In past years, our mailing address has been linked to the home location of the person who oversees our membership administration. Since we are an organization of volunteers, we have had to change this address in the past as people moved, changed positions, etc.
The good news is that we have recently secured a Sacramento-based address that we intend to use as our permanent mailing address. The new address is:
California Pilots Association
1414 K Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
The bad news is that the US Postal Service did not properly process the change of address form that we submitted to forward mail received at our prior Long Beach, CA address to our new address. We were only made aware of this recently and are in the process of correcting the problem. If you sent mail to our Long Beach, CA address after April 15, then it is possible that your mail was not forwarded properly and may have been returned to you. If this is the case, then we ask that you resend your mail to our new address.
We sincerely apologize for any problems or confusion resulting from the mail forwarding problem.
As always, we are very grateful for your support of CalPilots.
AOPA is hoping for some movement on the relaxation of third class aviation medical requirements "in the next few weeks," according to a report recorded for AOPA Live. Jim Coon, AOPA's senior vice president of government affairs, told the program that medical reform remains AOPA's top priority. "This is an issue we are working on every day," said Coon. "We know how important it is to members and to the future of general aviation, so we will keep pursuing reform through every means available to us." Coon said there now bills before both the Senate and House to introduce the measure and it's also possible it could be added to another bill or as part of the coming FAA reauthorization. FAA funding runs out Sept. 30.
Welcome to the 2015 Big Bear Air Fair!The Big Bear City Airport is pleased to welcome you to its 2015 Air Fair! This exciting event is a longstanding tradition in the community. For more than thirty years, the airport has welcomed audiences young and old to experience the thrill of aviation.
In this issue's Aeromedical Advisory department (p. 5), Federal Air Surgeon Dr. James Fraser explains the importance of new sleep apnea guidance for AMEs, while Checklist (p 20) highlights a few common terminology misconceptions when it comes to airman certificates, ratings and endorsements. Also, Vertically Speaking (p 33) reviews some important summer safety tips for rotorcraft pilots.
Also be sure check out the Check Engine! advice from Editor Sabrina Woods in the Nuts, Bolts, and Electrons department (p. 30) on how to manage the maintenance on your power plant. And be sure to review Susan Parson's Postflight column (p. 36) for a frank discussion on practical performance.
Fly safely around summer storms by getting to know them—and your resources—a little better.
Thunderstorms can be awesomely beautiful phenomena when viewed from the ground. They also contain almost every known aviation hazard—turbulence, icing, hail, lightning, microbursts, reduced visibility, and strong winds. So, when viewed from the air, thunderstorms can be terrifying. Understanding the how and why of the weather and your weather avoidance tools can increase your margin of safety when slipping the surly bonds this summer.
Eight Associations Successfully Lobby Congress Eliminate The ProvisionA group of eight aviation associations recently sent a joint letter to the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee in a successful attempt to convince the committee not to regulate by legislation.At issue was the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill, which contains an amendment to impose a noise curfew at Burbank, California's Bob Hope Airport. The amendment was defeated on Tuesday.The broad coalition had said the amendment circumvents existing federal law (the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990) intended to prevent a patchwork of inconsistent local requirements.
FAA Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Southern California Airspace Improvements
The U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking public comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for the Southern California Metroplex project, a comprehensive proposal to improve the flow of air traffic into and out of Southern California by making the airspace safer and more efficient.
The project proposes to replace dozens of existing conventional air traffic procedures with new satellite-based procedures, which are a key component of the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The Metroplex proposal encompasses most of Southern California and includes six major airports.
Attached is a snapshot of the new 97th edition Los Angeles Section Aeronautical Chart's depiction of the Ivanpah Solar Plant hazard alert.FYI, the boundary symbology the Aeronautical Charting Forum has identified for utilization is the international charting symbol for a radiation hazard.As previously shared, pilots should make reports of associated hazards via the NASA ASRS.Air Traffic Control Western Service CenterOperations Support Group, AJV-W221601 Lind Avenue SW
Pilot Insights - What's Harder? Flying in Class B Airspace or Taxiing at a Complex Airport?For many of us, landing at an airport in Class C or Class B airspace can be a challenge. For some pilots, talking to radar controllers seems intimidating. But, most pilots who fly into towered airports and who use flight-following on a regular basis find that the talking part does not seem so bad. In fact, most of the students that I take into Class B airspace find that it's no big deal. It does require being attentive to the radio and listening for instructions regarding headings and altitudes, but these are not much different than calls we receive when in Class D airspace, talking to Tower.
On May 19, the FAA issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) that advises all operators and pilots of the need to ensure that transponders are in the altitude reporting mode whenever their aircraft is on an airport movement area at all airports. Runway safety systems, such as Airport Surface Detection Equipment-Model X (ASDE-X), use data from surface movement radar and aircraft transponders to obtain accurate aircraft and vehicle locations, thereby increasing airport surface safety and efficiency.
Pilots should ensure their checklists reference transponders in the appropriate places and consult their aircraft's flight manual to determine the specific transponder position to enable altitude reporting. For more information, you can read the full SAFO here: http://go.usa.gov/3XGxA.