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FAA Issues Updates to Drone Regulations
new federal law (PDF)
that describes how, when, and where you can fly drones for recreational purposes. It's important to note that recreational drone operations have been temporarily suspended within controlled airspace in all but two locations in Wisconsin while FAA works to make Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) available to recreational users. Be sure to visit the FAA site for the latest information.
64th Annual Wisconsin Aviation Conference
The 64th Annual Wisconsin Aviation Conference was held at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center from May 5th-7th. O
ver 200 conference attendees participated in sessions on Airport Special Events, Drones, Airfield Electrical Technology, Non-Aeronautical Development at Airports, ADSB, Pavement Condition, Wildlife and more! The aviation industry was well represented by a wide variety of industry experts who made themselves available to update our attendees on all of these important topics.
Next year's Conference will be hosted by the Sheboygan County Airport and held at the beautiful Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI. The resort is located just a few miles away from Whistling Straits which will host the 2020 Ryder Cup!
The Wisconsin Aviation Conference is planned by a generous group of volunteers who are excited to help bring relevant industry information to their Wisconsin colleagues. The Conference Committee is always looking for new volunteers or ideas for the conference so please contact Bob O'Brien, AAE, via EMAIL or phone at (608) 739-2011 with conference topics or if you are interested in joining the conference planning committee!
Thank you WAC Sponsors & Exhibitors!
The generous financial contributions of the following sponsors and exhibitors make the Wisconsin Aviation Conference possible. Please help us recognize these organizations by thanking them throughout the year for their support and participation in the conference.
($3,000 or more)
($1,000 - $2,999)
($500 - $999)
($350 - $499)
- Airport Lighting Company
- Arrow Energy, Inc.
- Avflight Corporation
- Becher-Hoppe & Associates
- Bird Strike Committee
- DBT Transportation Services
- Ennis Flint, Inc.
- Epic Fuels, LLC
- Erect-A-Tube, Inc.
- Fabick Cat
- Fahrner Asphalt Sealers, LLC
- Fortbrand, LLC
- Fortress Fence
- Gee Asphalt Systems, Inc.
- Interstate Sealant & Concrete Inc.
- Lumacurve Airfield Signs
- MacQueen Equipment/Oshkosh Airport Products
- M-B Companies
- Mead & Hunt
- METCO Midwest Electro Tech Corp.
- MSA Professional Services
- Multi Electric Mfg.
- NASi Transportation & Mining
- OMNNI Associates, Inc.
- ProTec Fire
- Quantum Spatial, Inc.
- Shell Aviation/Titan Aviation Fuels
- Sherwin Industries
- Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH)
- The Green Earth Deicer Company, Inc.
- Vandeerloop Equipment
- Westmor Industries
- Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame Inc.
- Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association
- Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction
- World Fuel Services
Each year the Wisconsin Airport Management Association recognizes individuals who have contributed their time and talents to furthering aviation in the state of Wisconsin. The following individuals were recognized for their efforts at the 2019 Wisconsin Aviation Conference:
Distinguished Service Award: Clint Torp, La Crosse Regional Airport
Engineer of the Year: Mark Graczykowski, WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics
Lifetime Service Award: David Mann, Batten International Airport
Blue Light Award: Hal Davis, WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics
Pictured above (L to R): Brian Grefe (WAMA Vice President & Airport Director, Central Wisconsin Airport), David Mann, Hal Davis, Mark Graczykowski, Jed Mattmiller (WAC Sporting Clay Traveling Trophy Recipient) and Charles Sweet (WAMA President & Airport Superintendent, Sheboygan Memorial Airport). Not Pictured: Clint Torp
WAC First Annual Silent Auction and Scholarship Awards
The first annual Silent Auction to support WAMA collegiate and professional development scholarships raised $2,945. Thank you to the following companies for your donations!
TKDA, Becher- Hoppe, Vanderloop Equipment, Oshkosh Air Products, ProTech Fire Services, Koehler Company, World Fuel Services, SEH, Gee Asphalt, Airport Lighting Company, Quantum Spatial, MSA Professional Services, Westmor Solutions, Fortbrand Services, Genetec, Fabick Cat, Mead & Hunt, The Green Earth Deicer Company, La Crosse Regional Airport, Arrow Energy, DBT, Wisconsin Aviation, and OMNNI Associates.
Collegiate scholarships ($1,000 each) were awarded to: Benjamin Moncrief from Oconomowoc, WI who is seeking an Airport Management degree from the University of North Dakota
and Maria Wills seeking a Commercial Aviation degree from the University of North Dakota.
A $1,000 Professional Development Scholarship was awarded to Ronnie Sampson, Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport, to attend the AAAE/SC Chapter Loretta Scott, A.A.E. Accreditation/Certification Academy in 2020 to obtain his C.M. designation.
Aviation Education and Outreach
By Meredith Alt, WisDOT Aviation Education Program Manager
Do you have ideas for an aviation education event or program at your airport? Are you doing things already or know of partners who have ideas for a new project?
Later this summer, the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium will begin accepting proposals for the 2019 Aerospace Outreach Program and the Special Initiatives Program. Funds can be used for K-12 aviation-related activities and we encourage our airports and friends of airports to apply! More information is available on the
contacting Meredith Alt
, WisDOT Aviation Education Program Manager.
Also this summer: there's still time for parents to enroll kids in a summer aviation program! Some programs include flying opportunities and all look to be a lot of fun. Please help spread the word about
aviation camps and summer programs
in your area.
For women aviators who will be up at AirVenture, the Girl Scouts in the Madison area are looking for volunteers to spend 1-2 hours on Wednesday, July 24th with a Girl Scout who is attending AirVenture. If you are (or know) an awesome lady who would like to encourage one of these girls, please contact Meredith Alt for more information!
AAAE ASOS School - Registration is Open!
WAMA has coordinated with the American Association of Airport Executives to host an Advanced ASOS School, September 10-11, 2019, at the Central Wisconsin Airport. This opportunity allows Wisconsin airports to get this important training while saving staff time and expensive travel costs by getting this training close to home. The 20 seats available to Wisconsin airports through WAMA have filled, but AAAE is still accepting registrations HERE.
Legacy Striker Training
Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport will be hosting a 5-day Maintenance and Troubleshooting course for the Oshkosh Legacy Striker
2019 USDA Wildlife Hazard Management Training
The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport will be hosting annual USDA Wildlife Hazard Management Training for aviation personnel on
Wednesday, September 25th at 10am
. For more information, please contact
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