Tonight we’ll have a part of a movie filmed at the airport. A big thank you to Universal Asset Management for allowing the production within their area and aircraft.
For Immediate Release
AAAE/USCTA Applaud Decision to Keep Contract Towers Open
Alexandria,VA – J. Spencer Dickerson,Executive Director of the U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA),released the
“We are grateful that the leaders of DOT and the Federal Aviation Administration have moved to utilize the clear
The USCTA is an affiliate organization of the American Association of Airport Executives(AAAE).
Alexandria,Va. – In response to warnings from the Department of Transportation that hundreds of Federal Aviation Administration contract towers and FAA-staffed air traffic control (ATC) towers could be closed in the near future because of sequestration and across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to occur beginning March 1,the U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA),an affiliate organization of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE),today renewed its call on Congress and the Administration to reach an agreement to avert impending cuts to the FAA’s budget for control towers and other vital programs.
“The Contract Tower Program has a well-established record of success in enhancing air safety and efficiency in communities across the country in a cost-effective manner to taxpayers,” USCTA Executive Director J. Spencer Dickerson said. “The prospect of closing nearly 195 contract towers nationwide along with 43 FAA-staffed towers because of sequestration is inconceivable given the very real impact it would have nationwide,and yet it appears to be a real possibility. The USCTA urges Congress and the Administration to reach an agreement that protects vital FAA programs,such as control towers,and limits disruptions to airports and the nation’s aviation system.”
According to DOT,sequestration would necessitate some $600 million in budget cuts for the FAA over the remainder of the fiscal year. DOT has warned that the cuts could result in a number of changes that could impact operations throughout the air transportation system,including the possible closure of 195 contract towers and 43 FAA-staffed towers. (View the entire DOT list here.) The 238 towers are nearly 50 percent of control towers nationwide.
The USCTA is concerned about the impact such closures could have on safety and efficiency;military and emergency response operations;and local economies in affected communities throughout the country.
Additional details on the potential cuts and on the history and benefits of the Contract Tower Program can be viewed at this link.
ABOUT USCTA: The U.S. Contract Tower Association (www.contracttower.org) was created by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in 1996 to promote the benefits of the Contract Tower Program and to enhance aviation safety at smaller airports across the country.
ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928,AAAE (www.aaae.org) is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria,Va.,AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington,D.C.,and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities,including training,conferences,and a highly respected accreditation program.
(contact Spencer Dickerson of AAAE/USTCA at 703/824-0500,ext. 130;firstname.lastname@example.org for further details)
The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and its affiliated organization,the U.S. Contract Tower Association (USTCA),express great concern over the potential adverse impact that the pending federal budget sequestration,effective March 1,2013,would have on the operations of FAA contract towers and the safety of the national air transportation system. AAAE/USCTA urges Congress to protect funding for this critical aviation safety program.
The recent Department of Transportation Inspector General report on the contract tower program (11/5/12) makes it clear – contract towers enhance aviation safety at smaller airports in a cost-effective manner to taxpayers that otherwise would not have a tower. If contract towers are closed because of sequestration,many local communities would lose the significant safety benefits of air traffic control (ATC) services.
The nation’s 251 FAA contract towers,which handle 28 percent of tower operations in the U.S.,work together with FAA-staffed air traffic facilities as part of a unified national ATC system and serve a wide variety of aviation users. For instance,many contract towers handle significant air carrier operations,including commercial service airports in Kona and Lihue in Hawaii;Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport;Phoenix-Mesa in Arizona;San Luis Obispo,Redding and Santa Maria in California;Redmond and Medford in Oregon;Stewart,New York;Branson and Columbia in Missouri;Latrobe,Pennsylvania;Lewisburg,West Virginia;Hyannis,Massachusetts;Charlottesville,Virginia;Key West,Panama City and Gainesville in Florida;Bozeman,Missoula and Kalispell in Montana;Hailey,Lewiston,and Idaho Falls in Idaho;Eagle and Grand Junction in Colorado;Jackson and Cheyenne in Wyoming,and Rapid City,South Dakota.
Additionally,many FAA contract towers across the country provide the primary link between rural communities and the national transportation system. Other contract towers serve as busy reliever airports and are vital to the safe and efficient movement of general aviation traffic in major metropolitan areas such as Chandler,Goodyear and Glendale in Phoenix;Opa Locka in Miami;Brown Field in San Diego;Whitman in Los Angeles;Arlington,McKinney,Grand Prairie and Spinks in Dallas;Martin State Airport in Baltimore;Fulton County in Atlanta;Waukegan in Chicago;Troutdale in Portland,Oregon;Lunken Field in Cincinnati,and Anoka in Minneapolis.
The U.S. military is a long-time advocate and user of FAA contract towers. Among the contract tower airports with extensive military operations are Cecil Field,Florida;Mobile Downtown and Dothan,Alabama;Millington,Tennessee;Golden Triangle,Mississippi;Enid,Lawton and Stillwater,Oklahoma;Victoria and San Angelo,Texas;Topeka Forbes and New Century,Kansas;Battle Creek,Michigan;Martin State Airport,Maryland,and Stewart Airport,New York.
Should sequestration occur and contract towers close (even temporarily),there would be severe operational impacts on the national aviation system. First and foremost,tower controllers give first priority to separating aircraft and issuing safety and weather alerts. Without controllers in the tower,no one will be performing critical these safety functions.
Additionally,in most cases,the Class D airspace assigned to the contract tower locations would revert to Class E airspace. When this occurs,the overlying radar facility (terminal or enroute FAA facilities) would then be responsible for the operations normally worked by the contract towers. As such,workloads would increase dramatically for FAA facilities at the very same time those facilities will be facing the possibility of reduce staffing due to sequestration. These developments would have a significant negative safety and efficiency impact on the ATC system nationwide.
There also would be significant impacts on military operations throughout the country since most military training missions require operational control towers. Also,air traffic controllers are the first line of defense for pilots and passengers in the event of an aircraft accident. Tower controllers are likely to be the first to know of an aircraft in distress,and they become the focal point for a rapid and effective emergency response. Furthermore,many contract towers have flight schools. Student pilots must conduct portions of their training at airports with a tower. Closing contract towers will force these students to fly into busier airports,introducing slow-flying student piloted aircraft into the busy environment of larger commercial airports that will decrease the efficiency of these operations and negatively impact safety.
FAA contract tower communities desire and deserve the safety benefits that these facilities provide. We are encouraged by the successful and highly effective partnership that FAA,airports,contract controllers,ATC contractors,FAA controllers and aviation users have developed over the past three decades,and we urge Congress to continue its critical support of this program.
The Tupelo Airport Authority is accepting sealed bids for the following 4 machines.
All or nothing on bid for these items. Sealed bids must be submitted to the
Tupelo Airport Authority
no later than January 8,2013 at 4:00 PM
Fill out this 12-12-26 Vending Quote Submittal Form and put in a sealed envelope labeled “Sealed bid for vending machines.
Descriptions can be found HERE.
This 757 has been sold and has flown out for delivery to the new owners.
Pictures by Abby Horn
Airline Maintenance Services,Inc. expands business at the Nashville International Airport
American Eagle Airlines,Inc.,a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation recently signed an expanded maintenance agreement with Airline Maintenance Services,Inc.
Nashville,Tennessee October 17,2012:Airline Maintenance Services,Inc. (AMS) announced today that they have recently signed an expanded maintenance agreement with American Eagle Airlines,Inc.. American Eagle Airlines,Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation,the parent company of American Airlines. This expanded agreement will include AMS Technicians meeting each American Eagle flight as it arrives at the gate in Nashville as well as performing overnight checks and “run taxi” checks. AMS technicians are currently undergoing training on the Embraer and Canadair regional jets that American Eagle flies. To support the expanded role of AMS at Nashville the company recently moved into larger facilities in the Air Freight building. Additionally,AMS is seeking to hire six additional Technicians. The company expects to be fulfilling the terms of its new agreement before the end of the year.
Corey Gillard,AMS President,said “Providing on call service to airliners filled with anxious passengers and crew and working with gate agents and ground crew who are under pressure for on-time departures can be daunting and stressful. The AMS team of highly skilled and professional technicians do so daily with an enviable record for safety,quality,and speed. We are looking forward to serving American Eagle Airlines in this expanded role.”
About Airline Maintenance Services,Inc.
Airline Maintenance Services,Inc (AMS) provides airlines at Nashville International Airport “line maintenance” services. AMS services can include routine items such as Oxygen or Nitrogen servicing and engine and APU oil. AMS services can be as involved as tire and brake changes or assisting in the removal and replacement of entire engines. AMS also has a retail maintenance facility in Tupelo,Mississippi that specializes in corporate turbine and turboprop aircraft. AMS contracts with the City of Tupelo to run the Fixed Based Operation at the airport. This FBO provides hangars and fuel to various corporate,military and airline tenants. For more information about AMS email Erick Larson,Director of Business Development at email@example.com or visit the company webpage at www.airlinems.com or the company social media pages at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Airline-Maintenance-Service-Inc/179140772163927 and https://twitter.com/A_M_S_Inc.
About American Eagle Airlines,Inc.
American Eagle Airlines is the regional partner of American Airlines and a member of the oneworldsm Alliance. American Eagle operates a fleet of more than 280 aircraft,with hubs in Chicago O’Hare,Dallas/Fort Worth,Los Angeles,Miami,New York LaGuardia,New York Kennedy and San Juan. For more information about American Eagle visit the company website at http://www.aa.com/i18n/amrcorp/newsroom/corporate-information.jsp.
From New Chitose (RJCC / CTS) to Portland Intl (KPDX)
From Portland Intl (KPDX) to Tupelo Rgnl (KTUP)
Mr. Joshua D. Abramson
Dear Mr. Abramson:
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),Southern Region,Airports Division is presenting the Airport Safety Mark of Distinction Award to the Tupelo Regional Airport for their efforts related to wildlife hazard management,delineation of the runway safety areas,and management and oversight of a runway construction project.
By removing trees and brush and clearing and grading drainage ditches within the Airport Operations Area,you have eliminated standing water and habitat for potential wildlife hazards to aircraft. Your delineation of the boundaries of the runway safety area with frangible red and orange markers has enhanced your staffs ability to effectively inspect these areas completely during their daily inspections. Ground preparation for the runway construction project consisted of over 400 truckloads of fill per day and this was accomplished without a single Vehicle/Pedestrian Deviation Runway Incursion or Surface Incident due to appropriate oversight and coordination with the Air Traffic Control Tower. The FAA Airports Division developed this award to promote safety among the FAA Southern Region certificated airports and to recognize any action,effort,or event involving an airport that deserves praise for its intended or demonstrated effect on the advancement of safety.
You and your staff are to be praised for the above mentioned efforts in maintaining an improving the overall safety of your airport.
SILVER AIRWAYS STARTS SERVICE TO mississippi TODAY
New daily flights connect Greenville,Meridian,Hattiesburg-Laurel and Tupelo,MS with Atlanta (ATL)
FORT LAUDERDALE,FL – (October 1,2012) – Silver Airways brings new eco-friendly aircraft and a fresh approach to air travel to Mississippi today,October 1,2012,with the launch of its first-ever flights to The Magnolia State. The Fort Lauderdale-based carrier now serves four gateways in Mississippi– Meridian (MEI),Hattiesburg-Laurel (PIB),Tupelo (TUP) and Greenville (GLH) – offering convenient and affordable air transportation to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL),the Southeast’s gateway to the world. New flights operate twice daily on weekdays,and once daily on Saturdays and Sundays as follows:
Tupelo (TUP) to Atlanta (ATL)
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Atlanta (ATL) to Tupelo (TUP)
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“The connections we now provide to Atlanta for customers in our new Mississippi stations open up a world of opportunities for business development and leisure travel benefiting hundreds of thousands of people across the state,” said Darrell Richardson,CEO of Silver Airways. “We’re proud to serve Mississippi and play a key role in helping our new hometowns across the Southeast grow and prosper.”
Silver Airways will deploy its flagship Saab 340Bplus aircraft on its new routes to Mississippi. The most advanced turboprops operating today,the 34-seat Saab 340Bplus is distinguished among the world’s most eco-friendly aircraft,burning 60% less fuel per hour than a 70-seat regional jet,while emitting lower levels of carbon dioxide.
“Our state-of-the-art aircraft don’t sacrifice passenger comfort for environmental advantages either,” said Richardson. “In fact,our customers consistently tell us that the in-flight experience is comparable to much larger commercial jet aircraft.”
Each Silver Airways Saab 340Bplus is outfitted with plush leather seating,ample legroom,large and easily accessible overhead bins,personalized flight attendant service,on-board lavatories,and an active noise reduction system,delivering a superior in-flight experience.
“Having the very best aircraft is one thing,but what really makes flying Silver Airways special is the passion and dedication of our staff,” Richardson continued. “All of our employees are 100% committed to building the dream airline and treating our passengers like the VIP’s that they really are. For the people of Mississippi,a better way of flying begins today.”
For Silver Airways reservations and more information,visit www.gosilver.com,or call,toll-free:Tel:800-499-7450. Tickets may also be purchased via travel agents and travel websites,where Silver Airways flights are listed under its codeshare partner,Island Air.
About Silver Airways (www.gosilver.com)
Silver Airways Corp. (IATA:3M) is a U.S. airline operating 150+ daily scheduled flights to/from 45 gateways in Florida,The Bahamas,Georgia,Montana,Ohio,New York,Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The company is owned by Victory Park Capital,a Chicago-based investment firm. Silver Airways is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale,FL with a new,state-of-the-art 61,000 square-foot maintenance facility based at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). The airline operates under a principal code share and alliance agreement with United Airlines and Copa Airlines. The Silver Airways fleet is comprised of modern,state of the art aircraft with reliable,fuel-efficient jet-turbine engines,including Saab 340Bplus aircraft (maximum seating:34 passengers) and Beechcraft 1900D aircraft (maximum seating:19 passengers).