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2/17/2017: 2017 NC Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced

2017 NC Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced

Posted 2/17/2017 4:32:59 PM

RALEIGH – Nine students from communities throughout North Carolina are being recognized for their original artwork submitted to the 2017 Aviation Art Contest. More than a thousand students participated in this year’s competition, sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation. “This contest gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their creativity while learning more about aviation and aeronautics in the state,” said Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston. “We are pleased to see a record number of participants.” The state competition drew 1,007 entries from students representing 144 hometowns and 99 schools. In the last three years, nearly 2,200 students have submitted artwork to the division. The annual contest offers all children who live in or attend school in North Carolina the chance to explore different aspects of aviation. This year, participants were asked to create original artworks inspired by the theme "Beyond the Clouds." Entries are divided into three age groups. The top three entries in each age group advance to National Association of State Aviation Officials in Washington, DC, as part of the national and international contest.  Click here to view a video of this year’s winning entries or here for a photo gallery. The top finishers in each category, with their schools, hometowns and ages are: JUNIOR First Place: Akshara Ananth, Providence Spring Elementary, Charlotte; age 9 Second Place: Abirami Govindarajan, Providence Spring Elementary, Charlotte; age 10 Third Place: Avni Choudepally, Cedar Fork Elementary, Morrisville; age 7 INTERMEDIATE  First Place: Anthony Oman, Salem Middle, Cary; age 14 Second Place: Alyssa Housden, Anne Chesnutt Middle, Fayetteville; age 14 Third Place: Bobby Carter, Crestdale Middle, Charlotte; age 14 SENIOR First Place: Emma Kerns, Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy, Sherrills Ford; age 17 Second Place: Cameron Fitz, Green Hope High, Cary; age 17 Third Place: Ashley Inman, Lee County High, Sanford; age 15 Visit the Aviation Art Contest website for information about the competition.
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2/17/2017: This Week at NCDOT: Transportation Careers and Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

This Week at NCDOT: Transportation Careers and Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

Posted 2/17/2017 8:32:23 AM

RALEIGH — The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in the department's weekly newscast, NCDOT Now. NCDOT Invites Students to Learn About Transportation Careers It takes a diverse team to carry out our mission at NCDOT. That is why we employ thousands of individuals in a wide variety of positions, from geology and information technology to communications, planning and much more. To give upcoming college graduates an opportunity to meet current employees and learn more about what they do for the department, NCDOT and Shaw University held their annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Career Expo on Thursday. Students from several other colleges and universities in North Carolina also attended. The department also wants to help high school students explore career opportunities in the transportation industry. High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend NCDOT’s annual Career Exploration Day on Tuesday, March 21, in Raleigh. Students will be able to learn more about the many different jobs at NCDOT, such as engineer, planner, accountant and human resource manager, as well as web designer, mechanic, equipment operator and more. Schools must register to attend by Feb. 21. More information about the Expo, including how to register, is available at the On-the-Job Training Program webpage. NCDOT Seeking New Partners for 2017 Watch 4 Me NC Campaign NCDOT is now accepting applications from communities interested in participating in the 2017 Watch for Me NC campaign -- a nationally recognized bicycle and pedestrian education, safety and enforcement program. Applications are due March 24, and can be downloaded on the Watch for Me NC website. Interested communities are encouraged to register for NCDOT’s webinar on Feb. 21, where more information about the program and application process will be provided. Communities selected will receive free law enforcement training and technical assistance, as well as safety materials such as bicycle lights, reflective arm bands and bumper stickers. The 2017 campaign is supported by NCDOT’s Governor’s Highway Safety Program in partnership with the department’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.    ***NCDOT***
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2/15/2017: NCDOT Seeking New Partners for 2017 Watch for Me NC Campaign

NCDOT Seeking New Partners for 2017 Watch for Me NC Campaign

Posted 2/15/2017 10:44:28 AM

RALEIGH –The N.C. Department of Transportation is now accepting applications from communities interested in participating in the Watch for Me NC 2017 campaign.  The nationally-recognized program focuses on bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and enforcement. The 2017 campaign is supported by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program in partnership with the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.    "Watch for Me NC uses a comprehensive and data-driven approach to increase public awareness and help local governments improve bicycle and pedestrian safety,” said Ed Johnson, acting director of the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.  “Our goal is to reduce severe crashes and injuries in our communities through law enforcement training, public education, material and technical support.” Communities selected to participate will receive free law enforcement training, technical assistance and safety tools provided by NCDOT and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. Some materials include bicycle lights, reflective arm bands, bumper stickers, brochures, posters and banners with pedestrian and bicycle safety messages. Previous Watch for Me NC participants are encouraged to continue their involvement in 2017. Those communities must submit an abbreviated application showing their commitment to meeting the program’s full intent. Interested communities are encouraged to register for NCDOT’s webinar on February 21 at 1 p.m., where more information about the program and application process will be provided. Applications are due March 24 and can be downloaded on the Watch for Me NC website.
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2/1/2017: NCDOT Works to Integrate Drones in Emergency Response

NCDOT Works to Integrate Drones in Emergency Response

Posted 2/1/2017 6:26:04 AM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is exploring how to best implement unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, into future disaster relief efforts. The department’s Division of Aviation recently collaborated with nearly 50 state and local government agencies and industry researchers for a three-day workshop, which included interactive demonstrations of drone operations in simulated scenarios.   “Our goal is to ensure that drones flying within North Carolina are flown safely and responsibly,” said Aviation Division Director Bobby Walston. “A better understanding of drone capabilities and evolving regulations will give emergency management professionals tools to safely use this technology during disasters and routine operations.” Without proper coordination, drone operators can unintentionally interfere with emergency management operations. A goal of the exercise was to organize communications with the public, to ensure hobbyist drones do not hinder disaster relief efforts. The workshop was organized by the NCDOT Division of Aviation and North Carolina State University’s Next Generation Air Transportation Consortium, within the school’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education. The team is leading research and testing efforts to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System.  The Federal Aviation Administration has exclusive authority over the use of airspace in the United States, including the airspace used by drones. NCDOT has authority to implement and manage regulations that pertain to state laws concerning operations within North Carolina. North Carolina has more than 15,000 registered drones, which is almost double the number of registered manned aircraft. A report on best practices for natural disaster response will be available in March.
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1/24/2017: USDOT Picks N.C. Turnpike Authority for Driverless Car Testing Site

USDOT Picks N.C. Turnpike Authority for Driverless Car Testing Site

Posted 1/24/2017 6:24:06 AM

RALEIGH –The U.S. Department of Transportation recently designated North Carolina as a proving ground pilot site for the testing of automated vehicle technologies. “The North Carolina Turnpike Authority, with its world-class facility, partnerships and research, is proud to serve as a designated automated vehicle proving ground,” Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Holder said.  “We are committed to ensuring the safety of the traveling public and the state’s roadways as we test this technology.” The state’s turnpike authority was selected from a competitive group of more than 60 applicants, including academic institutions, other state transportation departments, cities, as well as private entities and partnerships. National transportation officials say the sites chosen all have different facilities that can be used to gauge safety, manage various roadways and conditions, and handle various types of vehicles. “The Triangle Expressway, with its access to three Tier 1 research universities and the largest research park in North America, make it the ideal location for this pilot program,” said Turnpike Authority Executive Director Beau Memory. “As safety is our number one priority, we believe this opportunity will allow us to learn how to best keep our customers safe with this emerging technology.” In addition to the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, other designees include: City of Pittsburgh and the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center American Center for Mobility (ACM) at Willow Run Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) & GoMentum Station San Diego Association of Governments Iowa City Area Development Group University of Wisconsin-Madison Central Florida Automated Vehicle Partners
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