April 7, 2014
Question: When reading TAFs in the summer months, you know you’ll see the term “VCTS” more than you’d like. That means thunderstorms in the vicinity. How is “vicinity” defined?
Answer: Vicinity is defined as a donut-shaped area between 5 and 10 statute miles from the center of the airport’s runway complex. Are you ready for storm season? Check out this Air Safety Institute safety quiz.
Alaskan aviators now have 221 cameras scattered across the state that can be accessed online, offering a real-time picture of fast-changing conditions during daylight hours.
With solid instrument meteorological conditions extending hundreds of miles in every direction, a VFR-only pilot was stuck on top. The controller who helped him was among those honored March 4 with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award.
An ice runway that has become a New England destination tradition continues: 2,600 feet of Alton Bay have been scraped clean by dedicated volunteers.
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