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Resources for flying safety

Flying is as safe.
It all depends on your decisions.

TCPA wants your next flight to be safe and enjoyable. Below is a collection Web sites and articles that we hope you find useful.

The FAA reassured AOPA that it will not seek criminal penalties for inadvertant TFR violations. This is good news, but there is no need to test it. Do your preflights properly and thoroughly check for TFR NOTAMs. Check our Links Page for several online resources to help you find NOTAMS.

Don't go there! AvWeb 11/13/03
How violating a TRF can affect your flying privilege. Read more...

Refresh you knowledge with free online seminars from AOPA. These seminars are a perfect way to spend your time on those rainy, gray winter days.

Test your flying knowledge with the AOPA ASF online quizzes. At last count, there are over 20 different quiz topics.

Online TFR maps and NOTAMs. NEW The FAA now has graphic maps. These maps have the most up-to-date information, although the site is pretty slow (at least when I tested it with a cable Internet connection) in accessing and displaying the information. The interface is not easy at first. The easier to use site is AOPA, however, there is a delay in the availability of new Notams.

Which way do we go? Runway choices aren't always black and white. A great article from Air Safety Foundation

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Flight Safety Questions and Answers

Q: What is the definition of "known icing?"

A: Although the term is not defined in Part 1 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, the NTSB's administrative law judges have developed a solid definition of known icing in their decisions on icing-related certificate actions over the years. Beginning with a case in 1957, the NTSB has stated that icing conditions exist when temperatures are near or below freezing and visible moisture is present. They have said further that because the flight service station network states the existence of those conditions in reports and forecasts that are available to pilots both before flight and while en route, the icing conditions become "known." In a 1993 case in upholding a certificate action against a pilot who relied on pilot reports in making his go/no-go decision, the board made it clear that official weather reports and forecasts take precedence over "anecdotal" pilot reports. Also see The State of Ice