June 16, 2005
Thanks to a five-year AOPA effort, IFR pilots will be able to transition through the Charlotte, North Carolina, area more efficiently beginning September 1. On Wednesday, the FAA announced its intentions to chart four RNAV IFR Terminal Transition Routes (RITTRs) in the Charlotte terminal area.
"This is another successful step in AOPA's ongoing efforts to use satellite navigation to give GA pilots better access to airports and airspace around the country - more routes are expected to be charted for Jacksonville, Florida, and Cincinnati," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. "These routes can help end many of the ATC-directed detours around Class B airspace and allow pilots to receive more benefits from their IFR-certified GPS receivers."
The RNAV-based routes are strategically placed through Charlotte's Class B airspace to allow pilots to transition the area safely and efficiently. Pilots must be flying aircraft with IFR-certified Global Positioning System (GPS) or Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) equipment.
The routes will be similar to Victor airways, including minimum en route altitudes. On NACO charts, the terminal airways will be printed in blue. Eventually pilots may see such routes charted in many terminal areas where IFR transitions are currently difficult.
June 16, 2005
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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