MEMBER ALERT: AOPA will be closing at 1:45 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 6 and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on Dec. 9.
January 9, 2013
By Jim Moore
Collaboration between aviation groups and the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough, located north of Anchorage, Alaska, has preserved floatplane access to Big Lake Airport, which offers maintenance and float-change services. In May 2012, word that the borough had instituted a $1 million liability coverage requirement for operators utilizing a nearby borough-owned floatplane launch to access the airport sparked concern—and action—by AOPA Airport Support Network volunteers, the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Mat-Su Aviation Advisory Board. They won the support of local officials, and on Nov. 5 Borough Manager John Moosey issued a memorandum announcing the insurance requirement “has been deemed unnecessary.”
The reversal will preserve access to an important resource, and marks the latest aviation-friendly action by the borough and its aviation advisory board, which has a long history of collaboration with AOPA, community groups, and Alaska aviators on issues including safety, taxes, and access to vital facilities.
Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
The new owners of a privately owned, public-use airport in an enviable New Jersey location have big plans, and vacant hangars.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.