January 21, 2005
AOPA has voiced its strong opposition to Virginia HB 1603, which would take $5 million each year for three years from the Commonwealth Airport Fund to finance grants to non-hub and small hub airports in the state as an incentive for low-cost airlines to provide service in those areas. The funds were created for necessary maintenance and upgrades to airports for the benefit of the community. They never were intended to be used to subsidize commercial air carrier service.
"Virginia pilots pay the bulk of the money into the fund - and it must go to improve safety and capacity at general aviation airports," said AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Roger Cohen. "Offering state-subsidized 'incentives' for airlines should not be done at the expense of pilots."
January 21, 2005
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
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