June 25, 2009
By AOPA ePublishing staff
For more than a decade, AOPA has worked with the Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC) to keep its reliever airport system intact. Numerous times, the association has stepped in to save Crystal Airport, one of the six relievers, and helped resolve lease-rate and land-use planning issues at each of the facilities. Now, the MAC has started a new initiative to promote the value its GA reliever airports through YouTube videos.
“We’re pleased that the MAC has started this important initiative to promote GA airports,” said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of local airport advocacy. “MAC officials clearly understand the value these GA airports bring to their regional airport system and the traffic they divert from Minneapolis-St. Paul International to manage congestion.”
The reliever airports encircle the Twin Cities, giving GA pilots flying from any direction easy access to the area. According to a MAC press release, the “reliever system is one of the largest in the nation with more than 400,000 takeoffs and landings annually, and a local economic impact of $255 million dollars.”
Each short YouTube video highlights specific features at Airlake, Anoka County-Blaine, Crystal, Flying Cloud, Lake Elmo, and St. Paul Downtown Holman Field.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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