• Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:02 AM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

    WAA/ATC Quarterly Meeting Recap/March 2018

    On the morning of March 28, the WAA hosted a meeting with a mix of corporate and light general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers, to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. Leading the meeting were WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Mike Wold,, (Air Traffic Manager/HPN), Demisha Vega (ATC supervisor), Terry Ryan (Traffic Management, NY Tracon) and Jon Norris (Traffic Management, NY Tracon).

    Please mark your calendars: our next quarterly meeting will be on Monday June 11, 2018,at 7:30 pm .

    The focus of the meeting was on SWAP and other routings for corporate operators out of the Westchester area. Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:

    • When SWAP is in effect, and provided that the WHITE gate remains open, it is likely that aircraft with destinations as far south as RDU will receive SERMN (Severe Weather Escape Route Metro NY) routings to the south over JFK and along V1. If this routing is accepted, operators will not be cleared higher than 8.000' - 10,000' and higher routings should not be requested. Plan your fuel load/burn accordingly. While SERMN routes also exist in other directions (west, north and east) they are seldom used.
    • Routings over GREKI may be used on occasion for westbound aircraft, to avoid affected west and north gates.
    • BEADS routings are often used for traffic or weather avoidance purposes for HPN departures for Florida destinations., especially when WHITE is affected by weather or volume of traffic.
    • DUCT (Depart Under Center Traffic) routings, while used in the PHL area and which provided routes to Cleveland center airspace capped at FL220, are seldom used for NY Metro departures.
    • Do not refile IFR flight plans to try to take SWAP gate closings into account, let ATC or your flight plan provider work out the most advantageous route at the time. If you would like something specific, e.g., a SERMN route, or GREKI or BEADS routing, let HPN tower know and they will coordinate to the air traffic organization to the extent possible.
    • Be aware of the departure procedures when departing out of HPN (i.e., the current Westchester Seven Departure), such as the appropriate frequency for departure (ssigned by clearance delivery (which may be different than on the SID) and any special altitude limitations. ATC reports that some departing jet aircraft fly runway heading rather than according to the SID, or do not comply with a 2,000' climb restriction thereby creating traffic conflicts with LGA traffic in the vicinity of HPN at 3,000'.
    • Tower reported that jet and other operators have established a good record of avoiding runway incursions at HPN.
    • Taxiway A in the vicinity of the airline terminal will be closed for 6-8 weeks starting in May and planned to end before July 4. This will necessitate additional crossings of 16/34 by taxiing aircraft for the period of the taxiway closure.
    • The airport is planning to resurface 16/34 in 2019, with details on the scheduled runway closings still being determined.
    • Student pilots on solo flights (local or cross country) are encouraged and expected to identify themselves to ATC. Controllers will keep an extra eye on them, and generally avoid 360s in the the downwind, short approaches and other similar instructions.
    • In response to comments about excessive spacing between aircraft departing HPN, the controllers noted several things: 1) some controller trainees are less likely to approve immediate takeoffs with traffic on final as they gain more experience; and 2) controllers need to plan for the "worst case" scenario, such as an aircraft that is cleared for departure but takes an inordinately long period of time to actually departure while the traffic on final continues the approach. If you are willing for an "immediate" departure, let the tower know. But if that is approved, depart expeditiously.
    • Controllers stressed that 360s on final (especially below pattern altitude) are not usual and will often result in the controller giving the instruction being counseled not to do so in the future. Pilots who are asked to do 360s on downwind and are uncomfortable doing so, such as because of concern that due to limitations on their proficiency the wind aloft may blow them over the runway while doing the 360, should decline the instruction.
    • As always, the Tower at KHPN welcomes visitors. Visitors must have a passport and be a US Citizen. Call Mike Wold at 914-948-6520 if you would like to schedule a visit. Because of the cramped quarters, limit the group to about 5, and quieter times are more advantageous for learning as the controllers can spend more time talking to you.
    • Jon Norris and Terry Ryan encouraged pilots to arrange visits to NY Tracon (US citizens only). Their email addresses are: jonathan.c.norris@faa.gov and terence.m.ryan@faa.gov

  • Monday, March 19, 2018 1:13 PM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

    ATC first began using ADS-B at selected sites in the United States in 2010, and the FAA has steadily expanded integration and use throughout the NAS. There are still some TRACONS in the NAS that require modernization to be able to utilize ADS-B, but the FAA is on track to enable ADS-B use at these remaining facilities before the 2020 mandate. 

    The FAA’s ADS-B network collects your broadcasted ADS-B information and passes it to the ATC automation system. ADS-B data is then combined with other surveillance data (where available), to create a single track of your aircraft for the controller’s display.

    ADS-B messages contain many different information elements that are combined and simplified for presentation to ATC in a way that supports their primary mission of maintaining safe separation of aircraft. This simplified presentation tells a controller whether an aircraft is equipped with ADS-B and whether ADS-B is contributing to the presentation. It does not give the controller any insight into how well the ADS-B is performing or if all information elements comply with the requirements of the ADS-B mandate. Therefore, we discourage pilots from asking controllers for ADS-B performance details since this can add to workload and frequency congestion.

    Don’t Get Left in the Hangar. Equip Now!

    There’s only 23 months remaining before the January 1, 2020 ADS-B Out equipage deadline.

    For more information, please visit the Equip ADS-B website www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/.

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 9:26 PM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

    The Westchester Aviation Association and the Academy of Aviation will award two aviation scholarships in 2018 for flight training totaling $10,000.00.  The recipients will be announced at the WAA's Safety Day which is taking place on June 19th and 20th, 2018 at the Doral Arrowood.

    The scholarship amounts will be awarded as a credit to be used at the Academy of Aviation flight school located at Westchester County Airport and must be used within one year of receiving the awarded amount.

    Requirements: Anyone training towards a pilot certificate orrating may apply for a WAA scholarship. Veterans are encouraged to apply.

    1. A typed essay is required and should include:

    • Your aviation history and goals

    • Where you hope to be in 5 years

    • How this scholarship will help you achieve your objective and your present financial need

    • What is the specific flight training that you are seeking to accomplish - Private pilot rating? Commercial pilot rating? etc.

    • Include all educational scholarships, awards and honors that you have received

    2. The scholarship is open to current and new prospective pilots. Please send in a copy of your pilot certificates if you have any.

    3. Please include a copy of the last 2 pages of your log book if you have already started flying.

    4. Also include a professional resume with your contact info.

    The recipients of the scholarship will be awarded at the WAA Safety Day hosted at the Doral on June 20th, 2018 and are required to attend this event. In addition, the recipients of these scholarships shall be required to perform 6 hours of aviation volunteer service to give back to the aviation community.

    Please submit all entries to:

    Westchester Aviation Association, Inc.

    PO Box 447

    Purchase, NY 10577-0447


  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:57 AM | Deleted user

    On December 11, the WAA hosted a meeting with a mix of corporate and light general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers, to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. Leading the meeting were WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Demisha Vega (ATC supervisor) and Wycliffe Walcott (ATC Controller).

    Although not scheduled yet, please watch the website for the next quarterly meeting date.

    Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:

    • PDC and CPDLC clearance delivery systems were reviewed, and how changes to routings are provided (e.g., via voice communications or through automated systems. KUSA is the new national logon for CPDLC.
    • An issue was raised about light single IFR routings to Nantucket, which are usually assigned the preferred route substantially overwater after the GON VOR (NEWBE and DEEPO fixes). Because of the many FAA facilities involved in such routings (NY Tracon, Providence Approach, Cape Approach, etc.), it is usually not possible to obtain an alternative routing that keeps aircraft closer to the shore if not over land, such as the usual Martha's Vineyard routing. While one can either try to negotiate a more favorable routing after departure when talking to Providence approach, or file IFR for Martha's Vineyard and then change the destination to KACK, we are working with HPN Tower to come up with a better, more appropriate way to obtain an alternative ACK routing. If you are a light piston single going to ACK and do not want to fly the GON NEWBE DEEPO routing, please file your routing of choice and add "NO DEEPO/OVERWATER" in the remarks section of the flight plan. You will likely have the NEWBE DEEPO route issued to you for the reasons stated above, and then your option is to proceed VFR if conditions permit or depart IFR and negotiate a more acceptable route in the air. When this happens, please provide Scott Dyer (scott.dyer@verizon.net) with your N number, the date and time of the flight, and information about what route you filed and how the flight routing was changed in the air. He will work with Tower personnel (Nancy Reilly) to develop a record of such flights that may be used to establish a demand for alternative routing.
    • Pilots voiced some criticism of delays in issuing takeoff clearances with jets on long final and/or VFR closed pattern traffic.. There was considerable discussion of spacing for landings and takeoffs, the large number of trainee controllers in the Tower who need to calibrate their judgment on what will work safely and what won't, the desire of Tower controllers to continue to allow all users as much access as is possible (including slow closed pattern traffic), the relative abilities and comfort of pilots to comply with requests for short approaches or immediate takeoff clearances, Tower staffing requirements that may prevent Line Up and Wait procedures from being used, etc. And, we heard from one pilot who commented that he felt that on occasion the Tower was asking him to maneuver into too tight a space between traffic for his comfort. The controllers emphasized that they respect pilots who decline such instructions and are happy to provide alternatives, all the pilot has to do is to say "unable". Controllers also invited pilots to offer to do short approaches if they wished, or "Figure 8"s using both runways for touch and goes (during quieter times).
    • The question of when VFR arrivals should be in contact with HPN Tower was raised, with pilots noting that NY Approach is often too busy to provide sequencing services or, when contacted within 10 miles of the airport, simply issues a transponder code and switches the aircraft to the Tower. The Tower controllers suggested that if you are not able to obtain service form NY when 15-20 miles out, feel free to contact the Tower directly when still 12-15 miles out. Further, if you are receiving radar services from NY and aren't switched to Tower frequency when coming up on the Class D boundary, you can ask Approach for a frequency change to Tower, Ident (a reminder to the controller), or say that you have the airport in sight. In any event, help the Tower out (and comply with the FARs) by not barging into the Class D because NY didn't provide a timely frequency change.
    • As always, the Tower at KHPN welcomes visitors. Visitors must have a passport and be a US Citizen. Call Mike Wold at 914-948-6520 if you would like to schedule a visit. Because of the cramped quarters, limit the group to about 5, and quieter times are more advantageous for learning as the controllers can spend more time talking to you.

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:32 PM | Deleted user

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Security Operations (OSO) Compliance Division, is updating the July 10, 2017 BOLO advisory notice based on continued attempts by this individual to access restricted areas and aircraft at multiple airports.

    TSA is aware of numerous incidents involving a suspicious person attempting to gain unauthorized access to aircraft and facilities at primarily Fixed Based Operators (FBOs). The individual identified as Ahmed Olasunkahmi SALAU, aka SALAN, SALUH, Martinez Davon WELLS has reportedly visited several FBOs falsely presenting himself as either a passenger, employee or crewmember with the intent to gain unauthorized access to aircraft and/or facilities. TSA is also aware that the same individual may have also telephonically contacted FBOs in an attempt to gather passenger and aircraft data.

    As a result, TSA is issuing this notice for your security awareness. Contact the TSOC at 877-456-8722 or 703-5633240 and local law enforcement if you suspect suspicious or fraudulent activity regarding this individual.

    UPDATE: Since the original notice issued on July 10, 2017, TSA is aware of several additional FBO/GA encounters by SALAU. The attachment lists various activities conducted by SALAU. Click here for the attachment. 

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:53 PM | Deleted user

    On Monday, Oct. 23rd at 0700 local time the airport will commence the Rehabilitation of Tower Road project. This project will involve construction personnel using excavation equipment and vehicles. Please use extreme caution when traveling on Tower Road and expect the road to be open at all times with Flagman coordinating traffic during all construction activities. 

    For more information, click here for the full bulletin. 

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 3:44 PM | Deleted user

    On September 25th, Congressman Peter DeFazio wrote the following letter warning the public about being misled on the causes of flight delays and urging them to oppose H.R. 2997.

    Click here to view the full letter

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:15 PM | Deleted user

    Next year, there will be a significant  construction work project that will essentially shut down the airport for different extended periods.  This is something to keep an eye on and WAA will make sure to let everyone know more as the details become clear. 

    Click here for the powerpoint discussing the variety of phases that will take place. 

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 3:01 PM | Deleted user

    Pilots planning to fly in the northern and central New Jersey area

    The Trump national golf course in Bedminster New Jersey has been designated an official presidential residence. When the president is in residence a presidential temporary flight restriction is in effect covering a region 30 miles around the golf course. 

    The TFR may be activated with less than 24 hours notice and covers most of the northern and central New Jersey airspace affecting 19 airports in New Jersey and Pennsylvania violating the TFR route but will result in you being intercepted by military aircraft before flying please check for any TSRs a note of us by calling flight service at one 800 WX brief check in for TFR is before any flight is a good idea. 

    Note: There have already been more than 20 intercepts of GA pilots by Coast Guard helicopters and Air Force fighter jets for violating the TFR. 

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