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Aces High Aviation will be hosting a G1000 introductory course starting May 1st at 5pm. This course will consist of (5) different classes for better flexibility and to provide more time to focus on specific areas. The classes will be taught by Daniel Jenkins, Gold Seal CFI and FAA Safety Rep on TAA Aircraft.
These classes are designed as a primer which will cover basic operations of the system and assist in giving new and transitioning aviators the confidence needed to fly safely without added distraction. These classes would be great for anybody who is interested in learning about the capabilities of the G1000 and would like to become more comfortable with it’s features.
1) The PFD and Internal Components                                             May 1st @ 1700
2) The MFD for the VFR pilot                                                         TBA
3) VFR Flight planning for the MFD                                                TBA
4) Emergency Procedures and Integrating the KAP 140 Autopilot     TBA
5) IFR operations with the G1000                                                   TBA
Each class will last for approx 2 1/2 hours and will cost $30 per person.
Please email Dan directly at to RSVP for this event.

Any pilot who uses any type of internet flight planning software should take a few moments to read up on what is currently going on between Flightprep and their pending suit against Runwayfinder.  So as not to get myself in too much trouble a quick trip to google will give you all you need to know.

The Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) is a free public service produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)with funding provided by the FAA’s Aviation Weather Research Program (AWRP) and the NextGen Network Enabled Weather (NNEW) program. The ADDS websites result from the dedication of a handful of scientists and engineers at NCAR and NOAA.  You can read more about the people behind this here.

This site is still in the experimental phase of development but it sure seems to have a lot of potential.  The desktop app is also a very powerful utility.   You can create a log in and make it your own.


Aces High Final_2Cropped_lowresWe’d like to thank everybody who was able to make it out for our open house at Aces High Aviation.  For those who missed it our open house was a huge success with approximately 150 visitors throughout the day.  It was great for us to see everybody there and look forward to more of these events.  We learned a lot about making these a success, and were already talking about doing another one!  You can find photos from the event on our Facebook page.

G1000 Introductory Course taught by Dan Jenkins, FAA safety team advisor on TAA aircraft, hosted by Aces High Aviation.

We will be hosting a G1000 introductory course on October 9th at 9am.  This course is designed to be a primer which will cover basic operations of the G1000.  This class would be great for anybody who is interested in learning about the capabilities of the G1000, and become comfortable with its features for VFR use.  Later, we intend to also host an advanced course which will cover IFR operations and advanced navigation.  This course will cover;


  • Basic functionality and use of the Primary Flight Display and Multi Function Displays
  • Components of the system
  • Standby and backup systems and potential failures
  • Integration with the KAP 140 autopilot

This class is expected to last approximately 3 1/2 hours but this could vary based on class participation and discussion.  The fee for this class is $35.  Pre registration and payment is required, please contact us to confirm your attendance.  We already have a lot of interest in this class and size is limited so if you would like to attend don’t delay!

  • · Beginning September 30, 2010 , the words Line Up and Wait will replace the words “Position and Hold” to instruct a pilot to enter the runway to await take-off clearance. Under the new “Line Up and Wait phraseology, the controller will:

-      State your call-sign;

-      State the departure runway;

-      State “Line Up and Wait”.

  • · Exercise Caution. Be aware the phrase “Traffic Holding in Position” will continue to be used to advise other aircraft that traffic has been authorized to “Line Up and Wait” on an active runway.
  • · REMEMBER:  Never cross a hold line without explicit ATC instructions.  You may not enter a runway unless you have been:

-      Instructed to cross or taxi onto that specific runway

-      Cleared to take off from that runway, or

-      Instructed to “Line Up and Wait” on that specific runway.

Please visit: for more details on the change as well as to view an instructional animation explaining the new phraseology.

If in doubt ASK!

For additional information, go to

Catalina Aero Club


Catalina now has an ‘Aero Club’.  If you become a member all of your landings will be free as well as free cookies if you buy $10 worth of food.  I plan to join, since I go there way more that 8 times a year.  More information can be found here.

Edwards is hosting a civilian fly in on October 1st 2010.  Registration is required and you also have to be selected from a lottery.  I’ve applied, and we will see where it goes from here.   Yu can find more information on their website.

New Runway Crossing Procedure
Notice Number: NOTC2374

Runway Crossing Procedure Change

Beginning June 30, 2010 , controllers will be required to issue explicit instructions to cross or hold short of each runway that intersects a taxi route.

“Taxi to” will no longer be used when issuing taxi instructions to an assigned take-off runway.

Instructions to cross a runway will be issued one at a time. Instructions to cross multiple runways will not be issued. An aircraft or vehicle must have crossed the previous runway before another runway crossing is issued.

This applies to any runway, including inactive or closed runways.

Changes will also be made to the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) and AIP to reflect the new procedures.

Never cross a hold line without explicit ATC instructions.
If in doubt ASK!

Reminder: You may not enter a runway unless you have been:

  • instructed to cross that specific runway;
  • cleared to take off from that runway; or
  • instructed to position and hold on that specific runway.

See for the Runway Safety notice. Click this next link for a video of the change. (You may have to copy and paste the links into your browser.)

For additional information, go to

Federal Aviation Administration
Air Traffic Organization
Office of Runway Safety
490 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Suite 7225
Washington, DC  20024

I attended the meeting to discuss the change to the Long Beach class D airspace into class C on June 23. Attached is a photo of the proposed plan. Comments will be received until July 31, 2010. Comments can be sent to:
Clark Desing, Operations Support Group AJV-W2
Western Services Area, Air Traffic Organization
Federal Aviation Administration
1601 Lind Avenue, SW
Renton, Wa 98057

My primary concern with the design is the airspace that covers the western area of the Port of Los Angeles.  If the plan could be changed to use the Vincent Thomas Bridge, then eastward towards the Queen Mary then to then along the coast to the Emmy and Eva platforms I believe it would be a program that would work well for everybody.  There was a lot of concern by pilots who were based in Fullerton, Hawthorne and Torrance who were not happy about the idea of having to use ATC services to transition the airspace.  There were lots of complaints about getting ‘denied’ by Socal Approach.  I was last denied during the week before Christmas in 2007.    I got the impression many of the disgruntled pilots weren’t using the proper procedures that were available to them.  The reality of it is is that the Los Angeles basin is a very busy area and all pilots transitioning the area should become familiar with the advisory services provided my Socal Approach and the standard procedures.  There were also concerns about the abilities to perform such duties while traveling at such fast speeds (many of the pilots flew high performance aircraft).  Again, pilots should only be flying aircraft in which they are comfortable and capable of flying.  If they are unable to keep up, either slow down, get some training or hire a second pilot.  I’d be more than happy to sit down with any local pilots and review the procedures and techniques or spend some time flying with them or even sit right seat if needed.  Having pilots familiar with the local airspace and services will make our flying environment safer for everybody involved.