Association (EAA), the 99’s, the Commemorative Air
Force, and several universities to offer new aviation
programs to kids and young adults to develop future
pilots, technicians, engineers, air traffic controllers and,
yes, airport managers. Most recently, we partnered with
VCOE and Channel Islands Aviation (CIA) to offer the
Air Academy right here at CMA. VCOE was awarded
a state grant to develop and implement an unmanned
aircraft systems (UAS) curriculum for young adults in
high school. CIA is offering pilot ground school as part
of that curriculum.
The airport has a strong EAA Young Eagles program,
and we recently held our first aviation career day that
was attended by approximately 250 kids representing
14 high schools in the county. A sign for us that the
economy is improving is that we have over 100,000
square feet of new hangar development occurring that
will continue through 2017. The enthusiasm is there,
and the future is bright.
Our department is partnered with a proposal team
vying to become FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence, and
we are immersed in the safe integration of UAS into
the National Airspace System. We believe it is feasible
and are already exploring UAS operations that can
benefit the airport, as well as many other aspects of the
community and society.
Big picture … With the focus on FAA reauthorization
uniting us, we must remain optimistic that a revamping
of the PFC and AIP is possible. We must remain
optimistic that stable funding will be provided for
programs such as FAA Contract Towers and SCASD/
Essential Air Service. We must remain optimistic that
a reasonable way to revisit the 1,500-hour pilot rule
without compromising safety can be accomplished.
Yes, I am a “the glass is way more than halfway full”
BILL BARKHAUER, A.A.E.
Morristown Municipal Airport
Certainly one of our biggest
achievements during the year at
MMU was being one of the New
York area’s host airports for the 2014
Super Bowl. Our entire staff and
our FBOs were “on deck” for this
major event, which did a lot to showcase our airport to
visiting corporations and business executives. What was
less welcome was the major snowstorm that hit the area
a few hours after the big game ended!
We also were pleased to see business in general at our
airport continue to improve, as the great recession gets
farther away in the rearview mirror.
There is never a shortage of challenges, but our
biggest ongoing issue at MMU is the difficulty in
planning and executing large capital projects in an era
of uncertain, as well as diminished, state and federal
funding. We are in the early stages of what likely will
be a decade-long project to completely rebuild our main
instrument runway and associated safety areas, and
the path we will need to take to successfully fund this
project remains a work in progress that will be very
challenging in 2015 and subsequent years.
My wish for aviation in 2015 (or any year) is for a
safe and secure environment for all users of the system,
whether GA or commercial service.
TIM DOLL, A.A.E.
2014 was a good year for the Eugene Airport. We are
finishing our fourth record year in a row for passenger
traffic, and look to continue the trend in 2015.
The growth we have been experiencing has required
us to embark on a $17 million terminal expansion
project. This project should be completed in 2016.
2015 will be challenging as the airport balances the
construction project with maintaining quality services
for our patrons. If I had one wish for aviation in 2015, it
would be an increase in PFC levels.
AL POLLARD, A.A.E.
Martin State Airport
2014 was a year of preparation for
us as a lot of work was done on our
environmental assessment (EA) and
planning for infrastructure projects
that will follow completion of the
EA. I clearly can see the light at the
end of the tunnel.
I have a hard time making just one wish as there
are so many issues impacting the GA segment of
the industry. However, it might be increased federal
funding for airport infrastructure.
From the general aviation perspective, I wish for
lower fuel prices, a reliable and viable alternative fuel
to replace avgas, an increase in new pilot training, an
increase in new aircraft sales, increased federal funding
for airport infrastructure preservation and development,
continued dedicated funding for FAA’s Contract Tower
Program, and continued coordination and collaboration
with all of our industry stakeholder partners.
General aviation airports are critical assets in the
NPIAS, critical to our economy and our way of life,
and need to be recognized as such as a matter of