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.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
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.
The first A-29 Super Tucano was delivered Sept. 25, a tangible victory for Embraer and workers in the new factory in Jacksonville, Florida.
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