May 15, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA has completed a feasibility study of maintaining the Runway 1 localizer/DME at the Bettles, Alaska airport, concluding that the navaid will be decommissioned on the occasion of a critical failure. In the meantime, the navaid will continue to receive routine maintenance as long as it is possible to fund the navaid’s servicing, the FAA said.
The FAA received many comments, including a submission from AOPA, urging that the agency avoid the decommissioning, and has initiated a needs assessment process to consider whether a replacement system is required at the airport.
The airport’s other non-RNAV instrument approach, a VOR/DME RWY 1 approach, would be maintained in service after the decommissioning of the localizer, the FAA said.
FAA Systems and Airspace,
Pilot Safety and Skills
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.
Your mission: Fly with eight F-15s to the Philippines, rejoin, refuel with air tankers, engage an unknown number of Red Air fighters, refuel again, and then return home to Okinawa. And fly with radio silence up to the first contact with the Red Air fighters.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.