Training Tip: Aircraft speed limits
Reviewing this regulation will make you a more effective plane spotter when ATC calls out fast traffic in busy (and haze-laden) airspace.
Pilots share Chino Fly-In excitement on social media
Pilots who attended AOPA's fifth regional fly-in of the year in Chino, California, shared the excitement of the people, airplanes, and educational events via social media. See what they were saying.
SoCal pilots descend on Chino
AOPA's fifth regional fly-in of 2014 brought 329 aircraft and some 2,500 people to Chino, California, Sept. 20.
September 19, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
September 19, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: 'Detailed rules and requirements'
September 19, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter
September 19, 2014 GA battles Ebola, terrorists; IMC equipment failure
Global Flight Following In The Works
Aireon LLC, a private company based in McLean, Va., announced a plan over the weekend to offer global emergency tracking as a public service to the aviation community, free-of-charge, by 2017. The Aireon Alert service will allow rescue agencies to request the location and last flight track of any 1090 MHz ADS-B equipped aircraft flying in airspace currently without surveillance, the company said in a news release. "A comprehensive, global aircraft tracking solution is essential in emergency situations, as evidenced by MH370 earlier this year and Air France 447 in 2009," said Aireon CEO Don Thoma.
Doing my run-up and getting ready to depart for my first cross-country as a student, the tower instructed me to hold short. Over the radio, in a frantic voice, I heard: "Help me. Help me. I'm a student pilot on my first cross-country, and I'm lost. I've been flying around and around, and I don't know where I am." I sat and listened as the controller failed to establish the student's location. Finally, the tower told the student to please hold -- then told me I was clear for take-off. I flew away listening as the controller and student continued on and on trying to establish a ground reference. -- Michael Woodard
FAA Calls ADS-B 'Summit'
The FAA says it's done its part and now it's up to the aviation industry to meet the 2020 deadline for mandatory ADS-B equipage. To that end the agency will hold a "call to action summit" to discuss how to bring tens of thousands of aircraft into compliance in a little more than six years.
FAA Changes Certification Process
While there is currently no backlog of certification applications at the FAA, the agency says it's changing the way it processes those applications. The new process replaces "project sequencing" with a system the FAA says "offers applicants increased predictability and a commitment to a response time for the review of the applicant's compliance data."
Congressmen Want Controller Hiring Scheme Scrapped
Two Illinois congressmen have introduced legislation that would force the FAA to abandon a controversial new recruitment process to fill an anticipated 10,000 air traffic controller openings over the next 10 years. Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren and Democrat Dan Lipinski introduced the Safe Towers Act on Friday.