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5/27/2015: NCDOT Will Participate in Roanoke Valley Wings and Wheels Fly-in on May 30

NCDOT Will Participate in Roanoke Valley Wings and Wheels Fly-in on May 30

Posted 5/27/2015 3:15:31 PM

RALEIGH-The N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation will participate in the Roanoke Valley Wings and Wheels Fly-in at the Halifax Northampton Regional Airport in Halifax on May 30. Gates open for the event at 9 a.m. and the event will last from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  The event will bring pilots and local communities together to enjoy seminars, aircraft displays, Remote Controlled aircraft demonstrations, classic cars, musical entertainment, family activities, motorcycles, airplane rides, vendors and great food.  Pilots will have the opportunities to attend a pilot safety seminar, network with peers and get rides in the Allegro Light Sport and Trike (Weight Shift Control) Aircraft.  Tom Freeman, NCDOT aviation safety specialist and Dave Allison from Crane Aerospace will present a safety seminar to pilots titled, "Flight 5481 Unraveled" at 11 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. This seminar features the crash of a small commuter aircraft in 2003 at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and how that incident forever changed Dave Allison’s perspective on aviation safety.  For additional information about the event contact Ralph Johnson, Airport Manager at Halifax North Hampton Regional Airport. Ralph Johnsonralphjohnson540@msn.com 252-583-3492 To view the Facebook page for the event click here.  **NCDOT**
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5/25/2015: NCDOT Helps Washington Celebrate New Airport Terminal

NCDOT Helps Washington Celebrate New Airport Terminal

Posted 5/25/2015 3:11:42 PM

RALEIGH-The N.C. Department of Transportation helped the city of Washington celebrate the completion of their new airport terminal building at Warren Field Airport on May 25. The previous terminal building was destroyed by a storm in July of 2012. The Division of Aviation assisted the city in evaluating the damage and developing a plan to replace the building following the storm that caused the damage. “NCDOT is pleased to participate in this critical project to meet the needs of Warren Field Airport and help create new opportunities for the City of Washington and Eastern North Carolina,” Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said. “North Carolina’s publicly owned airports serve as a significant economic engine for our state, supporting more than 108,000 jobs and contributing nearly $26 billion annually to the state’s economy.” The new terminal building cost $1.1 million. This amount includes the design, permitting, construction and construction administration. The NCDOT Division of Aviation is contributing $800,000 ($500,000 state and $300,000 FAA funds) toward this project. Insurance proceeds and city funds make up the additional cost.  Based on the 2012 Economic Contribution of Airports in NC study, the Warren Field Airport creates over $3.7 million annually in economic activity and 30 jobs. “We thank the North Carolina Department of Transportation, especially Division of Aviation of personnel, who have assisted us from the day the old terminal building was destroyed on July 1, 2012.  Without their assistance, we would not have the facility we have today.  We also want to take this time to thank the men and women who have served and are still serving in our military, especially on this Memorial Day.” The previous terminal building was built in 1975. Warren Field Airport was built during World War II as a military training facility.  Today, users of the airport include: Sun Energy 1, Net Jets, Pot-Ash Inc., Plane Investments, Wal-Mart, Waffle House, Lowes, Metro Aviation/Vidant, Skydive Little Washington and Grady White. Recent visitors to the airport include Jimmy Buffett and Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Current airport projects include airfield lighting rehabilitation and a maintenance project on runway pavements. Projects that were recently completed besides the terminal building include an airfield drainage rehabilitation project. In 2012, the Division of Aviation partnered with the city to enable the installation of a large scale utility solar system installed on the airfield.  Approximately 34 acres of solar panels generate around 5,000 kW of electricity daily.  Revenue generated by the solar farm in the form of rent and taxes totals almost $19,400 annually and is used to operate the airport.
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4/7/2015: Division of Aviation to Sponsor Free Wildlife Hazard Training Sessions for Airport Personnel

Division of Aviation to Sponsor Free Wildlife Hazard Training Sessions for Airport Personnel

Posted 4/7/2015 8:06:17 AM

RALEIGH – Wildlife can wreak havoc for airports and their staff. Birds and other animals can damage planes on the ground or cause accidents by flying into the engines or roaming on airport grounds. To increase awareness of these concerns and to improve safety for all, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will offer free training sessions for airport operations personnel. “This training is extremely beneficial for airport owners and operators as we all try to deter wildlife strikes at airports” said NCDOT Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston. “A lot of very practical information and hands-on training is provided at these sessions, so we encourage any aviation users to attend.” These sessions are open to N.C. airport personnel that are tasked with handling wildlife hazards to aviation.  The sessions will be hosted:• Wednesday, April 8 Statesville Regional Airport (SVH)• Tuesday, May 19  Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ) • Thursday, June 25 Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)• Wednesday, December 2 Moore County Airport (SOP)The sessions typically run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch at local restaurants. There is no cost for attendees of this training. Seating is limited; please register early, registration is on a first come first serve basis.   The NCDOT Division of Aviation in cooperation with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service- Wildlife Services will provide technical outreach and other services designed to increase safety at N.C. airports. Topics that will be discussed include: • Topics contained in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200-33 will be discussed• General overview of wildlife hazards to aviation in our state and nationally• Review of the Wildlife Hazard Assessment and Wildlife Hazard Management Plan Process• Rules, regulations, legal reminders, wildlife permits• Basic bird and mammal identification• Wildlife attractants and habitat management• Integrated management of wildlife hazards• Record Keeping and communications• Safety issues with equipment and proceduresTo pre-register call:Contact Jennifer Fuller NCDOT Division of Aviation(919) 814-0560 or email jmfuller@ncdot.gov   For information about the training please call:Mark Lowles (336) 668-2859 or emailMark.A.Lowles@aphis.usda.gov For resources and information on Wildlife Hazards, please visit http://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_safety/wildlife/  andhttp://www.birdstrike.org/  Attachment **NCDOT**
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10/6/2014: North Carolina Aviation Development Task Force Meets for the First Time

North Carolina Aviation Development Task Force Meets for the First Time

Posted 10/6/2014 1:44:57 PM

RALEIGH – On Tuesday, Oct. 7, 19 appointed officials will convene for the first time to establish the North Carolina Aviation Development Task Force at N.C. Department of Transportation headquarters in Raleigh. The task force was created by two executive orders issued by Governor Pat McCrory this summer, and is charged with submitting a comprehensive report on the state’s aviation programs to the Secretary of Transportation by September 1, 2015. Executive Order No. 54 outlined the task force and was issued by Governor McCrory on May 19. The initial order was then amended through Executive Order No. 63, which increased the maximum number of task force members from 13 to 21, and revised the deadline for a final assessment from May 2015 to September of that year. The task force will be chaired by John D. Lennon, a member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation. For Tuesday’s inaugural session, there will be 19 members present, and by the end of the meeting members will have formed four focus area groups to achieve the goals laid out in Executive Order No. 54. These focus areas are Division of Aviation process, funding, economic development, and military retention. For more information, please visit the Division of Aviation’s homepage.   ***NCDOT***  
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8/2/2013: NCDOT Division of Aviation Partners with Currituck Airport, College of Albemarle in Building Future Aerospace Workforce

NCDOT Division of Aviation Partners with Currituck Airport, College of Albemarle in Building Future Aerospace Workforce

Posted 8/2/2013 4:39:59 PM

$1 million State Aid to Airports grant aids in creation of Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center   RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation, through a $1 million State Aid to Airports grant, has partnered with Currituck Regional Airport in Barco and the College of the Albemarle in the creation of a training facility for future aviation workers.   The grant that was awarded last year assisted the airport in building a new apron that will support the community college’s new 40,000 square foot, $7.1 million Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center. The rest of the state funds will be used to extend the airport’s taxiway   “Any time we can provide funding to grow our future aerospace workforce and improve one of our airports, it is a winning situation,” said Deputy Secretary for Transit Richard Walls. “This strong collaboration to open this facility will have an impact on future aviation jobs in North Carolina.”   The Center, located next to the general aviation airport, includes four aviation labs, a hangar, four classrooms and a library. Students can pull planes up on the apron and into the building to learn how to make repairs.   “The aviation industry is a vital economic sector in North Carolina,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. “Aviation companies need a highly skilled workforce to succeed and grow. Students who complete the programs here at this new state-of-the-art facility will have the skills and knowledge they need to pursue careers where the sky’s the limit.”   Students can receive two-year degrees in computer integrated machining, aviation systems technology, architectural technology or mechanical engineering technology through the facility. Aviation systems technology degrees also provide Federal Aviation Administration certification.    “Everything about this project has involved cooperation and partnership, especially from our friends at NCDOT and the Division of Aviation, who immediately recognized the value of supporting this FAA-certified training facility,” said Currituck County Director of Economic Development Peter Bishop. “The Center is a key asset in Currituck County’s economic and workforce development strategy, but it’s also central to Governor Pat McCrory’s vision for growing jobs throughout North Carolina by delivering a highly-skilled labor pool that’s ready for industry.”   State Aid to Airports is NCDOT’s grant program that provides funds for the purpose of planning, acquiring, constructing or improving municipal, county and other publicly owned or controlled airports, and to authorize related programs of aviation safety, promotions and long-range planning.   Currituck County Regional Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $10.1 million a year cumulative total impact on North Carolina and supports nearly 40 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic impact study. Editor's Note: Photo 1 shows an overhead view of the new apron area and Center. Photo 2 shows the new apron outside of the center. Photo 3 shows the plane repair area inside the Center. Please credit N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation for photos.  
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