September 10, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
In an effort to increase air traffic efficiency and safety, the FAA has created a new T-route (T-276) that will allow pilots on IFR flight plans in aircraft with IFR-certified GPS receivers to bypass the busy Portland, Ore., Class C airspace.
AOPA had commented in support of the T-route, while some local members raised concerns about possible upslope icing in the area.
“The FAA Western Service Center did a commendable job of halting the rulemaking process to address the concerns directly with the pilots who commented,” said Pete Lehmann, AOPA manager of air traffic services.
The FAA and AOPA agreed to conduct outreach to pilots, explaining the dangers of upslope icing and how they relate to the particular T-route. The final rule erroneously states that AOPA will publish an article on the subject in the September issue of AOPA Pilot. Instead, it will be published in November.
The T-route will be effective and available for use on Nov. 20.
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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