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North Dakota airports add $1.5 billion to state’s economy

Aerial view of the Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota. (Image: Zach Koppang / Energy Media Group)

Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission recently completed a research project to estimate the annual economic impacts that all facets of aviation have on North Dakota’s economy. The Commission’s research concludes that the annual economic impact from the State’s 89 Public-Use Airports has increased 47 Percent Since 2010. This project was funded in part by a grant from ...

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Commercial drone operators wade through several regulations

FARGO, N.D. — The fledgling drone business is awash with commercial operators who don’t comply with federal regulations or interpret them the wrong way, according to the CEO of an unmanned aircraft-related company. “And that’s scary,” said Stuart Rudolph, president and CEO of SmartC2, which offers software that helps commercial drone flights follow Federal Aviation Administration rules, warns pilots of ...

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Utilities see potential in drones to inspect lines, towers

BLENHEIM, N.Y. — U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspecting power lines and transmission towers but strict regulations have so far slowed adoption of the technology. The remote-controlled devices make the work of linemen safer, more efficient and less expensive, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, which last ...

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Official questions need for replacement Williston airport

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Williams County commissioner has raised concerns about the need to relocate Williston’s airport in letters to state and federal lawmakers. Martin Hanson says he believes the city should keep the airport where it is and upgrade the facility, reducing costs by at least $100 million and preserving farmland. City officials have received approval and initial funding ...

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Landowners near planned Williston airport question future

WILLISTON, N.D. — Owners of farmland near the preferred site for a new Williston airport are wondering about the future of their properties. Officials expect to break ground in the spring on a $254 million airport, after receiving approval and initial funding from the Federal Aviation Administration this fall. The city wants to acquire 1,540 acres from eight landowners, a ...

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Westmoreland subsidy that helps finance Spirit Airlines draws scrutiny

Westmoreland County officials say they’ll continue an unorthodox taxpayer-funded subsidy that attracted Spirit Airlines to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport but drew the attention of federal officials. Citing the economic benefits of an ultra-low-cost carrier in town, the county spends about $700,000 annually to employ ticket agents and ground operators for Spirit. The program, called Latrobe Airline Services, supports about 40 ...

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FAA gives Williston $27 million to relocate airport

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $27 million to Williston to move forward with the plan to relocate the city’s airport to accommodate its growth in passengers and flights. North Dakota’s congressional delegation announced the award Wednesday. The move comes months after FAA Administrator Michael Huerta visited Williston to see the city’s air transportation needs. More than ...

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