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
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
A Minnesota teen will spend 60 days behind bars for stealing a Cessna 150 and flying it for months without training or certification.
Rob Moore was looking at a criminal charge for keeping a golf cart in his rented hangar at Hawaii’s Honolulu International Airport, a golf cart he had received permission to use for moving his aircraft.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.