New FAA navigation beacon approved for Fire Island 

Jill Burke of Alaska Dispatch: As the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) listens to arguments about whether Chugach Electric Association should be allowed to incorporate wind energy into its power portfolio, another government body – the FAA – is taking steps to make sure development on Fire Island won’t interfere with navigation signals beamed to planes flying overhead.

On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced its plans to replace the island’s existing beacon with a new one. A recently constructed beacon at the Ted Stevens International Airport will provide navigation data for flights in the area once Fire Island’s old beacon is taken out of service.

According to a press release from Murkowski’s office, the announcement “allows the Fire Island Wind Project to proceed” during the transition period to the new tower.

“I’m glad the FAA sees what I see at Fire Island: a project being managed collectively to both help Southcentral Alaska’s energy needs while also addressing safety concerns for air travel in and out of Alaska’s largest city. I continue to support this project and have confidence that the FAA will develop any necessary changes to the navigational system in the most safe and comprehensive manner for Alaskan aviation,” U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in the press release. Read more

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