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Helfinstine receives the Coast Guard Commander's Award for 35 Years of Civilian Service

James Helfinstine, the Bridge Program Administrator for the 17th Coast Guard District, was recently presented with the Coast Guard Commander's Award for 35 Years of Civilian Service.
Tribal health facilities may get boost from $1.1 trillion federal spending bill

Alaska's tribal facilities could get a much-needed financial boost from a $1.1 trillion spending bill being considered in Congress. Sen.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Most people doubt that the FAA would inspect anything without finding a violation on some farfetched problem. Well doubt no more. Nothing is further from the truth. The inspection is just what it says it is: A courtesy evaluation.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Well, we're still here. The predicted end of life on earth (as we know it) didn't occur. Those of us who were fearful of the dreaded Y2K bug are still surfing the Web at warp speed. Now we all can get back to business as usual.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a little airplane that could do anything, almost. No, this is not a fairy tale about an airplane, but rather a story about what happened to me and the airplane that I owned at the time.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Lying awake at night has its advantages. A person can solve all the ills of the world while trying to attain the elusive bliss that comes with uninterrupted sleep. I for one have had a spate of sleepless nights lately which prompted me to write this article.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Last month we had a meeting in our office at which the subject of pre-planning and communication came up. Aside from aviation-related subjects we have situations in our everyday lives that also require pre-planning and communication.
Palin nominates Daniel Sullivan as attorney general

Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday appointed a former Anchorage lawyer with White House and State Department service to be Alaska's new attorney general, just weeks after state lawmakers rejected her last choice.
The benefits of a free courtesy aircraft inspection

Several years ago the Federal Aviation Administration began a program to enhance safety called the Pilot Aircraft Courtesy Evaluation, or PACE. This program began as an opportunity for the pilot and/or aircraft owner to receive, free of charge, an inspection of their aircraft, aircraft records, pilot proficiency and pilot records. Now, you are probably thinking, "What sort of a gimmick is this anyhow?"
Passengers have a need to know

In the middle of December, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of nurses from all over Southeast Alaska on the issue of aviation safety. The main topic of my talk was passenger rights. These people fly to outlying areas to render medical care on a regular basis. They had concerns about their personal safety when in small aircraft as well as large air carriers.


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