August 11, 2002
Emergency repair crews have begun work at Northway Airport (ORT) in Northway, Alaska, after damage from Sunday's magnitude-7.9 earthquake forced its closure. Northway is the principal port of entry for light aircraft entering Alaska from Canada and the lower 48 states.
"People flying to Alaska need to know this airport is closed and is liable to remain so for a few weeks," said AOPA Alaska Regional Representative Tom George. "For now, U.S. Customs has developed alternate procedures. Pilots should contact Customs at 907/774-2252 prior to entering Alaska for details." In addition, Customs agents monitor 122.8 for emergencies in the vicinity of the border.
Although Northway is some 100 miles from the epicenter of Sunday's quake, the temblor caused extensive damage to the airport's single 5,100-foot asphalt runway. The repair crews will plow up the paved runway and replace it for the winter with a 3,200-foot gravel surface. Alaska's aviation community is working with the state's Department of Transportation to find a better long-term solution that can be implemented next summer.
Northway also has a seasonal FSS and year-round weather observer. It is located about 30 nm west of the Alaska/Canada border, along the Alaska Highway.
According to U.S. Customs, about 700 aircraft enter Alaska through Northway each year. That's about half of all flights that enter the state annually. Northway is located approximately 240 nm northeast of Anchorage.
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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