November 7, 2009
During AOPA Aviation Summit, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has been holding presentations and question-and-answer sessions at the exhibit hall’s “Controller’s Corner.” The Nov. 7 forum, titled “From Takeoff to Touchdown,” emphasized some new procedures, pet peeves, a few reminders, and a review of common goofs. Here are some notable samples involving IFR operations at towered airports.
Dale Wright, NATCA’s sirector of safety and technology, wound up the session by referring pilots to www.natca.com for answers to any questions that pilots may have about air traffic control procedures and related issues.
A Seattle pilot on a ferry flight from California to Maui deployed his airframe parachute near Hawaii and was videotaped by the Coast Guard.
Commercial flight planning service FltPlan and Angel Flight West are integrating so that the nonprofit organization can match passenger needs with volunteer pilots’ existing flight schedules.
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