The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday released some details about the effect of the national sequestration budget cuts in Alaska.
In a letter to pilots, Alaska Flight Services Manager Jim Miller says the state’s three main Flight Service Stations in Juneau, Kenai and Fairbanks will remain open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Most small, satellite facilities will be unaffected as well. But others will see reduced hours through Fiscal Year 2013 due to agency-wide furloughs.
The Ketchikan and Sitka stations are the only facilities in Southeast affected. The Northway, Talkeetna, Palmer and McGrath stations will see furloughs as well.
Miller’s letter says during shortened hours or closures most services will continue to be provided by a parent facility in Juneau, Kenai or Fairbanks.
The furloughs will start Sunday April 21 and last through the end of the federal fiscal year, September 30 or until the sequestration cuts are lifted.
- Alaska Airlines pilots have reached a breaking point in negotiations with the company, and now have plans to picket outside Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The pilots plan to picket starting at 1 p.m. Monday outside the airport in Anchorage.
- Jenkins was taking a practice run through the class four rapids when a bystander filming the event, noticed another participant, Daniel Hartung, 64, of Indian Valley, flipped out of his kayak and became pinned under a log.
- The Tazlina is the first of two new Alaska Class ferries that the Ketchikan Vigor Alaska shipyard is building for the state. Its two halves are complete and welded together, and shipyard workers are busy getting interior spaces done.
- The Alaska Marine Highway is taking reservations for October through April sailings. The schedule changed so the Matanuska can get new engines.