Archive for the ‘Safety’ Category

Watch Out: Branson Airport Identifiers

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Are you flying to the new Branson Airport? What you call it will depend on whether you are flying yourself or flying commercially. Be careful; Branson is BKG if you are buying an airline ticket but BBG if you are plugging it into your GPS or filing a flight plan.

Aero-News Network describes this fully in Branson’s Passenger Code Differs From FAA Identifier.

Officials with the Branson Airport, the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the US, announced this week the airport’s official three-letter designation for purchasing airline tickets will be… BKG.

Travelers may use the code to identify the Branson Airport when they wish to book a flight… but if you’re a pilot, don’t use it to enter Branson as your destination into a GPS.

The FAA assigned Branson the code BBG in the summer of 2008 and is the official code for pilots to reference when flying into the airport. However, the International Air Transport Association, which assigns consumer codes to airports, previously assigned the BBG code to Butaritari Airport, in the Pacific Ocean.

Since the BBG designation was already allocated, the consumer designation BKG was assigned to Branson Airport on December 8, 2008.

“We want to make sure there is no confusion when customers book flights into and out of Branson Airport,” said Gene Conrad, Deputy Airport Director. “Going forward, when passengers see the letters BKG, they’ll know it stands for Branson, and a unique flying experience unlike any they’ve ever had.”

Pilots should continue to use BBG as the code for the Branson Airport, which opens for business May 11, 2009.

Thanks for Bob Linenweber for pointing this out.

December Safety Tip

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Plan to attend a safety-seminar in your area. AOPA, MPA, and many of the FBO’s havethem. You can also log on to Wings – Pilot Proficiency Program.

A good pilot is always learning.


November Safety Tip

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Winter flying brings great climb performance, smooth air and great scenery. Also the extra time for a good preflight. Make sure all ice and snow is removed so it can’t freeze in hinge points while in flight. Most manufactuers recommend preheat at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit for engine and cabin. Know the correct cold start procedure for the aircraft you fly. Get a good weather breifing so you can stay clear of ice. If you get in to ice get out as soon as possible. Last but not least, dress for the weather.