Arizona Aviation Journal

Ostreicher Returning to Aviation Department after Phoenix Hires New Public Information Director

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Deborah Ostreicher

Phoenix Deputy Aviation Director Deborah Ostreicher, who has been running the Public Information Office for the City of Phoenix during a national recruitment effort will be returning to the Aviation Department next month.

City Manager Ed Zuercher named Julie Watters as the new Phoenix Public Information Director. Watters comes from the city of Glendale where she spent 13 years, most recently as Communications Director. In Phoenix she will oversee the staff handling public information, and the city’s digital media team including the website, social media and the city TV station, Phoenix Channel 11.

Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher said, “Julie has a proven track record of strategic communication leadership. We are excited to welcome her to the Phoenix team.”

Since 2002, Watters served in various communication and leadership roles in Glendale in both the communications and fire departments. As Communications Director she oversaw Glendale’s public information office, city-owned TV station, Glendale Media Center, website, office of special events, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, creative services, and city convention center.

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Julie Watters

Watters worked on the 2015 and 2008 Super Bowls and has played a role in high-level communications projects on topics ranging from economic development projects to the city budget, complex management agreements, public safety education campaigns and day-to-day operational services. She has also been nominated for and received Emmy awards for her work at the city-owned TV station. Prior to her work in municipal government, she was an anchor and reporter at KPNX-TV, Channel 12, for more than eleven years.

“I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to live and work in the same community and to lead the Public Information team in sharing the city’s diverse messages locally, nationally and internationally,” said Watters.

“Deborah Ostreicher has done an outstanding job of upping our game in communications and we are looking forward to continuing our outreach and communication to Phoenix residents with Julie Watters,” said Zuercher. Watters begins with the city of Phoenix on June 15.


Denny Returning Home to Ohio as Columbus Regional Airport Authority’s VP of Asset Management

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Casey Denny during construction of Phoenix Mesa Gateway's terminal. Photo by Kim Stevens.

The management of Port Columbus, Rickenbacker and Bolton Field airport assets become the responsibility of Casey Denny, A.A.E., in June when he assumes the position of Vice President of Asset Management for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

Denny, who leaves Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport as Deputy Director, will oversee and provide strategic direction for the use and maintenance of buildings, grounds, pavement and equipment for Airport Authority owned and operated assets. Six departments representing more than 175 employees across three airports align under Denny’s capable and proven asset management leadership.

“Casey Denny’s distinguished aviation career, related accomplishments and interpersonal communication skills qualify him to lead a division that’s critically important to the success of our airports in the Columbus region,” said Airport Authority President & CEO Elaine Roberts, A.A.E., to whom Denny will report. “I’m thrilled to have him on my executive team.”

As an Accredited Airport Executive, Denny has amassed to his credit a voluminous list of professional activities. He is the immediate past president of the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives, a past president of the Arizona Airports Association, past president of Gilbert Leadership, and serves on aviation industry advisory boards for his alma mater, Arizona State University, as well as East Valley Institute of Technology. Denny and his wife Susan, also an Ohio native, devote time to raising three very active boys, ages eleven, nine and eight.


Lake Havasu Hosts Airports Association Spring Conference

Flying over the London Bridge with Lake Havasu view to the South. Photo by Reb Wallace.

Flying over the London Bridge with Lake Havasu view to the South. Photo by Reb Wallace.

Lake Havasu City hosted the 2015 Arizona Airports Association Annual “Dutch Bertholf” Spring Conference, May 2nd through the 6th at the Nautical Beachfront Resort on the shores of Lake Havasu. This year’s conference was deemed successful by the more than 150 registered attendees from the airport management industry, including engineering, planning, project management consultants, managers, federal-state aviation agencies and companies offering products for airports ranging from lighting to pavement.

Steven Johnston, Airport Supervisor for the Lake Havasu Airport said the City was able to showcase the unique natural beauty of the region, friendly community and great dining opportunities during this event.  One estimate put the total economic impact of the event was in the range of $90,000 over five days.

This year’s conference focused on continuing education and the topics were timely and well received, including updates by the FAA and ADOT, sessions on sustainability, diversity, NextGen/RNAV implementation, public-private partnerships, legislative impacts on the Aviation Fund, AzAA transitions, environmental requirements, AIP Handbook updates, AAAE Accreditation, airport special events and the benefits of the Civil Air Patrol. According to attendees, the exhibitors were constantly busy and their displays well attended.



Presidents Awards Banquet, 2014-15 AzAA Board, right to left, Mr. Michael Hotaling, C&S Engineers; Mr. Steven Johnston, Lake Havasu Municipal Airport; Ms. Carmen Williams, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport; Mr. Bradley Hagen, Falcon Field Airport; Mr. Richard A. Crosman, Genesis Consulting Group, LLC; Mr. Daniel Rauscher, City of Phoenix Aviation Department; Mr. Barney Helmick, Flagstaff Pulliam Airport; Ms. Gladys Brown-Wiggins, Yuma International Airport. Photo by Kenn Potts

The weather, according to Johnston, was an unusual mix of high and moderate temperatures, sun, wind, rain with occasional lighting strikes.

During the conference banquet the memory of Nielson A. “Dutch” Bertholf, A.A.E. was honored and the Arizona Airport of the Year was awarded to the Yuma International Airport. Two Marty Rosness Student Scholarships for $1,250 each were awarded to Alexandra Duffy, CM and Lucas Mackey.

The 2015 AzAA board officers were recognized and are: Gladys Wiggins, CM; President, Daniel Rauscher, CM, 1st Vice President; Bradley Hagen, AAE, 2nd Vice President; Barney Helmick, AAE, Past President; Carmen Williams, CM, ACE, Executive Director; Steven Johnston, CM, CAE, ASC, Executive Director; Arlando Teller, PM, Executive Director; Ed Faron, AAE, Executive Director; Charlie McDermott, Corporate Director; Richard A. Crosman, Associate Director; and Cathy Herring, Administrative Director.

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AzAA Spring Conference, Sustainability Planning Session. Photo by Kenn Potts.




Mayor Greg Stanton

Mayor Greg Stanton

Last Tuesday afternoon, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Council members Kate Gallego, Laura Pastor and Michael Nowakowski and city officials met with executives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airlines to discuss aircraft noise affecting the Phoenix area.

This is part of the six-point action plan directed by the Phoenix Mayor and Council in a special policy session on April 16, 2015 to address aircraft noise. The city has been asking for relief from the noise imposed on the community since the September 18, 2014 flight path changes occurred.

For more details on the six-point plan, please visit or go directly to

As a result of the meeting, all parties agreed for their respective technical experts to meet as soon as possible to explore possible flight path options to address the noise concerns of airport neighbors.

For updates on progress, the public is encouraged to continue watching

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EPSON MFP imageA Proclamation has been issued by the Office of the Governor, designating June 5, 2015 as "Battle of Midway Remembrance Day" in Arizona. The declaration recognizes the significance of the World War II battle in the Pacific as a turning point in the historic conflict with Japan and identifies the contributions made by Arizonans to the successful outcome of one of the most crucial naval battles of the war.

In particular, the gallantry of Navy Ensign John C. Butler, Jr., of Liberty (Buckeye), Arizona is acknowledged. Butler, a dive bomber pilot assigned to Bombing Squadron 3 aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown, was killed in action while attacking the Japanese fleet on the afternoon of June 4, 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the Navy's highest honor. In addition, the Navy subsequently commissioned a destroyer escort bearing his name as a tribute to his accomplishments.

The Battle of Midway has been designated by the Chief of Naval Operations as one of the two most important dates in the history of the United States Navy, the other being the establishment of the Navy on October 13, 1775. The Battle of Midway is considered by historians to be the turning point in the Pacific War with Japan, signaling the end to Japanese expansion and the beginning of a relentless drive to defeat the Japanese which concluded with the unconditional surrender of Japan's forces in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.


iFlightPlanner Introduces Garmin GTN Flight Plan Compatibility

iflightiFlightPlanner announced today the availability of new functionality that allows pilots to create and save flight plan files for use in the new GTN 600 and 700-series avionics by Garmin.

This innovative technology eliminates the need for pilots to enter complex routes by simply saving a GFP file from to a compatible SD Card, then following the step-by-step instructions found in the Garmin Pilot’s Guide for their particular unit to activate or store the route files.

“iFlightPlanner is very excited to be the first flight planning resource offering file export capabilities for use in the Garmin GTN series of avionics,” said Andy Matthews, iFlightPlanner’s Co-Founder & Director of Business Development.  “Safety, usability and flight planning efficiency are at the core of every new feature we develop and we believe our membership will find this technology to be an incredible asset to their flying.”

iFlightPlanner has been a leader in flight plan file creation since it first introduced this type of functionality for its members in 2012, with GFP compatibility building on iFlightPlanner’s existing FPL flight plan file creation for Garmin’s G1000 and 430/530 avionics packages.  Collectively iFlightPlanner now supports five (5) different file formats – Garmin GFP and FPL, GPX, GPX for AvMap and the FMS flight plan file format used in the popular X-Plane Flight Simulator by Laminar Research.


Hartzell Awarded TC for Two-Blade Bantam Prop for Rotax Engines

hartzell for rotaxHartzell Propeller has received a Type Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration for the new two-blade extremely lightweight Bantam propeller for use with the Rotax 912 and 914 four-stroke engines series, used mostly for light sport and ultra light aircraft.

“The Rotax 912 and 914 series of four cylinder four stroke engines perform even better with Hartzell’s new two-blade Bantam prop,” said Hartzell Propeller Joe Brown. “This will become the propeller of choice for many light sport and ultra light aircraft.”

The Hartzell Bantam propeller series consists of small, lightweight two- and three-blade propellers with a thin, wide chord and swept high performance airfoils. The recent approval covers installation of Hartzell’s two-blade Bantam propellers, featuring carbon fiber structural composite blades, hard nickel leading edges and composite spinners.


Piper Aircraft Launches M350

M350Piper Aircraft has introduced the M350, its newest top-of-the-line M-Class single-engine, piston, cabin class, pressurized aircraft with the latest in Garmin avionics. With most advanced safety features, along with a number of additional significant product improvements, the M350 has the most advanced cockpit of any cabin class, six-place aircraft available on the market.

"The 2015 Piper M350 comes equipped with the very latest Garmin avionics package for increased safety," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "As part of our continued focus on product improvements, we identified an opportunity to give our customers the most advanced safety features available for this class of aircraft. The addition of proven avionics technology with Electronic Stability Protection, Underspeed Protection, and automatic Level Mode were among other improvements. What's more, a Piper M350 can now safely fly itself unassisted to lower altitudes in the rare case that the pilot is non-responsive at altitudes where oxygen is required."

The Piper M350 comfortably seats six with club seating. It is powered by a Lycoming TIO-540-AE2A 350 horsepower engine, sports a 213 KTAS / 395 km/h max cruise speed, and has a range of 1,343 nm / 2,487 km. The aircraft comes standard with an improved Garmin G1000 avionics suite; the 2015 M350 is listed at a competitive price of $1.15 million.
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Terminal 3 Construction Project to Create Enhanced Experience

2014-after consolidatedsecurtiychkpt-sscpWork has begun at Phoenix Sky Harbor’s Terminal 3 to create a world-class traveling experience for airport visitors.  The phased Terminal Modernization Program will create a consolidated security checkpoint, additional ticket counters, new baggage carousels, an expanded curb for pick-up and drop off and new shops and restaurants.

The first phase of the program is already underway, and by summer of 2016, travelers will enjoy a larger security checkpoint to help them get to their gates faster in addition to modernized, expanded airline ticket counter space to make check-in more convenient.

“This program will fundamentally change the way travelers use Terminal 3,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. “With an expanded security checkpoint and additional ticket counters, travelers will find a superior and modern terminal that showcases Arizona’s natural sunlight and beauty while also providing an efficient way to move through the terminal.”

Travelers may have already noticed the changes in Terminal 3 with the removal of the old pedestrian walkway outside of Terminal 3, the relocation of the Pet Park, and the closure of two restaurants and a gift shop pre-security.  A temporary bar has opened pre-security near Paradise Bakery, and food remains available before security 24 hours a day.   


Administrator Hired to Oversee Chandler Municipal Airport

ChrisAndresThe City of Chandler has hired Chris Andres as Airport Administrator for the Chandler Municipal Airport.

Andres comes to Chandler from the City of Phoenix, where he served as Business Development Administrator for the City of Phoenix Aviation
Department’s real estate portfolio, overseeing the airport’s 550 acre commerce park, Sky Harbor’s Rental Car Center, and development and leasing
responsibilities for Phoenix Deer Valley and Phoenix Goodyear airports.

Andres, 45, will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD).  CHD is a business airport, as well as a
base for charter, transport, and sightseeing excursions, and is home to world-class training institutions. With more than 200,000 operations this
year, it is among the nation’s busiest general aviation airports.

Andres’ background includes working with the Community and Economic Development Department and the Downtown Development Office with oversight
responsibilities for several projects including the development for the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a 28-acre City-owned urban research campus in
downtown Phoenix.

Andres has a master’s degree in planning from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Earlham College.   He begins work
with the City of Chandler on March 23.