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FAA seeks accelerated field approvals

Advocacy | Jul 25, 2012

The FAA is seeking comments on a new informational resource that it hopes will accelerate the often-lengthy process of reviewing and issuing field approvals of aircraft modifications.

Infrared vision comes to your 172

Article | Jul 20, 2012

You know that show, "Flying Wild Alaska," where the Tweto family operates a flying service? The daughter, Ariel Tweto, is learning to fly in the Discovery Channel series in a Cessna 172 equipped with possibly the first infrared vision system on any Skyhawk.

Resuming the Journey: Flying the Champ in Alaska

Article | Jul 20, 2012

The Brooks Range offers a picturesque backdrop for a lesson in the rudder dance demanded by the Champ, a conventional-gear workhorse that is decidedly unconventional to pilots accustomed to a Cessna 172.

Lesson 6 - Resuming the Journey: Come to Kingdom

Article | Jul 10, 2012

At Kingdom Air Corps in Sutton, Alaska, the grass strip is short and the scenery is long on beauty. Lesson six brought real bush flying, breathtaking views of mountains and glaciers, and a chance to practice a short- and soft-field landing - for real. It was another step forward in a journey undertaken by pilot Kathy Dondzila, manager of technical communications in the AOPA Pilot Information Center, returning to the left seat to take on new challenges, and the blessings that come with them.

AOPA seeks changes to large military airspace proposal in Alaska

Advocacy | Jun 28, 2012

AOPA is urging the Department of Defense to work with the aviation community to solve access and routing problems posed for general aviation by a revised special-use airspace plan for the Joint Alaska Pacific Range Complex.

Weather cameras add safety in Alaska

Advocacy | Jun 28, 2012

The view northeast from Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska, isn't a pilot's dream: The air is opaque, and the overcast hides a pair of prominent peaks five and 11 miles away. Fortunately, a pilot planning an arrival wouldn't have to find out the bad news the hard way. A network of aviation cameras is giving Alaska aviators a nearly real-time glimpse of local conditions.

Resuming the Journey: Wrapping up the flight review

Article | Jun 25, 2012

After nearly a decade on the ground, a pilot wraps up a thorough five-lesson flight review. On to soft-field landings, short runways, no towers, and lots of adventure in Alaska.

Kenai Peninsula celebrates aviation

Advocacy | Jun 21, 2012

When pilots reach out to their local communities, count on an enthusiastic response. That's especially so in Alaska, where aviation plays an important role in everyday life, and where the public turned out June 9 to attend the Kenai Peninsula Air Fair.

Resuming the Journey: Short- and soft-field takeoffs, Alaska style

Article | Jun 12, 2012

Can short- and soft-field practice at a 5,200-foot pave runway prepare this pilot for operating on a 1,700-foot grass runway, with the last 500 feet sloping downhill at a 15-percent grade?

Aviation Day draws crowd in Fairbanks

Advocacy | Jun 05, 2012

The Fairbanks, Alaska, aviation community rolled out the welcome mat for 2,000 of its neighbors--probably including some future aviation professionals--for an aviation day event at Fairbanks International Airport.