A simple rule... one made very clear in all the training pilots
receive here and around the world is that if you can not proceed
under Visual Flight Rules, and are not IFR-rated and current, then
one should should not proceed into IFR conditions. Many unwary
pilots break these rules - those that do are thereupon sorted
into two categories... lucky to be alive and unlucky to be
dead. It's simple basic judgment... or so we once
The FAA is moving forward with a controversial proposal that
would shutter 20 weather offices at regional air traffic control
centers, and serve up weather information from two centrally
located facilities in Maryland and Missouri. The move immediately
drew fire from unions representing both Weather Service employees
and air traffic controllers.
Last year was a tough one for the US Postal Service. With the
nation's largest fleet of over a quarter-million vehicles, those
weeks of 4-dollar gasoline generated losses in the billions. One of
the budget cuts the service considered to save money was elminating
the contract for delivery of mail by air in a rugged, remote area
along the Salmon River in Idaho.
Hoping to jump-start aircraft sales in the Midwest, several
aircraft manufacturers' representatives have banded together to
host aircraft shows in the region. The first, called the Show
Me Air Expo, will be held at Midwest Aviation Center at Spirit of
St. Louis Airport June 11 and 12.