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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

Forty-five nautical miles—about a 15-minute flight in the Piper Meridian I was flying. Night, good VFR weather.

Postcards: Long Beach

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

In 1910, aviators from around the world gathered at Dominguez Field, northwest of Long Beach, California, for America’s first aviation meet. Spectacles included dirigible and airplane races zooming past the grandstands at up to 60 mph (downwind, of course).

FAA replaces D.C. SFRA notam

Article | Jul 01, 2010

The FAA has issued two revised notams for the Washington D.C. Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA); however, the new notams will have little impact on general aviation.

Potomac Tracon to open to pilots for tour

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2009

Pilots will have a chance April 18 to learn more about air traffic control on-site at one of the nation¿s most secure ATC facilities--the Potomac Consolidated Tracon.

AOPA Action

Article | Feb 01, 2009

Invest in aviation infrastructure, groups tell Congress If Congress were to include the aviation sector in its economic stimulus packages, more than 40,000 high-paying jobs would be created, aviation safety would be improved, and there would be positive effects for the environment, according to a coalition of aviation organizations. The group of 12, including AOPA, told Senate and House leaders that the industry’s proposals would “not only achieve short-term economic stimulus goals, but would also lead to long-term efficiencies and economic growth.” The proposals also would improve environmental stewardship.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

The air in the Los Angeles Basin gets dirty — during the summer months a high-pressure area stabilizes due west of central California and blocks low-pressure weather systems from sweeping away the airborne muck generated by the 10 million inhabitants of Los Angeles County. The positioning of the high creates a semipermanent marine inversion layer that's caused by sinking, warm, high-pressure air aloft interacting with the much cooler marine-layer air near the surface.