November 29, 2013
November 29, 2013 - VOL 13, ISSUE 48
It's rewarding to pick out the destination airport from miles away as a cross-country flight nears its conclusion. A bonus is using the remaining time to get the wind direction, pick out the correct runway, and visualize the traffic pattern.
Airports with multiple, long runways that present distinct patterns as viewed from above are ideal for spotting. Take South Dakota's Aberdeen Regional Airport: Its 6,901-foot Runway 13/31 and 5,500-foot Runway 17/35 form an inverted V as depicted on a sectional chart that is oriented with north at the top, where the two runways intersect.
Your preflight planning also produced a cautionary note about those runways when you reviewed the listing for the airport in the airport/facility directory: "Rwy 13 and Rwy 17 apch ends are closely aligned. Verify correct rwy and compass heading prior to dep."
With approximately 40 degrees separating the two runways' magnetic bearings, that note might strike you as overly cautious. But now, after landing and a quick break, you become momentarily uncertain as you taxi back out over a light surface covering of snow for takeoff on Runway 13.
As usual, your magnetic compass indication sways this way and that during taxi, providing no help, and your directional gyro—ever prone to precession—won't be trustworthy until the system's vacuum pump is fully functional, probably after takeoff.
Remember also that at some airports, runway bearings listed as 40 degrees apart may be oriented somewhat more closely. Runway bearings are approximated in 10-degree increments. And, "for a magnetic azimuth ending in the number 5, such as 185, the runway designation could be either 18 or 19," says Section 4-3-6 of the Aeronautical Information Manual.
You wouldn't want to depart in the wrong direction and pose a collision hazard to area traffic or an aircraft entering a traffic pattern. So stay alert to all airport signs and markings as you taxi out. If your situational awareness is truly top-notch, you will verify preflight research indicating the presence of a visual approach slope indicator (VASI) on the left side of Runway 13. On Runway 17, a precision approach path indicator (PAPI) should be on the right of the runway.
Heed the published cautions about airport hazards and hot spots. Then use all available means to confirm your position for the safest possible departure!
ASA has released apps for the private, instrument, commercial, flight instructor, helicopter, and multiengine checkrides, as well as one for pilots prepping for a flight review.
In between the turkey and the football, consider giving these five aviation game apps a try: Chopper, Tiny Wings, Infinite Flight, Skies of Glory, and Wings Earth: Flight Simulator Experience.
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Disney's Planes was released Nov. 19 as digital HD, on demand, and as a Blu-ray 3-D combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack, and DVD.
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While pilots give soft- and short-field takeoff techniques their due diligence, the normal takeoff is how most pilots depart the airfield most of the time. So it makes sense to pay more attention to what we're doing for the bulk of our departures.
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Boeing launched its 777X program at the 2013 Dubai Airshow on Nov. 17 with a record-breaking number of customer orders and commitments for the new twin-aisle jet, announcing agreements for 259 airplanes from four customers across Europe and the Middle East. Boeing said the 777-8X, which will seat 350 passengers and has a range of more than 9,300 nautical miles, competes directly with the Airbus A350-1000, while the 777-9X—with seating for more than 400 and a range of more than 8,200 nm—has no direct competition.
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Glancing out at the ramp on a busy weekday morning, your plane-spotting eye fixes on a light twin taxiing in after a session working the pattern. "Nice little Baron," you say to yourself. But on closer inspection that identification is quickly discarded, because this aircraft's lines just don't add up to that easy conclusion. Some visually distinctive feature usually solves such mysteries. This aircraft's straight tail and squarish engine nacelles help you pinpoint the product as a Beech Travel Air, powered by 180-horsepower engines and sometimes used as a multiengine trainer.
Powerful Learning Inc. has unveiled its new Online Pilot Training website, a training, test prep, and reference system for pilots. The website features a comprehensive, fully integrated library, complete quiz analysis and direct links for further study, custom flash card and practice quiz modes, and more than 3,000 questions. A free demonstration is available, and the cost is $179.
Student pilots can keep track of everything from ground lessons and written exams to flight maneuvers and flight checks, with the Private Pilot Student Record folder. The folder is designed to track all the details effectively during pilot training. The cost is $5.45.
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Hartford-Brainard Airport in Connecticut is home to one of the most unusual instrument approaches in the world. Try your hand at the LDA approach and see if you have the skills to find the runway in IMC in this safety quiz.
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You change your permanent mailing address. However, you remain in the same state, county, town, and zip code. Are you required to notify the FAA of this move?
After 30 days you may not exercise the privileges of your certificate unless you notify the FAA in writing of the new permanent address. Be careful with this one: It is 30 days, not one month. (Source: FAR § 61.60.)
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Want something to do this weekend? Planning an aviation getaway? See AOPA's enhanced calendar of events. Now you can filter events by date range, airport ID, state, or region. Before you take off on an adventure, make sure you check our current aviation weather provided by Jeppesen.
To include an event or to search all events in the calendar, visit AOPA Online. For airport details, including FBO fuel prices, see AOPA Airports.
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