March 12, 2009
AOPA ePublishing staff
More times than we care to admit, air traffic controllers help bail pilots out of difficult situations. Sometimes it’s because of pilot error; sometimes it’s an aircraft failure. But in any case, when a pilot asks for help, it’s there.
Previously AOPA shared with you the audio of ATC saves that were recognized with Archie League awards. AOPA Air Safety Foundation President Bruce Landsberg helped judged those awards. There were so many outstanding examples of controller assistance that the Air Safety Foundation felt recognition was warranted for six outstanding controllers beyond the Archie League awards.
AOPA now has the audio files of those ATC saves.
Note: These are unedited recordings.
FAA Procedures and Services
Question: Is there a visual aid to help me understand notams that change the configuration of an airport during construction?
Question: I was flying in Class E airspace and receiving radar service from air traffic control. The controller then instructed me to change my heading. The new heading was going to take me off of my intended course and I was in airspace that did not require me to be in contact with ATC. Did I need to comply with their instructions?
GPS may be unreliable over NM (PDF)