October 27, 2006
A proposal to build four backcountry airstrips in Montana's Lewis and Clark National Forest would open up pilot access to the Little Belt, Castle, and North Half Crazy mountains, where there are currently no airports. AOPA is supporting the proposal - one alternative in the Forest Service's draft environmental impact statement - because it provides the greatest aviation access to the area. The Forest Service has expressed concerns about building airstrips in those areas, saying such a move could increase illegal outfitting and that the construction of the strips could damage surrounding areas. AOPA explained to the Forest Service that pilots are law-abiding citizens and that those who will be using the strips have a respect for nature. The association also said that building backcountry strips does not require heavy machinery. Volunteers could help prepare the strips by hand, which would further reduce the Forest Service's cost to build and maintain the strips.
October 27, 2006
AOPA and the Massachusetts Airport Management Association defeat an effort to cut $34 million from the Massachusetts transportation bond bill.
Engine overhauler Penn Yan Aero announced that it is extending the warranties on overhauled and experimental aircraft engines, effective immediately.
Dinners at Waypoint Café at California's Camarillo Airport will have an outside dining option to watch airplanes and helicopters take off and land, and learn more about general aviation in the process.
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