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Oct. 1 end date for 'Flight Watch' frequency 122.0

Advocacy | 2015, 08 18

AOPA is reminding members that the FAA will discontinue the universal Flight Watch frequency 122.0 MHz for in-flight weather services on Oct 1.

Pilot wins water wings

Article | 2015, 05 22

Arizona flight instructor (and newly hired airline pilot) Blake Godfrey won the King Schools Alaska Seaplane Rating Sweepstakes.

Expanded Alaska complex could squeeze GA access, safety

Advocacy | 2015, 05 13

AOPA has submitted formal comments noting concerns about the proposed expansion of military operations areas in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.

Aircraft loans now offered to AOPA members in Alaska, Hawaii

Article | 2015, 04 22

AOPA Aviation Finance Co. now offers members in Alaska and Hawaii competitive aircraft loans that were previously difficult to acquire.

Chris Graves

Article | 2015, 04 13

Chris Graves was looking forward to entering “a new world of things to learn,” from the mechanical nature of aircraft to the “etiquette” of flying.

Alaska airspace complex comments sought

Advocacy | 2015, 03 11

AOPA has expressed concerns over aspects of a proposed expansion of the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. Pilots are encouraged to comment by April 10.

Landing fees proposed for Alaska's Deadhorse Airport

Advocacy | 2015, 03 09

The state of Alaska, facing declining revenue from oil and related sources, may begin charging weight-based landing fees at Deadhorse Airport.

Alaska camera network complete

Advocacy | 2015, 03 05

Alaskan aviators now have 221 cameras scattered across the state that can be accessed online, offering a real-time picture of fast-changing conditions during daylight hours.

Aviation in spotlight at Montana conference

Advocacy | 2015, 03 04

More than 500 members of the Montana aviation community turned out to “fly the Big Sky” by attending the thirty-first annual Montana Aviation Conference.

Technology needed to navigate a changing Arctic

Advocacy | 2014, 12 10

General aviation provides vital service to the isolated communities of the Arctic within Alaska, despite a critical lack of supporting infrastructure.

Pilots urged to complete Lake Hood Seaplane Base survey

Advocacy | 2014, 11 17

AOPA is urging pilots who use the Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska, to participate in a master planning survey.

Restoration of weather observer urged for Gulkana, Alaska

Advocacy | 2014, 11 12

AOPA is urging the FAA to restore canceled weather augmentation services at Alaska’s Gulkana Airport.

NASA develops Alaska app

Article | 2014, 10 09

NASA has presented to Alaskan officials the basic ingredients for a satellite-based weather and traffic service for pilots operating in remote areas.

Bettles Airport lighting system crucial for pilots

Advocacy | 2014, 09 10

AOPA is opposing an FAA proposal to decommission Bettles Airport’s approach lighting system because such a move could negatively impact IFR operations at the airport.

Key issues moving forward, Baker tells Alaska pilots

Advocacy | 2014, 05 07

Critical issues for general aviation pilots in 2014 are moving forward on several fronts, said AOPA President Mark Baker in a visit to Alaska.

Valdez fly-in celebrates Alaska GA

Article | 2014, 05 07

The fun of an Alaska fly-in awaits those who turn out for the Valdez Fly In and Air Show, scheduled May 9 to 11.

Baker to speak at Great Alaska Aviation Gathering

Advocacy | 2014, 04 29

Exhibits, seminars, and a keynote address from AOPA President Mark Baker are some highlights at the upcoming Great Alaska Aviation Gathering.

Alaska seminar launches float season

Advocacy | 2014, 04 17

Alaska seaplane pilots will gather at Lake Hood April 26 for a day of free seminars, briefings, and conversation to kick off the season.

Fairbanks eyes GA expansion

Advocacy | 2014, 02 05

Airport officials in Fairbanks, Alaska, are poised to add new lots to the general aviation side of the field.

FAA names operators of unmanned aircraft test sites

Advocacy | 2013, 12 30

The FAA has selected six organizations to operate sites for testing unmanned aircraft systems.

Customs cutbacks hitting GA in Fairbanks, Alaska

Article | 2013, 11 05

AOPA has requested that U.S. Customs and Border Protection reverse new service cutbacks to smaller general aviation aircraft arriving in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Shutdown closes historic airfield

Article | 2013, 10 10

The National Park Service shut down the airstrip at the Wright Brothers National Memorial and two other strips on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Comments needed on proposed warning area

Article | 2013, 08 28

The FAA is considering a proposal from the Department of Energy to establish a warning area in Alaska.

Class D airspace takes effect Oct. 17 at Bryant Field

Article | 2013, 08 15

Class D airspace will go into effect Oct. 17 at Bryant Army Airfield in Anchorage, Alaska, in a layout modified in response to concerns expressed by AOPA and other users about the design's complexity and possible impact on high-volume air traffic northeast of the city.

Comment deadline reset on Alaska F-16 squadron relocation

Article | 2013, 08 07

The Air Force has made more time available for pilots to submit comments on the impact of a proposed relocation of the 18th Aggressor Squadron.

Solo over both poles

Article | 2013, 07 23

A solo polar pilot has completed a quest to add 90 degrees north to a logbook already marked with the South Pole.

AOPA concerned about proposed unmanned aircraft operations

Article | 2013, 07 17

AOPA is calling for further changes to a proposed expansion of restricted and military operations airspace in Alaska.

FAA hears users, will reexamine Class D Airspace at Bryant Army Airfield

Advocacy | 2013, 06 13

The FAA has proposed a reduced Class D airspace area at Alaska’s Bryant Army Airfield after concerns from the public, saying additional information is needed.

Air Force delays hearing dates on proposed F-16 squadron relocation

Article | 2013, 06 13

AOPA has more time to respond to an Air Force proposal to relocate an Alaska F-16 squadron.

‘Critical’ failure would decommission Bettles, Alaska localizer

Article | 2013, 05 15

The FAA has completed a feasibility study of maintaining the Runway 1 localizer/DME at the Bettles, Alaska airport.

AOPA celebrates Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering

Article | 2013, 05 09

AOPA was out in full force at the Alaska Airmen's Association's fifteenth annual Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering May 4 and 5.

Proposed F-16 squadron relocation raises safety concerns

Advocacy | 2013, 02 21

AOPA identified safety, environmental, and airspace-access issues that should be addressed in an environmental impact study of an Air Force proposal to move its 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.

Decommissioning proposed for Bettles LOC/DME

Advocacy | 2013, 02 19

The FAA has proposed to decommission the Bettles Runway 01 LOC/DME located in Bettles, Alaska. Members are encouraged to submit comments to the FAA on the impact of this proposal on their flight operations.