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By Kristin Winter Contributing editor Kristin Winter shares her experiences at AOPA’s last regional fly-in of 2016 in Prescott, Ariz. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) made a huge change a few years ago when it discontinued its big annual convention and chose to organize regional fly-ins instead. In 2016, these fly-ins have started to hit their stride. I decided to check out the last one of the year held at Ernest A. Love Field (KPRC) in Prescott, Ariz. on Oct. 1, 2016. I’d last attended an AOPA regional event in May 2015, in Salinas, Calif. AOPA reported that the Prescott event drew 6,300 attendees—about two-and-a-half times the number that attended Salinas the year prior. That figure is as many as attended the last AOPA Aviation Summit in 2013. The local scene AOPA’s regional fly-ins all seem to have their own flavor, depending on the aviation scene locally. As Prescott is home to one of the two major campuses of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), the university had a big presence. ERAU had a tent to welcome alumni which I checked into, as I meet the prerequisite. Embry-Riddle also had a recruitment tent. The campus itself is a few miles away…
December 2015 Mere miles away from the US mainland, Victoria, BC is a worthy destination and constitutes international travel to boot! Situated on the southern tip of Canada’s Vancouver Island, only the Strait of Juan de Fuca separates the city from Port Angeles to the south, and the Haro Strait and San Juan Islands from Bellingham and Seattle to the east.
Last month Pam Busboom explained everything that is needed to make an international flight originating in the United States. In part two, she goes step-by-step on how to fill out all of the online paperwork. In the second half of this article I’ll be walking you through exactly how to register on the FCC website, apply for your radio license documents, get enrolled with eAPIS and order your CPB decal. Brace yourself: we are about to embark on a journey through government forms, applications, passwords and terminology. Step one: Get your FRN from the FCCFirst things first: you have to register on the FCC website. The result of this registration will be that you get a unique 10-digit identification number called an FCC Registration Number (FRN). As far as the FCC is concerned, that number equals you. To do this, go to the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) website at There, you will see a number of selections, one of which says “new users.” Click here.You are now on a second screen with several options. You can either look for public domain records, update an earlier registration (but you’ll need an FRN to do that) or—and this is what…
This document provides references for filing International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Filed Flight Plans (FPL) and associated flight planning messages for flights within United States domestic airspace. Follow this link to download from original source. FAA ICAO Flight Planning Interface Reference Guide
Form FCC 605, Schedule C, is a supplementary schedule for use with the FCC Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and the General Mobile Radio Services, FCC 605 Main Form. This schedule is used to supply information for authorizations in the Aircraft Radio Service (Part 87). The FCC 605 Main Form must be filed in conjunction with this schedule.
LightHawk volunteer pilots provide the powerful perspective of flight to help conservation experts make better decisions. June 2015- This month we’re diverting from our regular destination feature. Instead of focusing on one small area of our marvelous planet, we’d like to draw attention to the wild locations found in between the airports, bed-and-breakfast inns and hundred-dollar-hamburger spots. Dan Pimentel has put the spotlight on some pilots who volunteer to do a different kind of daytripping in this month’s story, which we’ve titled, “Destination: Downstream.” We hope you enjoy the tour. —Ed. While there is disagreement about the existence of a changing climate, there is one particular part of that debate to which all parties, regardless of politics, can agree: we all live on this one planet called Earth. And that’s not about to change in our lifetimes. Every day, people discuss what we should be doing to protect our planet, and whether it needs protecting at all. But if you’re a volunteer pilot for LightHawk—a nonprofit organization that began in 1979 with one man and a borrowed plane—your mission isn’t to support a particular side of the argument. Your mission is to provide support for those working to solve the…
If you like tall trees, saltwater, clean air, wildlife, hiking, biking, sailing and an easy pace of life, it's time to put "Flying into the San Juan Islands" up near the top of your flying bucket list. May 2015- Needing a large dose of slow-down last fall, I traveled from California back to the Great Northwest—land of the big trees and water—where I first learned to fly. I had family in the Seattle area and visited frequently, but never felt recharged after those big-city visits. I needed rest. The San Juan Islands—"SJI"—is an archipelago consisting of 15 larger islands located in the farthest northwest corner of the continental United States. It seemed like the perfect place for a getaway. The major islands are Lopez, San Juan, Shaw and Orcas. These islands are served several times a day by ferry boats of the Washington State Ferry System. The smaller islands—Decatur, Blakely, Stuart, Waldron, and Henry—are not.
It's more than just a mile from Texarkana, and it's more than just a relic from the steamboat days. April 2015- The surveyors were off—by a whole 30 miles—but the song is still popular. That song would be "Cotton Fields" recorded in 1940 by blues legend Lead Belly and covered by everyone from The Beach Boys, Elvis, Johnny Cash, and, of course, Creedence Clearwater Revival. Shreveport, La., a city with a metro area of over 350,000 residents, is now the economic center for a tri-state area known as "ArkLaTex." Shreveport today is revitalized in large part because of the introduction of riverboat gambling in the 1990s. With five casinos in the Shreveport-Bossier area, locals—and visitors (mainly from "Ark" and "Tex")—can find their favorite slot machines, games tables, and even a horseracing track. If a quiet day fishing by kayak is more your style, Shreveport can provide that, too. Several outdoor recreational areas, including Cypress Black Bayou in nearby Benton, provide visitors an opportunity to fish, swim, camp and explore. Bassmaster fishing tournaments are held frequently on the Red River, and this twisty-turny waterway is what geographically separates old-town Shreveport and Bossier City (pronounced "Bozhur"). The climate here is zone eight,…
Start flight planning today to point your Cessna at these destinations, where an awesome meal awaits. March 2015- In part one of the "Best of the Best" Airport Restaurant series that ran last month in this magazine, I told you about steakhouses, bistros, laid-back cafes and white-tablecloth dining rooms.All of the restaurants—those highlighted last month, and those featured this month— are located right on an airfield and have been given five stars by visitors of John Purner's $100 Hamburger website.In the coming weeks, winter weather will give way to spring temperatures and blue skies, and soon we'll all be out there looking for more places to fly our airplanes. So grab your iPad or paper charts, and get to work setting course now for the following 13 airport restaurants.
John Purner's $100 Hamburger guide and website details all of the airport restaurants you absolutely must visit. February 2015- John Purner literally wrote the book on the hundred-dollar hamburger, and his guidebook and website provide all the information any aviator needs to find wonderful locations on or near runways for a perfect airport meal—including, but not limited to, those three-digit burgers.Each year, Purner's website visitors rate the many listings, and the very best receive five stars. When those eateries are located right on an airport, they become Purner's "Best of the Best." In 2014, 26 airport restaurants made the list.Purner writes that the "Best of" list includes "very impressive high-dollar white tablecloth uptown cafes, [while] others are down-home spots. Each is special, and every region of the country is represented."Purner continues, "With this list, you can look forward to having a meal at an award-winning restaurant this year... they are just a flying adventure away.''What follows is a summary of the first half of Purner's "Best of the Best" places to consume exquisite airport meals, presented in no particular order. The remaining 13 restaurants will be published next month in this magazine.
February 2005 I met Karl Finatzer in the arrivals hall at Johannesburg International and he promptly took me to an American-styled restaurant where I was expected to consume a T-bone steak the size of a toilet seat—some sort of tradition, I think. I can't remember the time of day but my stomach was somewhere between wake-up call and breakfast time. This was going to be no ordinary week.
March 2005 That's a Lot of Hamburgers . . . When Flyer publisher Jennifer Dellenbusch asked me to write about ten $100 hamburger destinations near where my wife Sara and I live in suburban Wichita, I answered, "Gee I'm not sure I have $1,000 for hamburgers."
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