August 24, 2011
By Thomas A. Horne
Hurricane Irene is currently entering the Bahamas chain, packing sustained winds of 115 mph. This Category 3 hurricane is capable of “devastating damage,” according to the National Hurricane Center, and pilots with interests in the areas expected to come under Irene’s influence should monitor its progress. These areas that could be impacted include virtually the entire eastern coast of the United States.
To this end, weather provider WSI Corp. will be posting a daily update on Irene at 5 p.m. Eastern. Visit WSI’s website to access the brief update and view WSI-generated hurricane tracking charts. The National Hurricane Center provides official government guidance on this and any other tropical lows or depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
Safe Flight has developed an icing detector that senses icing conditions before ice develops, allowing pilots to escape.
Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole announced Oct. 16 that he would retire from the helm of the agency on Dec. 31. According to the TSA, Pistole is the longest serving administrator the agency has had. His nomination to head the TSA was confirmed in 2010.
At an Oct. 2 meeting hosted by AOPA, U.S. CBP leaders met with their counterparts from Canada to discuss ways to ease GA border crossings.
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