June 10, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The FAA is proposing to add and modify T-routes in Alaska to provide more efficient routing and lower en route minima for aircraft on instrument flight plans with WAAS approved IFR-certified GPS equipment.
Two area navigation (RNAV) T-routes would be added: T-267 would allow pilots to fly closer to the shoreline near Kotzebue, and T-271 would extend 495 miles between Anchorage and Cold Bay. It would run from the Cold Bay VORTAC to the AMOTT fix.
In a move that would benefit general aviation pilots, the FAA has proposed to lower the en route minimum altitudes of T-273 and T-227. Having a lower en route minimum altitude will help pilots avoid the icing conditions at higher altitudes.
Another proposed modification would extend T-266 to connect Juneau and Ketchikan by using the Frederick’s Point NDB and Annette Island VOR.
AOPA supports the use of T-routes to increase airspace efficiency and encourages pilots to comment on the proposed additions and modifications. Comments can be submitted online by July 22. Identify Docket No. FAA-2010-0397 in the comments.
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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