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
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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