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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,
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.
AOPA’s Air Safety Institute has awarded Flight Assist Commendations to 10 air traffic controllers who guided general aviation pilots to safe landings despite thunder storms, icing, mountainous terrain, and inoperative instruments and radios.
The FAA needs to be more efficient and complete critical projects, House leaders said during a hearing on FAA reauthorization.
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