Weather Observer Service in St. Paul Island being discontinued
The National Weather Service (NWS) has advised that effective March 15, 2017
, they are discontinuing the service of providing a weather
observer to augment or provide weather observations on St. Paul Island. The loss of this program means that whenever the Automated Weather
Observation System (AWOS) is out of service or has a system failure of any kind, which could be as simple as not reporting the temperature
or wind speed, FAA regulations dictate that PenAir cannot operate its flights into the island. This required information must be provided by
either a trained and qualified observer or by a certified system such as the AWOS.
We believe that it would be in the best interest of your communities to reach out to U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, as well
as Representative Don Young for assistance. This is a federal program; not a program of the State or PenAir.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Staff member responsible for aviation issues is Ephraim Froehlich at 1-877-829-6030. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s office numbers
are (202) 224-3004 in Washington D.C., or (907) 357-9956 in Anchorage. Rep. Don Young’s office numbers are (202) 225-5765 in Washington D. C., or (907) 271-5978 in Anchorage.
Please share all communication on this matter with us as we too are working to get the National Weather Service or other approved entity to
remedy this situation.
Travel Ban: Samsung Galaxy Note 7
The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a travel ban. Effective immediately, customers who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may
not transport this device on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked baggage, or via air cargo shipment. The Galaxy Note 7 has been classified
as a forbidden, hazardous material and poses a risk when transported by air. If a passenger refuses to remove the Galaxy Note 7 from their
person, that passenger will be denied travel on the aircraft. For more information on returning your recalled Galaxy Note 7 device to the manufacturer,
call 1-800-SAMSUNG or 1-800-726-7864.
For more information on the travel ban issued by the U.S. DOT, visit Transportation.gov.