June 18, 2009
AOPA ePublishing Staff
Talkeetna Airport, a popular base for aerial tours of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount McKinley, could be getting a facelift. AOPA is supporting a state plan to create more lease lots and transient parking, improve fencing, develop a pedestrian walkway, and remove trees.
AOPA Vice President of Airports and State Advocacy Greg Pecoraro, who recently visited the airport with AOPA Alaska Regional Representative Tom George, encouraged the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to “place a high priority on compatible land-use planning around the airport to adequately provide for the health, welfare, and safety of its citizens both on the ground and in the air.”
The airport is a vital economic asset to the state, and the proposed improvements would not only increase its value in the aviation industry but also in the local community. A new walkway will reduce foot traffic on the taxiway, making it easier for transient pilots and visitors to walk to and from town.
AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Erika Bennett has been working with Talkeetna residents and airport officials to help the proposed upgrades proceed with minimal impact on the community.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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