Aviators, the world over will tell you that there are two types of people in this world. Those who desire to fly and those that do not. If you are in the former category then you have more than likely had the desire since early childhood. Why not just do it?
Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity has northern Alabama’s premier Flying Club where those individuals lucky enough to be in the authorized patron category can learn to fly or take their already hard earned rating to a higher level.
Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity offers safe, low cost flying lessons, professional Certified Flight Instructors, pilot related equipment and services to our patrons. The Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity is located on Redstone Arsenal adjacent to Huntsville/Madison Alabama. We have for our use a very low traffic 7300 feet runway and a manned control tower (daylight hours).
Our goal is to be our patron’s First Choice, and to continue our journey to becoming a world class Flying Club. We train the best pilots out there by providing them the best instructors, facilities and aircraft in one of the best training environments in the world. We ensure our graduates possess the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to fly and compete in the demanding and ever changing world of aviation.
Members are reminded to be “situationally” aware of possible “Pilot Deviations” during ground and airborne operations in our local airspace. The FAA has issued a “Safety Enhancement Topic” (September 2014) with additional information on the subject that we should give some thought to during preflight planning and flight operations. Here are a few additional points from that article:
- Most GPS systems and many handheld displays will display different forms of controlled, restricted airspace, and even TFR data. This is a great advantage to your ability to avoid an airspace violation. Be sure that your reference database is up-to-date.
- Enroute radars (Center) are not as accurate as terminal area radar. Aircraft GPS systems are more accurate. However your onboard GPS may indicate you are clear of an airspace boundary while the FAA enroute radar may not. You could be investigated for a possible deviation. Your GPS data can be downloaded and used to clear up the issue. However, this is probably not the way to meet your local FAA representatives. It would be wiser to maintain at least a mile of horizontal separaton and at least 500 ft vertically.
- The timing for TFR restrictions are never exact. Always confirm with local ATC that in fact the TFR has expired.
- Keep in mind that there is a “defacto” TFR over any football stadium with capacity of 30,000 or more. There are more of these than you think!
- Our Aircraft Garmin GPS navigators have the means to establish a vector course, You can use this to be sure you avoid any airspace issues.
Come on out and fly! Try our latest C172!