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Alaska seminar launches float season

Advocacy | Apr 17, 2014

Alaska seaplane pilots will gather at Lake Hood April 26 for a day of free seminars, briefings, and conversation to kick off the season.

Beaver reigns in Best Aircraft Showdown

Article | Apr 08, 2014

The de Havilland Beaver showed off its staying power once again, taking on and topping all comers in AOPA's 2014 Best Aircraft Showdown.

Topics Alaska, Travel

DeLorme cuts inReach service fees

Article | Apr 01, 2014

DeLorme has cut inReach service fees, and the satellite communicator has been approved for Lockheed Martin’s Adverse Condition Alerting Service and FAA satellite reporting in Alaska.

Alaska Archie League award winner audio of ATC save

Article | Mar 27, 2014

Listen to audio recording of the assist that earned these controllers the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards.

Topics Alaska, Travel

Fairbanks eyes GA expansion

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2014

Airport officials in Fairbanks, Alaska, are poised to add new lots to the general aviation side of the field.

Around the world in 25 days

Pilot Magazine | Nov 19, 2013

How do you approach a flight around the world—do you fly from dawn to dusk, set a leisurely schedule with lots of time for sightseeing, or shoot for something in between?

Customs cutbacks hitting GA in Fairbanks, Alaska

Article | Nov 05, 2013

AOPA has requested that U.S. Customs and Border Protection reverse new service cutbacks to smaller general aviation aircraft arriving in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Class D airspace takes effect Oct. 17 at Bryant Field

Article | Aug 15, 2013

Class D airspace will go into effect Oct. 17 at Bryant Army Airfield in Anchorage, Alaska, in a layout modified in response to concerns expressed by AOPA and other users about the design's complexity and possible impact on high-volume air traffic northeast of the city.

Comment deadline reset on Alaska F-16 squadron relocation

Article | Aug 07, 2013

The Air Force has made more time available for pilots to submit comments on the impact of a proposed relocation of the 18th Aggressor Squadron.

Topics Alaska, Travel

AOPA concerned about proposed unmanned aircraft operations

Article | Jul 17, 2013

AOPA is calling for further changes to a proposed expansion of restricted and military operations airspace in Alaska.

FAA hears users, will reexamine Class D Airspace at Bryant Army Airfield

Advocacy | Jun 13, 2013

The FAA has proposed a reduced Class D airspace area at Alaska’s Bryant Army Airfield after concerns from the public, saying additional information is needed.

Air Force delays hearing dates on proposed F-16 squadron relocation

Article | Jun 13, 2013

AOPA has more time to respond to an Air Force proposal to relocate an Alaska F-16 squadron.

Topics Alaska, Travel

‘Critical’ failure would decommission Bettles, Alaska localizer

Article | May 15, 2013

The FAA has completed a feasibility study of maintaining the Runway 1 localizer/DME at the Bettles, Alaska airport.

AOPA celebrates Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering

Article | May 09, 2013

AOPA was out in full force at the Alaska Airmen's Association's fifteenth annual Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering May 4 and 5.

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.

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