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Proposed F-16 squadron relocation raises safety concerns

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2013

AOPA identified safety, environmental, and airspace-access issues that should be addressed in an environmental impact study of an Air Force proposal to move its 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.

Direction finder service to end in Alaska

Advocacy | Jan 30, 2013

The FAA has announced the decommissioning of direction finder (DF) service in Alaska effective Feb. 15.

Air Force sets meetings on Alaska fighter squadron relocation

Advocacy | Jan 25, 2013

The Air Force has scheduled a series of public scoping meetings in February on the environmental impact of a proposal to relocate its 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Alaska.

Topics Alaska, Travel

FAA proposes RNAV route modification in Alaska

Advocacy | Jan 24, 2013

The FAA has proposed to modify low-altitude RNAV route T–266 in Alaska by removing two nondirectional beacons (NDBs) from the route description and replacing them with RNAV waypoints. Members are encouraged to submit comments on the proposal by March 8.

GPS tracking to speed Alaska rescues

Advocacy | Jan 24, 2013

Help for downed aircraft in Alaska could arrive sooner under a new program that will send distress messages including GPS coordinates from participating pilots' satellite tracking devices directly to flight service stations, where they would be matched with active VFR flight plans.

Floatplane access to Big Lake Airport protected

Advocacy | Jan 09, 2013

The Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough in Alaska has rescinded a requirement for $1 million in liability coverage that threatened access by floatplanes to Big Lake Airport.

Topics Alaska, Travel

Coast-to-coast efforts boost safety, economies in 2012

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2012

AOPA’s new regional managers worked with headquarters staff to defend pilots’ access to airports, promote tax and economic policies that keep the general aviation industry healthy, and keep the skies safe for GA pilots.

Alaska borough passes tall structures ordinance

Advocacy | Dec 13, 2012

Alaska's Matanuska-Susitna Borough has passed an ordinance governing the construction of telecommunications towers and other tall structures, and precluding them from interference with approaches to the region's airports.

Topics Alaska, Travel

Tips and secrets from 'Flying Wild Alaska' pilots

Article | Oct 13, 2012

The Discovery Channel's "Flying Wild Alaska" pilots - John Ponts, Doug Stewart, and Luke Hickerson - traveled south to Palm Springs, Calif., for AOPA Aviation Summit to share flying tips with pilots and encourage future aviators. AOPA asked the pilots-turned-celebrities what it’s like flying for a TV show in Alaska, their pet peeves, and more. As you’ll see, their newfound fame hasn't gone to their heads. These serious (but comical) aviators put safety first and provide advice on communication, backcountry flying, and more.