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September 18, 2013 at 6:45 AM
The Cougs are 2-1 on the gridiron, and might be headed to 3-1, but let’s refocus for a moment. The Pride of the Palouse has notched an arguably bigger victory.
Times reporter Kyung M. Song reports from Washington, D.C. that WSU will be the West Coast half of a new research center on bio-jet fuel, and other academic inquiries into aviation topics: airport noise, carbon-dioxide emissions, and mileage improvements. Sixteen schools will share in the project, with WSU and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology anchoring the project.
The 10-year effort will be funded by a $40 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to WSU and MIT to lead the effort, Song reported. WSU will focus on bio-jet fuels. Dare one call it exhaustive research?
WSU had the academic capacity to be competitive. The school’s solid reputation paid a nice dividend. Song’s report also provides another satisfying insight. All of the Democrats and Republicans in Washington’s congressional delegation signed a letter endorsing the WSU-MIT bid.
In the spirit of the season, a solid offense helped make a difference. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell worked on the legislation and funding. Rep. Rick Larsen has Everett’s Boeing plant in his district, and he serves on the House aviation subcommittee. A nice team effort.
Washington’s aviation roots, a deep congressional roster and WSU’s talent combined for a big win.
March 11, 2013 at 7:05 AM
The lunacy of the federal budget sequester continues to be revealed in stunning ways.
The air traffic control tower at Paine Field in Snohomish County is on the Federal Aviation Administration’s list of possible tower closures. You know Paine Field, the one next to the nation’s largest exporter, The Boeing Company. The place where planes are built and others come to be maintained and repaired at Aviation Technical Services. That one, FAA.
Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Lake Stevens, made the impacts clear in a letter last week to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Boeing is the hub of air transport manufacturing in the United States, and ATS is the largest third-party aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operation in North America, Larsen reminded Huerta.
The FAA is looking at its contract tower program and FAA control towers to decide what could be closed and what needs to stay open to avoid adversely affecting the national interest.
Paine Field serves all manner of aviation needs, and it serves a vital function in the regional and national economy. Tower operations not only help land planes and get them safely aloft, but also direct planes to their destination on the ground.
Larsen makes the point: “The production, transportation and repair of large airplanes need a fully operating air traffic control tower. Closure of the air traffic control tower at Paine Field would significantly limit Paine Field’s ability to support the cornerstone of the Pacific Northwest aviation economy and would hurt the national economy by impacting the operations of the country’s largest exporter.”
Larsen, as ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, is in a good spot to be heard.