April 7, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Despite opposition from users, the FAA has approved an Air Force request for a temporary military operations area (TMOA) over 400 square miles of southwestern New Mexico.
The TMOA will be in place from April 12 through 23 over the Playas New Mexico Training and Research Center for combat search-and-rescue training. The TMOA will be operated continually from 7 a.m. Mountain Standard Time on April 12 to 10 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on April 23. It will extend from 300 feet agl up to (but not including) 18,000 feet msl.
AOPA opposed the TMOA based on the impacts to Victor airways and the size of the proposed airspace configuration. Pilots often avoid flying in TMOA airspace even though they are not prohibited from doing so.
The low floor and high ceiling will close sections of V66, V16, and V198, forcing pilots around a large chunk of airspace. This extent of the airspace dimensions also creates a problem for general aviation pilots because it is located just to the north of the Tombstone MOA complex that sits west of El Paso, Texas.
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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