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Safety Program Comes to Ketchikan - Introduction of a new
Federal Aviation Administration safety program for commercial
aircraft is underway in Ketchikan, with the installation of state-of-the-art
navigation technology equipment in all seven Dehavilland Beaver
floatplanes in the Taquan Air fleet. We are the first carrier
in this area to adopt and participate in the FAA's Capstone program,
said Taquan Air president Brian Salazar.
The Capstone program is intended
to reduce the incidence of weather-related accidents, mid-air
collisions and terrain based concerns, by improving the pilot's
situational awareness through advanced technologies, modern avionics,
and information services, said Salazar. Under the program, the
FAA will equip up to 200 commercial aircraft and helicopters
in Southeast Alaska with a global positioning system based avionics
package. This system will provide navigational guidance for flights
on routes that are outside the operational service volume of
ground based navigational aides. FAA is planning a three year
evaluation period for the Capstone program. Eventually, Capstone
avionics should also permit implementation of more efficient
flight procedures and air traffic control services, according
to the FAA. -
Saturday - February 21, 2004 - 12:50 am
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