilots were ranked highest among their peers based on criteria established through the A.C.E. Pilot Program. Those pilots selected for recognition are Ellis Russell of Planters Air Service Inc. in Alligator; Kelly Peeler of Producers Flying Inc. in Yazoo City; Matt Brignac of Brignac […] [...]

Aircraft leave Keesler for Carolinas; Hurricane Hunters staying

BILOXI — The Air Force is transferring 10 C-130j aircraft from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi to Pope Field near Fayetteville, N.C. The planes are part of the 403rd Reserve Wing, and are being used primarily for tactical airlift missions locally and overseas. Keesler officials say in a news release that the 53rd Weather […] [...]

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