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    1. Westover invites 150 Springfield, Chicopee, Worcester students to learn about leadership,...

      Westover invites 150 Springfield, Chicopee, Worcester students to learn about leadership,...

      There was a tug-a-war competition, an egg drop challenge, a chance to ask questions about military careers and, to top it off, a tour of the largest plane in the country. Yesterday Westover Air Reserve Base officials invited about 150 students from Springfield, Chicopee and Worcester for its annual youth outreach event. The community event, which has been held for at least 10 years in a row, brings students mainly who are in Junior ROTC program for a day of activities and education. "A lot of the kids want to know what it is like to be in the military ...

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    2. Barnes 104th Fighter Wing out of running for F-35 fighter jets

      Barnes 104th Fighter Wing out of running for F-35 fighter jets

      Barnes Air National Guard base in Westfield did not make the cut as the Air Force continues to narrow down the field of potential bases to house the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, the base announced on Tuesday. Barnes had been one of the bases under consideration for the advanced fighter jet, but did not make it through the round of cuts. The five remaining candidates for the two remaining slots are Dannelly Field Air Guard Station in Montgomery, Alabama; Gowen Field AGS in Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville AGS in Jacksonville, Florida, Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Detroit, and Truax ...

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    3. Westover's Great New England Air Show to return in 2018, Thunderbirds will perform

      Westover's Great New England Air Show to return in 2018, Thunderbirds will perform

      Westover Air Reserve Base will hold an air show in the summer of 2018 and already have the headliner scheduled. For the first time in a decade, the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's official aerial demonstration team, will be the top act for the show, said Lt. Col. James G. Bishop, chief of public affairs. The last time the Thunderbirds, which fly F-16 Fighting Falcons, have performed at a Great New England Air Show at Westover was in 2008. This year the Thunderbirds will also perform at the Barnes National Guard Air Base Air Show in Westfield that is scheduled ...

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    4. Westover Air Base poured $197 million into local economy, decreasing impact by $24 million

      Westover Air Base poured $197 million into local economy, decreasing impact by $24 million

      Westover Air Reserve Base poured $197 million into the local economy during the past year when totaling everything from civilian and military salaries paid to hotels rented and food purchased. While still making a sizable difference, the impact declined by $24 million from the previous fiscal year. The figures also show an overall five-year drop in the amount of money the base has contributed to the local economy.

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    5. Gov. Charlie Baker gets crash course in Aviation Technology from students at Westfield...

      Gov. Charlie Baker gets crash course in Aviation Technology from students at Westfield...

      Gov. Charlie Baker got a crash course in aviation technology from students and staff at Westfield Technical Academy during a visit to the high school late Tuesday afternoon. It was Baker's first visit to the technical high school and it follows the award last month of a $500,000 Massachusetts Workforce Training grant awarded to Westfield Technical Academy to enhance its new aviation technology program as well as its veteran manufacturing technology program.

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    6. Federal Aviation Administration presents formal certification of Westfield Technical...

      Federal Aviation Administration presents formal certification of Westfield Technical...

      The Federal Aviation Administration Thursday presented its formal certification of Westfield Technical Academy's new aviation technology program. And, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., which operates a maintenance repair facility at Barnes Regional Airport, provided an additional $100,000 to its already committed $200,000 to help finance the program. John Feliciano, manager of the FAA office at Bradley International Airport, along with several other FAA representatives presented program certification to Superintendent of Schools Stefan Czaporowski and teacher Galen B. Wilson during a ceremony Thursday afternoon at Westfield Technical Academy

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    7. Westfield Technical Academy's aviation program gains federal approval | masslive.com

      Westfield Technical Academy's aviation program gains federal approval | masslive.com

      An Aviation Technology program launched at Westfield Technical Academy last school year has gained the necessary certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, school officials announced Tuesday.  The official certification, in the form of a Op SPECS (Operational Specification) is expected to be presented to the school by FAA representatives prior to the Sept. 1 start of the 2016-2917 school year, Superintendent of Schools Stefan Czaporowski said.

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    8. Manager of Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport leaving job after 7 years in post | masslive.com

      Manager of Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport leaving job after 7 years in post | masslive.com

      The manager of Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport is leaving after more than seven years in the position.  Brian P. Barnes, who started as manager in March 2009, said he's leaving the Westfield post for a new job. 'I do have a new opportunity,' he told The Republican in an interview Friday, adding that it's premature to discuss details at this point.

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    9. United Technologies opens new $8 million engineering lab in Windsor Locks; announces $1 million partnership with UConn | masslive.com

      United Technologies opens new $8 million engineering lab in Windsor Locks; announces $1 million partnership with UConn | masslive.com

      Engineers in at the UTC Aerospace Systems Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory in Windsor Locks can make that part for a commercial power generation station in three weeks using additive manufacturing, a 3-D printer that works in metals like titanium and nickel alloys instead of plastic.  'And, by not machining all the parts, we can save all this waste,' said Diana Giulietti, materials research and development engineer, gesturing to a giant jar of curly metal waste shavings.

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    10. Outlook 2016: Westfield Technical Academy, Gulfstream Aerospace team up to prepare students for aviation careers | masslive.com

      Outlook 2016: Westfield Technical Academy, Gulfstream Aerospace team up to prepare students for aviation careers | masslive.com

      A new program at Westfield Technical Academy is designed to fill a percentage of the more than 500,000 projected job openings in the aviation field over the next 15 to 20 years.  'The Boomer Generation is retiring,' says aviation technology lead teacher Galen B. Wilson. 'It is projected there will be more than 500,000 openings in the aviation field during the next 15 years. We cannot fill all of those openings, but we can, and will fill some of them.'  They are jobs which will pay well, according to both Wilson and Stefan Czaporowski, principal of the vocational ...

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    11. Jet-travel-related Businesses Are Hitting New Heights

      Jet-travel-related Businesses Are Hitting New Heights

      Kevin Bradley calls them “time machines.”  He was referring to the private jets Rectrix has available for hire that are used by businesspeople to transport them to and from meetings in distant states.  Clients can drive their cars directly up to these well-outfitted aircraft that are stationed in general-aviation airports and board immediately, which saves the time it would take to park, check in, go through security, and suffer the delays that can occur at a commercial airport. Once passengers are airborne, they have access to technology, privacy, and comfort that allow them to continue their business dealings alone or ...

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    12. Westfield Technical Academy opens its doors for public inspection of new aviation program | masslive.com

      Westfield Technical Academy opens its doors for public inspection of new aviation program | masslive.com

      Westfield Technical Academy will show off its new Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Monday during a public open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m..  The School Committee is also scheduled to meet with the school's General Advisory Committee following the open house in Tiger's Pride to review and inspect all programs offered at the technical high school

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    13. Gov. Charlie Baker: 24-hour Westover Air Reserve Base operation would boost Chicopee | masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker: 24-hour Westover Air Reserve Base operation would boost Chicopee | masslive.com

      Around-the-clock flight operations at Westover Metropolitan Airport and Westover Air Reserve Base would be a significant boon to a base that already generated $323.9 million in economic output and employed 3,990 people in 2013, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said during a visit to the base on Friday.  Baker discussed ongoing improvements to the base following a tour. The event was part of a daylong swing through Western Massachusetts for Baker and his executive cabinet.

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    14. Westfield officials allocate Community Preservation funds for hangar renovations

      Westfield officials allocate Community Preservation funds for hangar renovations

      City officials have allocated $300,000 in Community Preservation funds toward renovations at Hangar 2 at Barnes Regional Airport. The city's CPA committee approved the allocation followed last week by approval from the City Council. Airport Manager Brian Barnes told the City Council the funds will be used to repair the exterior of the hangar which will then be followed by efforts to renovate the interior of the structure for the eventual use by Westfield Technical Academy for its new aviation program.

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    15. $4.4 million security upgrade for military at Westfield Barnes Regional Airport in planning

      $4.4 million security upgrade for military at Westfield Barnes Regional Airport in planning

      The Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing wants to relocate and enhance security to its main gate at Barnes Municipal Airport. To complete the planned $4.4 million upgrade, the guard has asked the city to expand its current 99-year least at the airport to include an additional 25 acres of land located west of the existing base boundary. Col. James Keefe, base commander, and Col. Peter Green, vice commander, were joined by Airport Manager Brian Barnes Thursday night to brief the City Council on what they called necessary security upgrades to protect base personnel and facilities.

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    16. Changes in flight operations at Westfield's Barnes Regional Airport result in changes in noise impact on neighborhood

      Changes in flight operations at Westfield's Barnes Regional Airport result in changes in noise impact on neighborhood

      Airport Manager Brian Barnes told the nearly 200 residents Monday that changes at the airport involve flight patterns, upgrades and improvements to runways at Barnes and newer and less noisy engines on corporate aircraft. Also, Barnes said there has been a significant "cut back in the number" of F-15 Eagle fighter jet operations by the Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Group that calls the airport home. Overall, Barnes said the airport saw 120,000 operations annually in the 1990s but now only handles about 42,000 flight operations annually.

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    17. Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

      Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

      An estimated 375,000 people attended this year's air show, which also celebrated the 75th anniversary of Westover. Cloudy skies kept some people away on Saturday and the U.S. Army Golden Knights had to cancel its parachute jumps and several other teams performed an alternate low altitude show, Lt. Col. James Bishop, chief of public affairs for Westover said. Still an estimated 150,000 people attended the free show on Saturday. That number soared to about 225,000 on Sunday when the weather was warm but the skies were clear. "You couldn't ask for better flying weather ...

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    18. Great New England Air Show 2015 to feature high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth jet

      Great New England Air Show 2015 to feature high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth jet

      The Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base will be held May 16 and 17. Typically people react with "shock and awe" when they see the capabilities of the F-22 Raptor jet, said Maj. John Cummings, part of the demonstration team from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, who will be flying the jet this weekend. "People are very surprised to see such a big airplane maneuver as it does," he said. The F-22 Raptor is the most advanced airplane flying at the Great New England Air Show this weekend. Other highlights of the show include the ...

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    19. Westover ready to host 2015 Great New England Air Show | masslive.com

      Westover ready to host 2015 Great New England Air Show | masslive.com

      This is the first air show the base has had in three years and is expected to have a number of popular attractions including the Navy's Blue Angels, a demonstration team that flies F-18 jets; the Golden Knights, a U.S. Army parachute team; the Canadian Snowbirds, a nine-plane formation of CT-144 trainers, an F-22 Raptor and the Geico Skytypers.

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    20. Westover Air Base in Chicopee has a long history of flying refueling tanker jets

      Westover Air Base in Chicopee has a long history of flying refueling tanker jets

      The news that Westover is one of four finalists to be selected to become home to new KC-46A Pegasus refueling planes could bring the base back to its original mission. Having refueling aircraft at Westover is not new. In fact the first time Westover pilots flew refueling planes was in 1955 when the KC-97s arrived at the base. Those planes also carried cargo, Master Sgt. Andrew S. Biscoe, public affairs technician at Westover, said.

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    21. Chicopee's Westover Air base could diversify mission add jobs with new refueling tanker planes

      Chicopee's Westover Air base could diversify mission add jobs with new refueling tanker planes

      "We are pleased to hear the Air Force is considering Westover as a site to host 12 refueling planes. Westover is an important part of not only our community, but our local economy. Any increase in activity at the base is a good thing for the base, our city, and our region," he said. State officials have already agreed to invest more than $6 million to boost Westover's mission and try to protect it from further defense cuts. Included in the funding is opening a new $5 million National Aeronautics Research, Development and Training Center in partnership with the ...

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    22. Chicopee officials hoping state-city-military partnership will preserve Westover Air Base

      Chicopee officials hoping state-city-military partnership will preserve Westover Air Base

      The biggest grant is a $5 million allocation to UMass Amherst to support the creation of a Research and Development partnership program at Westover. The money will be used to lease and renovate a vacant Westover building to establish a national aeronautics, research, development, and training center with the university in the lead. In addition there are plans in discussion to extend the time the air traffic control tower is open to 24-hours. The base also received $930,000 in money to make upgrades to the heating system to make it more energy efficient and Chicopee received $1 million in ...

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    23. UMass to open aeronautical research center at Westover base in Chicopee with

      UMass to open aeronautical research center at Westover base in Chicopee with

      Westover Airport and Westover Air Reserve Base got a big boost on Friday with the Patrick administration's announcement that it has allocated $5 million to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support the creation of a research development partnership with the base – along with the release of a new business plan to promote economic growth opportunities. "Westover Airport and Westover Air Reserve Base are two stellar assets with so much potential for smart growth," Gov. Deval L. Patrick, said in a prepared statement. "To support the region's economy and potential for more private and commercial air service, I ...

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