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This book is a reveled piece of history and is fairly new on the seller shelf.  If you are into history of World War II, the India-China Division of Air Transport Command.  The book is available by check or money order to Ralph L. Stevenson, 310 E Frank St, Norman OK., 73069-7805.  Send $18 (includes book and shipping).  Offer for a limited time....

February 2016 PRACTICE LOW APPROACHES   Recently my friend, Dean Gillette, a pilot in New England, send me an email asking if it was possible  to do practice low approaches (PLA) to closed runways.  I felt that was worth some investigation and the answers I found were varied depending on the airport and the controlling facility. As for airports under direct control:  Order 7110.65 is the FAA’s guide to ATC.  Section 3-3-2 directs controllers to not allow landings on closed runways, but gives them leeway to allow practice approaches if in their opinion it will not adversely affect other traffic, (both on the ground and aloft)  but to inform the pilot the operation will be at his/her own risk. I took my investigation a step further by calling several ATC towers of varying traffic levels to determine how they handle PLA requests to closed runways. The largest traffic towers such as LAX do not allow them at all…...

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The full Senate has passed the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, which will now go to the House for consideration. The Senate passed the bill, which includes third class medical reform, by unanimous consent on Dec. 15, less than a week after it was reported out by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The House must also pass the bill before it can go to the president for a signature. “This is an enormous step toward getting long-awaited third class medical reforms, and we’re excited that the Senate has moved so decisively to get this done,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “Without a doubt this has been a real fight, but the passage of the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 shows that members of the Senate recognize the value of supporting the general aviation community. This legislation will help hundreds of thousands of general aviation pilots by saving them time, money, and frustration while giving t...

SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES AMENDMENT TO MEDICAL REFORM FREDERICK, MD – The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has passed an amendment offered by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to S. 571, better known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2). The move brings third-class medical reform, for which the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has been advocating for more than a decade, one step closer to reality. A full committee vote on the amended legislation was temporarily deferred as a result of scheduling conflicts. “We are pleased that this vital legislation is still moving ahead, and we look forward to a full committee vote soon,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “The legislation has strong bipartisan support from senators who understand that the third-class medical process is long overdue for reform and want to help hundreds of thousands of pilots fly safely without having to make repeated tri...

CLOSED FOR REPAIR Dear Ralph, The runway & taxiway will be CLOSED for repair, re-sealing & repainting beginning at 08:00, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd.  The contract is for 45 calendar days.  The contractor informed all of us at the pre-construction meeting and with me this morning that he expects the job to be completed in 10 to 14 days, barring unusual circumstances.  He also informed us that he intends to work weekends, weather permitting.   The runway & taxiway will be closed.  All lights, Navaids, & the instrument landing system and the rotating beacon will be shut off & shut down.   The seaway will remain operational & helicopter operations will continue as normal. When the work is completed & the first coat of paint is applied, the runway & taxiway will be re-opened for a period of at least 15 days.  After that period, the runway & taxiway will have to be closed f...

MEDICAL REFORM CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE, SAYS AOPA   FREDERICK, MD –  As support for the Pilots Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2) continues to grow, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) has taken to the Senate floor to explain key provisions of the measure. As of Sept. 25, 67 senators and 140 members of the House from both parties had signed on to cosponsor PBR2. Since July, when the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) sent a call to action asking members to contact their elected officials, the number of PBR2 cosponsors has grown by some 60 names. “We’re pleased to see the number of cosponsors continue to rise,” said Jim Coon, AOPA senior vice president of government affairs. “Tens of thousands of AOPA members have contacted their elected officials and asked them to cosponsor PBR2, and our staff has left no stone unturned when it comes to building support for this legislation. There’s still a lot of work left t...

Out of Longmont, CO comes a mobile catering service... to learn more go to their website. http://www.flightdeckgrill.com/ Flight Deck Grill is a mobile cafe home based at the Vance Brand Airport in Longmont, CO.  We offer breakfast and lunch in a fun, outdoor, and nontraditional entertaining setting. Our menu items have catchy aviation names which pretty much translates to good old grilled American food. Come try the Top Gun Burrito in the morning and return for the Single Engine Angus Burger or Slurry Bomber Float in the afternoon.   We are open 7:30 - 2:00 Wednesday - Sunday, Aprilish through October, and since we are 'Outdoors & In Plane View', if the skies are clear, we'll be there. Whether by foot, bike, car, plane, hot air balloon or parachute, come by and fuel up while taking in Longmont's best view.   See you soon.   And remember your ABCs.... Appetite, Binoculars & Camera!   Dian & Cha...