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Atlanta’s Class B airspace changes take effect March 7

Advocacy | Jan 10, 2013

A new configuration of the Class B airspace in Atlanta, Ga., that takes effect March 7 will mitigate many of the concerns expressed by general aviation pilots during the airspace redesign process, AOPA said.

IFR Fix: The 200-knot gust

IFR Fix | Nov 30, 2012

New Hampshire's Mount Washington can be, as the observatory there states, "the home of the world's worst weather."

IFR Fix: Circle game

IFR Fix | Nov 16, 2012

What's the most important altitude depicted on an instrument approach plate?

Las Vegas airspace plan remains short on solutions

Article | Nov 06, 2012

The FAA has published a notice of proposed rulemaking for the redesign of the Las Vegas Class B airspace that makes minor concessions to general aviation's concerns but fails to adopt a majority of GA's safety and efficiency recommendations, AOPA said.

IFR Fix: The Z-Y-X of IAPs

Article | Sep 28, 2012

If straight-in instrument approach procedures have a runway number in their title, and circling approaches get letters, why do some IAPs have both? It all flows from the FAA's IAP naming convention, a nuanced system for naming IAPs as descriptively as possible.

IFR Fix: Only partially prepared

IFR Fix | Aug 24, 2012

A conventional vacuum-driven artificial horizon has its miniature aircraft's nose on the horizon, and the right wing slightly low. The directional gyro disagrees--its facial motion suggesting a left turn. The tiebreaking turn coordinator maintains a stoic, wings-level neutrality. Three bank instruments, three indications. Which to believe?

IFR Fix: The WEF and the WIE

IFR Fix | Aug 17, 2012

There must be a natural law to make sure that if someone writes an IFR training column discussing how to use a VOR cross-radial to nail down an instrument approach fix, a notice to airmen will pop up the next day placing that VOR out of service. That happened right here about three weeks ago. Here's hoping the notam didn't spoil anybody's practice flight.

Pilots, controllers to use new SID phraseology

Advocacy | Aug 08, 2012

The FAA has modified phraseology used to issue clearances to pilots for route transitions, standard instrument departures (SIDs), and RNAV SIDs that contain speed and altitude restrictions. The changes go into effect Aug. 15.

IFR Fix: Sorry, no METARs

Article | Jul 20, 2012

For two pilots planning to fly a flamenco artist to a performance in the mountainous Rangeley, Maine, area, the flight time would be brief, but possibly, far from routine, particularly with few weather services in the area.

Southwest route changes take effect July 26

Advocacy | Jun 21, 2012

The FAA has published a final rule modifying several airways in the Southwest and establishing RNAV routes (T-routes) in connection with the scheduled fall decommissioning of the Cochise, Ariz., Vortac.