Federal Administration Funding Approved for FY 2015
Congress has approved, and the President has signed, a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to provide funding for most federal agencies, including the FAA, through September 30, 2015. The legislation provides $3.35 billion in funding for the Airport Improvement Program, the same level of funding allocated for FY 2014. It also includes $1.445 million for the Contract Tower Program, an increase of $4.5 million from last year’s funding level. The funding is sufficient to keep all existing contract towers operating, with the possibility of adding a few new towers to the program.
NASAO Selects News President
The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) has appointed Greg Principato as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Greg most recently served as head of the Airport Council International. He also served as a Trade and Transportation Specialist at Hunton & Williams from 1991-2005 and as Executive Director of the National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry in 1993.
“I am excited to be joining the NASAO team as its President and CEO,” said Principato. “I have become convinced that the states are ‘where it’s at” when promoting aviation as a force for building modern communities to the national and global economy.”
I fully expect Greg to provide the leadership necessary to continue the outstanding work that Henry O. and others have provided us in the past. You will have an opportunity to meet Greg at the Texas Aviation Conference in April. This year’s conference will be at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos on April 15-17. I am proud to announce that our Keynote Address speaker this year is Captain Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon. You may find more information, including registration, at the conference website at http://ttigroups.wpengine.com/conferences/tac15/. See you at the conference!