The Black Pilots of America organization hosted their 20th annual Operation Skyhook event at Pine Bluff Regional Airport in Arkansas. Pilots from across the country flew in for the event. "We want young people to learn how to fly because the airlines are always looking for young pilots," said pilot Paul Green.
Kathy Hall of Faulkner County, Ark., the former executive director for My House assisted living, was sentenced to serve eight years of probation after pleading guilty to charges of Medicaid fraud and exploitation for falsely billing the program for unprovided services. Hall paid restitution of $19,670.88 to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund before pleading guilty and paid restitution of $31,357.10 to former patients after entering her plea.
The Conway Municipal Airport in Arkansas was recently awarded General Aviation Project of the Year from the Southeast Region of the American Association of Airport Executives for airport design and execution. "That’s a good win for the city, and it speaks well to the partnership between the city engineering design firm" and federal and state authorities, said Josh Zylks, airport manager.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe emphasized the importance of shale production to the nation's security during a visit to Conway, home of Southwestern Energy. Without the U.S. shale boom, the country could become dependent on Iran and Russia for natural gas imports but now has "a 100-year supply."
The seven corporate hangars at Cantrell Field in Faulkner County, Ark., expected to open next summer, already have tenants. "I fully expect, based on the response we’ve had, that we’ll open the airport with full occupancy, and that from there we’ll be looking at building more corporate hangars and more hangars and spaces for the smaller planes," said Jamie Gates of the Conway Development Corp. Seventeen general aviation pilots have also expressed interest in the 36 smaller hangars planned for the site.