January 23, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Web cameras located at airfields and mountain passes in Alaska have been helping pilots make aviation weather assessments for nearly a decade. But the system, which currently provides “augmented” weather information at 82 locations across the state, was set up as a trial program without long-term support. That has changed.
The FAA has made an “investment decision,” which formally establishes the agency’s weather camera program. AOPA and other Alaska aviation organizations have been pushing hard for this technology.
“FAA weather cameras have really helped pilots in Alaska,” said Tom George, AOPA Alaska regional representative. “We are very pleased that the FAA has now formally established the program and the all-critical maintenance support to keep the cameras operating.”
Plans call for 13 more camera locations in 2008 and to eventually grow the program to cover 221 locations. Pilots are invited to provide comments on the FAA’s Web site as to where cameras are needed.
January 23, 2008
Weather and Seasons,
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.
The GACE Flying Club, which grew from a club for Grumman employees, prides itself on offering members low-cost, safe flying and social events.