September 22, 2005
Most airport owners would have trees at the end of their runways trimmed to prevent them from becoming a hazard to pilots. But at Grosse Ile Municipal Airport (ONZ) near Detroit, the township has been displacing the threshold, thus trimming the amount of usable runway for landings, instead of asking nearby landowners to trim their trees.
AOPA is asking the Michigan Aeronautics Commission (MAC) to issue a determination of hazard, which, by state law, would force the trees to be trimmed.
Continuing to shorten the length of the runway is "simply an unacceptable solution to users of the airport," AOPA told the commission. "In fact, due to these runway obstructions, the airport currently operates under a 'provisional license' issued by the state."
That license expires at the end of September.
Michigan law allows the commission to determine if there is an obstruction near the end of a runway and order the hazard removed.
This isn't the first time tall trees have caused serious problems at an airport in Michigan. Wilderness Airpark battled that issue from 1986 to 2004. Finally, in 2003 private parties filed a lawsuit to have the trees cut; something the state should have undertaken on its own.
September 22, 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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