Press release: Bingaman says FAA bill invests in aviation infrastructure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman said he is pleased a bill that clears the Senate today will invest in New Mexico’s airport infrastructure and in the state’s economy. The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act continues funding for a number of programs that are important to New Mexico and the nation. Among [...]

Military feature: Base, Clovis firefighters train in joint exercise at Cannon

Jared Tucker Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis fire departments teamed up July 26 for their annual airplane fire response training at the base. The two-hour training exercise is a Federal Aviation Administration requirement for fire departments that serve airports, according to Clovis Fire Department Training Officer Rick Potter. “The easiest and the cheapest and [...]

Students soar ahead in competition

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales students zoomed past the competition in a recent state aviation art poster contest. One James Elementary School student and four Portales Junior High School students scored among the top three places in their age categories at the state level of the 2010 International Aviation Art Contest earlier this [...]

Portales students advance to national art competition

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Six Portales students soared on the wings of their artistic talents in a recent state aviation art competition. In the state Aviation Division-sponsored contest, five Portales Junior High School students and one James Elementary School student placed in the top three spots in their age groups for their pictures [...]

Year in review: Cannon begins to see growth

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing made steady progress in 2008 of preparing Cannon Air Force Base for more personnel as well as adapting to new methods of warfare. Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mae-Li Allison said the base has 2,100 military personnel and 560 civilian employees. She said there [...]

Former CAFB airman tabbed for ENMU’s new aviation program

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Robert Elliott doubts that he’ll ever meet his students in person. With his computer serving as a virtual classroom, Elliott will teach online courses in aviation science from Eastern New Mexico University’s Roswell campus. His students are located across the country and in South America and Africa. The former [...]

Taxpayers deserve to see NASA research

Editorial NASA can shoot people into space, but it’s not shooting straight with millions of Americans who fly closer to home. How else to explain the space agency’s refusal to release data that suggest safety problems in aviation occur far more often than previously known? The unprecedented survey of about 24,000 commercial airline pilots and [...]

Plane crashes during air show in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Guy “Doc” Baldwin’s aerobatic plane was performing a loop maneuver above the crowd at Tucumcari’s annual air show about 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Moments later, the plane was down and the crowd went silent. “It took your breath away. Everyone became really silent and stood up,” said [...]