Don’t Let ICAO Sneak Up On You!

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For years now the FAA has been moving towards changing all flight plans, both VFR and IFR filed within the U.S. border to ICAO. A few years ago ICAO Flight Plans were required for IFR flights requesting RVSM handling, then it was required of all aircraft crossing the ADIZ. As of the end of January 2017, ALL flight plans will be required to use the ICAO form. But it doesn’t have to be painful. For GA aircraft doing VFR flights, most of the information entered into the current domestic flight plans is the same, it just looks a little different.   […]

Rewriting Aviation Weather

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Greetings and Happy Holidays to all! For those of you with more than a passing interest in the weather side of aviation, I thought I would point out that the National Weather Service has just updated the AC 00-45 (Aviation Weather Service order) to version H. This version is significantly different than its predecessor. The NWS has been rampantly making changes as instrumentation and computer technologies leap forward. They have created a plethora of new weather “products” – charts and graphics relevant to aviation. The document also indicates that many older type charts will be phased out as the newer […]

EAA Young Eagles get 10%

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Greetings, For years now I have worked to promote aviation to young people.  I’ve gone to school career days, gotten kids involved with the Civil Air Patrol and even taken my nephews up for their first introductory flights when they turned 13.  One of them went on to get his pilot’s license and fly for the marine corps. Aviation has given a lot to me so I am giving it back. The EAA’s Young Eagles program is one of the best at introducing the next generation to the wonders of flight.  They will receive 10% of the royalties I receive from sales […]

ERAU ATC History Presentation

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Air Traffic Control will celebrate 100 years of service in 2020.  The history of its evolution over that time is the subject of a presentation I made for Embry Riddle University’s History of Aviation Program at their Prescott, AZ campus.  The presentation drew a full house including students, pilots and many from the local community. At this time Embry Riddle has my presentation available to the general public on their website.    http://commons.erau.edu/aviation-history/9   

Request To the Aviation Community

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Greetings all! Many of you know that I give presentations on many aspects of aviation and enjoy spending time with my pilot friends.  I am collecting stories from controllers, flight service specialists, pilots and anyone who has interacted with ATC for many years.  These stories will serve as the basis for a book I am writing on the history of Air Traffic Control.   I already have all the technical and governmental information, what I need is a look at how the people have interacted over time. For instance, I knew a lady who worked at Gallup Flight Service named Cindy.  […]