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.
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.”
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.
After nearly a year of studying air routes in Anchorage airspace, the FAA will soon finalize several proposed changes affecting general aviation operations departing and entering the airspace of local airports. Pilots who use Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Merrill Field, Lake Hood Seaplane Base and other area airports, as well as pilots who transit the Anchorage area without landing, would be affected by the changes.
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.
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.
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.
Traditionally, helicopters have been used to rescue people who, for varied reasons, have become unwillingly isolated from their fellow man. Snatched from the jaws of danger, these victims of fate are hoisted aloft, thanks to a set of whirling rotorblades and a skillful pilot, and deposited into the waiting, grateful arms of their fellow humans. Rescued from the terrible isolation of the wilderness, returned to the safety of civilization.
“It’s a far different business today from what it was when I moved to Alaska 26 years ago,” Richard “Lash” Larew, executive v-p of Era Aviation, told AIN. “Today, flightseeing accounts for the majority of our business in Alaska and it has since the late 1990s.
You’ve truly made it in aviation when your accomplishments are included among the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum’s collection of historic firsts. That’s the prestigious accolade recently bestowed on developers of the Alaska Capstone Program, whose activities are chronicled as part of an exhibit devoted to ATC.