September 9, 2008
As of today, Hurricane Ike remains in western Cuba, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. In its five-day forecast “cone of probability,” the National Hurricane Center projects that Ike will most likely make landfall near the Corpus Christi, Texas, area at 2 a.m. Saturday morning, September 13, with Category 3 maximum winds of 115 mph. Pilots still have plenty of time to prepare for Ike and leave the area.
But the Corpus Christi landfall isn’t a lock. Two forecast models give Ike a chance of hitting the Texas coast farther north, closer to the Galveston or Houston areas. Here’s a plot of the latest model tracks. Note that the UKMET model track puts Ike the farthest north. We’ll keep you posted as Ike nears land.
The FAA has asked the National Transportation Safety Board to review a judge’s ruling reversing a fine it levied in an unmanned-aircraft case.
The Tucson Soaring Club is trying to grow the sport by training the next generation of glider pilots.
Able Flight has received and $8,000 check from the AOPA Foundation.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.