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
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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