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Datalink Roundup

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Datalink Roundup Weather to Go What's it like in there? --> BY AOPA PILOT STAFF WRITERS (From AOPA Pilot, March 2004.) You're headed from Jackson, Mississippi, to Brownsville, Texas, and here's how your day is going: Alarm didn't go off; running late; spilled coffee driving to the airport while on the cell phone getting a briefing from flight service (yeah, you shouldn't drink, drive, and talk on the phone all at once, but these are life's pressures; at least there's no shaving or makeup involved). Thank goodness the weather's supposed to be good, right? Now, en route, you're feeling like maybe you drank too much of that coffee; it's bumpy, there's a big, fat headwind, and what's this? ATC talking at 20 knots gusting to 30: "Attention all aircraft: Convective Sigmet 11C valid until 2055 Zulu, an area from 50 west-southwest of Lufkin to 120 south-southwest Lake Charles to 100 southeast of Palacios to...." Wait a minute, where's Palacios? What's next? Did he say Brownsville? Was that embedded thunderstorms with tops to Flight Level 450? Oh man, you missed half of it.

Pilots urged to help prevent 121.5 MHz ELT ban

Article | Mar 20, 2013

AOPA is reminding pilots concerned about the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) to submit their comments to the FCC by April 1. AOPA strongly opposes the proposal, which in effect would force pilots to switch to 406 MHz ELTs, thereby hindering, rather than improving, aviation safety.

Don't ban 121.5 MHz ELTs, AOPA says

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2013

The Federal Communication Commission's plan to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs--effectively forcing pilots to switch to 406 MHz ELTs--would hinder, not improve, aviation safety and conflicts with existing laws, AOPA says.

Waypoints: Throttling George

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

The life and times of the new Beechcraft

PilotWorkshops acquires ZD Publishing's GPS manuals

Article | Feb 08, 2013

PilotWorkshops announced Feb. 7 that it has acquired the assets, copyrights, and inventory of ZD Publishing, known within the aviation industry for its line of user-friendly training manuals that focus on Garmin and Bendix/King handheld and panel-mount GPS units.

Never Again: A sleepless night

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Fatigue and flying don't mix

AOPA supports proposed Oregon routes

Advocacy | Jan 24, 2013

The FAA has proposed creating two new T-routes (low-altitude RNAV routes) to replace Victor airway segments that will be eliminated with the planned decommissioning of the Portland, Ore., VOR/DME in 2013.

GPS tracking to speed Alaska rescues

Advocacy | Jan 24, 2013

Help for downed aircraft in Alaska could arrive sooner under a new program that will send distress messages including GPS coordinates from participating pilots' satellite tracking devices directly to flight service stations, where they would be matched with active VFR flight plans.

Apps of the week: Charts and maps

Article | Jan 10, 2013

This week AOPA takes a look at five charts and maps apps recommended by AOPA members, including SkyChartsPro, AeroFlare, Aeronautical Charts, ZephyrCharts, and Anywhere Map.

FCC takes measured approach to 121.5 MHz ELTs

Advocacy | Jan 09, 2013

The FCC has opted to ask questions and gather comments before taking further action on 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters.

Pilot input sought on modernizing Phoenix airspace

Advocacy | Jan 09, 2013

The FAA is embarking on a three-year effort to modernize the Phoenix airspace utilizing NextGen and performance-based navigation (PBN) technologies. AOPA is asking pilots to speak up.

Pilots submit favorite apps

Article | Jan 03, 2013

This week AOPA highlights member-submitted apps that can be used for flight planning, navigation, and glideslope indications.

Ownership: Winterize yourself

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

What to wear when Old Man Winter comes to stay.