January 7, 2005
AOPA is calling on the FAA to enforce rules that would protect Mefford Field Airport in Tulare, California, from an encroaching safety hazard. Over objections from local pilots, the State of California, the California Pilots Association, and AOPA, the city has approved construction of a truck terminal in the runway protection zone. But the City of Tulare has received more than $1.4 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds, obligating the city to use its zoning authority to prevent "the establishment or creation of future airport hazards." While AOPA is working on the federal level, volunteer lawyers for the California Pilots Association have filed court papers asking for the revocation of the construction permit.
January 7, 2005
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
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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