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Meet John Logan: Transportation Planning Specialist with PennDOT's Bureau of Aviation

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April 30, 2021 08:00 AM
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​For the past 19 years, Mr. John Logan has been with PennDOT's Bureau of Aviation. John began his career as an Aviation Specialist. His duties included performing safety inspections of airports and heliports, evaluating proposed off-airport construction and other potential hazards to air navigation around public airports. John's biggest accomplishment as an Aviation Specialist took place assisting in the development of the rooftop heliport at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

In the fall of 2020, John moved to a new position within the Bureau of Aviation as a Transportation Planning Specialist for the western portion of the Commonwealth. John conducts reviews of airport planning and environmental documents associated with airport projects. He performs duties as a project manager for airport master plan update studies which is a requirement for forty airports in the state that receive Federal Aviation Administration funding. He also assists the Bureau's Planning Manager with project requests for the 4-year funding program and the Aviation Transportation Assistance Program. Also, John will be conducting annual airport regional planning sessions this summer that will aid airports with their planning, development, and prioritization of aviation projects.

Prior to joining the Bureau, John served in the USAF Reserve at the 911th Airlift Wing located at the Pittsburgh International Airport.  He was a C-130H pilot, performing tactical airlift to include airdrop of personnel and equipment.  He held positions as Wing Flight Safety Officer, Chief Pilot and Assistant Director of Operations before retiring in 2015.  In the late 1990's to early 2000's, John was a first officer for USAirways, conducting second-in-command duties during commercial flight operations within the United States.   

Even while John was flying for the USAF or as a civilian, he did not know the Bureau of Aviation existed within PennDOT.  John stated, "The Department should continue to highlight all other modes besides highway and bridge, especially aviation. This dovetails nicely into our Multimodal Transportation Deputate."

Outside of working, John does have a passion for hunting, fishing and anything related to the outdoors.

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