April 3, 2005
The FAA has finalized the list of NDB approaches it is considering canceling. Now it's up to pilots to let the agency know if any of these approaches are still needed.
"The FAA is looking to cancel underused, redundant approach procedures, not decommission NDBs," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory policy. "In almost all cases, the runway end is also served by another ground-based navaid (VOR, LOC, or ILS) and a GPS approach." (See " FAA to eliminate redundant instrument approaches.")
The revised list now includes 479 approaches under consideration for cancellation.
"This is now the opportunity for AOPA members to make their concerns known to the FAA," said Rudinger. "If you rely on the approach, tell the FAA that, and how frequently you need the approach." Comments are due April 4. You can e-mail your comments to email@example.com. Please send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the FAA's practical test standards, neither a GPS nor NDB approach is required to successfully complete instrument training or an instrument proficiency check. On the other hand, if the equipment is in the aircraft and an approach is nearby, the examiner can require you to demonstrate you know how to do it.
March 4, 2005
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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