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
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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