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.
NIMBY Group Looks To Stir Up Anti-KSMO SentimentSoliciting Complaint Forms For Members Of Congress To Take To The FAAIn an effort to have further restrictions placed on Santa Monica Airport ... or close it all together ... a group describing itself as a "growing network including thousands of people from our local community" has put up a website in an effort to get involved in "shaping the future use of the Santa Monica Airport Land to better the lives of our entire community and future generations."You can bet that it doesn't involve airplanes.
Written by Kara Guzman Santa Cruz Sentinel
- May 20, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A 50-year-old air show will be grounded this year, with no aerobatics and no performances, after the nonprofit Watsonville Fly-In and Air Show decided to hand over the reins to the city.Hank Wempe, the fly-in and air show's board president, said declining attendance and corporate sponsorships forced board members to donate funds out of their own pockets to keep the event going the past few years.The board was tired of just scraping by, Wempe said."What we need is movers and shakers and we didn't have them on our board," Wempe said.Now the Watsonville Municipal Airport, which is owned by the city of Watsonville, will run the show.
Written by GENERAL AVIATION NEWS STAFF
- May 18, 2015
NEW CUYAMA, Calif. – The New Cuyama Airport (L88), a privately owned, public use airport established by Richfield Oil Co. in 1950, has officially reopened after passing Cal Trans inspection.Fly_Cuyama_235_235Located in rural Santa Barbara County in the high desert and bounded by the Sierra Madre and Caliente mountain ranges, the Cuyama Runway is a historic flying destination.