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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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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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CARTER: FAA’s tower closing plan (ploy) having intended effect

  Aviation business professionals say it was glaringly obvious what the Federal Aviation Administration was up to with its initiative to cut off funding to “contract” air traffic control towers. If you want to get a politician’s attention, promise to whack contract towers at around 150 regional airports and shut down another 30 or so towers operated by FAA controllers. ...

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Drone Sweet Drone: State hopes to be unmanned aircraft testing site

Mississippi is among 37 states vying to be one of six sites selected by the Federal Aviation Administration for testing of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The testing is a prelude to integrating the remotely controlled aircraft into the nation’s general aviation system. If testing proves successful, the next step will be wide commercial use of the unmanned aircraft. The Mississippi Development ...

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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 under “national interest” criteria set ...

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Safety assessments mixed over loss of air traffic tower guidance

The early April shutdown of a handful of air traffic control towers at small airports around Mississippi should not diminish flight safety, airport operators say. But directors at a couple of the airports say loss of the towers is worrisome nonetheless. And at the national level, aviation trade organizations are raising concerns over flight safety. The so-called “contract towers” in ...

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Closings of 7 airport towers in state may become permanent

Jackson’s Hawkins Field air traffic control tower and six other control towers in Mississippi are among 173 scheduled to be closed nationwide in early April, as the Federal Aviation Administration shuts off funding for those services to accommodate the fiscal sequester of $86 billion for the remainder of 2013. In addition to Hawkins (HKS), Mississippi airports on the list are ...

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Sequester yet to burden Jackson International but airport in busy period

That worrisome federal budget sequester – the latest fiscal drama brought to us by a White House and Congress that can’t play nice in the same sandbox – has not yet hurt operations at Jackson’s Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Passengers are nonetheless advised to show up early for their flights, say airport officials, citing delays that cutbacks in air ...

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Rayburn lands at DSU

Trey Rayburn has joined Delta State University’s aviation program as a commercial aviation instructor and assistant chief of flight instruction. Originally from Laurel, Rayburn is a graduate of Delta State, receiving his bachelor’s in commercial aviation in 2001 and his master’s in commercial aviation in 2005. Rayburn is no stranger to working for Delta State. In 2001 he served for ...

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