Endorsement from Rod Machado

Rod Machado writes a monthly column for AOPA Pilot magazine. The May 2014 edition, which discusses using simulation to reduce training costs, includes this comment about my book (thanks, Rod):

Your first purchase should be a book that will give you the intimate details of simulator operations. Without a doubt, one of the best on the market is Bruce Williams’s Scenario-Based Training with X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator.

A/FD to Include all Traffic Pattern Altitudes

FAA has decided to publish “all traffic pattern altitudes, standard and non-standard” in the Airport/Facility Directory. At present, FAA is adding information about TPA to the National Airspace System Resources (NASR) database. Once the data are in the system, TPA will appear in the A/FD as it is revised.

The decision to include all TPA in the A/FD comes from a topic of discussion at the the Aeronautical Charting Forum. FAA has starting publishing contact information for airport managers in the A/FD.

The latest update came at the ACF meeting on April 29, 2014 outside Washington, DC. .

For more information about the NASR, see AC 150/5200-35 and the website for the National Flight Data Center (NFDC).

Update on VOR Decommissioning

The Aeronautical Charting Forum, a forum sponsored by FAA, met on April 29, 2014 outside Washington, DC. Among the items on the agenda was an update on FAA’s plans to reduce the number of VORs to a minimum operational network (MON). You can download and review a PDF version of the FAA’s PowerPoint presentation here. (Minutes from the full two-day meeting are available here.)

Key points:

  • FAA now plans to transition from a legacy network of 967 VORs to a MON of  approximately 500 VORs by FY2025. That’s a slip of five years from the previous goal of establishing the MON by 2020. For more background, see the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) Information Paper (PDF).
  • The number of VORs comprising the MON may increase or decrease depending on the requirements for the Department of Defense and the Tactical Operations Committee.

You can find additional details about the FAA’s program to decommission VORs here at BruceAir’s blog: