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Pentagon awards contract extension to support jet trainers

MADISON — A company in Madison has a $102.6 million, one-year extension to its Air Force contract for logistics support of the T-1A training jet. A news release from the Pentagon yesterday says L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, LLC will do the work in Madison for five bases in four states. Those are Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, Vance Air ...

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Airport gets funding for improvements to handle larger aircraft

COLUMBUS — Golden Triangle Regional Airport has obtained $3.4 million in grants to pay for upgrades to the airport’s runway and taxiway and widening of the exits and entrances from the runway to the taxiway. Airport executive director Mike Hainsey told WTVA the work should allow the airport to handle larger aircraft with greater safety. “We might be able to ...

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FAA looking into crash of medical helicopter; pilot injured

CANTON — Federal authorities are investigating the emergency landing of a medical helicopter. The MedStat EMS Inc. helicopter was damaged while landing east of Canton Thursday night, reports WJTV-T. The pilot injured his back in the crash and was transported by a University of Mississippi Medical Center helicopter. The CEO of Winona-based MedStat says another of his company’s helicopters picked ...

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Airport gets $4.7M grant from FAA for improvements

GULFPORT — The Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority has been awarded a $4.7-million Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant includes funds for airfield drainage enhancements, airport perimeter fence rehabilitation, taxiway widening and terminal improvements. FAA Airport Improvement Program funds are derived from user fees and fuel taxes. The funding is designated for capital improvement ...

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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 March. Col. Jim Sears, the ...

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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 site Al.com reported. Alabama and ...

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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 has been delayed until April, ...

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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 of command ceremony is expected ...

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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 fiscal 2014 budget request of ...

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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. “Destin will be year-round and ...

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