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Report: No unusual sounds just before small plane crashed

A witness heard no unusual sounds from the engine of a small airplane just before the plane crashed onto a golf course this month in northern Mississippi. That’s according to a preliminary report issued Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The 18-year-old pilot, Lake Little of Starkville, died of injuries from the July 6 crash in Oxford. A fixed-base ...

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FAA to probe medical certification of pilot injured in crash

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a Mississippi pilot injured in a crash had an expired medical certification. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the FAA requires pilots to have a valid medical license to fly, but 72-year-old pilot Walter J. Mitchell says he’s exempt because he flies recreationally. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says all pilots must have valid medical certificates ...

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Perry Miller appointed president and CEO of Richmond International Airport

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) Interim CEO, Perry J. Miller, has been appointed President and CEO of Richmond International Airport, effective August 19. Recently Miller was named Interim CEO by the JMAA Board of Commissioners. For nearly 4 years as the JMAA COO, Miller utilized his 25 plus years of aviation experience to enhance infrastructure and customer experience at Jackson-Medgar ...

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Pomfrey named Airports Association Professional of the Year

Mel Pomfrey (third from left) received the 2019 Mississippi Airports Association Professional of the Year award. With him are (from left) Tupelo Regional Airport Director Cliff Nash, MAA Vice President Carol Snapp of Pascagoula’s Trent Lott International Airport and MAA President Sam Washington of Greenville Mid-Delta Airport. Pomfrey joined Tupelo Regional Airport in 2017 as Director of Operations.

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Mississippi airport seeks new top executive

The airport in Mississippi’s capital city is looking for a new chief executive officer. The Clarion Ledger reports that Perry Miller has been interim CEO the past few months. He is leaving to become CEO of Richmond International Airport in Virginia, starting Aug. 19. In late March, Carl Newman resigned as CEO of Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, which is in ...

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Board investigates plane crash that killed 18-year-old pilot

The National Transportation Safety Board is checking maintenance records and gathering other information about a single-engine airplane that crashed in northern Mississippi and killed the 18-year-old pilot. Investigator Ed Malinowski says Monday the board’s final report could take months. The Cessna 172 belonged to the Mississippi Civil Air Patrol, and student pilot Lake Little of Starkville was a cadet master ...

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Potential tolls for Alabama highway project spark opposition

City officials in Mobile say they’re confident the state of Alabama will reduce toll amounts for the proposed Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. The Alabama Department of Transportation is considering a $3 to $6 one-way toll to provide the money necessary to pay for the massive project. The plan under consideration would grant a discount to frequent ...

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Peterbilt Motors Co. honors Peterbilt Truck Centers with award

Peterbilt Truck Centers, with sites in Pearl and Meridian, was recognized with a Best in Class Award from the Peterbilt Motors Co. The Best-in-Class Award is based on a combination of Peterbilt’s standard of excellence scores, part and service performance, financial performance and utilization of PACCAR training and programs. Peterbilt Truck Centers is owned by Dobbs Peterbilt Group. Other dealers ...

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Baldock and Crozier join Peterbilt Truck Centers

Randy Baldock joined Peterbuilt Truck Centers as Chief Financial Officer. He has more than 30 years of accounting and finance experience, the last 12 in automotive parts distribution with AAHC Inc. Baldock is a graduate of the University of Memphis. He is married with 4 children and 2 grandsons. Carey Crozier joined Peterbilt Truck Centers as Marketing Coordinator. She previously ...

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Smith, Hall, Earley join MDOT public affairs

Jas N Smith has rejoined the Mississippi Department of Transportation as the new Deputy Director of Public Affairs. The Department also added Drew Hall as Media Producer, and Payton Earley as a public affairs intern. Smith is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. He also has a master’s degree in education leadership from American ...

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