The FBI says it is close to solving the kidnapping of a young pilot missing almost a year. On April 1, 2008, Robert Wiles disappeared from the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, about 35 miles east of Tampa. The avid sportsman and certified pilot was working in Florida for his father's Toledo, Ohio, based company, National Flight Services. The family received a ransom note, which they attempted to follow, but the kidnappers subsequently cut off communication, and the trail went cold, according to law enforcement officials.
Oregon's oldest airport -- listed on the National Register of Historic Places -- is getting a 21st-century upgrade with a 500-foot extension to its 3,000-foot runway and a new security fence. The Albany Municipal Airport, which opened in 1920, currently is home to some 75 airplanes and boasts 44 hangars in addition to city-owned T-hangars.
Maryland Airport, in Charles County, Md., has been awarded a $1.61 million grant through the Airport Improvement Program to begin work on a 4,300-foot runway. The airport, which has a 3,000-foot runway, is currently a designated reliever airport for Reagan National Airport, and once the project is completed, the facility will be the closest airport to Washington, D.C., for larger business aircraft.
Lawmakers and pilots in Alaska are voicing opposition to the TSA's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program, which would impose air carrier security procedures on aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds. Identical resolutions were introduced in the state Senate and House this week expressing the legislature's opposition to the proposal, and AOPA President Craig Fuller has reached out to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to ask for her support of the opposition to the plan. "The LASP's one-size-fits-all approach fails to address the significant differences between commercial air carrier operations and general aviation," Fuller said. "The state of Alaska's strong stand against the LASP should demonstrate to the TSA that this proposal is as unwise as it is unpopular."
Aircraft makers in Wichita, Kan., have teamed up with Wichita State University to form a coalition designed to boost industrial recycling. The companies include Bombardier Learjet, Cessna Aircraft, Spirit
AeroSystems, and Hawker Beechcraft. Each has a successful recycling program of its own, and the program has a goal of helping the companies communicate with each other and expand those successes to include more