January 11, 2008
AOPA has filed comments supporting an FAA plan to create two new low-altitude area navigation (RNAV) routes around the congested Class B airspace surrounding St. Louis. Through an agreement between Kansas City Center and St. Louis Approach, pilots already have been vectored onto the new routes, T- 251 and T-272. Once all comments have been reviewed and the FAA has made a decision, the routes could be charted in as little as four months, allowing pilots to request the T-routes as part of their flight plans. AOPA has supported T- routes since 2000 as a means to help general aviation traffic avoid congestion in and around Class B airspace; the routes are currently used in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and California, and they are in development in Atlanta.
January 11, 2008
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
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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