July 8, 2005
AOPA is supporting one option in the Denali National Park and Preserve revised draft Backcountry Management Plan that is consistent with current regulations and would ensure continued general aviation access to the park. The plan would preserve GA operations and protect the natural quiet of the park. It also would create an overflights working group to develop voluntary guidelines to protect the park, a panel AOPA would volunteer to join. AOPA's support comes with a recommendation that the National Park Service not limit access to airspace and established landing areas in the park under a proposed natural sound disturbance standard. The association also pointed out that the National Park Service would benefit from incorporating information on the role GA plays in its visitor education program. Public comments on the plan are being accepted through July 15 and can be sent to Denali National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755.
July 8, 2005
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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