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Event Spotlight

Article | May 13, 2013

"My mantra is participation," Fox Flying Club President Chris Thomsen said. "People don't fly because they don't have money. I think they get bored and eventually if you let all of your life's other events take over, they will."

Quiz Me: Class G airport traffic patterns

Article | May 10, 2013

Here’s an edited question asked by an AOPA member who contacted AOPA’s aviation services staff through the AOPA Pilot Information Center. Test your knowledge.

AOPA calls proposed DC T-routes missed opportunity

Article | May 08, 2013

The FAA's notice of proposed rulemaking to establish T-routes west of the Washington, D.C., Class B airspace fails to address the issue of access or efficiency for general aviation operators, according to AOPA.

FreeFlight lands $7 million FAA contract for ADS-B equipment

Article | May 06, 2013

FreeFlight Systems of Texas has landed a $7 million deal with the FAA to equip up to 600 Alaskan aircraft with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipment, a reward for those who tested the system now at the heart of NextGen.

Frugal Flier: A tablet dilemma

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Charlie Becker, AOPA’s director of corporate partnerships and products—and a VFR pilot—was facing a dilemma: He had an iPad 2, but he wasn’t really using it for aviation. Plus, prices were dropping on Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Apple finally released the iPad mini.

Letters

Article | May 01, 2013

Remembrances of the fight to save Meigs Field in Chicago brought back memories for many readers. I was crushed when the airport was destroyed by the self-glorified mayor.

Dogfight: Tower or no tower

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Uh, oh. Senior Editor Dave Hirschman takes on his boss—Editor in Chief Tom Haines—in this discussion on which is the better airport: one with an air traffic control tower or one without.

AOPA advocacy in the news

Article | Apr 28, 2013

AOPA advocacy in brief April 23 Tower closings and system risk What key safety issues are raised when a high-traffic-volume airport starts operating without its air traffic control tower? Traffic pattern congestion is one. Invalid chart information is another.

House, Senate agree on fix to end ATC furloughs

Article | Apr 25, 2013

As reports of air traffic delays from AOPA members, airline employees, and the FAA mount, the association has been actively working on Capitol Hill to educate many members of Congress on the importance of aviation and the vital role air traffic controllers serve in keeping the National Airspace System operating safely and efficiently.

Apr. 19, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 19, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 16 — April 19, 2013 Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL IFR Fix: Controlled airspace, sort of MEDICAL PETITION SUPPORT WANING AT FAA? QUIZ ME: IMPORTING AN AIRPLANE Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here to view this week's custom content. Featured Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL The landing procedure in Just Aircraft's new SuperSTOL seems nothing short of suicidal.

IFR Fix: Maximum magenta

Article | Apr 19, 2013

The altitude was one of only two numbers spoken in the radio call from the center controller, but not one the pilot would want to miss if reception were poor in the low altitudes after departure: “Leaving 3,000 feet,” the controller said, “Turn left to heading 270; when able proceed direct Augusta.” If you haven’t heard an ATC call like that one, eventually you will, because those are the type of instructions a flight receives from an air route traffic control center on initial call-up after departure from an airport not served by either radar approach/departure control or a control tower. (This airport’s tower is scheduled to close.) The “altitude leaving” part is there because a controller can’t give you an IFR clearance until you are above the sector’s minimum vectoring altitude (unless you can climb in VFR conditions).

IFR Fix: Controlled airspace, sort of

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Want to get a pilot off his high horse? Ask him to tell you about Class E airspace. Not just to change the mood during a hangar session.

FAA extends effective dates of some navigation charts

Article | Apr 11, 2013

The FAA has extended the effective date of the current editions of the New York Sectional Chart, New York Terminal Area Chart, and Boston Terminal Area Chart. The charts will now expire on July 25.

Nashville Class C airspace expansion not necessary

Article | Mar 27, 2013

The FAA’s proposal to modify Class C airspace at Nashville International Airport in Tennessee lacks justification for expanding its surface area in the vicinity of a now-closed airport, AOPA said. Members are encouraged to review the airspace proposal and submit comments by April 1.

Cities, states fight to keep towers open

Article | Mar 27, 2013

Across the country, the imminent closing of contract control towers was eliciting a variety of responses from region to region. Texas announced that its Transportation Commission would hold an emergency meeting to provide authority for state funding of 13 control towers at regional airports—including one, San Marcos, that began operation as a contract control tower in 2011.

Garmin introduces new traffic alert systems

Article | Mar 27, 2013

Garmin’s new radios, the GTR transceiver and GNC NAV/COMM series, feature text displays identifying the tuned frequency. Garmin announced a pair of new active traffic alert systems, and what amounts to an upgrade of an existing system priced at the entry level on March 26 at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Las Vegas.

Tower’s closed, what now?

Article | Mar 26, 2013

If you are one of the pilots in 37 states affected by the closure of 149 control towers, do you remember nontowered procedures? As one AOPA staffer said, “Now we go back to the way we did it 50 years ago.”

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience My commercial certificate solo XC On August 19, 2002, I had taken a flight from Van Nuys, CA (KVNY) to Hayward, CA (KHWD) to Monterey, CA (KMRY). This flight was to be completed with a mix of VFR and IFR flying.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Florida Morning Thunder I am an instrument-rated commercial pilot, and in the early summer of 2002 was training for my multi-engine rating, flying PA-44 Seminoles in the Daytona Beach, Florida area. Typical Florida summer weather involves fairly clear skies in the morning, and quickly developing thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Custom content for the Mar. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 22, 2013

training tips An elegant arrival Pointers were offered in the March 15 Training Tip for your first solo experience flying to a busy airport, and what that might be like during “prime time,” or a period of peak activity. Whether you arrive at times when activity is slack or speedy can dictate many operational details, from the class of airspace in effect to the kinds of flight operations permitted (such as noise-abatement rules or any possible restriction on touch-and-go practice).

A personal toll

Article | Mar 19, 2013

Editor’s note: The FAA on March 22 named the 149 federal contract towers that will begin closing April 7. She’s served as an air traffic controller aboard a nuclear aircraft carrier and at U.S.

Mar. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 15, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 11 — March 15, 2013 MARS EXPLORATION WINS TROPHY CONTROLLER SAVES RECOGNIZED HALT SEQUESTRATION CUTS TARGETING GA QUIZ ME: PILOTAGE Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Letter to AOPA members from chairman of the board: As the AOPA Board of Trustees begins the search for the association's fifth president, board Chairman Bill Trimble lays out AOPA's commitment to advocacy efforts that protect our freedom to fly, the association's economic state, and its plans for the future to "focus on our core member, the pilot who enjoys flying his owned or rented piston single as many hours as he or she can afford." Read more >> Featured Curiosity captures Collier: Possible life on Mars? Sometimes the planets line up just right.

Mar. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Mar 15, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 11 — March 15, 2013 Ready for prime time? Halt sequestration cuts targeting GA Plane Spotter: KC-135 Stratotanker Final Exam: Airport beacon Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Ready for prime time? Your flight instructor has told you that you are “ready for prime time.” You heard the CFI say that once before, on the day of your first solo. What does it mean now as you work through the solo cross-country phase of training?   It means there’s no reason to limit your destinations to outlying airports where your comfort level is already pretty high.

Professional Women Controllers promotes ATC career

Article | Mar 15, 2013

The Professional Women Controllers Inc. (PWC) used the Women in Aviation International convention March 14 through 16 as a platform to push its mission: create environments and opportunities to grow the female air traffic controller population.