May 4, 2007
The FAA is seeking pilot feedback on a proposal to decommission a direction finder (DF) tower in Nome, Alaska, that has been out of service since September 2006. The DF tower has been out of service because it is being pushed out of the ground by frost heaves and gives inaccurate direction information. It would cost $50,000 to repair the tower. "The FAA has assured us that this is not the beginning of a movement to decommission DF towers across the state," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. "The FAA must conduct a safety risk analysis study before decommissioning the tower, but pilots need to let the FAA know whether the DF tower is needed for pilot safety." Other DF towers that are in similar condition, but not proposed for decommissioning, include Kenai, Sand Point, and Ketchikan. Comments can be sent via e-mail to 9-AAL-530-Comments@faa.gov or mailed to FAA, Alaska Flight Services Information Group Area, 222 W. 7th Ave., #14, Anchorage, AK 99513-7587. The deadline is Friday, May 18.
May 4, 2007
Quicksilver Aeronautics and IDENT, LLC announced June 11 a partnership to deploy the next generation of GT 500 light aircraft with surveillance capabilities.
An organization dedicated to teaching new generations of endangered whooping cranes their ancestral migration route needs new aircraft.
The General Aviation Avgas Coalition praised the FAA’s announcement June 10 to formally request sample unleaded fuels for testing as possible replacements to the 100LL aviation gasoline that GA aircraft use today.