In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, FedEx has featured several of its team members online and asked them to share the importance of their heritage. Ramon Lopez, senior aircraft engineer in the air operations division for FedEx Express says his heritage defines who he is, and he seeks opportunities to volunteer with Hispanic organization and help other immigrants realize their American dream. Lopez believes that "diverse team will always provide better solutions because we bring different experiences from our various cultures and different problem-solving methods."
Four Alabama airports will receive $2.63 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants, supporting apron rehabilitation at Mobile Downtown Airport and Weedon Field Airport in Eufaula, weather reporting equipment at Bay Minette Municipal Airport, and runway resurfacing at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. The Alabama Department of Transportation also received $442,337 for a state system plan study.
Five Illinois airports will receive more than $38 million in federal funding, including $13.5 million to construct a taxiway at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Other grants will support projects such as runway reconstruction and terminal building renovations at Quincy Regional Airport, General Downing--Peoria International Airport, Scott AFB/MidAmerica Airport and University of Illinois--Willard Airport.
Appleton International Airport in Wisconsin will receive $4.7 million in federal aid. The funds will help pay for a new taxiway and to more than double the ramp space in the airport's business park.
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $12.1 million grant to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in Kentucky. The funds will support taxiway improvements and upgrades throughout the airport's infrastructure.
The Indiana Seaplane Pilots Association's Seaplane Splash-In at Pokagon State Park event took place over the weekend. A Cessna 208 was on hand.
Nevada is buying new GA aircraft for its Transportation Department: a 10-seat Pilatus PC-24 and 11-seat Beechcraft King Air 350. The aircraft save the state significant money on travel, according to the department.
The Oct. 5 Community Fly Day at Lawrence County Airpark in Ohio will showcase the airport's resurfaced runway and a special appearance by pilot Steve Fossett. Sponsors and participants include AOPA, the Tri-State Pilots Association and Attitude Aviation.
Luke Borders celebrated his 16th birthday with his first solo flight, thanks to a scholarship from California's Santa Ynez Valley Airport Authority. The Airport Day flight training scholarship is in its sixth year.