July 1, 2013
Here's an edited question asked by an AOPA member who contacted our aviation services staff through the AOPA Pilot Information Center. Test your knowledge.
Question: What is the difference in annual IFR operations between a regional airport and a national airport?
Answer: To qualify as a national airport, the airport must have at least 5,000 annual IFR operations per year among other requirements. A regional airport must have at least 1,000 annual IFR operations per year. To learn more about airport categories and why general aviation airports are a national asset, check out this report published by the FAA last year.
Changes to departure and arrival procedures in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport airspace will take effect Sept. 18, and AOPA is cautioning pilots to plan ahead for the new procedures.
A VFR pilot enters instrument conditions shortly after takeoff. Air traffic control gets an instructor on the ground involved to help talk the pilot through the serious situation to narrowly avert tragedy.
AOPA is opposing an FAA proposal to decommission Bettles Airport’s approach lighting system because such a move could negatively impact IFR operations at the airport.
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