Alaska

October 9, 2008 - 10:12am

• While Congress was on a five-week recess from August to September, the process for nominating presidential candidates (Senators John McCain and Barack Obama) took over the news headlines and focused attention on the coming election. As the campaign heated up and gathered steam, there were ever more promises as to what each candidate, if elected, would do by way of new programs and legislation.

September 25, 2008 - 6:47am

The around-the-world helicopter speed record fell hard on August 18.

August 29, 2008 - 1:25pm

The around-the-world helicopter speed record fell hard on August 18.

August 6, 2008 - 9:30am

On July 24, the FAA issued an emergency order of revocation to LAB Flying Service of Juneau, Alaska, effectively shutting down the 52-year-old air carrier, which served Alaskans with a fleet of Piper singles and twins, a Britten-Norman Islander and Helio Courier.

July 30, 2008 - 6:55am

Daniel Elwell, FAA assistant administrator for aviation policy, planning and environment, has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as v-p of civil aviation. He had been the agency’s point man on environmental matters and directed the annual aviation forecast conference.

July 11, 2008 - 6:32am

George Bagley, president and CEO of Horizon Air since 1995, has accepted the position of executive vice president of operations at Alaska Airlines, leaving the top post at Horizon to the airline’s former v-p of customer services, Jeff Pinneo. Bagley, 56, will report directly to Alaska Airlines president William Ayer, who recently became CEO as part of Alaska Air Group’s recent “comprehensive executive succession plan.”

June 9, 2008 - 9:30am

A resolute President Bush may go down swinging as he finishes his term in office. In a recent Rose Garden speech he outlined his plans to combat skyrocketing energy costs by drilling for oil in Alaska, adding more refineries in the U.S. and building more nuclear plants. Those and other Bush proposals have not fared well as the Democrat-majority Congress appeared to be content to wait until after the November elections to act.

May 22, 2008 - 5:56am

Buoyed by the success of its three-year ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) operational evaluation project, named Capstone and centered on Bethel in western Alaska, the FAA plans next year to increase the number of participants and to implement a second, broadly similar project centered on Juneau, Alaska.

May 5, 2008 - 6:39am

The FAA has installed nearly 30 Webcams in Alaskan mountain passes, rocky coasts and remote villages to supplement the agency’s aviation weather reports. Each of
the sites includes the direction being viewed plus a “loop” feature that permits a nearly 360-degree view. Images can be viewed at http://akweathercams.faa.gov.

April 23, 2008 - 6:34am

In recent weeks, Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) all sent letters to DOT Secretary Norman Mineta encouraging the agency and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to recognize the unique characteristics of the on-demand air-taxi industry as both agencies initiate new aviation security requirements.

 
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