June 16, 2006
Pilots flying IFR in the North Carolina area finally have a way to access the Outer Banks - through a new low altitude area navigation (RNAV) route that will be usable starting August 3. The FAA recently announced its final rule creating RNAV Route T-243 and removing unusable airway segments.
"AOPA requested that the FAA establish the route that would provide IFR access to Billy Mitchell Airport in Hatteras and Ocracoke Island Airport in Ocracoke," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. "We worked closely with the FAA and the military officials at nearby Cherry Point to draft a route that works for military and GA users." The route is available to pilots flying aircraft with a global navigation satellite system, including GPS or WAAS, with en route and terminal capability. The FAA has not yet released defined altitudes for the route.
June 16, 2006
Pilot Training and Certification,
Advocacy and Legislation,
FAA Systems and Airspace
Pilot Skip Gibbs regularly uses his Bonanza A36 to bring medical volunteers and supplies to remote areas of Mexico. Just before sunset, Gibbs was flying to the historic city of El Fuerte in the state of Sinaloa where LIGA International Flying Doctors of Mercy has been doing good works since 1934.
A federal agency chartered to secure national borders has been working inland, targeting general aviation with no clear authority.
Eight teenagers got down to business on their first day of a two-week odyssey in which they will help to build two Glasair kit airplanes.