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


Got Questions on ADS-B??? (Who doesn’t?)

Check out this article in Air Facts Journal

430W Proficient??

Need some practice on the 430W?


Install a simulator on your computer and practice

your button pushing on the ground, not in the air.

Click here to download the simulator

Click here to view the manual

Personal Minimums

Do you fly with Personal Minimums???

Check out this article from

FAA Aviation News

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.

HSI Basics

Has it been a while since you flew with an HSI?

We now have a plane (737LM) with an HSI, so now would be a good time to brush up on this very useful instrument.