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AOPA Action in California

Article | Mar 01, 2007

A 'nasty' fight develops in San Diego Local pilots, San Diego city attorneys, state officials, and AOPA are battling Sunroad Enterprises in the Superior Court of California because Sunroad refuses to shorten a new tall building located seven-tenths of a mile from a Montgomery Field runway. The FAA has determined that the height of the building at 180 feet not only would pose a threat to visual aircraft operations but also would affect circling minimums for IFR aircraft, and the agency has asked repeatedly that the building be deconstructed down to 160 feet.

Flying Seasons

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

What looks pretty from the air can be a problem when you land This article launches a 13-part series highlighting the types of accidents that occur in a particular season of the year. Each month we'll look at a primary accident cause, examine the reasons for the accidents, and provide tips and advice on how to avoid those accidents.

Super Bowl TFR shuts out GA

Article | Nov 01, 2005

Super Bowl TFR shuts out GA Boaters, others have greater access This year's Super Bowl will be subject to unprecedented security measures — matching those given to President Bush when he travels. The Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, will be surrounded by a 10-nm no-fly zone and a de facto air defense identification zone (ADIZ) from 10 to 30 nm in which pilots must be on an active flight plan and "squawk and talk" with air traffic control.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Truckee-Tahoe Airport seen as battleground Are the three board members of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District planning on violating rules that came with past FAA airport grants? It looks that way to supporters, and AOPA officials have identified Truckee-Tahoe Airport as the potential site of the country's next big airport battle. After winning a majority of the five airport board seats last year, noise opponents have now delayed accepting an additional $450,000 in federal grant money that might restrict their ability to impose noise or growth limits on the airport.


Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

The Pacific Northwest's best passage If the weather's going to be down, it's down at Cascade Locks, says Marv Woidyla. A man of quiet authority, Woidyla is the former deputy sheriff and mayor of Fairview, Oregon, and the current owner of Gorge Winds Aviation, based at Portland-Troutdale Airport.


Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

How low do they go? In January's AOPA Pilot article "How Low Do They Go?" the author several times refers to descending to 500 or 1,000 feet agl while in the military operations area (MOA). The sectional chart piece that illustrates the article has a notation in several places stating, "MOA excludes airspace at and below 1,500 feet agl." I frequently fly under MOAs that have the same sort of limitation shown on the sectional.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

AOPA President Phil Boyer has served the association for the past 14 years. I write this month's column immediately after ending a meeting with a team from Lockheed Martin, the winner of an FAA contract to assume design and operation of a twenty-first-century flight service station system — FS21.


Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has been reporting on the general aviation industry for nearly two decades.

TFR Not Recommended

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2004

In today's complex airspace environment it is critical to be aware of how your planned flight plots vis-à-vis current weather and airspace restrictions. In fact, the presidential campaign during this election year promises increased security measures and more restricted flight areas — just one more reason why you must know existing and planned airspace restrictions before you go on any flight, be it local, VFR, IFR, or for training purposes.