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.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
The FAA has alerted AOPA to a spike in airspace penetration and violations of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, particularly stemming from operations at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Leesburg, Va.
The management team running Chelton Flight Systems and S-Tec Corp. in Mineral Wells, Texas, for parent Cobham Avionics saw an opportunity and bought in.
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