Fellow Mississippi Aviation Professionals,

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Board of Directors of the Mississippi Airports Association!  Your Association is ending 2017 in a good place.  Your Board has addressed a number of issues over the past year in support of our membership – including but not limited to sensitive legislation, airspace issues, tax exemption and ethics commission inquiries on hangar use.  Some of your board members representing commercial service airports made a trip to Washington, DC, to meet with our Congressional delegation and discuss Passenger Facility Charges and Air Traffic Control Privatization.  We have discussed and disseminated information on AOPA’s rates and charges concerns as well as the State’s Reverse Auction code, and we have supported one another during inclement weather.  Our finances are in order.

Your Board recently passed a resolution expressing appreciation to Mr. Jonathan Linquist, FAA ADO Program Manager, for providing exemplary service, assistance and guidance to airports throughout the region during his tenure here.  Jonathan is leaving the Jackson ADO and heading to the great white north – Anchorage, AK, continuing his career with the FAA as a planner.  Mr. Rans Black, ADO Manager, is reorganizing his team to maintain the excellent service that we have all come to expect.

A number of airports have had great experiences this past year with Mississippi collegiate internships from our aviation programs.  Most internships last two to six weeks, while others last longer.  Please consider offering one of these bright new talents an opportunity to gain experience at your airport.  Experience is a gift they will keep for life.

During the hustle and bustle of the season, know that your work maintaining a safe and secure air transportation system might be taken for granted by most, but it is ultimately appreciated by all.



Bill Cotter
Mississippi Airports Association