The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that it will continue to move forward with efforts to construct, test and commission a new Very High Frequency Omni-directional Radio Range (VOR) navigation beacon that will replace the existing VOR on Fire Island. This announcement allows the Fire Island Wind Project to proceed while the FAA transition to the new VOR continues. Senator Murkowski had the following reaction to the news:
"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."