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Airport Authority promotes pilot training

October 2, 2012
By LINDA HARRIS - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - The Jefferson County Airport Authority is hoping to convince local educators to develop training programs for airline pilots and mechanics, both seen as growth occupations.

Board members cited studies that suggest over the next 20 years there will be a tremendous shortage of pilots and mechanics, a void they're hoping local colleges can help fill.

The authority, meanwhile, will be asking the county commission to help them pay for a water and sewer line extension to their new hangars.

Commissioners previously had indicated a willingness to help pay for the upgrade, which cost around $50,000.

In other business, the airport authority rescinded a previous motion recommending the county hire Houston-based Global Geoscience Solutions to conduct seismic testing on their property, preferring to give the county commissioners the latitude to hire the company of their choice.

The revised recommendation merely asks commissioners to allow the testing, required in order for them to reap the benefits of owning the mineral rights to hundreds of Utica shale acres in Eastern Ohio.

Commissioners had asked the board to remove mention of a specific company from its resolution of support.

"They're not sure that's who they're going to use," authority Secretary Gary Folden said. "The board wants them to do it, but to use whoever they're going to choose."

Board members also submitted a pay request - their second - to the Federal Aviation Administration for highway construction, part of the apron rehab. Ninety percent of the $111,930 it cost will be covered by the FAA, leaving the airport authority responsible for about $11,000.

A committee was appointed to review statements of qualification and rate the six firms interested in providing the board with engineering services: Crawford Murphy & Tilly Inc., Columbus; Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Moon Township, Pa.; Richland Engineering, Mansfield, their current engineer; Sands Decker, Columbus; Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., Columbus; and Thrasher Engineering, Canton.

Serving on that committee will be Mike Menzel, president of the airport authority, Cathy Cucarese, Muenze and one of the county commissioners.

The board also voted to award the bid for security cameras at the airport to Lauttamus Communications, Weirton, pending assurance that it include at least a 1-terabyte storage drive.

Lauttamus bid $3,136 for the system; Tri-State Security, Steubenville, had submitted a bid of $4,303.83.

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