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January 13, 2005

New Instructions For Laser-Targeted Pilots

FAA/DOT Issues Statement, Advisory Circular (We Have The Link For You)

Wind Shear, Wake Turbulence, Convective Storms. What's the next hazard to the safety of your next flight? How about, some jerk with a laser? While law enforcement tackles the jerks, the FAA and DOT have determined that it makes sense to handle the laser threat much like the others are currently handled: pilots are expected to report, and to be advised of, laser illumination of civil aircraft.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.13.05)

"We've identified the Pine Mountain airport as being in the state's best interest. The FAA has determined it's in the national interest. Airports fill a vital transportation role in the state." Source: Edward Ratiganm, chief of aviation programs for the Georgia DOT, was quoted by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Ratiganm's organization, along with the FAA, has joined the AOPA in opposing a developer's efforts to shut down Pine Mountain Airport in Harris County Georgia. The Callaway Foundation, which operates the airport, wants to build a five-story, $20 million hotel and wellness center on land where the airport now sits.

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