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October - December 2022

Advocacy at Work

October 5, 2022 |

Adam White, Alaska Airmen’s Association Government Affairs  G100UL  General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI) was just awarded another STC for their 100LL replacement fuel. Their previous STCs were for limited types of aircraft/engine combinations, primarily low compression or low horsepower. This new STC is what we have been looking for from the FAA for a few…

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President’s Report

October 5, 2022 |

President’s Report – Transponder   Greetings Airmen’s Association Members,  Fall is here and I’m hopeful you’re getting out to fly around and see the incredible fall colors.  I always enjoy this time of year as life starts to slow back down a little and we settle back into our normal routine.  This last summer went by…

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New IFR GPS Routes

October 5, 2022 |

Tom George, AOPA Alaska Regional Manager  IFR pilots should look for changes on the Low Altitude Enroute Charts across Alaska.  In the September 8th chart cycle, the FAA added or modified thirteen IFR T-Routes in the state, with an additional twenty-three routes yet to be added over the next several cycles.  These routes look different…

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Updates from the Executive Director

October 5, 2022 |

Greetings Airmen Association Members,   Despite the dreadful weather, hopefully the summer was full of fish on the line, visits to the cabin, successful harvests, and hours penciled into the logbook.  With the tourist season coming to an end and the snow creeping down the mountains, before long, a good many of us will be thinking…

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Get involved in aviation workforce development! 

October 5, 2022 |

An exciting new construction project has started at the Mat-Su Career and Technical High School.  The Matanuska Susitna Borough School District has partnered with the non-profit Tango Flight to provide students with an opportunity to learn about aircraft maintenance and construction while assembling a Van’s Aircraft RV-12iS kit.  This construction project will take approximately two…

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NextGen Spotlight

September 29, 2022 |

The NextGen team has been busy in recent weeks sharing the joys and opportunities of the aviation industry in our beautiful state with a wide range of young folks!  The fun started in August with the return of the NextGen Youth Aviation Day.  This year, the University of Alaska Anchorage graciously agreed to share their…

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MACK RUTHERFORD BREAKS TWO GENERAL AVIATION GUINESS WORLD RECORDS! by John Dahlen

September 29, 2022 |

What were you doing when you were 16 years old? Mack Rutherford became the youngest person to ever fly solo around the world in August, turning 17 along the way. He also set a new world record as the youngest person to ever fly solo around the world in a microlight/ultralight airplane. He wants today’s…

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Flying for Ukraine Air Rescue – Small planes, big mission by John Bone

September 29, 2022 |

(Editor’s note: Alaska Airmen’s Association member John Bone sent me this story recently after I asked him about all the flying I saw him doing this summer over in Europe. Having flown to Russia in his Cirrus with him in 2019, I knew he would have a story to tell. And he did! He is…

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Legacy Member, Ken Kokjer, Received the FAA Master Pilot Award

September 26, 2022 |

Ken Kokjer is just an ordinary pilot who won an extraordinary award. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently presented him with the Orville Wright Master Pilot Award for more than 50 years of safe flying. He was surprised and honored, and he wasn’t sure he deserved it. “I’ve been at some of those presentations,” he…

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Freedom to Fly by Bernie Willis

September 26, 2022 |

This has been a summer of contrasts. First came the dry spell and then the rains. The grass looked like Southern California and the hay farmers were noting about 20% of their normal growth, then the rains and there were not enough dry days to make hay at all. First smoke was in the air,…

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Hear the Glacier Groan at Childs Glacier Campground By Carmine Mowbray, RAF Publicity Liaison 

September 26, 2022 |

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the September newsletter of the Recreational Aviation Foundation and is available on www.theraf.org/  It is republished here with permission.  Alaska Airmen Association member, Al Clayton, approached the Airmen Association last year to share the RAF’s goal of completing this project and we were proud to contribute in a…

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Member Milestones

September 14, 2022 |

Have you gained a new rating or certificate? Purchased your first airplane or flown your 5,000th hour? Shout out a friend that has landed in a challenging new place or welded their first tube on a new project. Or maybe you want to commiserate after shelling out for your first annual inspection. Whatever milestone you…

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