The Federal Aviation Administration is now enforcing 37-year-old policy that defines clearance for airplane approaches, putting all of Alaska's 250 airports up for review. The policy states that airports with obstacles in the approach glide path will be closed to night or instrument flying. "We simply can't shut off access to our rural villages over the application of a safety standard that just doesn't make sense, and we need to make sure we can do medevac 24-7," said Steve Hatter of the Alaska Department of Transportation.

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