So u th e a s t C h a p te r— A A A E M a y— Ju n e , 2 00 6 SEC JOURNAL INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Top This! 1 T OP T HIS ! Myrtle Beach or Bust! 1 When it comes to After being handed their heretofore be known as Lafayette Native’s Flight Plan 2 conferences, Nashville $250 in prize money, they the “Brokeback Mountain knows how to raise the immediately donated their Presidential Entrance”, he Allegiant Air at ROA 2 bar. Tommy Bibb and the ill-gotten gains to the AAAE came off the horse halfway rest of the Raul Regalado Foundation. Classy move, through the song and fin- 5 minutes, $500,000 3 team at BNA put on one folks. ished in duet and choreo- Evergreen Supertanker Tour 3 outstanding show for the President Timothy graphed line dance with 2006 SEC-AAAE Annual M. Doll, AAE, finished out his lovely daughter, Jes- Concord and NASCAR Grow 4 Conference held May 19- his year with a long list of sica. 23 at the Loews Vanderbilt Chapter accomplishments That was enter- Plaza Hotel in Nashville, that included a $7,500 taining, but not nearly as Tennessee. donation to the Katrina entertaining as watching Your The speakers Airport Employee Relief next year’s incoming presi- SEC-AAAE were outstanding, the ho- Fund, fifty-four new mem- dent Lew Bleiweis’ jaw tel staff exceeded all ex- bers added to the Chapter, drop to the ground as he Board of pectations, the entertain- changing the name of the turned a lighter shade of Directors ment was first class and scholarship foundation pale wondering, “How on the food was great. back to its original SAMA earth will I top this next Timothy M. Doll, AAE, Dave Jeffrey did designation, revising the year?” Immediate Past President his usual Chapter competi- Chapter bylaws, and nam- Don’t worry, Lew. tive event just outside the ing the Chapter conference You have a year to think Little Rock, Arkansas hotel bar on Tuesday sites through the year about it and there are at where Chapter members 2010, just to name a few. least a few dozen beach David N. Edwards, AAE, President broke into teams and com- Then came time themes we can think of Asheville, North Carolina peted for $250 cash in a for the changing of the right off the bat! “brain game” that was guard. Incoming President Thanks again to Lew Bleiweis, AAE, much less physical than Dave Edwards, not to be Tommy Bibb, Raul Re- President-Elect past events but no less outdone by the presiden- galado and the great staff Louisville, Kentucky cutthroat. “The Cheat- tial skits of the past, en- members at the Metropoli- ers” (self-imposed team tered the banquet room in tan Nashville Airport Au- Tommy Bibb, AAE, names) were beaten by full cowboy regalia singing thority for outdoing your- Secretary-Treasurer 1/2 point by the “Lunatic Save a Horse, Ride a Cow- selves. Without question, Nashville, Tennessee Fringe” lead by chief luna- boy atop a beautiful Appa- you gave us one to remem- tic Claudia Bower Holliway. loosa pony. In what may ber. Directors Kim Wade, AAE Myrtle Beach or Bust! Michael Landguth AAE That was the sign that beach to celebrate! Come Dunes. James Bennett, AAE flapped from the back of my relive it with me at the 2007 William Marrison, AAE 1969 Dodge Super Bee SEC-AAAE Annual Confer- We’ve come a long way Scott Brockman, AAE when I graduated high ence to be held April 29 thru since the Lemon Tree Inn Bill Hogan school and took off for a May 1, 2007, at the Myrtle back in ‘71! week of debauchery at the Beach Resort at Grande Ed. SEC Journal Page 2 L A FAY E T T E N AT I V E D E V E L O P S F L I G H T P L A N Oilfield Executives and employees tive of what the community has to Regional Airport. The service has worn out by the drive from Lafayette, offer and that they leave a bad 25 aircraft, with a corporate fleet LA, to Houston, TX, may be in for first impression on dignitaries and that includes Challengers, a Dorn- some relief—a shuttle flight to the others coming to the city. Mosing ier, Lear Jets, Citations, Super King airport in Sugar Land, TX, home to believes recent hurricanes have Air 200s, Westwind IIs and a Piag- numerous international oilfield com- opened new doors for Lafayette gio. panies and about 20 miles from businesses and says it’s critical downtown Houston. that the community put its best Nunn is a major advocate of Mos- foot forward to take advantage of ing’s plan and would like the ser- The price—$50 round trip, less than those prospects. “Lafayette has a vice up and running as soon as half the walkup price for a Continen- window of opportunity to move possible. The commission chair- tal flight to Houston. ahead,” says Mosing. man says the need is urgent be- cause of I-10 construction cur- Oil executive Keith Mosing of Frank’s Paul Fournet Air Service and Lafay- rently underway. International in Houston says local ette Aero, the airport’s two existing demand has to make the project fea- FBOs, are aging facilities in des- sible, which is why Mosing is awaiting perate need of upgrades, accord- a market analysis from the Lafayette ing to Lafayette Airport Commis- Airport Commission. Mosing also sion Chairman Jim Nunn. Both wants a firm commitment from the leases expire at the end of 2007 airport that an adjacent facility with a and the controversial issue of their hangar big enough to hold the biz renewals is on the agenda for the jet—and nice enough to accommo- airport commission’s meeting date arriving and departing passen- slated for June 1, 2006. gers—will be available soon. In January, Mosing Aviation pur- Lafayette Airport Commission Like Mosing, some local business chased Western Airways, an on- Chairman Jim Nunn is helping leaders have long argued that the demand 24-hour charter jet ser- to determine the demand for existing facilities are not representa- vice headquartered at Sugar Land shuttle service to Houston A L L E G I A N T A I R I N N A U G R A T E S S E R V I C E F R O M ROA On a recent sunny afternoon, Alle- for now, service is offered on scheduled service with complete giant Air took off for the first time Wednesdays and Saturdays. The vacation packages including from Roanoke Regional Airport (Va.), airline says if the demand is there, roundtrip airfare and a three-night on Runway 24 with the beautiful Blue service regularity could increase. hotel stay for as little as $187. Ridge Mountains as its backdrop. The package includes a three The airline offers direct service to the night stay at the Rodeway Inn- Allegiant Air prides itself on cheap Orlando/Sanford Airport and, at least Maingate with a Wednesday de- tickets that start as low as $69 parture and Saturday return. The one way. One passenger on the price is per person and based on recent inaugural flight said she double occupancy. wouldn’t be going to Florida if Alle- giant had not begun service to Roanoke. “When we saw the “We are extremely pleased to ex- prices we just couldn’t have put it tend the Allegiant brand of low- off any longer,” Cathy Carrico told fare nonstop jet service to the WDBJ-TV News Channel 7. Roanoke community,” Maurice Gallagher, Allegiant Air president The self-proclaimed “Official Airline and CEO recently stated. for Sunshine” launched the new SEC Journal Page 3 AIRPORT AUTHORITY ACCEPTS $500,000 GRANT There are some emergencies you just cept a half-million dollars. connect U.S. 17 to the north with don’t mind. James Loop Road to the south. “Does this mean we have to say the This $30 million project will Such was the case when the Charlotte Pledge of Allegiance twice?” asked mainly run along a new right of County Airport Authority (Fla.) held an Seay as she prepared to gavel the way, but will incorporate a small “emergency meeting” recently to ac- first meeting into session. portion of the existing Piper cept a $500,000 grant from the Florida Road. Department of Transportation for an Commissioner Robert Skidmore re- instrument landing system. plied that twice would be fine with In past meetings, Seay has ex- him. “We’re not in California,” he pressed misgivings about the Airport Authority Chairman Pam Seay quipped. design of the highway— said the Florida Department of Trans- particularly that there would be portation grant will replace, dollar for State Representative Michael Grant too few median and curb cuts to dollar, money that was included in the (R-Port Charlotte)—himself a former serve businesses around the state’s general fund budget for 2006- airport commissioner—attended the airport. Also, Seay said she’s 2007. This deal was worked out at the previous regular monthly meeting to concerned about weather the last minute in the anticipation of a veto report he had managed to get airport would get stuck with re- by Florida Governor Jeb Bush. $500,000 included in the state sidual costs for landscaping, budget. Grant added that an instru- buffers and other miscellaneous Executive Director, and Southeast ment landing system will be a major items that might not be covered Chapter member, Gary Quill said he asset as the airport continues to re- in Charlotte County’s road build- was notified of the change and immedi- cruit a commuter airline. ing budget. ately called the emergency meeting as an add-on to a work session that had But at this meeting nobody was com- Nicole Dozier, county zoning offi- already been scheduled to discuss the plaining about the change in plans. cial, explained that most of the new Piper Road project at the airport. “The money is actually coming from a cost of landscaping and drive- more appropriate source,” said Com- ways would be borne by individ- So, in accordance with parliamentary missioner Kathleen Coppola. ual developers. The airport procedure, the authority held not one could actually save upfront by but two meetings, the first to accept After saying the Pledge of Allegiance a doing less to prepare its land for the grant at 5:55 p.m., followed by the second time, the commissioners eventual tenants. “A lot of devel- Piper Road session at 6:00 p.m. Obvi- launched into a special meeting opers prefer to work with a blank ously, it doesn’t take much time to ac- about the new Piper Road that will slate,” she said. EVERGREEN INTERNATI ONAL SUPERTANKER TOUR The runway at Tallahassee Regional flying 180 mph at an altitude of fighting aircraft. The supertanker Airport was the site of a recent demon- 500 feet. is made by Evergreen International stration of the latest in fire fighting who is in negotiations with the tools—the 747 supertanker. The aircraft flies higher and faster United States Forest Service to sell than conventional fire fighting or lease the supertankers. The The converted 747 cargo plane planes and delivers the water vol- aircraft will visit 11 states during dropped 20,500 gallons of water while ume of seven conventional fire its month-long nationwide tour. Southeast Chapter—AAAE Robert C. Brammer, Editor FOLKS AVAILABLE SEC-AAAE 8712 Caspiana Lane STEVEN E. POERSCHMANN North Charleston, SC 29420 Perhaps you met Steven Poerschmann at the recent SEC-AAAE Annual Phone: (843) 425-3878 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. He was the very polite, well-dressed Fax: (843) 225-1799 Email: email@example.com young man with a briefcase full of résumés looking for a future in the air- port management business. We’re on the Web at Steven has some very extensive aviation management and leadership ex- perience around military airports that is transferable to civilian facilities. www.secaaae.org Call for a résumé, you’ll be impressed. You can contact Steven as follows: Steven E. Poerschmann CONGRATULATIONS! 3450 Landmark Drive Congratulations go out to Sumter, South Carolina 29154 Southeast Chapter member 803.795.8393 Nina Demeo, Airport Manager at North Perry firstname.lastname@example.org Airport, and the Airport Operations and Maintenance Departments with the Broward County Aviation Department. For the 8th consecutive year, North Perry Airport (NPA) passed its C O N C O R D A I R P O RT G ROW S WITH annual Florida Department of Transportation inspection NASCAR R ACING without any discrepancies or comments from the state In the coming decade, have boosted business five acres off Ivey Cline inspector. racing and racing-related there and a runway Road near the airport compamies are projected extension project is runway for about During the visit, the inspector to invest at least $80 expected to bring more $110,000 per acre, City positively commented on the million in Cabarrus County, growth as larger jets will be Manager Brian Hiatt says. condition of the airfield at North Carolina, in able to land and take off Rather than a tax North Perry Airport despite exchange for incentives with full fuel tanks, incentive, Concord will the damages the airfield from tax breaks to free allowing them to go to the consider spending $4 incurred during last year’s utilities from local counties West Coast and overseas. million on an electrical violent hurricanes. and cities. substation to support the The latest project being wind tunnel. T h e Br o w ard C ou n ty At least five companies in courted by Concord is a Aviation Department holds a the past few years have wind tunnel pitched by The project is already in similar record for FAR Part built offices, garages and Haas CNC Racing. For the city’s future capital 139 inspections at Fort shops in Concord and three years of tax breaks improvement plan, but city Lauderdale International Cabarrus County, which is from the county, the council could move it up a Airport. home to the Lowes Motor company promises to year to accommodate the Speedway and the recent invest $40 million in the wind tunnel and other Your success stories would Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR tunnel that would be used future development. make a great general session race. to test race cars, aircraft at an upcoming SEC-AAAE and other vehicles. If approved and an Annual Conference. Much of the growth agreement is reached with centers on the Concord As part of the proposed Haas, the wind tunnel Regional Airport. Race deal, Concord is could be operational by teams, drivers and owners considering selling about December 2007.