C&S Companies announced the hiring of Jenny Watts as a new staff planner in their
Scottsdale Arizona office. Watts has a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Management Technology from Arizona State University. Watts will be part of the airport planning team responsible for preparing master plans and environmental studies at airports in Arizona and California.
The Phoenix –Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) control tower will extend its hours of operation from 0600-2200L daily to 0500-0000L daily, beginning Wednesday 5/1/2013 at 0500 Local.
Kalena Glover of Prescott, Ariz., and William McAleer of Birmingham, Ala., will receive the work internships of a lifetime, as they have been named recipients of this year’s EAA/DAHER-SOCATA International Scholarships.
The internship program is now in its seventh year. Each recipient receives a five-week internship at DAHER-SOCATA’s Tarbes facility in France, located in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains, followed by a week at the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh where they’ll help Socata during EAA AirVenture 2013. All travel, lodging, and work experience is included, as well as a side trip to the Airbus facility at Toulouse. For an aspiring student working toward a career in the aviation industry, it’s a dream situation.
“This opportunity gives a one-of-a-kind experience for the internship recipients,” said Nicolas Chabbert, President and CEO of SOCATA North America. “They will spend time with our team in France, gaining expertise in their fields of interest – such as marketing, production, organization, design, support and service. We hope the experience will make a difference in their future careers, while also benefitting our company by working with the next-generation of aviation industry decision-makers.”
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors authorized a contract with D.L. Withers Construction to build an additional two gates and an additional outdoor courtyard at the Airport’s Charles L. Williams Passenger Terminal at a cost of $4,871.600. The additional gates will increase the total number of gates from eight to ten and the courtyard, located beyond the security checkpoint, will provide another unique outdoor respite for travelers as they wait to board their aircraft.
The announcement comes on the heels of a preliminary report by Airport Council International listing Gateway Airport as the fastest growing commercial airport in America for total passengers served, based on percentage increase.
The airline passenger count for 2012 totaled 1,384,361, a 45 percent bounce from the 956,665 passenger total for the previous year.
“No other airport in the country has enjoyed the level of success as Gateway,” said City of Mesa Mayor and Airport Authority Board Chair, Scott Smith. “It’s exciting to see Gateway thrive, continue to create new jobs and build a healthy economy.”
The 2012 passenger total is more than three times the 357,165 passengers that used the airport in 2008. In 2009, the passenger count was 579,059; for 2010 it was 804,340.
The Airport’s long-term expansion plans call for a new terminal to be built near Gateway’s eastern border with links to Ellsworth Road, three Loop 202 interchanges and access from the future State Route 24, known as Gateway Freeway.
The Air Force Association (AFA) announced 16 recipients of the Civil Air Patrol Educator Grant, an education initiative funded by AFA and managed by the Civil Air Patrol Headquarters including Barbara Gosney, a Fireside Elementary School educator in Phoenix.
The CAP Educator Grants are each up to $250, and provided to teachers who are members of either the Air Force Association or the Civil Air Patrol. From designing model airplanes and launching rockets, to visiting Air Traffic Control towers and bases, AFA and CAP are helping teachers promote public awareness of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in national security. The initiative funds classroom activities or materials that benefit the entire group of students and promote knowledge of aerospace power. Grants can be applied toward field trips to aerospace museums or Air Force bases, or for books, DVDs or videotapes on aerospace topics.
“AFA is committed to supporting education programs, especially those with a focus on science, technology, and aerospace, which are critical for providing a generation of professionals in fields fundamental to defending our country,” said Jerry White, AFA Vice Chairman of the Board for Aerospace Education. “Our partnership with CAP continues to provide funding to CAP units and teachers that help fund their aerospace education programs, which inspire our youth through creative approaches to traditional curriculum.”
AFA strongly advocates aerospace education and the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as the foundational skills necessary to sustain U.S. airpower, national security and economic vitality.
Below are the grant recipients: