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Bobby Walston

NC Dept. of Transportation
Director of Aviation
Raleigh, NC

Mr. Walston is responsible for all aviation functions regarding state system planning, airport and aviation system development, and programs that provide funding and resources to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout North Carolina.  He also oversees the division’s aircraft utilized by state agencies and is responsible for the division’s Safety and Education Program.

North Carolina has 72 publicly owned airports that are eligible for funding from the state and FAA.  Ten are commercial service airports and the remaining 62 are general aviation facilities.  The Division of Aviation administers state funding to all 72 airports and federal funds to the general aviation airports in NC.

Mr. Walston also works closely with NC airports, NC Department of Commerce and industry to promote the development of both public and private opportunities within the state, such as the NC Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Program.

A graduate from NC State University, he has a BS in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in NC.

As a Lieutenant Colonel in the NC Air National Guard, he also serves as a Civil Engineer Operations Officer with the 245 Civil Engineer Flight, located in Charlotte, NC.  LtCol Walston has served over twenty years in the National Guard.  He received his officer commission at the Academy of Military Science located in Knoxville, TN in 1995.

A native to NC, he grew up in Tarboro, and now lives in Raleigh with his wife and four children.

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Thursday, February 26