The Department of Treasury published payroll support and loan program guidance documents that address many members’ specific questions. Follow the links to learn more.
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Congressman Ed Case, D-Hawaii, announced his intentions to introduce a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives designed to tighten regulations for commercial air tours on Thursday. Citing the recent fatal crashes of a tour helicopter in Kailua and a skydiving flight at Mokuleia’s Dillingham Airfield, Case says his proposed “Safe and Quiet Skies Act” will direct the FAA to “adopt tighter safety recommendations long advanced by the [NTSB].”
“This current situation is not acceptable for both safety and community impact concerns,” Case wrote in a letter seeking support for the bill. “Regarding ground disruption and risk, the FAA takes the position that its responsibility is strictly operational safety and national airspace efficiency and does not extend to ground disruption and other negative impacts. As a result, the operators, aside from strict takeoff and approach, avoidance of established flight paths and other limited circumstances, are virtually free to fly wherever, whenever and as often as they want. And they do, with little to no self-regulation.”
According to Case, the bill will include requirements that tour flights maintain an altitude of 1,500 feet AGL other than for takeoff and landing, be no louder than 55 dbA above occupied areas and follow sterile cockpit procedures. It would also allow states and localities to impose additional requirements and prohibit tour flights over military installations, national cemeteries, national wilderness areas, national parks and national wildlife refuges. No timeline for the introduction of the bill has been made public.
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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RavnAir Alaska Creates New Waypoint to Improve Aviation Safety
To mitigate the number of TCAS RAs received, RavnAir Alaska worked with ANC Center to create a new waypoint off of the ENA 012 radial at 17nm. This location allows RavnAir Alaska to fly west of the traditional route without interfering with the AMOTT arrivals.
The following Event Schedule include all TCAS RA's reported by RAVN pilots in the area between Anchorage and Kenai.
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Beginning Thursday, June 27th, Alaskans may notice their Amazon.com Prime packages arriving a little sooner than normal. Amazon Air is beginning #B767 ✈️ flights to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Amazon Air will be utilizing the Airport’s Kulis Business Park.
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The University of Alaska, Anchorage (“UAA”) and Ravn Air Group (“Ravn”), Alaska’s largest regional airline, today announced the launch of the country’s first-ever program that allows students to simultaneously complete their aviation degree (by earning final course credits in the air) at the same time they get jobs and are paid to fly as regional airline pilots.
In this innovative new college degree/paid employee job program, local Alaska-based students who are in UAA’s accredited aviation program, and at the point where they are already certified through their college studies and aviation training to fly passengers, can now put those skills into practical use as full-time Ravn second-in-command pilots while earning their final semester of course credits required for graduation.
The innovative program is an unprecedented partnership between a university and airline and is the first and only program in the nation for providing students with paid airline pilot jobs while they complete their undergraduate education.
“We are thrilled to work with the University of Alaska to provide a new pathway that can accelerate careers in Alaska commercial aviation,” said Dave Pflieger, Ravn Air Group President & CEO. “A program like this will not only contribute to great, local jobs for Alaskans, it will provide eligible students with an expedited career path into the rewarding and exciting airline industry. Given the current nationwide and world-wide pilot shortage, it’s a win-win for aspiring commercial pilots and our aviation industry here in Alaska.”
Another key objective of the UAA-Ravn internship program is to train applicants in “industry best practice” safety processes and procedures with the goal of making aviation safer in Alaska. With its own top priority of aviation safety, Ravn not only has an FAA-approved Safety Management System (“SMS”), it is Alaska’s first regional airline to be accredited by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), the global standard for airline safety and operations management.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Ravn on this ground-breaking new program that benefits our students, our local economy, and our State,” said Denise Runge, Dean of the UAA Community and Technical College. “Having the opportunity to get an education in the classroom coupled with practical industry experience with Alaska’s largest regional airline and one of the largest employers here in the State is invaluable.”
Pilots in the new UAA –Ravn paid internship program will be able to move from a classroom and flight school setting to actual commercial pilot flying with the opportunity to fly regularly scheduled flights while being supervised by highly experienced airline pilots, check airmen, and UAA program faculty members.
Those who enroll in the UAA/Ravn pilot training program and get simultaneously hired by Ravn will be added to the Ravn pilot seniority list where they will be eligible for salaries starting of $36,000 per year; $15,000 annual retention bonuses; and Air Transport Pilot (ATP) Certification Training Program (CTP) reimbursement.
For information on the ATA A295 and ATA A495 Aviation / Pilot Internship Programs, please visit: https://catalog.uaa.alaska.edu/coursedescriptions/ata/#sthash.QPluplDl.dpuf
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From 1985 through retirement, Steve also managed projects to update airport regulations and airport user fees. From retirement until the present time, Steve Pavish operated an aviation consulting firm, providing services to the AACA, air carriers, private pilots, hunting guides, municipalities, Alaska Native corporations, private sector law firms, the Alaska Department of Law, and the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF). My principal areas of expertise are airport property leasing, airport operating regulations, and airport land use planning.
Recently, Mr. Pavish published an Aviation Leasing Tutorial. This is a must read for anyone leasing property on State of Alaska, Rural Airport System property.
The term “rural airport system” encompasses all state-operated airports, except the international airports at Anchorage and Fairbanks. The latter are operated under a separate set of regulations and are outside the scope of this paper.
Leasing state airport land can be a complicated affair, especially for air carriers based in rural locations where law firms and other professional assistance may not be locally available. Navigating the jungle of rural airport leasing agreements, policies, procedures, forms, and regulations, can be a nightmare for anyone trying to make a living in the flying business. Steve decided to write this tutorial in the hope that he might be able to bring some order out of this apparent chaos and make it a little easier for AACA members to coexist with the state’s rural airport land leasing program.
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