Rich Sugden's GPS Approach Diary »

The whole, sordid tale of the Driggs ID GPS approach for students of bureaucratic inertia and gluttons for punishment. Others proceed at your own risk. A special supplement to " The Saga of the Driggs (Idaho) GPS Approach ." More

The Saga of the Driggs (Idaho) GPS Approach »

If you think mastering the user interface of an approach-certified TSO C129 GPS is tough, just try getting a new GPS approach! Case in point: the new GPS-A approach at Driggs, Idaho, a popular fly-in destination on the western edge of Grand Teton National Park. In this article, an aircraft owner and pilot based at Driggs documents his incredible two and a half year struggle to get a GPS approach commissioned, published and flyable. Believe it or not, getting the FAA to design and approve the approach turned out to be the easy part! Persuading Garmin to fix their software so it will recognize the approach turned out to be the real stumbling block. Is the ordeal over yet? Hard to tell. More

Ski Country ATC: A Proposed Solution »

Aircraft flying to popular Colorado ski destinations like Aspen and Eagle have been facing ever-increasing ATC delays. In this article, a Denver Center controller explains the reasons for these delays, and predicts the problem is only going to get worse. The author and some of his ZDV colleagues have proposed a solution to the FAA: creation of a new "Mountain Approach Control" facility at Grand Junction. But this probably won't happen without a congressional mandate, so if you support this idea, tell your legislators. More

Status Report on ATC Privatization in Canada »

GUEST EDITORIAL. Rod Ridley of Manitoba offers an update on what's happening to aviation in Canada since the government decided to get out of the air traffic control business. U.S. airmen would do well to keep a close eye on the situation north of the border, because privatization is what will happen to the FAA's Air Traffic Division if the Clinton Administration has its way. More

The Missed Approach »

One of the most difficult and critical phases of an instrument approach and surely the one we practice the least is the missed. A veteran CFII offers some valuable tips on how it's done. More

Milestones: A Visit with Captain Jepp »

Next time you're sweating an approach to minimums, consider this: someone had to fly it first. Elrey B. Jeppesen did just that. He was father of today's instrument approach procedures and modern instrument charts. His passing marks the end of an era. In this December 1991 pilot-to-pilot interview, Capt. Jepp recalls his career as a barnstormer, airmail pilot, airline captain and aviation chartmaker. More

Airborne Radar Approaches »

When an instrument pilot talks about a "radar approach" he usually means one that's guided by a ground controller using ASR or PAR equipment. But believe it or not, military aircrews have been known to make instrument approaches using their aircraft radar to find the runway. The author made hundreds of these approaches during his military flying career. But don't try this at home, kids...it takes top-notch radar and a lot of practice. More

The Zen of STARs (and SlDs) »

Is there any advantage to filing them ahead of time, or should you just let ATC come up with the plan? Jeff Klein, an ATP/CFII who instructs from Arlington, Texas, takes us through the ins and outs of getting in and out. More

Do the PT Right »

There's more to flying a procedure turn than your CFII taught you. Here's are some suggestions for hanging a U-turn while staying inside of protected airspace. More

The Notam Mess »

The FAA expects you to familiarize yourself with all relevant Notices to Airmen before you launch, but that's a whole lot easier said than done. Keeping your ticket may depend on your understanding of how notams are classified and disseminated. Here are some hints about how to play the game. More