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.
If you wanted to visit Jekyll Island in the early 1900s, you would have been out of luck unless your name appeared on a social registry with the likes of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Pulitzers. Now, all are welcome. Consider stopping by while you are in the area for AOPA's St. Simon Fly-In Nov. 8.
Safe Flight has developed an icing detector that senses icing conditions before ice develops, allowing pilots to escape.
Information on avoiding dangerous icing encounters.
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