Check out “FAA Handbooks for the Aspiring Aviator” in the Jan/Feb issue of FAA Safety Briefing. The article reviews several of the free FAA pilot resources available online, including the Student Pilot Guide, the Airplane Flying Handbook, and the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/?cid=FB103
Responding to a recommendation proposed by the Aviation Educators breakout group, Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) announced that it is now offering the PDF versions of its syllabi for download from ASA’s website at no charge. The PDFs include two Private Pilot syllabi and one syllabus each for Instrument, Commercial, and Helicopter.
The specific recommendation to which ASA responded “addresses a specific problem…of instructors teaching using the seat of their pants without the use of a syllabus or plan of action.” The recommendation also challenged industry to provide “standardized curriculum templates that instructors (14 CFR 61 as well as 141) can use.” According to symposium chair Bob Wright, “We are delighted that ASA and others have taken the symposium’s message to heart and are responding with prompt action.”
Information generated since the symposium is posted to the training reform website as it becomes available, and a significant portion of the proceedings will soon be available for viewing through the Aero-News Network’s Aero-TV.
The Aviator Alert Bulletin from the Phoenix Deer Valley Air Traffic Control Tower offers some excellent tips and information on taxi-clearance requirements, holding short of a runway, and use of that pesky phrase “Roger” and what it really means.
DVT Tower’s Rob Smuda says the Aviator Alert is not a regular publication. Rather, it was distributed after a recent review of pilot deviation causal factors. Jim McMahon, the new DVT Air Traffic Manager is committed to keeping the aviation community informed on issues through various forums and attendance at user meetings.
Plus, find some timely excerpts from the AIM confronting pilots and flight instructors in the current airport operations environment.
The Aviator Alert Bulletin appears as feature of the Deer Valley Pilots’ Association website at dvtpilots.com. Check it out!
In addition to the area being used for live fire munitions training, the airspace is increasingly being used for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) training. The UAVs in this area are not the Predator class type aircraft you may be familiar with but various smaller models used for tactical purposes in remote theatres of operation.
As many of you know, the use of UAVs are increasing in the National Airspace System. R2310 is being scheduled much more than it has been historically in order to support this training.
There have been several events recently in which GA aircraft have encroached on the restricted area, particularly near the launch and recovery area. Recently a UAV operating within R2310 came within several hundred feet of a GA aircraft operating within the restricted area when it was NOTAMed active.
In conversation with the Army representative, it was determined that the launch and recovery area is located at the extreme southwest corner of R2310 north of Florence. Though the UAV is cleared to operate out of sight within the entire Restricted Area as NOTAMed, visual confirmation of R2310 incursions by GA aircraft where observed there. It is important to note that there is no buffer on the airspace and the UAV may operate up to its lateral and vertical limits.
Detailed .pdf and .ppt Graphics are below:
Here’s a link to a PDF depicting the Prescott Area’s Flight Training Practice Area, and procedures to follow when operating in the vicinity of PRC.