March 17, 2005
PUBLIC MEETINGS FAA/Industry Meetings on Aviation Infrastructure for Alaska
Talkeetna, Ranger Station 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2005
Over the past five years, the FAA and the aviation industry have gained considerable knowledge with new technologies through the Capstone Project. Demonstration projects in Bethel and Southeast Alaska have provided a wealth of operational experience with WAAS-GPS, the ADS-B data link, and other technologies, which show great promise for improving the aviation infrastructure in Alaska and beyond. At the same time, the cost of maintaining the current, aging network of navaids has increased. The FAA is facing decisions that must be made concerning which direction to go in the future with limited resources.
You are invited to attend a meeting with the FAA and industry representatives, to find out what the FAA has learned from the Capstone Program and to express your needs concerning the future direction of aviation infrastructure in Alaska. Whether you fly for hire, private business, or for recreation, these changes will impact you.
Additional meetings are:
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