January 14, 2005
AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Larry Helwig is leading an effort to develop an airport overlay ordinance that will protect the airspace around public-use airports in Valencia County, New Mexico. Helwig, ASN volunteer at Mid Valley Airpark in Los Lunas, brought together AOPA members and Southwest Regional Representative Shelly Lesikar with representatives of the county, state, FAA, private landowners, and the public for a workshop to discuss the ordinance. The measure would reinforce the FAA's obstruction regulations and give the county jurisdiction to cite or fine property owners who violate those regulations. Lesikar commended county officials for dealing with the issue, reminding them that "almost every complaint about airports can be linked to poor zoning and land compatibility laws." Additional coordination with the Village of Los Lunas will occur prior to implementation of the final ordinance.
January 14, 2005
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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