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Stay ahead of the plane--start planning your Expo arrival nowStay ahead of the plane--start planning your Expo arrival now

AOPA Expo 2003 in Philadelphia is less than two weeks away, and given the traffic volume in that area, now is a good time to begin preparing for your arrival.

AOPA Aviation Services personnel have worked closely with Philadelphia air traffic controllers to draft procedures to maintain an orderly flow into the two main Expo airports, Philadelphia Northeast (PNE) and Philadelphia International (PHL). Atlantic is the host FBO at both airports.

Because of the high volume of air carrier traffic at PHL, PNE is the primary airport of AOPA Expo fly-in traffic. There are three arrival routes plotted for PNE—from the northeast, west, and south. Pilots using the western route need to pay special heed to the security-related restrictions while in the vicinity of the Pottstown VOR and Pottstown Limerick Airport (PTW).

There are four routes plotted for PHL—from the north, northeast, south, and west. All pilots using PHL will require the normal clearance before entering Class B airspace.

Pilots are strongly urged to fly in VFR. Those who do choose to file IFR flight plans must obtain a slot reservation and, due to the high volume of IFR traffic in the area, should expect significant delays.

Instructions for obtaining IFR slot reservations, along with graphical depictions of the procedures, frequencies, ground operation instructions, and landing and parking fee information is available on the AOPA Expo 2003 fly-in procedures page. Be sure to check for updates just before heading to Philadelphia.

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