AOPA Expo 2004 starts Thursday, and if you're flying in, make sure you've planned your flight in the busy Los Angeles basin airspace. Arrival procedures for pilots planning to land at Long Beach /Daugherty Field (LGB) are available on AOPA Online.
AOPA Aviation Services personnel worked closely with FAA air traffic controllers to develop five VFR (visual flight rules) arrival routes for pilots coming from the north, south, and east.
VFR is the preferred way to arrive at Long Beach. Pilots filing IFR will be required to obtain a "slot reservation" for a landing time under an FAA special traffic management program in effect during Expo.
The online procedures include both text and graphical depictions of the routes. The graphical depictions are not approved for navigation - pilots are advised to obtain a current Los Angeles Terminal Area Chart (TAC). In addition, one of the routes skirts the edge of the temporary flight restriction over Disneyland, which is not depicted on the Los Angeles TAC. Pilots need to be sure to obtain the latest notams before flying to Long Beach.
Long Beach Airport (LGB) has one of the most complex ground operations in the United States. A link on the AOPA Arrival Procedures page will take pilots to the FAA's Runway Safety page, which includes a "high alert chart" for LGB, pointing out some of the problem areas that pilots need to be alert for.
Upon arrival, pilots will be directed to parking areas. Due to security procedures at the airport, which also has airline operations, pilots need to remain with their aircraft until a shuttle bus arrives to take them to the host FBO, Airflite. There, they will need to register. Airflite has agreed to reduce its parking fee to only $15 for the entire event.
October 18, 2004