September 1, 2006
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning Department and DOWL Engineering are working to protect airports in Alaska's Matanuska-Susitna Borough, which boasts the highest concentration of public- and private-use airports in the country. Because the area is the fastest-growing region of the state, the potential for problems between airports and incompatible development is a growing concern. AOPA is participating in a regional planning effort to address these issues. AOPA Alaska Regional Representative Tom George and Spencer Yearns, the Airport Support Network volunteer for Palmer Municipal, are members of the project's technical advisory committee. "It is important that our members speak up and let the planners know about needs for additional aviation facilities," George said. "We also need to look at how to protect the facilities already in the area." AOPA members are encouraged to participate in an online survey to tell the borough how it should best encourage growth while preserving aviation safety.
September 1, 2006
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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