June 2015

Aviation Interest

Thunderstorms

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.

Aviation Interest

Congress Drops Noise Amendment To Appropriations Bill

Eight Associations Successfully Lobby Congress Eliminate The Provision

A 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.

Aviation Regulation

Southern California Airspace Improvements

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.

Aviation Interest

Pilot Insights –

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.