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					State aviation Journal
 Issue #11                                                     May/June 2011




                                                      GAAC
                                                    National Coalition
                                                     Goes to Battle
                                                   for General Aviation
                                                        Airports



                                                        False River
                                                      Regional Airport
                                                         A Test Bed for
                                                   Solar Powered LED Lights




  Louisiana
         A Focus on Aviation in
               the Pelican State
                    Yvonne Chenevert, Manager of Louisiana’s False
                    River Regional Airport and GAAC member.
                                              The Houma-Terrebonne Airport and Industrial Park in Louisiana.




    Contents
From the Publisher: America’s Resolve.................................Page 4
Guest Commentary: FAA’s Safety Mission
Still on Top with New Initiatives.............................................Page 5

Nevada Airports Association Annual Conference...................Page 6
FAA Western Pacific Region Airports Conference..................Page 8
Colorado Airport Operators Host Annual Meeting..................Page 11

Former NASAO VP Leads Harrisburg ADO..........................Page 13
New National Coalition Stands Up for GA Airports ..............Page 14

Louisiana Aviation Focus Section...........................................Page 16
Aviation Intern Program..........................................................Page 19
Aviation Remains a Key Component
in GCR’s Global Growth.........................................................Page 22
False River Regional Airport - Test Bed for Solar LED.........Page 24
Louisiana Aviation: An Extraordinary
History in Photographs...........................................................Page 26

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                  On The Cover




       Yvonne Chenevert, manager of False River Regional airport
       and Treasurer of the Louisiana Airport Managers & Associ-
       ates, (LAMA) is a member of GAAC. Chenevert was attract-
       ed to the coalition because of the resources being offered:
       online forums, information webinars, interaction between
       airports nationwide, and newsletters on congressional issues.
       Chenevert says all of those items can assist and help any
       airport that joins - more information and more networking
       always give more possible solutions to any situation. Cover
       photo by Deonna Wheeler.




             Publisher/Editor/       Kim J. Stevens
             Graphic Design/        Andrew Stevens
             Layout Design/         Andrew Stevens
             Photography/           Kim Stevens
                                    Shahn Sederberg
                                    Amy Taborsky
             Advertising
             Director             Kathleen Stevens


             Conntributing
             Writers       Lara Jackson
                           Andrea Brennan
                           Scott Malta
                           Stacy Howard



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May/June 2011 State aviation Journal Page 3
From the Publisher
                                       America’s Resolve
                                          The world may be going to hell in hand-basket, but just
                                        ask the folks across this country whose focus is on rebuild-
                                        ing their lives - think Joplin - and you will see that the
                                        “true American spirit” is as strong as ever. You know the
                                        one, the spirit that says “we’re not down for the count.”
                                        For them, hope is still alive, born of a strong work ethic,
                                        and a resolve to embrace the freedom and opportunity that
                                        still exists in the country.
                                          These are the folks that are working hard for their fami-
                                        lies, their businesses, their communities and for their fu-
                                        ture. This was evident in the people introduced to us in this
                                        issue as we focused on aviation in Louisiana. Folks whose
                                        lives and businesses stood in harms way as hurricanes
                                        ravaged the Pelican State and the political, financial and
         environmental impact of the oil spill in the Gulf was felt.
          It’s refreshing and inspiring to be around folks whose zeal for life is stronger than
         the heartache and depression that stares them in the face. We don’t, of course, take
         for granted the hurt that accompanies loss of life, property and lively-hood, but what
         makes America strong is the individual strength I think each of us possess to step up
         when calamity strikes, to reach out to our neighbors and friends, to use our resources to
         help get folks back on their feet.
          In the publishing business they say bad news sells. These days more than ever we get
         bombarded with negativity, with what’s wrong with the world. I’m often tempted to fall
         into that trap. But for me, I’d rather write for a few who appreciate hearing good and
         positive news than for thousands who gravitate to the alternative.
         My philosophy has always been to promote the good, the positive and the fun side of
         aviation. That doesn’t mean we keep a blind eye to the dark side. It’s a journalist’s re-
         sponsibility to keep things in check, something many in the current media seem to for-
         get.
          As each issue of the magazine is published it represents for me the opportunity to get
         to know this country and the people that work in the aviation industry a little bit better.
         And that fires me up! Let’s not get so tangled up in the weeds that we miss the good that
         exists in the world around us. The staff of the State Aviation Journal will do our best to
         share how we see the world, but take time to take a fresh look for yourself.
          As the beer commercial says, “stay thirsty my friend.” Crave life and experience it!




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Guest Commentary

FAA Safety Mission Still Tops New Initiatives
By Bill Withycombe

  Aviation is at a crossroads. Increasing demand for air travel,    tive way to bring
rising fuel prices, congested airspace, and environmental con-      focused attention
straints have combined as never before to create unprecedented      to a specific area of
challenges.                                                         concern. The First
  As of this writing, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)     Call to Action was
is operating under a Continuing Resolution, the 19th since last     initiated in 2007
being fully funded in 2007. As the debates over FAA fund-           in response to an
ing levels continue, we must not waver in our commitment to         increasing number
aviation safety. For us in the FAA, business as usual is not an     of runway incur-
option.                                                             sions. Since then,
  A few years ago, the FAA announced a major new program to         we’ve initiated Calls
fundamentally change the way we manage airspace and con-            to Action on Airline
trol air traffic. Called the Next Generation Air Transportation     and General Avia-
System – NextGen – it is our long-range plan to overhaul the        tion Safety and Air
National Airspace System. NextGen will increase capacity,           Traffic Controller
reduce delays, lessen emissions, minimize the noise footprint       Training and Profes-
near airports while making air travel safer and more efficient.     sionalism.
  As NextGen technologies like Automatic Dependent Surveil-           While the Calls to
lance-Broadcast (ADS-B), Enroute Automation Modernization           Action all utilize dif-             Bill Withycombe
(ERAM) and others gradually came on board, we identified            ferent approaches, they have one thing in common. That is to
areas in the FAA Flight Plan and our organizational structure       provide a focused look at a specific safety concern, and through
that could be improved.                                             collaboration with our partners, identify effective solutions.
  Destination 2025 and the Foundation for Success, initiatives        Earlier this month, I met with the aviation directors from the
recently introduced by FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, will        States and Territories in the FAA’s Western-Pacific Region
provide the corporate tools we need to ensure NextGen’s suc-        (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam
cess.                                                               and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).
  Destination 2025, the FAA’s new Strategic Plan, will help us        Annual meetings and quarterly telecons are part of a commit-
reach the next level of safety, prepare our workforce for the       ment we made with the National Association of State Aviation
future, provide the tools we need to work more effectively with     Officials (NASAO) back in 1996 when the FAA entered into a
industry, and establish uniform global standards with our inter-    formal Memorandum of Understanding with NASAO.
national partners.                                                    The FAA partnership with NASAO is extremely important.
  The Foundation for Success will bring a renewed focus on          Over the years, we have agreed to work cooperatively on a
shared internal services, a new governance model, a transfor-       number of significant issues including obstruction evaluation,
mation in human resource management and an emphasis on              land use planning, instrument approach procedures, and most
effective implementation of NextGen.                                recently, mitigating wildlife hazards and implementing Next-
  While some of these initiatives will require Congressional        Gen. This partnership has been beneficial to both the FAA and
approval, we are confident they will offer the right structure to   NASAO and has led directly to significant improvements in
achieve our organizational goals and provide the framework for      safety and efficiency in the National Airspace System.
successful implementation of NextGen.                                 The FAA has a long history of dealing with change. From
  FAA’s airspace redesign efforts are also being transformed.       paper and pencil based time, speed and distance separation
Through the Metroplex Optimization of Airspace and Proce-           of aircraft, through the advent of radar, to Global Positioning
dures concept, we’ve begun to focus our airspace redesign ef-       System and digital communications, the FAA has effectively
forts on large metropolitan geographic areas rather than single     weathered change. But one thing has remained the same – our
airports. Metroplex design activities have already begun in cer-    safety mission. Aviation safety remains at the core of every-
tain parts of the country, including the San Francisco Bay area     thing we do. Whatever changes the future may bring, we will
and Southern California. The Metroplex Optimization Program         maintain our focus on safety.
will provide a foundation for continuing NextGen implementa-
tion activities.                                                    William Withycombe is FAA’s Regional Administrator for the
  We are proud of our safety record and are continually seeking     Western Pacific Region.
ways to enhance aviation safety. Calls to Action are an effec-
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Nevada Airports Association, Hosts 2011 Conference
  The Nevada Airports Association, (NvAA) formerly known
as Nevada Airport Managers Association, was chartered over
ten years ago to provide a forum for airport industry profes-
sionals to communicate more effectively and address the
unique concerns for airport development in Nevada. At that
time Nevada was the only U.S. state without an assistance pro-
gram for airport capital improvements, and airport managers
best opportunities for training were primarily in neighboring
states through the Southwest Chapter of the American Associa-
tion of Airport Executives, (SWAAAE).
  Since then, NvAA has offered annual educational seminars to
association members, appeared before the State Transportation
Board and meetings of the Nevada Association of Counties and
testified before state legislators to promote aviation develop-
ment. In 2003, legislators created the Nevada State Fund for
Aviation, and in 2005 they made their first appropriation to the
fund of $500,000.
  Under Nevada DOT guidance eighteen airports leveraged
those state dollars into nearly $20 million in federal AIP grants
for runway rehabilitation, taxiway construction, land acquisi-                      Wendy Rudder & Trent Moyers
tion, approach lighting and more. This “jump start” by the
State Legislature has motivated airports and NDOT to work           transportation infrastructure and pointed to portions of the FAA
closely together to find a permanent and sustainable source for     Reauthorization bills that specifically impact business aviation
the Aviation Fund.                                                  such as the phase out rate for Stage II aircraft, airport curfews
  During their 2011 State Aviation Conference at the Atlantis       and noise abatement procedures that pre-empt local authority.
Resort and Conference Center in Reno, Nevada, Elko Mu-              Steve updated airport managers on what NBAA hopes to see in
nicipal Airport Director Trent Moyer turned the gavel over          the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) rewrite anticipated
to NvAA’s new president Wendy Rudder. Rudder is a 2nd               for release this fall. “Expect weight limits to increase,” said
generation native Nevadan, born and raised in Lincoln County,       Brown, “with more focus on throw weight or fuel capacity, and
Alamo, Nevada. She and her husband Burt own and operate             easier airport access for aircraft operated under an approved
Lincoln Air and Rudder Construction, Inc., and share a pas-         program…”
sion for flying. Wendy serves as Vice Chairman of the Lincoln         As more American companies fly business aircraft into for-
County Airport Authority. Along with assuming presidential          eign countries, demand for long-range capability is increasing,
duties for the Nevada Airports Association, Wendy was elected       said Brown. Concerns about aircraft and crew safety and se-
Chairman of the Nevada Aviation Technical Advisory Com-             curity, especially when traveling into developing markets, need
mittee (NATAC) and will take a seat at the table for the State      to be addressed in advance by company staff. These include
Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (STTAC).                airport security, safe food handling and safe fuel handling.
  The NvAA conference was attended by rural Nevada airport            NBAA predicts the number one challenge to business avia-
managers, corporate and associate sponsors, and representa-         tion in Europe could be scheduled expansion of the EU Emis-
tives from the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. Conference             sions Taxing System (ETS) to aviation in 2012. ETS taxes
sessions included updates from the National Business Aviation       CO2 emissions using an allowance and trade mechanism.
Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the De-        Extension of ETS to aircraft is being challenged in international
partment of Defense, Applied Research Associates, the Bureau        court because ICAO treaties prohibit countries from taxing
of Land Management and FAA.                                         outside their own territories.
                                                                      NBAA summarized their presentation with an invitation to
                                                                    their October 2011 conference in Las Vegas. NBAA is return-
The Changing Face of Business Aviation                              ing to Nevada after a seven-year absence.
                                                                      Western Regional Representative of the Aircraft Owners and
 Steve Brown and Regional Representative Dan Burkhart               Pilot’s Association, (AOPA) Stacy Howard, updated NvAA
briefed NvAA on the changing face of business aviation and          members on the organization’s legislative activities in Nevada.
shared National Business Aviation Association’s perspective         Among the bills being monitored is AB182 authorizing creation
on 21st Century national and international flying. Brown ad-        of Inland Port Authorities.
dressed the economic benefits of government investment in             AB182 allows an IPA to form wherever multiple transpor-

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tation infrastructure such as highway, rail and airports, are
located in close proximity and away from residential areas. As
written, the bill requires approval from the airport sponsor, and
protects the rights of airports to operate within FAA compliance
standards. AB182 could provide strong economic development
possibilities for Nevada airports like Silver Springs in Storey
County located near the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center on I-80.
Howard encouraged NvAA to get involved in Connecting
Nevada, the state’s 50 year transportation plan now in progress
and to prepare for the 2013 legislative session by updating their
economic impact data and making use of AOPA’s Airport Sup-
port Network and materials available on the AOPA and GASer-
ves websites to promote local airports.
  Howard explained ways in which FAA’s latest Safety Man-             Robert Moss, Esmeralda County Airport, left and Dan
agement Systems (SMS) NPRM for Part 139 airports (FAA-                Burkhart, NBAA.
2010-0997) could apply to non-commercial service airports in
the future, and recommended NvAA members view comments                in training programs operated by RNO whenever possible.
submitted by Randy Walker, Director of the Clark County                As President Rudder wrapped up the NvAA 2011 confer-
Department of Aviation. Clark County operates fives airport           ence, she committed herself and her new Board of Directors to
in southern Nevada including the state’s busiest, Las Vegas           continuing improvements to the NvAA website with a goal to
McCarran International, two thriving general aviation reliev-         making it a premier resource for Nevada’s rural airport manag-
ers, North Las Vegas and Henderson Executive, and two small           ers. She and Board members will partner with NDOT and the
GA airports, Jean Sport Aviation Center and Searchlight. Clark        NATAC to reactivate the state’s aviation license plate, a spe-
County’s broad range of experience renders exceptional insight        cialty automobile plate that deposits $25 into the State Fund for
into the management and fiscal challenges to implementing             Aviation with each purchase and renewal; and to help develop
SMS for airports. Clark County comments and questions about           a best practices guide for Nevada airport managers. The future
the NPRM could help all operators in Nevada understand pos-           looks bright for the Nevada Airports Association, and NvAA’s
sible impacts to their own community airport.                         new president is loaded with polish to keep it that way.
  Nevada’s climate lends itself readily to the adoption of
renewable energy. At the same time, Nevada is host to some
of the most intense military aviation training activity in the na-
tion. Are the two compatible? Not always, is the answer from
Department of Defense, and Terry Hansen, Airspace Encroach-
ment and Sustainment Manager for Marine Corps Installations
West.
  There have been several close calls with Met Towers during
wild land fire operations, according to Hansen. Met Towers are
temporary towers erected to record meteorological data for the
wind turbine industry. Because they are less than 200 feet AGL,
Met towers are not lighted nor marked on aeronautical charts.
“These towers are determined no hazard by FAA standards,
and they come and go with little notice making them dangerous
for low level operations like crop dusting and some military
aircraft.” said Hansen. “Large wind turbine installations have
known impacts on long-range radar, air traffic control radar and
airborne radar testing,” added Hansen, and “Questions are still
to be answered about weather radar and wind shear.” Hansen
expressed appreciation for passage of a number of ordinances
in California that force alternative energy vendors to obtain
DOD approval for wind farm locations.
  Krys Bart, Director of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority gave
an enthusiastic report on the vitality and promising future of the
Reno-Tahoe Airport. Operations were up 5% in the first quarter
in 2011, according to Bart, with 71 departures and 8300 passen-
ger seats per day. Bart offered her expertise and that of her staff
to help NvAA and its members, and invited them to participate

                                                                  May/June 2011       State aviation Journal Page 7
                     One of many workshops this year at the FAA’s Western Pacific Region Airports Conference

FAA Looks to Build Strategic Partnerships at Airports Conference
By Scott Malta
 Located a few blocks from Disney Land in Anaheim, CA, the         Island areas.
very nice Hyatt Regency Hotel was the site of the 7th Annual         The next item on the packed agenda following the opening
Airports Conference, hosted by the FAA Division of Airports,       remarks and association reports was the Awards Luncheon
Western-Pacific Region. The conference, with the theme, “Ad-       with Master of Ceremonies, Brian Armstrong, Manager, Los
vocating For Your Airport While Building Strategic Partner-        Angeles Airports District Office. The luncheon speaker was
ships,” ran from June 7th thru the 9th.                            the incomparable, Catherine
 The conference was opened by the Master of Ceremonies,            (Kate) Lang, Acting FAA Associ-
Robin Hunt, Manager of the San Francisco Airports District         ate Administrator for Airports.
Office and with welcoming remarks presented to the over 400        Listening to Kate speak is a real
attendees by the host, Mark McClardy, Manager, Airports Divi-      treat, not because she tells you
sion, Western-Pacific Region and the Regional Administrator,       what you want to hear, unfortu-
                                 William Withycombe.               nately, all too often, far from it,
                                 One of the unique things about    but because you understand that
                                 this conference is that the       she is a very straight-shooter and
                                 opening morning is filled with    true airport advocate.
                                 reports from: the Department’s      Right away you get a sense of
                                 of Transportation from Arizona,   her professionalism and her no
                                 Hawaii, Nevada, (California       nonsense way. Kate provided an
                                 was absent due to the on-going    in-depth and detailed Washington
                                                                                                                Kate Lang
                                 budget melt-down in the state);   update on several issues affect-
                                 the Commonwealth of Northern      ing the FAA and airports, not the least of which is the on-going
                                 Marianas Island; Guam; Ameri-     issue of the FAA budget reauthorization, or lack thereof. The
                                 can Samoa; and the Airport        luncheon concluded with several awards being presented, (see
                                 Manager Associations: Arizona     the related follow-on State Aviation Journal article for more
                                 Airports Association (AzAA);      details). Briefly, those awards were:
                                 Association of California Air-           - “Airport Safety Award” -- to Phoenix Sky Harbor Inter-
       Mark McClardy           ports (ACA); Nevada Airports        national Airport
Association (NvAA) and Southwest Chapter of the American                  - “Outstanding Airport Award” – to Las Vegas McCarran
Association of Airport Executives (SWAAAE). There is no            International Airport
other conference that has provided such a broad spectrum of               - “Herman C. Bliss Partnership Award” – to US Depart-
interesting reports from such a far-reaching area as this con-     ment of Agriculture, Wildlife Services Office
ference, particularly during the presentations from the Pacific           - Runway Safety Office “Special Award” – to Guam.
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  Following the luncheon, the attendees were treated to an            attendees also received a real good understanding of the FAA
excellent, diverse, two-day business program. Again, this             processes, considerations, critical paths and those FAA profes-
conference is unique in that most of the speakers in the many         sionals involved with them.
sessions were the no-kidding FAA subject matter experts for            To wrap this article up, it would be appropriate to quote from
the given topics. The topics covered a multitude of appropriate       William Withycombe’s written comments as printed in the
and timely issues facing airports today. A sampling of the over       conference agenda:
35 sessions included:                                                  “This year’s theme, “Advocating for your Airport while
      - FAA Through the Fence Policy                                  Building Strategic Partnerships,” is certainly appropriate. We
      - Runway Safety Area Compliance by 2015                         are experiencing the safest period ever in aviation history. But
      - New Airport Marking Standards                                 maintaining our safety edge requires vigilance, initiative and
      - Improper Payments & Changes to Payment Process                vision. This conference provides each of you with an opening
      - FAA Solar Panel Guidance                                      to renew existing partnerships, build new ones and promote
      - Wildlife Hazard Management Plan                               your airport to ensure that our aviation system remains as
      - Update on Safety Management Systems (SMS) Policy              safe as possible. The future will bring increased demands on
      - Various Case Studies                                          our aviation infrastructure. The only sure way to meet those
  Several of the sessions will be covered in some detail in later     demands is through effective planning and solid partner-
State Aviation Journal articles.                                      ships.”
  Prior to the conclusion of this exceptional conference at            Speaking as one of the conference attendees, let me conclude
noon on Thursday, many attended the special workshop en-              by saying, “Mission accomplished, well done Western-Pacific
titled, “Planning for a New Runway.” This excellent workshop          Region… Thank You for another great conference!”
covered the entire process from Planning and Environmen-
tal Considerations to Justifying Your New Runway/Runway               Scott C. Malta, A.A.E., C.A.E., manages Castle Airport in Mer-
Extension to NAVAIDS and Charting Considerations. While               ced County, California and is 1st vice President of SWAAE. He
this workshop was very important to those actually intending          is a retired USAF Captain.
to build a new runway or extend an existing one, the rest of the




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Colorado Airport Operators Hold Conference
                                                                                   “Commercial Economic Development at DIA.”
                                                                                   Norm Higley, DIA Director of Environmental
                                                                                   Services, and Stephen Barrett, Harris Miller
                                                                                   Miller & Hanson, Inc. Director of Clean Energy,
                                                                                   provided an important break out session on “Air-
                                                                                   port Energy Sustainability.”
                                                                                     Enrichment sessions for airport professionals
                                                                                   were offered. ADK Executive Search President,
                                                                                   Doug Kuelpman, presented “Future Airport
                                                                                   Professionals.” Senior Wildlife Biologist Dennis
                                                                                   McGraw of S.E.H. Natural Resources Practice
                                                                                   Center reviewed the ever important topic of
                                                                                   “Wildlife Management for Airports.”
                                                                                     Special guest speaker, Dr. Ronald M. Sega of
                                                                                   Colorado State University and former astronaut
                                                                                   for Space Shuttles Discovery in 1994 and Atlan-
                                                                                   tis in 1996, provided an informative banquet pro-
                                                                                   gram on energy conservation and the environ-
                                                                                   ment. FAA ADO and FSDO, CDOT Division of
                                                                                   Aeronautics, Fort Collins and Loveland elected
Ken Lawson, Assistant Director of Aviation at Front Range Airport (FTG) and leaders also participated in the conference.
CAOA Board member, learns more about Burns & McDonnell’s off-airport                Exhibitors were Aerometric, Inc.; Armstrong
computer program to assist with development decisions from expert, Robert         Consultants, Inc.; AvTech Marketing, Inc.; Burns
Crain.                                                                            & McDonnell; CGRS; Colorado Asphalt Pave-
By Penny Rafferty Hamilton                                                        ment Association; Cryotech Deicing Technology;
                                                                   Flint Trading, Inc.; Grip-Flex Surfacing/Ameriseal of Ohio,
  Fort Collins-Loveland Airport sponsored the recent Colorado      Inc.; Hi-Lite Markings; Jviation Inc.; Kolbe Striping; Lamp,
Airport Operators Association (CAOA) Conference held June          Rynearson & Associates; Leading Edge Strategies; MYSLIK,
1-3 in Loveland. Important programs and networking opportu-        Inc.; Nachurs Alpine Solutions Industrial (NASi); SRC Avia-
nities for airport managers, aviation and elected leaders, airport tion, LLC; Transwest Trucks; USDA-Wildlife Services; and
consultants, and aviation industry professionals were offered at   Vance Brothers, Inc.
the well-attended statewide meeting.
  Catherine “Kate” Lang, FAA Deputy Associate Administrator                      Photos by Penny Hamilton
for Airports kicked off the meeting with a Key Note Address.
“One size does not fit every airport. Each airport has different
circumstances. We (the FAA) are good on supporting and com-
municating with the commercial side,” she said.
  “We need to work harder for GA airports. We are interested in
a dialog. We need to look at what are our essential services and
how do we balance resources?” Lang continued. In response to
a question from new Greeley-Weld County Airport Manager,
Gary Cyr, about the FAA view and support of the contract tow-
er program, Lang said, “The FAA view is it has been success-
ful. Because technology is changing and expanding constantly
and will continue to do so in the future, we may see more and
different future options in this important area.”
  Other presenters and topics were Bruce Tarletsky of Sabre
Airline Solutions on “Airport Air Service Development,” Heidi
Ann Benaman of the Faith Group, LLC on “Airport Safety
Management Systems,” and, Annell Kuelpman of ADK Execu-             Steven Cowell, President of SRC Aviation, Inc, an exhibitor at
tive Search sharing important information on “The Modern            the recent CAOA conference and experienced aviation safety
Airport Executive.”                                                 professional, shares a chart indicating the SMS development
  Denver International Airport (DIA) Deputy Manager of Avia-        process and preferred time line.
tion and chief Commercial Officer, John Ackerman, covered

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Former NASAO VP Uses State Experience to Run ADO
By Kim Stevens
  Lori Pagnanelli, Manger of the Federal Aviation Ad-
ministration’s Harrisburg Airports District Office (ADO)
since January of 2008, uses her past experience as Vice
President of the National Association of State Aviation
Officials in managing her day to day operations. “We are
working hard to strengthen our relationship with our three
states,” said Pagnanelli, who works with airports in the
states of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. “I work
on a daily basis with representatives from those states, so
having the background that I learned through NASAO
about the state aviation agencies’ operations has been
extremely helpful.”
  With the numerous extensions of the AIP reauthorization,
Pagnanelli has found it to be critical that they continue to
maintain a close working relationship with the states so
that they can more effectively allocate AIP funds to the
most needed planning and development projects within
their jurisdiction. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is
also a Block Grant State, so according to Pagnanelli, be-
ing involved in NASAO’s Block Grant Committee while
at the association has allowed her to work more coopera-                             Lori Pagnanelli
tively with the state and to better understand their issues.   she really enjoys spending time with her family which
“Understanding the states’ funding programs has helped         includes having her son home for the summer from Penn
me more effectively develop our annual ACIPs in the            State, where he is a senior. Pagnanelli lives with her hus-
ADO,” said Pagnanelli.                                         band Ken, in the Annapolis area. After the long commute
  Pagnanelli thinks that there are ways the FAA and the        home each day, one avenue for relaxation is spending time
states can continue to strengthen their relationship. “Over    with her husband on the family sailboat. “He is working
the past few years, we have conducted several AIP work-        on teaching me how unwind on the water!”
shops in cooperation with our states to assist sponsors and
consultants in gaining a better understanding of the grant
management process,” said Pagnanelli. “We also provide
presentations during the states’ annual conferences.”
  Pagnanelli has a history with the FAA. Prior to joining
NASAO, Pagnanelli worked as a senior planner in the
Planning and Environmental Division in FAA’s Office of
Airports in Washington D.C. She rejoined the FAA in her
current position after spending eight years with NASAO.
  When asked what were the best things about being the
ADO Manager, Pagnanelli said the ADO staff is dedicated
and hardworking. “It makes managing such a great team
easy.” “I truly enjoy being an ADO Manager because
everyday brings on a new challenge at a different airport
with a unique issue,” said Pagnanelli, “including anything
from compliance to planning to engineering to environ-
mental.”
  To relax, Pagnanelli, who holds a Masters Degree in
Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, says

                                                           May/June 2011      State aviation Journal Page 13
New Coalition Stands Up for GA Airports
Former State Aviation Officials Help Lead Effort
By Kim Stevens

  The general aviation industry is an integral part of the U.S.         The concept, accord-
economy - creating jobs, generating revenue, attracting busi-         ing to Lewis, didn’t
ness and industry, providing a transportation lifeline to com-        come together until,
munities across the country, helping businesses succeed, and          after several years of
supporting people and communities in times of crisis.                 talk. The Ferguson
  To press home this point and advocate for general aviation          Group, a government
airports in Washington D.C., a new national organization was          affairs consulting firm
formed this year that hopes to do what other organizations            in Washington, D.C.,
could not, would not, or have not done effectively in the past.       provided staff time to
  The creation of the General Aviation Airports Coalition,            organize the effort to
(GAAC) came to be after “lots of talking with others in the           bring a group together
aviation business,” said Richard Lewis, founder and current           across the country, and
Aviation Director for the Concord Regional Airport in Concord,        according to Lewis,
North Carolina, “particularly at the general aviation airport         “with their knowledge
level.”                                                               in the area of organiz-
  For the last five years at conferences and workshops, Lewis         ing a loose group with a
talked about the need to organize general aviation (GA) airports      passion, the organiza-
and the feedback he received was positive. Lewis said he would        tion started.”
listen to problems the managers of GA airports were having              “I think it’s about time
such as dealing with unfunded mandates, lack of resources and         that GA airports were
staffing, and dealing with regulations or the lack of regulations     represented by a strong                 Richard Lewis
specific to the smaller, non Part 139 airports.                       national organization
  “At the meetings we would hear from other aviation organiza-        whose only loyalty is to its members in the GA airport com-
tions telling us what the problems in aviation are and what they      munity,” said Ken Wiegand, Collin County Regional Airport
were doing about them,” said Lewis, “without including the            Executive Director in McKinney, Texas. “After all, when you
GA Airport.” Lewis said the focus was on the larger commer-           consider GA’s economic impact, you wonder why we didn’t
cial service airports. “No one got to the GA Airport level nor        have an organization decades ago.”
did they ask,” said Lewis. Lewis feels the reason was because           General aviation’s overall economic output in the U.S. is
GA airports were unorganized with no focused voice to address         estimated at $150 billion annually, supporting more than 1.2
their needs.                                                          million jobs. The economic impact of GA is included in the
                                                                      GAAC’s 2011 Platform which is to; Demonstrate the impor-
   “General Aviation plays a critical                                 tance of GA airports; Increased federal funding for GA airports;
                                                                      Increased flexibility for AIP entitlement funds; and Oppose
    role in our nation’s economy”                                     unfunded mandates and user fees.
                                                                        Early in 2011 an email campaign was initiated to promote the
                                                                      GAAC as an organization and to encourage membership. “I re-
  For Kent Penney, A.A.E., Aviation Director for the City of
                                                                      ceived a general e-mail calling for GA managers to join a new
Fort Worth, Texas, having an organization that focuses on gen-
                                                                      organization that would advocate for GA airports only,” said
eral aviation, which is the foundation of the GAAC, is what is
                                                                      Wiegand. “I admit I was skeptical at first; I mean how many
most important. “General Aviation plays a critical role in our
                                                                      times are we going to try this.” Wiegand said, although this
nation’s economy, and to have an organization that has its focus
                                                                      concept has been tried and failed in the past, that “this time”
on equipping airports, specifically for meeting general avia-
                                                                      it seems different. “I have been in the lonely and rather scary
tion needs, is equally critical,” said Penney. “I admire what has
                                                                      position of defending the GA airports I have managed where I
been done by various organizations for years to help airports
                                                                      could have used the influence of an outside advocacy group,”
with addressing the needs for commercial passenger services
                                                                      said Wiegand.
but the general aviation aspect often was an after-thought.”
                                                                        Part of the challenge for smaller airports is the fact that many
Penney says that an organization that sees general aviation as
                                                                      of the managers wear several hats. Sometimes, according to
its foundation, is one that he believes is best suited to see solid
                                                                      Lewis, its the same person that runs the FBO, or its only a
results for the benefit of general aviation.
                                                                      part time job. Lewis says his best example is a manager of an

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airport near Charlotte. He will sell the fuel, put the product in        Many GA airports
the aircraft, fix the refueler if it breaks down, cut the grass, fix   will only go to the state
the runway lights, work with tenants, manage projects and go           conferences, so a key
to the City Council and Administration to fight for his budget.        role that GAAC can play,
“When does he have time to represent his airport or travel to          according to Penney, is to
Washington, or attend meetings in the state.” Lewis says that          provide presentation ma-
these airport managers need help and that is why GAAC has              terials on various current
been formed, to help GA airport managers across the country to         subjects. “By providing
do their job and help their communities.                               these presentation ma-
  “I would like to see GAAC become a strong voice for GA               terials, GAAC can help
airports at home, in Washington and state capitals across the          enhance the state confer-
country,” said Wiegand. “It’s a big job that will require finan-       ence without requiring
cial support and involvement by individual GA airports.” Wie-          the airports to attend yet
gand said he would like to see the manager of a very small GA          another conference,” said
airport testify before Congress on behalf of his/her contempo-         Penney, who is a mem-
raries on issues that he/she understands and is willing to stand       ber of the GAAC Local
up for, because GAAC prepared him or her for the task.                 Committee. “I would
  Lewis said there is a need to represent as many airports as          envision each GAAC
possible and also a need to have others that support our mission       committee producing 2-3
to join and help financially. “We need to create a action plan         presentations a year which                Ken Wiegand
that will make a difference with our membership and distribute         would then be available for
this plan to the local level so that when our elected officials and    state aviation associations to use as they see fit.” Penney said
their staff return to the “grass roots” our members,” said Lewis,      he realizes that recently, the Transportation Research Board’s
“can talk off the same page and show them how, we as GA                Aviation Cooperative Research Program is producing new
airports, make a difference in our communities.”                       resources, and sees these materials from GAAC as something
 As former state aviation officials, both Wiegand and Penney           complimentary to the TRB items.
think the states can play a big role in the future of GAAC. “I           “Perhaps NASAO should consider getting involved in
think the states should get involved by becoming dues-paying           GAAC,” said Wiegand. “I think that both organizations have
members of GAAC and the National Association of State                  a lot to gain by partnering.” Wiegand said that NASAO would
Aviation Officials (NASAO),” said Wiegand, a former Director           be the ideal GA airport advocacy group if each and every state
of the Virginia Department of Aviation. “They could conduct            would get behind it with the power of their state governments
regular GA airport economic impact studies; make better use of         and their financial support.
the power vested in their state governments to tout GA airports          “I have worked with Richard Walls in his position as Direc-
and garner political and financial support for locally owned           tor of the NCDOT Division of Aviation and though our North
airports.”                                                             Carolina Airports Association (NCAA),” said Lewis. “Richard
  “I believe the states                                                is a founding member.” Lewis has asked Walls as well as other
are a perfect partner                                                  state directors for support to convince airports to join GAAC.
with GAAC,” said                                                       “In my opinion most state associations and state aviation
Penney, a former                                                       departments do a good job representing GA Airports in their
Director of the Ne-                                                    respective states,” said Lewis. “Our focus is the federal level.”
braska Department of                                                   Education of the elected, staff, and regulators in Washington
Aeronautics. “I think                                                  [D.C.] is very important, but also, according to Lewis, is the
there are two ways                                                     education of our GA airport members and non members so that
that state aviation de-                                                when congressional representatives return home, our GAAC
partments can assist                                                   members across the country can “spread the GA airport agenda
GAAC. One is to get                                                    and make a difference.”
the word out about                                                       Where does GAAC go from here? “Full speed ahead,” said
this new organization                                                  Lewis. “I feel we have gotten a very good response and the
to the airports within                                                 concept of a GA airport organization at the national level is
the state. Second is                                                   needed.” Lewis said that they have talked to several organiza-
to provide feedback                                                    tions with a response that the gap they are filling is needed to
to GAAC regarding                                                      insure that the country’s GA airport issues are addressed. The
issues states are deal-                                                next steps include continued membership marketing. “Num-
ing with their airports                                                bers are very important to gain credibility for GAAC,” said
about, so that GAAC                                                    Lewis.
can provide help.”                       Kent Penney

                                                                   May/June 2011       State aviation Journal Page 15
             iana
Special Focus



      L ouis
                           Aviation




    By Andrea Brennan
       When hearing the phrase “weathering the storm,” Louisiana
     might well come to mind. The diverse aviation infrastructure
     of more than 780 public and private airports and heliports,
     including 62 general aviation airports, serves corporate, car-
     go, commercial, and military needs in varying weather and
     terrain conditions.

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Louisiana Shows Resiliency,
Sees Bright Future
Continued from previous page.
  These facilities, and the people managing them, have resilient-
ly survived natural and economic crises; many are now prepar-
ing for a bright, innovative, and prosperous future that includes
improved facilities, NextGen implementation, and expanded
services.
  The mission of the Aviation Section within the Louisiana
Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD)
is an overall responsibility for management, development, and
guidance for Louisiana’s aviation system, said Director Brad
Brandt. The program’s clients, Brandt explained, include the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), for whom LADOTD
monitors all publicly-owned airports within Louisiana to deter-
mine compliance with Federal guidance, oversight, and capital
                                                                                                  Brad Brandt
improvement grants. The program also serves aviators and the
general public, for whom it regulates airports and provides          Airport Authority is poised to develop 1800 acres of land as an
airways lighting and electronic navigation aids to enhance both      industrial site, Devilier added, including prime locations next to
flight and ground safety. Through programs such as General           the Acadiana taxiway.
Aviation and Air Carrier Maintenance, Obstruction Removal              Across Louisiana, many airports have been upgraded with
Safety, and GA Enhancement, LADOTD Aviation Section has              RNAV (GPS) procedures and NextGen-level systems such as
helped airports receive funding for over 135 capital improve-        Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), said
ment projects in 2010, stated Brandt. This represents significant    Allen Taylor, LADOTD Airways System Manager. The first
growth, he said; in 2004, the Aviation Section funded roughly        phase of ADS-B is being implemented in the Gulf region for
40 projects.                                                         helicopter offshore operations, providing enhanced safety:
  The New Iberia Parish Airport Authority is an example of an        “I’m pleased with the ADS-B performance to date,” said
airport preparing for future aviation needs to serve the business    Taylor. State and Federal grants have funded other vital airport
community. Acadiana Regional Airport Director Jason Devil-           improvements all around Louisiana, he said. For example, in
lier is working with a master plan that will make Acadiana a         the northern regions where icing occurs, LADOTD has and is
“one-stop aviation shop” that includes an expanded industrial        installing generators to provide emergency power for lighting.
and business park. “We’re                                              The Aviation Section works with an airport sponsor to make
working toward improved                                              sure current airport infrastructure is in good condition, safe for
future access to I-49 and the                                        operation, and adequate, said LADOTD Assistant Aviation Di-
port,” said Devillier, as con-                                       rector Wade Troth. “The Aviation Section believes the core of
struction of State Highway                                           attracting any aviation business to an airport is to have: an air-
90 develops into completion                                          port that is safe and usable; facilities and infrastructure that are
of a North-South Interstate                                          currently adequate for the flying public; adequate land available
highway intersecting with                                            for current facilities; and land available for future expansion.
I-10. Current tenants of                                             Through the use of Master Plans, Action Plans, Airport Layout
Acadiana use the facility for                                        Plans, and meetings with airport sponsors throughout the year,
transportation— helicopters                                          we develop and implement Capital Improvement Plans to meet
flying to and from oil drilling                                      our objectives and put the airport in a better position to attract
platforms— and for mainte-                                           aviation businesses.”
nance—a major cargo carrier                                            The Aviation Section also matches an FAA grant with local
repaints 757 and MD-80 air-                                          funds, said Troth. “We believe our match relieves financial
craft. The airport is also used              Wade Troth              pressure from a local sponsor and puts that sponsor in a better
for charter flights for military                                     financial position to create their own incentives to lure aviation-
(256th National Guard Squadron) and academia (University             linked businesses.” Brandt notes the benefits of the grants.
of Louisiana-Lafayette). However, the Port of Iberia is only         “With an increase in priority program funding over the past five
1.5 miles away, Devillier pointed out, and the airport offers an     years,” said Brandt, “the [LADOTD] Aviation Section has been
air traffic control tower, firefighting services, and a 8,000-foot   able to accomplish many additional projects that otherwise may
runway that can accommodate 747 and 777 aircraft. The parish         have taken years to fund.”                 Continued on next page.

                                                                 May/June 2011        State aviation Journal Page 17
                                                                                            The stability of PFC personnel—Val
                                                                                            Blanchard has been the office manager
                                                                                            for 27 years, and the ground staff all
                                                                                            have over ten years with the company—
                                                                                            has prepared the company to respond
                                                                                            to urgent needs. For example, during
                                                                                            hurricane season, Perry estimates that
                                                                                            PFC supports the evacuation of over
                                                                                            45,000 people to and from platforms in
                                                                                            the Gulf. “Ninety-nine percent get there
                                                                                            by helicopter,” Perry points out.
                                                                                              This stability allows Perry to take the
                                                                                            long view as he considers the future di-
                                                                                            rection of Perry Flying Center. “I’m not
                  Helicopters line the ramp at Houma-Terrebonne Airport                    scared of growth,” he muses. “If there is
                                                                                           a reasonable ROI then I will make an in-
Continued from previous page.
                                                                  vestment.” Despite the current slowdown in oil drilling opera-
 Aviation operations in the Gulf of Mexico were significantly     tions, he sees the need for continued exploration and operations
damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Perry Fly-        and plans to meet that need. “I’m waiting for State and Federal
ing Center CEO Ken Perry recalled the damage by Hurricane         politicians to forge a path for an energy policy for people to
Andrew in 1992. “That hurricane caused more damage than           stick to for eight to ten years out,” he said. This, Perry explains,
(hurricanes) Katrina and Rita,” he said. However PFC was able provides companies such as PFC with the timeline they need to
to recover from that storm. The FBO, which marks 28 years         make investments work out.
of business in July, has served the oil and seafood industries in   The LADOTD Aviation Section partners with communities
various capacities.                                               and airports to become more self-sustaining and efficient, said
  Perry, who started out at age 20 flying seaplanes for the oil   Brandt. The Aviation Section manages a NAVAIDS program
corporations, has continually adapted PFC to meet shifting        that implements navigational aids such as AWOS, PAPI, and
logistical and economic challenges. As he observed drilling op- LED Wind Cone. As part of this
erations moving farther offshore and the oil business slowing,    program, LADOTD partnered with
Perry changed his business model to providing ground support      ADB Airfield Solutions to test
for both large (such as PHI) and small companies in the Gulf.     a Pulse Width Modulation LED
By offering dispatch, fuel, and administrative services, PFC has taxiway lighting system. The results
become the hub for his customers in the central Gulf of Mexi-     the Aviation Section hopes to realize
co, Perry said, “so smaller companies can compete with the big from this test project, said Brandt,
boys.” Although PFC still has some of its original customers      might mean significant energy sav-
(including Chevron and HeliGroup since 1989), and the com-        ings for powering airfield lighting
pany still services about 60 fixed-wing aircraft and float planes systems in the future. Another result
for the seafood industry, helicopters are the main business now, could be emergency sustainabil-
said Perry. The facility has changed in kind; Perry converted     ity. For example, Taylor said, in              David Slayter
the two PFC seaway hangars for float planes to helicopter bays    southern regions, including areas
and offices.                                                      south of Interstate 10, Hurricane Katrina and Rita had an im-
                                                                  pact; only two airports could handle nighttime operations. Now,
                                                                  said Taylor, most of the airports in this region have stationary
                                                                  emergency power.
                                                                    The future is now at some airports in Louisiana. Since hur-
                                                                  ricanes Katrina and Rita, Houma-Terrebonne Airport and the
                                                                  surrounding community has exploded in growth, said David
                                                                  Slayter, the airport manager. However, even before the hur-
                                                                  ricanes, the airport had a positive impact on the region: “In
                                                                  2003,” Slayter said, “the Houma-Terrebonne Airport and In-
                                                                  dustrial Park accounted for more than 5.6 percent of the Gross
                                                                  Regional Product for a four-parish region and approximately 15
                                                                  percent of the Gross Regional Product for Terrebonne Parish.”
                                                                  Slayter, a Louisiana native with more than 22 years of experi-
                                                                  ence in aviation and airport management, has been planning
                     Perry Flying Center staff
                                                                  for the future since he accepted the director position at Houma-

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                                                                      Louisiana Touts Aviation
                                                                      Internship Program
                                                                      “Over the years we have developed a relationship with the
                                                                      universities in our state,” said Brad Brandt, Aviation Director
                                                                      for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Develop-
                                                                      ment (LADOTD). “We have focused our attention on uni-
                                                                      versities that offer aviation-specific programs. We can work
                                                                      with them to foster and promote the aviation industry in our
             Perry Flying Center, Patterson, Louisiana                state.” Some of the most significant are internship opportuni-
Terrebonne in 2008.                                                   ties offered to students in aviation programs. The LADOTD
  Houma-Terrebonne is a unique airport, said Slayter, because         Aviation Section Internship Program is a cooperative en-
of its size, activity, and infrastructure. Half airport and half      deavor between the Louisiana Department of Transportation
industrial park on 1760 acres, the facility primarily serves the      and Development (LADOTD) and Louisiana universities,
oil and gas industry as well as corporate and fishing logistics.      providing practical experience to aviation students through
The runway can accommodate larger aircraft such as a DC-9,            employment in public sector transportation aviation work. In
G550/650, or even a C-130 for evacuation purposes (the airport        addition to possibly receiving university academic credit, par-
is one of five designated as an air medical marshalling point).       ticipating students will earn a salary commensurate with their
However, the majority of aircraft at the airport is large heli-       ability. “The internship program is intended to enhance the
copters used for offshore operations, said Slayter, such as the       educational process for students by providing opportunities
Sikorsky S-76, S-92, and the Bell 407.                                to explore their interests in aviation management and aviation
  Slayter is implementing NextGen technology and other mod-           safety through practical experience,” said Brandt.
ernization at Houma-Terrebonne, including a pilot program for           The program offers a wide variety of experience to the
ADS-B. If funding comes through, he said, Houma-Terrebonne            participating students. Not only do they experience what the
plans are moving forward to include LED lights on the primary         state offers from a safety, regulation, and funding standpoint
runway, widen the primary taxiway to handle larger aircraft,          and how these are implemented, but they also get to see how
and add parking aprons. Slayter also wants to improve the four        these areas of importance are realized as they are implement-
existing RNAV (GPS) LPV approaches with lighting and meet             ed at the airport and local levels. Using the close relationship
ICAO SMS 2013 requirements for GA airports. “We have a                that the DOTD Aviation Section has garnered with the airport
reason to redo our master plan,” he said.                             community throughout the state, students are afforded the
  Part of the airport’s future is tied to cooperation with the com-   opportunity to also experience the excitement and energy of
munity to provide aviation education opportunities. The facility      the airport environment by shadowing airport management
can be used for computer-assisted testing service (CATS)              at commercial service and general aviation facilities over the
testing and qualifying exams, and surface aviation observa-           course of a week during their tenure at DOTD. The selected
tion (SAO) instructors are available. Slayter collaborates with       participant will gain invaluable aviation knowledge and skills
the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapter to          in a variety of professional level areas with the LADOTD
teach the basics of aviation, the physics of flight, and how to       Aviation Section. The selected participant will:
use a plotter to plan a flight. Houma-Terrebonne is planning
to host, with Louisiana Tech University, a week-long aviation         Assist the Aviation Program Managers with the following:
career education camp for high school students that will include      1.   Planning and scheduling needed airport improvements
ground school, weather—“everything but flight instruction,”           2.   Prepare Capital Improvement Program reports for the
said Slayter.                                                              FAA
  Across the state, LADOTD Aviation Section offers workshop           3.   Perform periodic inspections of airports to ensure safety
and training opportunities throughout the year to airport spon-            and compliance with State and Federal standards
sors and staff, consultants, engineers, or anyone just interested     4.   Review airport leases, airport operations manuals and
in aviation, said Troth. Over the last two years, he observed,             airport layout plans
the Aviation Section has either organized or helped organized         5.   Maintain daily contact with local, state and federal of-
three security workshops, one wildlife workshop, one pavement              ficials in planning and coordinating airport improve
inspection workshop, a general operations workshop, and four               ments
basic or advanced airfield lighting seminars. “The diverse avia-      6.   Update Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 70
tion background of LADOTD staff helps as they develop the             7.   Update the Airport Managers Handbook
varied workshops,” said Troth.
                                                                      Assist the Aviation Safety and Compliance Officer with the

                                                                  May/June 2011       State aviation Journal Page 19
Interns                                                            Louisiana Aviation
Continued from previous page.                                      Continued from previous page.
                                                                     The Aviation Section also partners with Louisiana universi-
following:                                                         ties to offer an internship program for aviation students, said
1.    Conduct 5010/Safety inspections at all public use avia-      Brandt. In addition to earning university academic credits, the
      tion facilities                                              internship “provides opportunities to explore their interests in
2.    Conduct safety inspections at private use facilities         aviation management and safety through practical experience.”
3.    Investigate all proposed landing areas in the state            “Louisiana is a very progressive state,” noted Taylor regarding
4.    Review all applications for airport and heliport registra-   the technology being updated at state airports. For example, he
      tion as required by State law                                said, the early adoption of installed conduit in the infrastructure
5.    Update the private use airport registration database         will make it possible to troubleshoot or replace runway and
6.    Coordinate with State and FAA officials on aspects of        taxiway wiring with minimal operational disruption. Further,
      airport standardization criterion for safety standards       NextGen systems, including ADS-B, development of RNAV
                                                                   (GPS) instrument approach procedures, statewide programs for
Assist the Airway Systems Manager with the following:              obstruction removal, and numerous airport lighting initiatives
1.   Recommend Navigational Aid projects and costs to be           will reinforce Louisiana’s aviation infrastructure. Airports are
     funded by the Aviation Trust Fund the Program Manag-          adding approach lights, rehabilitating rotating beacons, adding
     ers                                                           new LED MIRL fixture designs, and testing LED lighting us-
2.   Monitor FAR part 77 Airspace obstruction issues as            ing solar power. The LED lighting, in the long term, will make
     well as the Obstruction Removal Safety program at             lighting systems “bulletproof,” said Taylor.
     airports statewide                                              Taylor pointed to three airports currently being upgraded—
3.   Monitor operations of the State’s lighting, electrical,       Jena (LaSalle Parish), Red River Parish, and Concordia Parish.
     visual approach aids and electronic navigational aids for     These airports will upgrade from VFR to IFR status with the
     airports statewide                                            statewide obstruction removal program, new airfield light-
4.   Develop State airport lighting and NAVAID construc            ing systems, stationary emergency power generators, RNAV
     tion standards                                                (GPS) development, and high-speed Internet communication.
5.   Perform periodic construction inspections NAVAIDS             “I like what the FAA is doing concerning RNAV,” Taylor notes,
     and airport lighting systems                                  “surveying airports for development of GPS-based procedures
                                                                   to each runway end.”
Students must either be attending Louisiana universities or          Slayter is excited about the future at Houma-Terrebonne. “The
be Louisiana residents (that may be attending out-of-state         airport and industrial park, managed by the Houma-Terrebonne
universities). “The program has proven to be very successful       Airport Commission, is an enormous economic engine for not
since it was established five years ago,” said Brandt. Eight       only the community and parish, but an entire region,” Slayter
students have completed the program with the Aviation Sec-         stated. “Because the oil and gas industry is so prevalent here,”
tion; at least two of those students currently work in airport     he added, “our importance to the National Plan of Integrated
operations departments for commercial service airports in          Airport System (NPIAS) is significant, especially as a General
Louisiana. Still others took their experience and went on to       Aviation airport. We have flight operations to not only national,
work towards higher education goals by getting their Mas-          but global destinations as well.”
ter’s degree.

“We are extremely proud of the program we developed,” said
Brandt. “We look forward to further fostering these relation-
ships with the universities in our state and continuing to pro-
vide an excellent training opportunity for the future leaders of
our aviation industry.”




                                                                            Refueling on the ramp at Houma-Terrebonne

Page 20 State aviation Journal                        May/June 2011
May/June 2011   State aviation Journal Page 21
Aviation Remains Strong in GCR’s Global Growth
By Kim Stevens

   In 2011 GCR & Associates, Inc. began its 32nd year in busi-        According to Flores the
ness. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, the company            Photoslope work com-
today describes itself as an international professional services      pleted at MSY just two
firm, partnering with government and commercial clients to de-        months earlier confirmed
liver consulting services and technology solutions in aviation,       that the tree that downed
elections, urban planning, right-of-way, energy, public safety        Flight 759 was actu-
and disaster recovery.                                                ally below the approach
  Aviation is just one discipline within the company’s portfolio,     surface which relieved
yet it is a key component within GCR’s playbook moving for-           the airport of having to
ward. “Aviation is a unique industry and we continue to grow          address that aspect of
our aviation expertise,” said Mike Flores, President. “With our       potential liability for the
continued expansion into the international market, we see avia-       accident.
tion as a vital component in the growth of the company.”                “As a result of that
   GCR is divided into three “Sectors” of Service: Aviation,          event,” said Flores, “in
Professional, and Technology. Since Hurricane Katrina and             1986 the State of Louisi-
the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster, GCR has been involved              ana entered into contract                 Phillip Brodt
in a great deal of disaster recovery work, which according to         with GCR to “Photoslope”
Flores, has allowed the company to consider the development           the approach surface to every runway in the state.” Since 1986,
of a fourth Sector (Disaster Recovery). “Historically, aviation       the status of the approach surfaces to 3,400 runways nation-
                                          has been a full one-third   wide has been confirmed using the Photoslope process.
                                          of the total business         It was through the establishment of the Photoslope pro-
                                          at GCR,” said Flores.       cedures that the GCR staff became most familiar with the
                                          “Since our expansion        dimensions of the various runway approaches and their link
                                          into disaster recov-        to obstruction data on the Airport Master Record (FAA Form
                                          ery services, aviation      5010) for each airport. According to Flores, it was also through
                                          ranges between one-         the assembling of the thousands of Photoslope photographs for
                                          quarter and one-third of    airports in FAA’s Southwest region that, in 1988, prompted that
                                          our total business of the   region to request that all of the Photoslope documentation and
                                          company in any given        photographs be provided in electronic format.
                                          year.”                        “GCR’s need to develop an electronic system to allow the
                                          At its core, GCR is a       FAA staff to access a particular photograph at the end of a spe-
                                          consulting firm. Prior to   cific runway at any airport within a state lead to the develop-
                                          1982, the company was       ment of GCR’s first Airport Information Management System
                                          involved in convention-     (AIMS) software,” said Flores. Once the system was devel-
                                          al system and master        oped to find the photographs at a specific airport, the expansion
               Mike Flores              planning and engineering      of the program to view any information at the airport (Airport
activities for airports in Louisiana. According to Phillip Brodt,     Layout Plan, property maps, lease information, etc.) became a
Vice President, the company continues to undertake master             natural expansion. Through the 1990’s, along with the explo-
planning and environmental analyses on behalf of a number of          sion of the PC industry, GCR moved more and more into auto-
GA airports in Louisiana. “We have had long standing consult-         mation of aviation services. “The introduction and embracing
ing relationships with many airports throughout the state and         of the Internet in the late 1990’s allowed for the transformation
sincerely value those relationships,” said Brodt.                     of GCR’s AIMS product into the full AirportIQ software suite,”
   Then, in 1982, Flores began investigation of the Photoslope        said Flores.
process using the runways at New Orleans International Airport          Brodt, who currently leads GCR’s Aviation Sector, began his
(MSY) to analyze the use of terrestrial photography to assess         work as a member of a Photoslope field crew. “I started as a
the status of the approach surfaces.                                  field crew lead in 1989 and conducted Photoslope work primar-
   “The initial Photoslope efforts at MSY were completed in           ily in Maryland and Oklahoma,” said Brodt. “This work was
May of that year,” said Flores. On July 9, 1982 Pan Am Flight         vital to our firm’s development because it established us as an
759 crashed on takeoff from MSY, clipping a tree located              expert in a field of aviation, as well as a firm who brings unique
within the boundary of the approach footprint to Runway 28.           solutions to critical problems.” In the early days, Brodt said


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that GCR was really the only
firm who was effective at
analyzing airspace issues for
a system of airports. “This
work also gave us a unique
understanding of how to
accomplish work throughout
the country,” said Brodt,
“an understanding which
has served us well over the
years.”
   Widely know for their
work with the FAA in the
collection and processing of
airport safety data and the
training of federal and state
airfield safety inspectors,
GCR continues to solidify
and expand their contribu-
tions to aviation safety and
their relationship with the
FAA.
  GCR initially designed,
                                                          5010 Training Class in Orlando in May of this year.
and now hosts and supports,
the various websites used to                                          group of 31 students,” said Joyce Piacun, 5010 Program Co-
maintain the data from the airport safety inspections and ad-         ordinator for GCR. There were 18 representing state aviation
ditional aeronautical information updates gathered for all civil      offices, 7 from the FAA and 6 instructors. “We went out to the
airports in the U.S.                                                  Kissimmee Gateway airport for our inspection field day in Kis-
  Richard Gossen, Manager, FAA Systems and Services, said             simmee Florida,” said Piacun. “It was a great general aviation
GCR creates electronic copies of all paperwork generated from         airport, the staff was super friendly and very cooperative.”
these activities and uploads and updates the airport history            Through an FAA grant issued to GCR, the company contin-
record files in the FAA’s DocuShare website portal program,           ues to support and maintain the automated inspection process
which is ultimately loaded into the National Flight Data Center       improving the efficiency of the inspection program, assimila-
database at FAA Headquarters.                                         tion of resultant data, and processing
   Since 2004, GCR has coordinated actual field inspections and of the data to AIS. GCR contracts with
data processing to the FAA’s Aeronautical Information Services state aviation departments to utilize the
(AIS) through the GCR designed 5010Web.com website. The               services of inspectors within each state
5010Web.com website allows federal and state airport inspec-          aeronautics agency, to conduct the actual
tors to transmit safety inspection data directly to the FAA and       field work and reimburse those state agen-
according to Gossen, is currently used by over 330 state and          cies for those inspections of public-use,
federal airport inspectors and FAA Airport District Office            non-Part 139 airports each year.
personnel throughout the entire United                                  Through the 5010Web.com and Base-
States.                                                                                                                 Joyce Piacun
                                                                      dAircraft.com websites, both designed by
   GCR also hosts and conducts training                               GCR, the company continues the automated process enabled
of those inspectors in its Airport Master                             for the FAA’s National Based Aircraft Inventory Program. That
Record Seminars held twice annually.                                  system allows the company to continually monitor the status of
These seminars are structured toward an                               the based aircraft inventory and automatically identifies dupli-
in-depth study of the airport data ele-                               cate aircraft submitted by multiple airports. The system also
ments that appear on FAA’s Form 5010,                                 automatically validates that the aircraft is on the FAA aircraft
techniques on airport inspection proce-                               registration database.
dures including a 1-day visit and mock                                  Since 2007, GCR has assisted the FAA by collecting “N”
inspection of a local general aviation          Richard Gossen        numbers for all based aircraft at all non-primary, NPIAS
(GA) airport, and airport data processing                             airports. GCR continues to refine the process and expand the
within the mission of the Airport Safety Data Program.                reporting of this data for the FAA and other pertinent public
   GCR’s most recent class was held in Orlando the week of            agencies through both websites.
May 2 thru May 6 at the Weston Imagine hotel. “We had a                  The work the company does with the FAA is one of four
                                                                May/June 2011        State aviation Journal Page 23
GCR                                                               False River Airport
                                                                  Test Bed for Long-term
Continued from previous page.

focus areas (Federal & International Solutions) within the
Aviation Sector. The other three areas are Airport & Airline
Solutions, State & Regional Systems, and Aviation & Air-
space Planning. “The work we do with the FAA, however, is
                                                                  Solar LED Project
a significant part of what we do,” said Brodt.                    By Lara Jackson
  GCR’s other two sectors of business according to Brodt,
are involved in a number of critical and interesting projects.
The company’s Professional Services sector has been heavily
involved in disaster recovery projects. “Post-Katrina recovery
projects have kept us very busy for several years,” said Brodt,
“and then the BP oil spill in the Gulf precipitated a number of
new projects.”
  The company’s Technology Services sector has historically
been focused on developing technology systems for state
governments. However, Brodt said they just rolled out a new
pension and benefits system for the International Seafarers
Union, which is the largest seafarer’s union in the world.
GCR is also working with nuclear power plants throughout
the U.S., and has recently started a large project with Duke
Energy, to implement the company’s chemistry data manage-
ment systems for 3 plants in the Carolinas.
  GCR, in targeting aviation internationally has begun to
achieve “a good bit of success,” according to Brodt. “We
                                                                          Glenn Thibodaux, GT Services, installs lighting
have implemented a revenue and facility management system
at the Tan Son Nhat Int’l. Airport in Ho Chi Mihn City,             In a joint venture between ADB Airfield Solutions and the
Vietnam.” GCR has also been working with the Bermuda              State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Transportation
Department of Civil Aviation for several years and has imple-     and Development (DOTD) is undergoing a test program of
mented a complete aircraft registration and airworthiness sys-    Light Emitting Diode (LED) taxiway fixtures powered by Pulse
tem. Bermuda is one of the largest offshore aircraft registries   Width Modulation (PWM) technology using ADB’s solar-
in the world, and commercial and corporate aircraft owners        powered Advanced Power Supply (APS). The airport selected
from all over the globe secure and maintain their certificates    by DOTD for this project, is the False River Regional Airport
of airworthiness through the GCR system.                          (HZR), located in New Roads, Louisiana, which is northwest of
  GCR also has established a global partnership with SITA,        Baton Rouge.
providing revenue and facility management as part of their          According to Allen Taylor, DOTD airway systems manager,
overall airport management solution. The company also             the solar-powered PWM lighting is a long-term testing pro-
is working in Accra, Ghana; Amman, Jordan; and in three           gram, which may continue for more than two to three years.
airports in Egypt. “The Egypt work is currently suspended,        “We need to determine the Mean-Time Between Failure
however, due to revolution,” said Brodt.                          (MTBF), Mean Time to Repair (MTTR), Cost of Benefit Ratio
  The fundamental business philosophy at GCR, said Flores,        (CBR) and system reliability,” said Taylor.
“is to provide both a professional and congenial environment,       “The project has generated lots of interest,” said Yvonne
where each staff member feels respected and has the most          Chenevert, False River airport manager. Both from around the
current tools and experienced team members/support staff, to      nation as well as from overseas. The project has also generated
reach their desired professional goals.”                          a lot of attention in Louisiana. In February, Taylor received the
  There are many things about Louisiana’s culture and geog-       2011 Louisiana Transportation Excellence Award for “Use of
raphy that make living and doing business in the state unique.    Innovative Product or Technology.” “I believe that the intermo-
However, “it is not about geography,“ said Flores. “For the       dal “aviation team” is the group that should have and display
most part, the passion that is experienced by the staff at GCR,   the award,” said Taylor.
is established by the joy and respect shared amongst the team       Taylor said that there are two individuals that need to be
members. When you are enjoying what you do, it spills over        recognized, Phil Jones, Deputy Assistant Secretary, DOTD
to those around you.”                                             Intermodal and Brad Brandt, Aviation Director. “Without them
                                                                  the test program underway would not happen.” The award was

Page 24 State aviation Journal                      May/June 2011
given at the 2011 Louisiana Transportation and Engineering
Conference (LTEC), which is held every two years in Baton
Rouge and is hosted and sponsored by the Louisiana Depart-
ment of Transportation and Development in coordination with
the Louisiana Transportation Research Center(LTRC), which is
a sub component of DODT.
   In 2009 ADB Airfield Solutions, then Siemens, approached
DOTD with the idea of conducting a systems test of their APS
using solar power in conjunction with their development of a
low profile LED runway and taxiway fixture for them. ADB
informed Taylor about their new power supply that had been
developed using PWM, which consumes between 90 to 95 per-
cent less energy than the 1000 hour rated quartz halogen when
using LED. The lifespan of these new LED lamps is between
100,000 and 200,000 hours. The airport’s 5,000 ft. taxiway is
currently lit by 160 LED MITL fixtures.
   “This PWM technology opens the door to self-sustaining            DOTD has added an additional test phase using HZR’s
solar energy usage in airfield lighting,” said Taylor. “The goal   runway which required a month long shutdown to install.
is that this system becomes the very best system out there and     Unique to the low profile runway fixture test is, if necessary,
is cost-effective.”                                                the runway lighting system can revert back to the previous 6.6
   The initial taxiway solar powered project cost $130,000, but    constant current system “Legacy” in order to continue HZR op-
may in the long-run save the airport both money and energy         erations. Tayor believes that this system at False River may be
which requires a longer term test. This project has allowed        the only runway lighting system in the world which can revert
the airport to replace a 15-kilowatt regulator with an APS that    easily back to the older “Legacy” technology.
consumes less than one kilowatt of power.                            The original 7.5 KW runway elevated lighting system (“Leg-
   “We saw savings immediately when the taxiway reverted           acy”) is installed ten (10) feet from runway pavement edge, is
over to solar power,” said Chenevert, who has been airport         completely operational, and presently in a standby mode. The
manager since 1993. “When the LED lighting system was              new APS powered LED runway low profile fixture developed
installed the savings increased greatly.” Chenevert said that if   for DOTD by ADB is installed two (2) feet from the runway
and when the runway is converted to Solar power the savings        pavement edge. The new runway fixture circuit(s) are inter-
would increase even more. She anticipates the possibility of       leaved with each other. Each (circuit) is powered by a 2KW
that happening in the near future.                                 APS using 240 VAC utility power or the diesel generator as
   According to a May 19, 2010 DOTD press release, “The new        backup.
taxiway lighting system is totally powered by solar panels, but      The new medium intensity low profile runway fixtures, be-
it can also function with utility power or the airport’s 60KW      ing tested, have a total overall height of less than 1-1/2 inches
stationary diesel generator                                        and are capable of sustaining typical inset fixture aircraft loads
back-up if necessary. The solar                                    (weight) and impacts.
panels charge a battery bank                                         “If you want to immediately demonstrate and compare quartz
which can power the taxiway                                        halogen “Legacy” to LED,” said Taylor, “you could energize
lighting system up to fourteen                                     both MIRL systems (for a test) and vary their intensity using
days with little or no sunlight.”                                  HZR’s lighting radio controller.”
   The new LED taxiway lights                                        Chenevert said the Office of Aviation, Louisiana DOTD,
receive modulated DC current                                       has been very good to the False River Regional Airport in its
from the APS, which provides                                       funding of this project. “Allen Taylor is the genius behind all
the desired light intensity. The                                   of this.” Chenevert said Taylor’s continuous thought process
240 volt inverter, which pow-                                      of “safety first” and incorporating the use of innovative tech-
ers the APS, receives the 48                                       nology on an airport has been a huge plus for the airports in
volt DC current from a solar-                                      Louisiana. “The False River Regional Airport, along with its
charged battery bank.                                              owners, the City of New Roads and Parish of Pointe Coupee,”
   “The goal of this project             Yvonne Chenevert          said Chenevert, “are honored to have been chosen to receive
was to provide the very best                                       this system.”
and most cost-effective system,” said Taylor. The DOTD has           As DOTD’s test program matures and technology advances,
already reached out to pilots to gain feedback about the taxi-     “we may be able to provide solar as prime power for an air-
way at False River because according to Taylor, “In the game       port’s entire lighting in a reliable cost effective manner and
of aviation the pilots’ needs are key. We [DOTD] have already      configuration,” said Taylor. “Only time will tell.”
received some extremely positive comments.”

                                                               May/June 2011        State aviation Journal Page 25
Louisiana Aviation; An Extraordinary History in Photographs
An Interview with Vincent Caire

  Vincent Caire, a 23-year veteran of the commercial avia-
tion industry, a pilot and freelance writer, has written a book,
Louisiana Aviation; An Extraordinary History in Photographs,
telling the story of historic events occurring in Louisiana that
shaped modern air transportation industries nationwide.
  An example is Delta Airlines, which began life above the cot-
ton fields surrounding Monroe, Louisiana as a crop dusting ser-
vice. In no small measure American Airways, today’s Ameri-
can Airlines, survived the Great Depression on revenues from
an airmail route spanning between New Orleans and Chicago.
Aircraft built by the Patterson based Wedell-Williams Air
Service, flown by James Wedell and Roscoe Turner, dominated
the “Golden Age of Air Racing.” In 1936, Eastern Airlines
successfully expanded its route network westward through the
purchase of the Wedell-Williams Company. Claire Lee Chen-
nault, founder of the famous Flying Tigers American Volunteer
Group (AVG), was a native of Louisiana.
  Soon to be published by LSU Press, this book presents the                                   Air Racers
story of civilian aviation in Louisiana and the remarkable         together, the story that results in the commercial and GA indus-
legends that paved the way for the contemporary commercial         tries and airports we have today. I wanted it presented by a pub-
and business aviation industries. The collection includes pho-     lisher with an extraordinary passion for Louisiana subjects that
tographs, maps and memorabilia, much of it long forgotten but      would take the time to do it right. I was overjoyed when LSU
monumentally pioneering in its day.                                Press expressed interest. It will be published in early 2012.
  The State Aviation Journal recently interviewed Mr. Caire,       SAJ - You have done extensive research on Shushan Air-
a native of south Louisiana and graduate of Louisiana State        port. Can you tell our readers a little about it?
University.                                                        Claire - “Shushan Airport, now Lakefront Airport (KNEW)
SAJ -What inspired you to write this particular book about         in eastern New Orleans, is an incredible place with so much
Louisiana aviation?                                                untapped potential. I got my private pilot’s license there in
Claire - “I was doing some research for Sky Riders and it          1986. In 1929, Governor Huey P. Long personally commis-
occurred to me that no comprehensive presentation of Louisi-       sioned construction and like all of his projects, he demanded
ana’s impact on U.S. aviation in the 20th century has ever been    that it be the biggest and the best aviation facility the citizens
published. People would contact me and say, “I had no idea all     of the United States would ever see. When opened in 1933,
that happened here!” So, I decided to do a book that I hope will   then formally dedicated in 1934, it established a standard for
tell the story in a special way, showing how all the pieces fit    early airport design. In contemporary terms, it is one of the
                                                                   last vestiges of the original art deco airports from the “Golden
                                                                   Age of Aviation.” In the book, I tell the complete story, warts
                                                                   and all. Abe Shushan, the 1930s Louisiana, Huey P. Long era
                                                                   power broker for whom it was named, spared no expense for
                                                                   the artwork and ornate terminal. This bounty was covered up
                                                                   in the 60s. Ironically, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation helped
                                                                   remind and reacquaint us with what was beneath, and it is cur-
                                                                   rently being restored to its original design.”
                                                                   SAJ - Where did your interest in aviation come from?
                                                                   Claire - “Like most of us I was hooked at an early age. The
                                                                   majority of the credit goes to my father. He was a World War
                                                                   II Naval Aviator and he filled my childhood with stories about
                                                                   stateside training and combat in the Pacific theatre. He also
                                                                   told me stories about flying to and from the original “Shushan”
                                                                   Terminal when he came home on leave. I got my private
                    Author, Vincent Caire                          license after graduation and in my 23-years in the airline busi-

Page 26 State aviation Journal                       May/June 2011
ness (I was an airport station operations manager) I think I flew          Claire’s articles have been featured in national aviation pub-
as a non-rev in the cockpit jumpseats (pre 9-11 days) as much            lications such as Aviation International News (AIN), Airways
as I did in the cabin.”                                                  Magazine, and Air and Space Smithsonian Magazine. Mr. Caire
SAJ - What was your first job in aviation?                               has also written for local magazines such as Louisiana Life,
Claire - “While I was in college, I worked for an FBO named              New Orleans Magazine and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. In 2005
General Aviation Corporation, Inc. at MSY that had the ground            he wrote and produced the public television documentary “Sky
handling contract for Flying Tigers, the cargo airline. In peak          Riders: Louisiana’s Aviation Pioneers.” Sponsored by WYES-
season Tigers used a B727-100. I assembled the pallets, put on           TV in New Orleans, Sky Riders is a one-hour video narrative of
the Visqueen and nets, loaded the huts, recorded the weights,            the state’s aviation heritage. Sky Riders was funded by grants
then loaded the plane. In the slow periods they subcontracted            from among other sources, the Louisiana Endowment for the
to Trans Continental using DC-6s. Thank you for asking that              Humanities and the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.
because now you’ve got me thinking about it. There’s just
something special about propliners.”
SAJ - Tell us a little about your coverage of contemporary
airport subjects in the book.
Claire - “In my experience, well written historical narratives
appeal to readers from all backgrounds. I wanted to present
something more, something that would introduce to laymen and
laywomen of aviation, the original youthful excitement we all
possess about flying, so I expanded the coverage to contempo-
                                                    rary activities at
                                                    rural and urban
                                                    general aviation
                                                    airports (emer-
                                                    gency services,
                                                    agricultural,
                                                    fly-ins, airshows,
                                                    etc). The book
                                                    introduces these
                                                    same general
            Modern day crop duster.                 audiences of our
                                                   state to how
important GA airports are to our local economies. Sometimes I
think as members of the aviation community, we do a poor job
of introducing others into the world we love. As a result, when
we are looking for funding and support, it is that much more
challenging to obtain. That’s the part we must all work togeth-
er to change. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and
Development-Aviation Section, has been invaluable, sharing
resources and contacts, getting me access to airports across the
state in preparation for telling this important story.”
SAJ - What made you decide to become a writer?
Claire - “I think it’s just the satisfaction of sharing a good story
and knowing you have either introduced readers to something
new, or reacquainted them with something familiar, but from
a different angle. While I was in the airline business I began
writing as a sideline for inflight magazines. I wrote about nu-
merous things but I specialized in music and travel articles. The
ones most in demand from me were about New Orleans (Mardi
Gras, musicians, French Quarter, river road plantations), I
guess because the editors could tell I had a passion for writing
about my home. Later I covered NBAA conventions for Avia-
tion International News and wrote specialty articles on airports
and classic planes for Airliners Magazine and a few others.”
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