February 18, 2014
QUESTION: On a VFR sectional chart, you see a star symbol next to the control tower frequency. What does that star symbol tell you?
ANSWER: The star symbol tells you that control tower operation is part time only. (Source: Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide, page 9)
FAA Information and Services,
Garmin has updated the GDL 69 datalink receiver to take advantage of the SiriusXM G4 network, providing pilots with weather data and music.
No one likes to blow a radio exchange with ATC, but it's not possible to know exactly when a handoff from one center sector to another, or from a center to approach, is going to happen.
You should stick with someone you trust for the long-term maintenance of your aircraft assuming he or she is skilled and thorough. That said, there is significant value to getting a fresh pair of eyes on your airplane every so often.
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