Like many of our VFR members, I frequently fly in and transition through the LA Class B. Right now I’m looking for a speaker for our March 13 meeting 7:30pm at the SBA Visitor Center, and thinking this topic would be of interest. I found this interesting item on the FAA website:

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the third busiest airport in North America in terms of passenger traffic, which grew 3% in 2012 to reach 63.7 million. The number of operations (landings and take-offs) increased by 0.3% from 2011, to 605,480. In 2012, LAX was the fifth busiest airport in terms of cargo volume (14th in the world), with 1,771,907 metric tons (1,949,097 U.S. tons) of freight and mail moving through its facilities.

Several NextGen capabilities and enabling improvements have been implemented, including Airport Surface Detection Equipment — Model X, Automated Terminal Proximity Alert, Optimized Profile Descent, Performance Based Navigation procedures, basic rerouting, and Traffic Management Advisor.

That second paragraph touches on another interest of mine: “ADS-B In.” I have a Dual 170 ADS-B In receiver with WAAS GPS that connects via Bluetooth to my Nexus 7 tablet device (no, it’s not an iPad but you’re in the ballpark) running the free Avare app. Though I’ve only used it a few times here in the SBA area, I’ve yet to “see” traffic here (think free TCAS). When I’ve used it in the CMA area I’ve seen a few targets, plus the weather and other ADS-B features. I thought that like me, some of you might be interested in hearing an update on the NextGen rollout in our region.

Watch for updates here and in the next Newsletter.

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