The Arizona Flight Training Workgroup will meet again at 9:30 a.m. local Jan. 15, 2014, at the Scottsdale Flight Standards District Office, 17777 N. Perimiter Drive, Scottsdale.
Expect lively discussions on flight training, air safety and the latest news in aviation.
Here’s an interactive map to help plan how to get there:
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Here are some of the highlights:
- Local airport control towers invite flight instructors and their students up for visits.
- The practice ILS at Luke Auxiliary Airfield near the south proving grounds, in the northwest Valley, is available for both training and currency. But, it cannot be used on checkrides.
- Remember Falcon Field’s north runway is closed when the tower is closed. Make left traffic Runway 04R, and right traffic on 22L, to stay on the north side of the airport, as outlined in the AFD.
Read more by downloading a PDF of all the meeting notes here.
Mark your calendars for 0930 local Nov. 13 at the Scottsdale FSDO for the next meeting of the Arizona Flight Training Workgroup.
Last spring’s tragic midair collision in the northwest Valley has brought about increased awareness of the need for greater emphasis on standardized procedures and improved safety education among flight instructors.
While the National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate (http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20130531X43432&key=1), flight schools and the AFTW plan more outreach and safety communications to a wider audience of instructors and their students this fall to help maintain good collision avoidance procedures during air training work.
Details on this and the rest of the AFTW meeting on Sept. 11 can be downloaded as a PDF here.
A reminder that, with fire-fighting season in full swing across much of the western United States, Temporary Flight Restrictions will be abundant.
Check NOTAMS before each flight. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (IWA) and Prescott (PRC) airports are often used as staging airports for firefighting aircraft. Be alert for possible procedure changes at those airports to accommodate them.
This reminder is among several others from the July 10 meeting of the Arizona Flight Training Workgroup.
For other helpful safety tips, on practice Instrument Approach Procedures, to local airport issues, download a PDF copy of the minutes here.