August 31, 2007
The prognosis for Horace Williams Airport is not promising, but AOPA continues to fight for this vital Chapel Hill, N.C., asset. State House Speaker Joe Hackney was recently quoted in a local paper, saying that it was up to officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to decide the fate of the airport. The problem is that the school has been eyeing the airport land for a new research campus. This would mean that the medical school's flight operations would have to be moved, increasing travel time for physicians. "We have not given up on the fight for keeping Horace Williams open. It can be a valuable asset to the research campus and the community," said Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. "We appreciate all the help the legislature was able to provide over the years." Although AOPA and local pilots have been successful in slowing the airport's closure, the university is moving forward with plans to build a hangar at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. It would provide a new base for the medical flight operations and, in effect, remove an obstacle for the closure of Horace Williams.
August 31, 2007
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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