July 7, 2011
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The FAA has issued a flight advisory for potentially unreliable GPS signals in the vicinity of St. Louis, Mo., from July 8 to Aug. 26 and from Aug. 29 to Sept. 19.
During testing, the GPS signal may be unreliable or unavailable within a 15 nautical-mile radius centered at 385535N/0902522W or the STL VOR 35.1-degree radial at 4.8 nm at Flight Level 400 and above, changing in area with decrease in altitude to 20 nm radius at Flight Level 250, 20 nm radius at 10,000 feet msl, 20 nm radius at 4,000 feet agl and 10 nm radius at 50 feet agl.
Pilots are encouraged to report anomalies to the appropriate air route traffic control center to help determine the extent of signal degradation. Please share your reports with AOPA.
Notams will be published at least 24 hours in advance of tests, but may change with little or no notice. Pilots are encouraged to check notams frequently for changes to operations in the area. Tests will be during any period within the stated times, the FAA said.
The testing schedule will be conducted in one-hour blocks, July 8 to Aug. 26 from 1130Z to 2200Z, and from Aug. 29 to Sept. 19 from 1130Z to 2200Z.
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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