Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Former airport director gets $134,375 in severance: Pittsburgh International (KPIT), Pennsylvania

The Allegheny County Airport Authority will pay its former executive director Bradley D. Penrod $134,375 in severance as a result of his ouster by the board last month.

The lump sum payment is part of an employment and separation agreement reached between the authority and Mr. Penrod and dated April 7. It was released today after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette filed a right-to-know request.

Mr. Penrod was executive director of the authority for six years until he was reassigned to president and chief strategy officer in February 2013. He was removed by the board after its March meeting.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the authority have said that they made the decision in an effort to do everything possible to attract new flights to Pittsburgh International Airport, which has seen service to many destinations drastically cut since US Airways closed its hub in 2004.

Mr. Penrod had worked at the airport for more than 30 years and supervised the move from the old airport to the midfield terminal in 1992.

As part of the separation agreement, the authority acknowledged that Mr. Penrod was "being let go through no fault of his own." James Gill, the authority's chief financial officer, is now serving as acting executive director.

Source:   http://www.post-gazette.com

Alva Regional Airport (KAVK), Oklahoma: Board Meeting

 Published on April 15, 2014
Agree to lease a portion of airport land to restore WW II German Prisoner of War camp.

Pentagon says automatic budget cuts would hit F-35, other weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday detailed $48.3 billion in cuts to major weapons programs like Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet that would kick in from fiscal 2016 to 2019 if Congress does not reverse automatic budget cuts that are to resume in 2016.

It said the cuts would slash $40 billion from the Pentagon's planned spending on operations and maintenance over that time, while research and development of new cutting-edge technologies would fall by nearly $18 billion from $337 billion.

The Defense Department said the cuts required under a process called sequestration would damage the military's modernization efforts, increase national security risks, further slash troop levels and jeopardize the ability of U.S. forces to go to war.

"If sequestration-level cuts persist, our forces will assume substantial additional risks in certain missions and will continue to face significant readiness and modernization challenges," the Pentagon said in the report.

It said the cuts would leave the military unbalanced and eventually too small to meet the needs of the Obama administration's military strategy.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other top military officials have repeatedly urged Congress to reverse the cuts passed as part of the Budget Control Act, arguing that they came on top of nearly $600 billion in cuts already being implemented by the U.S. military.

If U.S. lawmakers do not repeal the mandatory budget cuts, the Air Force would have to eliminate its entire fleet of KC-10 refueling planes and divest its entire fleet of the Block 40 version of Northrop Grumman Corp's Global Hawk unmanned surveillance planes, the report said.

The Air Force would buy 15 fewer F-35 fighter jets in fiscal 2016-2017, five fewer KC-46A refueling planes built by Boeing Co in fiscal 2017-2018, and a new combat rescue helicopter to be built by Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, would be delayed until fiscal 2019.

The Navy would be forced to mothball six destroyers and retire an aircraft carrier and its associated air wing, reducing the carrier fleet to 10, the report said.

It would delay six orders for Boeing's P-8A surveillance planes, increasing the cost of the remaining aircraft and raise the cost of maintaining the older P-3 aircraft.

The Navy would also buy eight fewer ships, including one fewer Virginia-class submarine built by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries, and three fewer DDG-51 destroyers, built by the same two companies.

The report said the Army would buy 61 fewer Black Hawk helicopters built by Sikorsky, 67 fewer Apache helicopters built by Boeing and would eliminate funding for a fourth brigade set of double-V hull Stryker vehicles built by General Dynamics.

The Marine Corps's new CH-53K helicopter being developed by Sikorsky would be delayed by one year, with seven fewer aircraft to be built for savings of about $1 billion, the report said.

It said the cuts would also delay work on a new amphibious combat vehicle to replace the 40-year-old vehicles now used by the Marines.

Source:    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Smoke reported in plane's cabin at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL)

ATLANTA (AP) - Fire officials say a Delta Air Lines jet at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been evacuated after a report of smoke in the cabin.

Atlanta Fire Rescue spokeswoman Janet Ward says the smoke eventually dissipated Tuesday evening. Ward says crew members could not identify its source and called in maintenance staff.

Ward says no injuries have been reported.

Delta Air Lines representatives did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment and details on the type of aircraft, number of passengers it was carrying or its origin and destination.

Source:    http://www.wrcbtv.com