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4/23/2018: Grants Approved to Support Ten N.C. Airports

Grants Approved to Support Ten N.C. Airports

Posted 4/23/2018 8:18:09 AM

RALEIGH–  From commercial airports that are among the world’s busiest to rural airports that support farms and manufacturers, each is a vital part of a connected transportation infrastructure. To keep North Carolina moving, the state requires a top-class system of airports that transports people and cargo while attracting business investments from all over the world. To that end, the N.C. Board of Transportation in March approved state and federal funding for 10 airports for a total investment of $12.2 million. “Grants such as these make sure we maintain that link between our state and national and global markets,” said NCDOT Director of Aviation Bobby Walston. “They keep our 72 public airports safe and able to better serve the pilots, businesses, and passengers that rely on them.” The following airports received state and federal funding: Ashe County Airport: $350,000 to acquire land and existing hangars; Kinston Regional Jetport at Stallings Field: $2,000,000 for terminal building repairs; Mount Airy-Surry County Airport: $480,000 for design and preliminary engineering on a new apron and new hangars; Odell Williamson Municipal Airport (Ocean Isle Beach): $1,202,000 for land acquisition, including rights-of-way and utilities, and preliminary engineering on an expanded runway protection zone; Piedmont-Triad International Airport: $500,000 of design funding for a taxiway over future I-73; Plymouth Municipal Airport: $3,803,486 for construction of a parallel taxiway and related permitting; Siler City Municipal Airport: $37,000 for preliminary design of navigation easements and obstruction clearing; Stanly County Airport: $1,740,604 for 120-inch pipe rehabilitation; Statesville Regional Airport: $1,850,000 for the construction of an eastside parallel taxiway; and Tri-County Airport (Aulander): $256,360 for vault relocation. Airports and aviation-related industries contribute $31 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, per a 2016 report. There are 123,400 airport-related jobs in the state. The Division of Aviation is responsible for state airport and aviation system planning and development, and provides funding to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout the state. 
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4/19/2018: NCDOT Hosts Outer Banks Drone Workshop

NCDOT Hosts Outer Banks Drone Workshop

Posted 4/19/2018 4:44:26 PM

NAGS HEAD–  With drones able to do more than ever before, the N.C. Department of Transportation wants to help educate local government agencies and businesses on some of those potential practical applications. A capacity crowd was on hand Thursday as NCDOT’s Division of Aviation Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program Office hosted a free workshop for government and commercial drone operators in Nags Head. More than 130 attendees learned about the use of drone technology in emergency response and erosion monitoring, as well as tips on data management, safety, and other practical applications of drones. The day ended with live flight demonstrations over the beach. “Drone technology is quickly advancing, and so are the possibilities for a business or government organization interested in using one,” said Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager for NCDOT.  “Attendees should now have a clear understanding of how they can use the technology, and what it takes to effectively implement drones into their organization.”  NCDOT hopes to use these free workshops to show how safe this emerging technology can be, and to encourage businesses and government entities to explore how drones can be beneficial to their activities. This was the sixth such workshop NCDOT has hosted across the state, starting in August of 2017. The next NCDOT drone event will be the 2018 NC Drone Summit and Flight Expo in Greensboro, August 5-7.
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4/18/2018: NCDOT Announces 2018 N.C. Drone Summit and Flight Expo

NCDOT Announces 2018 N.C. Drone Summit and Flight Expo

Posted 4/18/2018 8:49:04 AM

GREENSBORO–  For three days this summer, Greensboro will be the center of the drone world. The2018 North Carolina Drone Summit and Flight Expo (NC Drone SAFE) at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center from August 5-7 will feature speakers, exhibitors and flight demonstrators from around the world that showcase the present and future of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or drone) industry.  The N.C Department of Transportation Division of Aviation’s UAS Program Office is hosting the event to bring together key leaders from the research, commercial and public safety community across N.C. and the nation.  “North Carolina is on the leading edge of this fast-growing industry,” said NCDOT Director of Aviation Bobby Walston. “We’re excited not only to be bringing the very best of the drone industry here, but also for the chance to showcase the innovation already occurring in our state to the world.” More than 350 people are expected to attend. Speakers and exhibitors at the event will include personnel from industry trailblazers, regulatory agencies and public safety drone users.  A full agenda will be released in the coming weeks. Additional information and registration can be found at ncdronesummit.com.
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3/26/2018: N.C. Student Places 2nd in National Aviation Art Contest

N.C. Student Places 2nd in National Aviation Art Contest

Posted 3/26/2018 11:35:22 AM

RALEIGH – A North Carolina High School Student is among the top finishers in the National Aviation Art Contest, and will now move on to the international level of the competition. Emma Kerns of Sherrill’s Ford, a student at Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy in Mooresville, came in second place nationally in the senior age category. After also placing second in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Art Contest, Emma’s artwork was sent on to the National Art Competition hosted by the National Association of State Aviation Officials in Washington, DC. Her art will now be sent to Switzerland to compete in the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI)’s International Art Competition. This year’s theme was “Flight in to the Future.” NCDOT received a record 1,246 entries this year representing 144 hometowns and 130 schools.  A total of 3,440 students have participated in the NC Aviation Art Contest over the last four years. Artwork from all finalists can be found on the NCDOT Flickr page.
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3/13/2018: NCDOT to Host Drone Workshop in Nags Head on April 18

NCDOT to Host Drone Workshop in Nags Head on April 18

Posted 3/13/2018 3:50:45 PM

NAGS HEAD –  The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation is hosting a free drone workshop for commercial and government operators in Nags Head on Thursday, April 19, at the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront (Neptune Room), milepost 16.5 on the Beach Road (8031 Old Oregon Inlet Rd). Over the last year, more than 650 attendees at five of these workshops learned about Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or drone) flight operations, data management and dozens of various applications for government and commercial users.  Presenters also provided updates on the latest changes in federal and state drone regulations and gave live flight demonstrations. State and local government drone operators, as well as local commercial operators, are invited to attend, network, and learn more about how emerging UAS technology can benefit their operations.  “Drone technology is quickly advancing and so are the possibilities for a business or government organization interested in using one,” said Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager for NCDOT’s Division of Aviation.  “The folks in attendance can expect to come away with a realistic understanding of the possible applications for drone technology and what it takes to effectively implement drones into their operations.” Seating is limited, so prospective attendees should register early.  Registration will close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.
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