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.
AOPA staff members updated attendees of the Montana Aviation Conference Feb. 27 through March 1 on the association's involvement in issues that affect pilots.
Members are being asked to comment on a California proposal restricting flights over state parks.
Nearing an area of Class C airspace astride your VFR cross-country course, you ponder a decision.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.