The Los Angeles area contains some of the most complex and congested airspace in the country. Establishing new controlled airspace in the midst of it may harm, not help, flight safety in the area, the FAA said in a 1991 Federal Register notice. Nearly 20 years later, the FAA is again attempting to establish Class C airspace to improve safety.

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Climbing Into Thin Air
How does an airport suddenly go from being 2,000 feet to more than a mile high? Barring a “Hollywood-style” seismic event at your airport, the answer is density altitude; in other words, how high an aircraft “thinks” it is. When density altitude is high as a result of temperatures above standard at a given altitude, the air is less dense than normal. As a result, your aircraft will perform as if at a higher altitude with degraded climb performance and acceleration, which are two important factors on a hot, humid day with a short runway and 50-foot pine trees looming at the end.

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The county ALUC (Airport Land Use Commission) is meeting Thursday, July 22, at 10 a.m. to consider the Flea market application at the approach end of 31. They are meeting at the county Board of Supervisor chambers at 481 4th Street, Hollister. If you have any concerns regarding this issue, please try to attend the meeting and voice your opinion.

(Editor’s Note: A 10:00 AM meeting time of the ALUC seems counter to getting working pilots to attend this important meeting)

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With hot weather comes an increase in wild fires and associated aerial fire fighting activity. Temporary Flight Restrictions are normally put in place around a fire to protect this aerial activity. To see a list of current TFRs and a map of their location go to http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html or go to www.faa.gov and click on the…

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Westover Field in Jackson, CA.
Local pilots association changes its name.
At its general meeting on July 21, the Amador County Pilots Association voted to change its official name to the Amador Aviation Alliance.

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California pilot Clay Lacy will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, on July 17. “Clay was [in early] on corporate jet aviation and helped make Lear a household name and opened up that sector of the aviation industry,” said Ron Kaplan, enshrinement director at the Hall of Fame. Lacy…

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The July/August 2010 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on aviation weather and its critical effect on safe general aviation (GA) flying. Articles address obtaining and interpreting weather data, developing strategies for avoiding marginal or hazardous weather, and what services air traffic control can and cannot provide in adverse conditions. The link to the online…

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