August 29, 2001
The FAA has agreed to keep human weather observers in south-central Alaska. The agency responded to opposition from AOPA, the Alaska Airmen's Association, and the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation. Last month, the FAA announced it intended to do away with contract weather observers at Allen Army Airfield (Big Delta) and Gulkana airports. The FAA said automated surface observation system (ASOS) facilities at the two locations would provide adequate weather reporting. Alaskan pilots knew better. The automated systems couldn't "see" the weather in nearby mountain passes that are highly traveled VFR routes. AOPA Alaska Regional Representative Tom George worked with AASF and AAA to get pilot comments to the FAA. The agency listened. It has now issued a new notice to the public saying, "Following a thorough review of the comments received from a wide range of users, we have determined it to be in the best interest of all parties to retain this service at both locations."
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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