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3/13/2015: 2015 N.C. Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced

2015 N.C. Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced

Posted 3/13/2015 12:56:50 PM

RALEIGH – More than 549 inspired young artists representing 97 towns and 58 schools across the state submitted their take on the theme “World Air Games” through NCDOT’s Division of Aviation’s 2015 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest. A judging panel has selected the winning entries, which will advance to compete on the national and international levels. “This contest is intended to get a younger generation interested in aviation and the important role it plays in our society,” said Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston. “We hope this provided a fun learning experience to each talented student who participated, and we sincerely congratulate the winners.”  Students were asked to create a picture that captures the excitement of the World Air Games taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  The World Air Games take place over a period of 12 days where spectators enjoy special locations while watching world class competitions and air shows fill the sky in a dazzling display of maneuvers that can only take place above the ground. All children who live in or attend school in North Carolina were invited to submit their interpretations of this year’s theme.  The top three entries in each age group have been sent to Washington, D.C. to be judged in the national competition.  The artwork of the national winners will be sent to Switzerland to compete in the international competition. The U.S. portion of the contest is sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association, managed by the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education and sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott, Ken Cook Co., the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education with additional support from NASAO members. Judges looked for originality, adherence to the theme and overall aesthetics. Judges took into consideration the artist’s creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation world. This year’s finalist judges were:• Kristy Smith – local artist who has worked at Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum and  with art galleries in New York, Miami and Tucson• Elizabeth Grimes-Droessler – Senior Director for Arts Education for the Wake County Public School System• Jill Flink – licensed pilot, well-known Raleigh art patron and owner of Jill Flink Fine Arts which opened in 1968• Amy Sawyer – local artist, currently working for the NC Department of Cultural Resources whose work  has been featured at the NC Museum of Natural Science• DJ Griffin – NCDOT Engineering Technician and aerial photographer with a Bachelor in Fine Arts college degree• Hannah Brodie – local artist and Exhibit Technician / Graphic Designer at NC Division of State Historical Sites Click here to view our photo gallery of the winning entries. The top finishers in each category, with their schools, are: JUNIORFirst:  Marissa FranceHometown:  Winston-SalemAge:  9School:  Clemmons Elementary School, Clemmons, NC  Second:  Serena HalawaniHometown:  WaxhawAge:  8School:  Kensington Elementary School, Waxhaw, NC  Third:  Matthew PinerHometown:  WintervilleAge:  9School:  Chicod Elementary School, Greenville, NC  INTERMEDIATEFirst:  Noah PearsonHometown:  Banner ElkAge:  13School:  Valle Crucis Elementary School, Sugar Grove, NC  Second:  Angel KrastevHometown:  High PointAge:  12School:  Jamestown Middle School, Greensboro, NC  Third:  Ayush LamsalHometown:  New BernAge:  11School:  Arendell Parrot Academy, Kinston, NC  SENIORFirst:  Maria YoungHometown:  ClaytonAge:  16School:  Corinth Holders High School, Wendell, NC  Second:  Brian DawsonHometown:  VanceboroAge:  17School:  West Craven High School, Vanceboro, NC  Third:  Jeanie ThomasHometown:  FayettevilleAge:  17School:  Westover High School, Fayetteville, NC  For more information regarding the Aviation Art Contest, contact Corbi Bulluck of the Division of Aviation at (919) 814-0550.
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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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4/16/2014: NCDOT Division of Aviation Sponsors Aviation Career Day for High School Students April 28

NCDOT Division of Aviation Sponsors Aviation Career Day for High School Students April 28

Posted 4/16/2014 11:56:00 AM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will sponsor an Aviation Career Day for high school students at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 28. The event will feature speakers from a variety of high-growth aviation sectors.   “This is a great opportunity for Triangle-area high school students that are in need of career and job shadowing opportunities,” said Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston.   The following career areas will be presented: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), a.k.a. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Aircraft Maintenance Pilot Aeronautical Engineer Air Traffic Control   Airport Engineer Participants will have the opportunity to talk to speakers after receiving a tour of the state aviation hangar. The final speaker lineup is subject to change, so check the NCDOT Aviation calendar for the most up to date list.   Space is limited to 24 students. To register, contact Tom Freeman, NCDOT Division of Aviation, Aviation Safety and Education Specialist at (919) 814-0559 or tfreeman@ncdot.gov.   ***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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6/3/2013: Phil Lanier Promoted to Airport Project Manager for Northeastern North Carolina

Phil Lanier Promoted to Airport Project Manager for Northeastern North Carolina

Posted 6/3/2013 2:33:00 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation has named Philip Lanier as the airport project manager for northeastern North Carolina. Lanier served as an airport development engineer with the Division since 2007. He will replace Chastity Clark, who recently joined the Federal Aviation Administration Memphis Airport District Office as an airport program manager. "Phil has done an outstanding job providing timely construction and maintenance assistance to many of North Carolina’s public airports," said Deputy Secretary for Transit Richard Walls.
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