New York's Long Island MacArthur Airport received three grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, totaling $1.5 million. The grants will be used to conduct a study for the new west concourse, design airplane parking ramp improvements and draft renovations for the airport's main terminal. Officials also plan to apply for around $67 million from the FAA for concourse construction and other enhancements.
A $2.3M construction project is underway at Montana's Lewistown Municipal Airport. The project is expected to last several weeks and will include the completion of concrete work, runway improvements and lighting upgrades.
Construction is progressing on the $90 million terminal replacement project for Louisiana's Lafayette Regional Airport. The new 110,000-square-foot terminal will replace the airport's existing terminal, which was built in 1965, and the number of gates for commercial planes will increase from four to five. Local, state and federal funds contributed to the airport upgrade.
Southwest Airlines and Arise Veteran Foundation, a Repurpose with Purpose Partner, are supplying reclaimed leather from airline seat covers to Help Heal Veterans. The organization uses the leather in craft kits for veterans' rehabilitation treatment plans, which provide physical and psychological benefits.
About 75 pilots will compete in the AirVenture Cup, a race that starts in Mt. Vernon, Ill., and ends in Oshkosh, Wis. Pilots Keith Phillips, Tuck McAtee and Jim Cianci took youths on free airplane rides to spark an interest in aviation. "I think you get it in your blood," said Cianci. "Once you get off the ground, and see the experience and you feel the exhilaration. It kinda grows on you."
Airbus Helicopters has announced its first order in the Asia-Pacific region for the ACH160. The name of the customer was not disclosed.
New York's Oswego County Airport will host its second annual Airport Day on Aug. 3. Plans for the event include free Young Eagles airplane rides for youths ages 8 to 17, a drone exhibit and a chicken barbecue.
Redbird's Guided Independent Flight Training instrument rating program is designed to help pilots earn instrument ratings faster and more cost-effectively. The program lets students work with instructors on specific procedures then the practice procedures on their own in the simulator.