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Features January 2018 Issue

Minding Your Space

Right: Know your landmarks. Looking at the wrong road, river, or—in this case—cement plant can put you on the wrong side of an airspace boundary.

Minding Your Space

Running afoul of airspace can mean trouble for you and for air traffic control. Neither of us wants that, so let’s work together to prevent trouble.

I was southbound on a solo cross country flight before getting my license, returning to Miami Executive Airport (KTMB). The ceilings and visibility were dropping and I was down to about 1500 feet over the Everglades swamplands. I navigated using roads and other VFR checkpoints, which were getting harder to see out the Cessna 172’s windshield.

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