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FAA urged to align airspace actions with VFR chart updates

Advocacy | Dec 05, 2012

The FAA could reduce the risk of midair collisions by overhauling its practice of implementing military airspace actions on timetables unaligned with VFR chart update cycles, AOPA said.

Aviation apps you can't live without

Article | Nov 13, 2012

What iPhone/iPad/Android aviation-related app could you not live without? Pilots weighed in with their choices.

FltPlan.com significantly upgrades mobile capability

Article | Oct 10, 2012

FltPlan.com has added document support, faster downloads and an expanded collection of georeferenced charts for its iPad application.

Hone your IFR skills

Article | Sep 19, 2012

Flying IFR is a dynamic undertaking - and not just because of the weather. Find out how to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

Tougher, brighter stock coming to FAA charts

Advocacy | May 01, 2012

The FAA is taking aim at the tattered edges of well-worn charts with an upgrade to the paper used for VFR charts.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

‘This is what I must do’ Namesake pursues Amelia Earhart's dream A Denver TV news reporter with a distinctly aeronautical name is reaching for a future in aviation modeled on an ancestor’s historic past. KUSA-TV 9 News reporter Amelia Rose Earhart says she knew after taking a first flight lesson in 2004 that she and her famous ancestor had more than a name in common.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

A recent legal interpretation of FAR 91.130, "Operations in Class C airspace," by the FAA chief counsel answers a question about the two-way radio communications requirement for an aircraft departing a satellite airport in Class C airspace. (As a reminder, a satellite airport is any airport that exists within Class C or D controlled airspace, but is not the so-called "primary" airport on which the airspace is based. The satellite airport may or may not have an operating control tower.) This provides an opportunity to review the communications requirements for airports in controlled airspace (different controlled airspaces are depicted or coded on aeronautical charts), and helps us to better understand the interpretation.

Wx Watch: The whys of wind

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

The airport is quiet. No taxiing, no runups, no one in the pattern, no one on the radio. And the weather is good VFR. What's going on? Chances are, a look at the windsock will give the answer.

Fly like a fighter: Where'd my maps go?

Fly like a fighter | Feb 01, 2012

A negative-G guns jink sprays maps, charts, and approach plates onto the top of retired Air Force pilot Larry Brown's F-15 canopy, teaching him a valuable lesson he adheres to today in his Cessna P210--even though he won't be doing any negative-G pushovers.

Chart provider shuts down citing FAA changes

Article | Jan 12, 2012

New fees for digital chart products were on the horizon, but a California producer of wire-bound books of charts designed for handy cockpit use shut down because of a preliminary step by FAA, a company owner said.