Detroit Class B to Change April 3rd.

Changes to our airspace are here!!

Where we are accustomed to the 4,000′ Class B Shelf, it will become 3,500′.

New shelves at 4,000′ and 6,000′ have been added above KVLL reaching out to 30 miles from DXO.  That now includes PTK and ARB.

Make sure you update all of your charts, and if you are in doubt of what this means to you and your flying it would be a great time to check in with one of our instructors.

See the details at the following links.

Federal Register Posting

AOPA Summary

Newest Member to the TOPS Fleet

Check out the newest member of our fleet 737LM!

1979 Cessna Turbo Skylane II

N737LM – TR182

More info is available under Our Airplanes!

Updated AIM Information

Updated AIM Information
Notice Number: NOTC4145

Recently a pilot informed us of changes to the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) concerning the use of lights and transponder while moving on the surface of an airport. This pilot learned from a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). Although it is your individual responsibility to stay aware of procedures in the AIM, we thought you would want to know about this particular safety initiative!

The AIM, which is available at, is updated in February and July of each year, and included in the last February change was an updated description of the “Operation Lights On” pilot safety program.

In section 4-3-23, Use of Aircraft Lights, paragraphs (c), (e), (f) and (g) describe the use of lights while on an airport. We invite you to go to the AIM and read each of these paragraphs. For example, paragraph (e) states,

Prior to commencing taxi, it is recommended to turn on navigation, position, anti­-collision, and logo lights (if equipped). To signal intent to other pilots, consider turning on the taxi light when the aircraft is moving or intending to move on the ground, and turning it off when stopped or yielding to other ground traffic. Strobe lights should not be illuminated during taxi if they will adversely affect the vision of other pilots or ground personnel.

Furthermore, the use of your transponder while taxiing is recommended in paragraph 4-1-20. It says, in part,

Civil and military transponders should be turned to the “on” or normal altitude reporting position prior to moving on the airport surface to ensure the aircraft is visible to ATC surveillance systems.

We encourage you to keep abreast of the periodic changes to the AIM, and they make it easy by providing a change summary page for each change. We appreciate these items being brought to our attention so that we could share them with you.

FAA Moving Forward with DTW Class B Expansion

The FAA is moving forward with an expanded Class B airspace for DTW, and has ignored most input from the general aviation community.

Comment Period Ends October 15,2012

Check out this article from AOPA

See official posting in the Federal Register

PTK Receives LEED Certification

Oakland-Pontiac Airport receives LEEDS certification for new terminal.

Check out the details here.