April 17, 2012
By Jim Moore
The FAA has finalized a plan to extend Victor airways across the Mexican border from California and Arizona, easing access for general aviation.
AOPA supported the extension of Victor 135 from the Bard, Ariz., VOR to Mexicali, Mexico, along with the extension of Victor 137 from the VOR in Imperial, Calif., to Mexicali. The extensions will be effective May 31, along with new fixes at the border crossings that will simplify reporting by pilots and coordination of cross-border flights by air traffic control.
AOPA offers members a wealth of information about travel to Mexico, along with briefings and information about other international flights. Mexican aviation officials recently extended until 2013 the deadline to install 406 MHz ELTs, the latest in a series of extensions that AOPA has helped negotiate.
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Garmin has announced an upgrade making new features and options available to operators of G1000-equipped King Airs in the 200/250/300/350 series.
With a closing speed of about 900 knots, Air Force pilots on a training mission have seconds to aim and shoot heat-seeking and radar guided missiles at a drone target. Their success came from repeated rehearsals. But as author Larry Brown writes, “there is nothing like the real thing to gain experience.”
AOPA President Mark Baker flew four women and girls on two flights March 4 as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week activities designed to introduce more women and girls to aviation.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.