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
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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