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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. $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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. $1 million awarded to aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational High School

      $1 million awarded to aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational High School

      The upcoming aviation technology program in Westfield got a major boost last week when it was awarded more than $1 million in state funding. The planned program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School is set to start in September 2015 after a flood of support from Westfield, the state and the business community. The program would provide a path for students from middle school up to college in the aviation industry, and will be the first of its kind in the area. Greg Bialecki, Housing and Economic Development Secretary, announced the capital equipment grant Dec. 5. Bialecki visited the school ...

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    14. Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops

      Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops

      Business officials and politicians said they are not concerned about a two-year decline in the economic impact Westover Air Reserve Base has had on the region, but said there could be bigger drops in the future. Every year U.S. Air Force officials analyze the economic impact the base has, using formulas to calculate everything from the amount spent by base employees, the benefit of any construction projects and indirect jobs created either by subcontractors who work at Westover and outside businesses who serve employees.

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    15. $200,000 Gulfstream grant boosts Westfield aviation program toward funding goal | masslive

      $200,000 Gulfstream grant boosts Westfield aviation program toward funding goal | masslive

      Gulfstream awarded $200,000 in grant funding last week to the emerging aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School, which has gained steam during the past few months and may start as early as next fall.
      The school aims for about $3.5 million to get the aviation technology program up and running, said principal Stefan Czaporowski. The project has been in full gear for only a few months, and already organizers have their sights on about $2.26 million in city, state and grant funding.  'We're getting there,' Czaporowski said. 'Since the beginning, there has been ...

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    16. Barnes Airport hangar project could give Westfield students a pathway to high paying jobs in aircraft industry

      Barnes Airport hangar project could give Westfield students a pathway to high paying jobs in aircraft industry

      Take a quick glance at the drab hangar at Westfield-Barnes Airport, and you see old, gray siding and a leaky roof. But hidden inside is a potential future for Westfield students. The final product might look like this: Westfield Vocational High School students work through a fast-track program in airplane maintenance and manufacturing at the airport. They move directly into an expanded air-related program at Westfield State University, and also feed into local companies hungry for talented, well-trained plane workers. Companies lend support to the program and the graduated students support the companies, creating a self-sustaining system of local, high-paying ...

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    17. Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com

      Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com

      The city and Barnes Air National Guard Base are already making the right moves to help the base, its $225 million economic impact and 3,813 jobs survive any looming Pentagon budget cuts.  That's what Westfield residents heard Monday at a community forum hosted by the state Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force at the North Middle School auditorium. Examples include a cooperatively funded $23.4 million comprehensive infrastructure improvement plan, child-care for drilling service members, and a planned aviation program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School.

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    18. Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com

      Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com

      The forum on Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield is 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 12 at Westfield's North Middle School, 350 Southampton Road.  The session on for Westover Air Reserve Base is 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 27 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgett St., Chicopee. Other sessions are planned for Devens, Lexington near Hanscom Air Force Base, and Bourne near Joint Base Cape Cod.

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    19. Gov. Deval Patrick: Make Westover a freight hub

      Gov. Deval Patrick: Make Westover a freight hub

      Allan W. Blair, president of the Westover Metropolitan Development Corp., said not only is Logan hemmed in, but planners at MassPort, which runs Logan, are under tremendous pressure to provide more facilities for passenger traffic. "Something's got to give," Blair said. Blair said the $177 million capital bill includes $160,000 for a market study on freight at Westover. The study, which could begin soon and take four months, would tell Westover what the market potential is and what would need to be done, besides MassPort cooperation. It would also tell planners where Westover fits in a changing air ...

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    20. Westover general confirms downsizing will happen despite politicians efforts: 334 jobs, 8 planes lost

      Westover general confirms downsizing will happen despite politicians efforts: 334 jobs, 8 planes lost

      Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain has confirmed that a much discussed plan to downsize Westover Air Reserve Base will happen, despite efforts from local politicians and others to prevent the reduction. In a press conference Monday, he said half of the base’s 16-plane fleet of C5-B Galaxy jets will eventually be transferred to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and 59 full-time positions and 275 part-time Reserve positions will be cut from the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover. The timeframe on when everything is happening is still in question. At the moment, the first plane is scheduled to leave the ...

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    21. Westover to lose 300 jobs under new Pentagon budget cuts

      Westover to lose 300 jobs under new Pentagon budget cuts

      Westover Air Reserve Base will shed 300 jobs and half of the 439th Airlift Wing's C-5 fleet under new budget cuts, Air Force officials announced Monday.  The cuts include the expected loss of 59 full-time enlisted personnel and 275 drilling reservists. No timeline has been released, and the final numbers have not been determined, officials said.  Under the plan eight of the Airlift Wing's C-5 cargo aircraft will transfer from Westover to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas beginning in 2015.

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    22. Gov. Patrick signs bond bill authorizing $177 million to be spent improving Westover, Barnes, others

      Gov. Patrick signs bond bill authorizing $177 million to be spent improving Westover, Barnes, others

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick has signed a first-ever bond bill that will allow the commonwealth to borrow up to $177 million to make improvements to six military installations in the state, including Barnes Air Reserve Base, in Westfield, and Wesvover Air Reserve Base, in Chicopee.  The bill comes from the recommendations of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force which was formed through the governor’s office to fight proposals for widespread budget cuts that includes cutting the number of jets at Westover Air Reserve base by half in 2016.  It is the first time in history where the ...

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    23. Gov. Patrick signs multi-million dollar military bond bill

      Gov. Patrick signs multi-million dollar military bond bill

      Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill authorizing the state to borrow up to $177 million for improvements to the state’s military bases. The measure approved by lawmakers earlier this month would include $9 million in immediate funding for military and civilian runway upgrades at the Barnes Air National Guard Base and adjacent Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport. The bill also authorizes nearly $3 million for energy and communications upgrades at Hanscom Air Force Base. An additional $100,000 would allow for the relocation of the National Guard’s Military Museum from Worcester to Concord.

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