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 visual warning system (VWS)?
Answer: The VWS signal consists of highly focused red and green laser lights designed to illuminate in an alternating red-and-green signal pattern. These lasers may be directed at specific aircraft suspected of making unauthorized entry into the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area (DC SFRA) proceeding on a heading or flight path that may be interpreted as a threat or that operate contrary to the operating rules for the DC SFRA. Read more in the Aeronautical Information Manual Section 5-6-6. And take the DC SFRA online training course.
FAA Systems and Airspace,
Pilot Types of Flying
Though unrivaled in its capacity for scooping and dumping water on wildfires--nearly 30 tons of water can be released in a single drop, enough to make the ground shake nearby--work for the Martin Mars has dried up amid competition from newer aircraft.
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
The FAA, in a welcome change of approach, has taken general aviation into account in a proposed airspace optimization for Atlanta.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.