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    1. Westover Air Reserve Base economic impact dips slightly | masslive.com

      Westover Air Reserve Base economic impact dips slightly | masslive.com

      The 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base added nearly $194.5 million to the local economy in the 2018 budget year, the base said Tuesday.  That includes a payroll of nearly $120 million in 2018 and $13.1 million in construction funding.  What it doesn't include is the economic impact of the 2018 Great New England Air and Space Show, according to the release. The air show generates $11.6 million in local spending, according to a 2015 UMass study.

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    2. Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport gets $2.6 million federal grant for drainage

      Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport gets $2.6 million federal grant for drainage

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, brought news of a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport on Monday. The airport will use the money to improve drainage at Barnes, according to information provided by Neal's office. "The regional airport in Westfield is increasingly playing a larger and more important role in our local transportation infrastructure," Neal said in a written statement. "It also is helping to create good jobs and economic development here in Western Massachusetts. Today's federal grant is an investment in the airport's future and ...

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    3. Barnes, Westover, Bradley airports look for MGM Springfield casino boost

      Barnes, Westover, Bradley airports look for MGM Springfield casino boost

      MGM Springfield's executives have been out to visit and at least one corporate jet from Las Vegas is scheduled to arrive this weekend and stay over at least one night. But it remains to bee seen how much business MGM Springfield, the $960 million resort casino that opens Friday, will bring to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport, Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee and Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. "We certainly are hoping to feel the effects of the casino," said Kelly DeRonda, manager at Rectrix, the fixed-base operator providing aircraft services at Barnes. It's hard to tell ahead ...

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    4. House-passed National Defense Authorization Act includes $43 million for Westover Air...

      House-passed National Defense Authorization Act includes $43 million for Westover Air...

      A Western Massachusetts air reserve base is poised to receive millions in federal funding to construct a regional ISO maintenance hangar under a $716 billion national defense bill compromise that cleared the U.S. House Thursday.  The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which now awaits Senate approval, includes funding for an array of Pentagon initiatives and priorities across the United States, including $42.6 million for construction at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

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    5. Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+

      Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+

      When Lucas and Liam Goncalves saw an information table for the U.S. Air Force they couldn't wait to meet the people sitting behind it. "Can we go talk to them?" Lucas, 7, asked and already started running as their mother gave them the OK. The two were among some of the most enthusiastic visitors to Sunday's Great New England Air and Space Show, which an estimated 63,400 people to Westover Air Reserve Base over the two days of the event.

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    6. WWII aircraft land at Westover airport in Chicopee (photos, video)

      WWII aircraft land at Westover airport in Chicopee (photos, video)

      Three pieces of World War II aviation history landed this week at Westover Metropolitan Airport. Commemorative Air Force brought a B-29 Superfortress named "Fifi," a C-45 Expeditor named "Bucket of Bolts" and a T-6 Texan legendary trainer. The tour arrived on Wednesday and offers people a chance to get an up-close view of the planes as well as the ability to tour the giant B-29 cockpit and step back in time and see how the air crews lived and worked as they flew the premiere bomber of the war.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    7. United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      Aerospace and technology giant United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday it plans to hire 35,000 people -- including thousands in Connecticut -- and spend more than $15 billion on capital improvements and research and development over the next five years. UTC also announced plans to spend an additional $75 billion through local procurement of products and services, money that could include components from Springfield-area precision manufacturers. For example, UTC Aerospace in Windsor Locks has a network of subcontractors that includes Massachusetts companies like Ortiz Tool in Springfield. Among other products, UTC Aerospace makes heating controls for Orion, a spaceship that could one ...

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    8. Westover Great New England Air Show will have more vintage aircraft, 25+ military planes...

      Westover Great New England Air Show will have more vintage aircraft, 25+ military planes...

      The Great New England Air and Space show at Westover will feature some of the best military acts, including the Air Force Thunderbirds flying team, but there will be so much more to see including vintage World War II planes that have not been seen at an Westover Air Reserve Base show and at least 25 modern military aircraft will be on display. Westover Air Reserve Base officials joined with the Galaxy Community Council and other supporters to unveil plans for the show that will be held on July 14-15. Admission and parking is free.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    9. FloDesign Sonics Aims to Bring Cell Therapy to the Masses

      FloDesign Sonics Aims to Bring Cell Therapy to the Masses

      The “filterless filter company,” as FloDesign Sonics dubs itself, was launched in 2010 in an effort to separate contaminants — particularly anthrax — from the water supply. There’s nothing trivial about that goal, but the company’s co-founder and CEO, Stanley Kowalski III, and his team have only been thinking bigger ever since. “We don’t like mediocre challenges; we take on pretty big issues, and we back it with the best thought leaders in this space,” he told BusinessWest. “We’ve targeted some of the biggest things mankind could be working on, and it gets people motivated on a different ...

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    10. Westfield Technical Academy Aviation Program receives Falcon jet donation

      Westfield Technical Academy Aviation Program receives Falcon jet donation

      Students in the Westfield Technical Academy Aviation Program will soon have a fully operational Falcon jet to work on thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Embraer Foundation. The U.S. Coast Guard currently owns the Falcon and is giving it to WTA. The Embraer Foundation grant will help transport the jet to the school's hangar -- Hangar 2 -- at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport. Aviation instructor Galen Wilson said the school could not afford to move the jet without the grant.

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    11. Westover Air Reserve Base pumps $212M into economy, construction projects boost impact

      Westover Air Reserve Base pumps $212M into economy, construction projects boost impact

      Construction at Westover Air Reserve Base boosted its economic impact on the community by $15 million for the last fiscal year, but the overall budget still has not rebounded since a series of Department of Defense cuts that started in 2012. Westover poured $212 million into the community during the 2017 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, a gain of $15 million from the previous year's $197.2 million.

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    12. Westfield International Air Show draws thousands of spectators

      Westfield International Air Show draws thousands of spectators

      While the 2017 Westfield International Air Show featured powerful planes flown by expert pilots, there were other highlights that were just as special. From the vintage airplanes to the men and women of the 104th Fighter Wing who were present at the event to talk to spectators, the air show had plenty to offer. "People were able to get out here, walk around the aircraft, meet our airmen. They could meet the pilot and meet the crew," said Col. Peter Green, vice commander of the 104th Fighter Wing stationed at Barnes Air National Guard Base.

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    13. If you like airplanes, the 2017 Westfield International Air Show will have plenty

      If you like airplanes, the 2017 Westfield International Air Show will have plenty

      Those who enjoy seeing the Air National Guard 104th Fighter Wing's F-15 jets flying over Western Massachusetts are in for a rare treat this weekend as Barnes Air National Guard Base will host an air show featuring nearly 14 hours of flying demonstrations. This is the first time in seven years the 104th will open its gates and invite the public in to tour planes, watch some of the best pilots in the military perform and meet their military neighbors at the Westfield International Air Show, said Capt. Anthony Mutti, chief of public affairs for the wing.

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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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