July 9, 2009
The Washington State Aviation Planning Council has recommended that the state establish a statewide, five-year aviation capital investment program backed by grant guarantees and updated annually; provide tax incentives for maintenance and improvements to privately owned, public-use airports; and assess state aviation taxes and fees, identifying funding mechanisms for public aviation infrastructure. The recommendations are part of the council’s just-completed Long-term Air Transportation Study (LATS), sent to the governor July 1.
AOPA, pilots, Washington residents, and other stakeholders were involved throughout the study through testimony, public workshops, surveys, and electronic communications.
The study found that by 2030, general aviation operations are expected to exceed current capacity, especially in the Southwest Washington and Tri-Cities areas. The council recommended, and AOPA strongly supported, legislation prohibiting incompatible land uses around airports, planning to avoid incompatible land use, and other measures to protect airports from encroachment. The council also recommended airside and landside improvements.
If existing capacity is forecast to be insufficient, the council said the state should fund site selection for new airports. However, its recommendations focused on the need for stakeholders—including local communities, regional governments, and the aviation/aerospace industry—to more efficiently utilize the current system. The council also found that current aviation funding is inadequate and recommends state funding of projects “that maximize the efficiency and utility of the system.”
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
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