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.
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.”
A Wisconsin company is now offering its upset training course to all pilots.
Describe a scenario where the potential for destabilization is intrinsic to the approach.
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