October 25, 2007
With one of the most destructive wildfire outbreaks in California history, general aviation pilots need to be aware of and prepare for temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) caused by fire. First and foremost, stay away. But if you can't avoid flying near wildfire-prone areas, extra caution is due.
Where there's a hot spot, there may be a TFR in place to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft operations. Read about pilots and their efforts to fight fires from the air in " Hot Shots," by Tom LeCompte in the AOPA Pilot October 2007 issue.
Be aware of hazardous areas by checking FAA-issued notams restricting flight in Southern California to provide a safe environment for aerial firefighting operations.
Besides the obvious danger of collision with air tankers and air attack aircraft over a major fire, other dangers include reduced visibility due to smoke and haze, strong downdrafts due to smoke columns and convective build-up, high density altitudes, and possible temperature inversions.
So you don't get burned by fire TFRs, use AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner to help plan your route around airspace, current or imminent TFRs, and real-time weather.
October 25, 2007
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
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