October 27, 2005
Good news for pilots flying through Ohio and Kentucky. They'll have an easier time negotiating the Cincinnati (CVG) Class B airspace starting in December. That's because three new GPS-based Area Navigation IFR Terminal Transition Routes (RITTRs) will become available. The FAA approved the final rule creating the routes on Wednesday.
RITTRs are starting to appear in terminal airspace around the country because of a five-year AOPA effort to have the FAA create new routes based on GPS waypoints to give general aviation pilots better access to airports and airspace.
The RNAV routes can be used by any pilot with an IFR-certified GPS receiver and are strategically placed to give controllers the tools they need to transition pilots through, rather than around, Class B airspace. The routes are similar to Victor airways. On NACO (government-issued) charts, terminal airways are printed in blue.
October 27, 2005
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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