California Airport Generates $2 Billion to Area Economy

A new report released today by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) reaffirms that Van Nuys Airport (VNY) continues to be a major economic engine for the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area. The latest study finds that VNY contributed more than $2 billion in business activity to the L.A. county economy in fiscal year 2015.

The study confirms the airport’s economic impacts include:
• 10,480 jobs;
• $674.6 million in labor income;
• $2.0 billion in business revenues; and
• $295.3 million in local, state and federal tax revenues

Van Nuys Airport will be spending $63.9 million on Airport Capital Improvement Projects (ACIP)
and non-ACIP projects through 2022 to meet future aviation needs in Southern California. The study estimates that the economic impacts of capital improvement projects include:

Adrian Chene Joins the Duncan Aviation Avionics Sales Team in Battle Creek, MI

Chene-Adrianedit.jpg In his 16 years at Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Michigan, Adrian Chene has assisted customers and team members alike with the depth and breadth of his avoinics knowledge. In his years as an Avionics Tech Rep, Chene performed in-depth research on various issues, and he’s a recognized expert in Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment, as well as many other avionics systems.

This November, Chene joined the Avionics Sales Team and will now work diligently to help Duncan Aviation’s customers find the best, most reliable and cost-effective avionics equipment for their cockpits and cabins and throughout their aircraft.

"Answering customers' questions, finding the right equipment for their needs, and making sure they get the best pricing we can find are ingrained in Duncan Aviation's culture," says Chene. "I intend to use my 20-plus years of experience in avionics to help our sales team continue to provide the best information and service to the global aviation community we support."

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Selects Gill as President and CEO

Gill.jpg The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, Michigan has selected James "Jim" Gill as their new President and CEO, following a successful national search led by Steven Baldwin Associates.

The airport made the announcement recently following a meeting of the Airport's governing Authority Board, where members voted unanimously to hire Gill.

Gill, previously the CFO and COO of the Allegheny County Airport (ACAA) in Pennsylvania, is an industry veteran with more than two decades of senior airport management experience. With deep roots in the Pittsburgh area, he has been in senior management for 13 years at the ACAA, whose two airports—Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County—serve more than eight million passengers per year. There, Gill has been CFO since 2007, and added the COO position to his duties in 2015. Previously, he served as Interim Executive Director at ACAA. Gill also spent six years at Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority as Deputy Airport Director & CFO.

Airbus Senior Executive Joins EAA Board of Directors


Ken McKenzie.jpg Ken McKenzie, a recreational aviation enthusiast and senior vice president for strategy and corporate development for Airbus Group, Inc., has joined the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) board of directors.

McKenzie (EAA Lifetime 1181112) was invited to join the board during its fall meetings earlier this month at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. As a Class III director for EAA, he will serve a one-year renewable term on the EAA board.

“Ken McKenzie is an EAA lifetime member who is personally committed to recreational aviation in all its forms and brings very strong aviation industry leadership experience to our organization,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO/Chairman. “We are grateful he has accepted our invitation to join EAA’s board whose members volunteer their time and expertise to lead our association, as we pursue our mission of growing participation by sharing the spirit of aviation.”


The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) was among a diverse class of aviation and aerospace pioneers inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum Nov. 17. James G. Kidrick, museum president and CEO, said the honorees are selected for their qualitative achievements and historic contributions to aviation, space, and aerospace innovation or expanding the public’s aviation and space awareness to the world.

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