January 6, 2006
Luke Air Force Base officials are working on a proposal that would create a special air traffic rules area, requiring pilots flying west of Phoenix to communicate with Luke Air Force Base. AOPA will be meeting with Luke Air Force Base officials and local pilots in the near future to discuss the proposal and ways to minimize its effects on general aviation. "Luke Air Force Base officials say the special air traffic rules area is necessary because there have been near-midair collisions between civilian and military aircraft, but there are numerous other alternatives that would mitigate the problem without further complicating communications in the already complex airspace," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. "Air traffic rules areas are rare and should be implemented only as a last resort."
January 6, 2006
Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through September 2015.
Christmas will be a bit more festive for the 460 residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village on a tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a group of general aviation pilots.
Daher-Socata has signed a contract with Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary to design, develop, and certify the electrically powered E-Fan 2.0 aircraft.
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