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FreeFlight lands $7 million FAA contract for ADS-B equipment

Article | May 06, 2013

FreeFlight Systems of Texas has landed a $7 million deal with the FAA to equip up to 600 Alaskan aircraft with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipment, a reward for those who tested the system now at the heart of NextGen.

ASF - Mountain Flying

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Mountain Flying Resources High-Altitude Mountain Flying Accident Report Alaska Mountain Passes Colorado Mountain Passes Suggested Western Mountain Routes Northern, West to East Midway, West to East Southern, West to East Northern, East to West Midway, East to West Southern, East to West High-Altitude Mountain Flying High-altitude mountain flying has always been one of the more dangerous activities GA aircraft undertake each year. On average, 17 people die annually in GA accidents in the mountains of Colorado alone.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Ice and the Human Factor For a few years I enjoyed the luxury of working for two weeks in Alaska and living the other two weeks of the month with my family in the Rocky Mountains of Northern Utah. I commuted to and from Anchorage by way of Salt Lake City (SLC) on a major airline.

2013 General Aviation Award recipients named

Article | Mar 13, 2013

This year's 2013 National General Aviation Award winners include a three-time Master CFI; two aviation professionals from Alaska, and another from Hawaii.

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.