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FAA Establishes Soldotna CTAF Area

By Member Submitted | Jan 8, 2024 |

Tom George, AOPA Alaska Regional Manager The FAA is establishing a CTAF Area for the Kenai/Soldotna region, placing a large portion of the Kenai Peninsula on a single frequency – 122.5 MHz.  This follows more than a year of FAA-led meetings with stakeholders to work out the details concerning boundaries, individual airports, and the addition…

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Advocacy At Work 

By admin | Jan 3, 2024 |

Adam White, Alaska Airmen’s Association Government Affairs  We continue to work with Federal, State, and local officials on behalf of our members, ensuring Alaska Aviation remains accessible and a viable means of transportation and recreation. The following issues are limited examples of how we work towards those goals.  Trent Palmer  The Alaska Airmen’s Association joined…

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This Month in History

By Regan Tunstall | Jan 2, 2024 |

Regan Tunstall First Successful Take-OffOn December 17th, 1903, the Wright brothers successfully flew an aircraft for the firsttime in history. Before adding power, the Wright brothers had a biplane glider with a steeringsystem based on a movable rudder. They then designed a 12-horsepower internal combustionengine with help from a man named Charles Taylor. The aircraft…

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“MR. P-38” AND HIS ONE-OF-A-KIND SKI PLANE

By Member Submitted | Jan 2, 2024 |

John Dahlen Well, here we are rounding the pylon out of the holidays, heading straight toward the GreatAlaskan Aviation Gathering, and still smack dab in the middle of the snowiest ski plane seasonever recorded in much of Alaska! While rummaging through some archives this winter, I found afirst-hand account of a unique ski plane, written…

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Alaskiters: American Kitefliers Association

By Truth | Jan 2, 2024 |

Alaskiters, formed in the late 1980’s, has flown exhibitions at the Great Alaska AviationGathering since 2021 when we first appeared at the purple gate, and we look forward to beinga part of this unique Alaskan event for many years to come.We have appeared at many great events throughout Southcentral Alaska over the yearsincluding recently; the…

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Installation of New Met Towers at Little Mt. Susitna and Murphy Dome

By Member Submitted | Jan 2, 2024 |

Tom George, AOPA Alaska Regional Manager A renewable energy company is proposing development of wind farms near Alaska’s two largest cities.Alaska Renewables is a small company based in Fairbanks that is proposing the pair of projects toprovide sources of renewable energy that will feed the power grid serving the Railbelt area. Part of theinitial evaluation…

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Warren Miller and Ski Flying

By Member Submitted | Jan 2, 2024 |

Bernie Willis Many of us grew up watching the fantastic films by Warren Miller and his skilledskiers mastering or crashing the slopes across N. American and Europe. If youknow anything about good movies you know they are well planned. When I firstparticipated in the Iditarod in 1974 the group of mushers I was with ran…

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NextGen Spotlight

By Regan Tunstall | Jan 2, 2024 |

Regan Tunstall Helicopter Event with Pollux AviationOn the 4th of November, Pollux Aviation came down to our building for an educationaland thrilling event with helicopters! Starting around 11am, we had an informative presentationfrom a Pollux team member, who discussed career opportunities, training pathways, safetyprocedures and more! We provided hot chocolate, cider and some delicious sandwiches…

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Presidents Report

By admin | Jan 2, 2024 |

Stephen Ratcliff Greetings Airmen’s Members,Happy New Year and I hope everyone has had a nice end to a fun 2023. Looking back on the past year,there’s so much to be thankful for. I’m excited to begin 2024 with some really great features in store forthe Alaska Airmen’s Association and our members.We wrapped up our Board…

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Executive Director Letter

By Abby Austin | Jan 2, 2024 |

Abby Austin Greetings Alaska Airmen Association Members and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a joyous holiday season filled with family and friends and at least a few moments carved out for some airplane talk! It was a treat to see some of you at the Airmen Holiday Party and celebrate the season…

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