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GTRA head named to airports board


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Golden Triangle Regional Airport Executive Director Mike Hainsey is among state airport officials recently elected to the Mississippi Airports Association new board of directors and officers for 2009-2010. 


Hainsey describes the MAA''s primary goal as promoting avaiation at the airports in the state. 


"In Mississippi, the airports work well together to help keep operations safe and Mississippi Airports Association promotes that," Hainsey, who served as president of the board until last year, said. "We''re unique in Mississippi in that all, especially in the commercial service airports, ... we communicate often and we get along well." 


Other directors are: Nick Ardillo, NPA, L.L.C.; Terry Anderson, Tupelo Regional Airport; Conner Burns, McComb Pike County Airport; Bill Cotter, Stennis International Airport; Michelle Jackson, Hinds Community College/John Bell Williams Airport; Elton Jay, MDOT (retired); Clint Pomeroy, Natchez-Adams County Airport; Bardin Redditt, Greenwood-Leflore Airport; and Tom Williams, Meridian Airport. 


Officers selected are: Dirk Vanderleest, Jackson-Evers International Airport, president; Don Shepley of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, vice president; Tom Heanue of Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport, secretary; and Lane Rodgers of Greenville-Leflore Airport, treasurer. 


The mission of the Mississippi Airports Association is to promote aviation and airport interest, to provide a medium for discussion by its members, to promote proper legislation for aviation and airports, and to advise and consult with members when requested. The Mississippi Airports Association cooperates with all organizations working for the general advancement and benefit of aviation. 


For more information about membership, interested persons may call 877-322-9022.




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