December 16, 2009
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The FAA recently announced that it will defer canceling 22 instrument ground-based approaches based on comments from AOPA and pilots. AOPA’s Pilot Information Center gathered input from pilots on 154 instrument approaches that were on the chopping block, analyzed each, and recommended that the FAA keep 22 of the approaches based on pilots’ needs.
In addition to individual approaches, the FAA also granted AOPA’s request to retain instrument procedures at four airports: Independence Municipal in Independence, Kan., General William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster, Calif., Salina Municipal in Salina, Kan., and Fresno Chandler Executive in Fresno, Calif.
The FAA has not indicated when it would cancel the other instrument procedures, but the association has encouraged the agency to circulate a notice in the Federal Register and notify airport managers.
“Without ground-based instrument approaches, pilots flying aircraft not equipped with an IFR-certified GPS wouldn’t be able to access certain airports under instrument conditions,” said Craig Spence, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. “We will continue to monitor the FAA’s cancellation of instrument approaches to ensure that pilots continue to have ground- and satellite-based approaches in the near future.”
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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