SALT LAKE CITY DEPARTMENT OF AIRPORTS
GENERAL AVIATION NEWS
VOL. 13, ISSUE 5, MAY 2005
SLCDA GENERAL AVIATION SUMMER CONSTRUCTION
Airport II… The ramp rehabilitation and reconstruction project east of the
Alta Aircraft Maintenance hangar is currently in progress. We anticipate
that the project will be completed by late May.
SLCIA… The east side asphalt repair/rehab/replacement project on the
asphalt entryways and parking lots by the State Division of Aeronautics,
Million Air, the Executive Terminal, and Jet Center is scheduled for May
16th – July 22nd and may temporarily limit vehicle access through gate 4 (to
rows 10-15) and gate 5 (rows 4-9) during the construction period.
PREPARE FOR INCREASED SPRING AIRPORT TRAFFIC
With the return of spring and excellent flying weather, now is a good time to
prepare yourself for a new year of safe flying. Despite improving statistics,
general aviation pilots’ involvement in runway incursions across the nation
continues to concern the FAA.
SLCDA has taken many prudent steps to help pilots avoid runway
incursions at SLCIA and still we receive reports from the tower of
incursions, near incursions and incidents caused by confused or distracted
pilots. These continue to happen even in the light of the fact that runway
incursions are almost completely preventable.
To avoid becoming a negative statistic, pilots can access AOPA’s online
interactive course, “Runway Safety” which reviews nearly everything a pilot
needs to know about operating in a busy airport environment.
The online courses are available at www.asf.org; then click on the Free
Online Courses icon and then click on the Runway Safety Program icon.
COMMON HANGAR INSPECTION DISCREPANCIES
While doing initial hangar safety inspections of the hangars the Airport Fire
Marshal found some recurring discrepancies. The most common problem
was with fire extinguishers. (See hangar fire extinguisher requirements
The second issue has to do with flammable liquid storage. The lease
agreement states that no flammable liquids shall be stored in the hangar.
Recognizing that some maintenance must be periodically performed on the
aircraft, the Airport has determined that tenants may keep small amounts of
flammable cleaning and maintenance supplies in the hangar only if they are
stored in approved, flame proof cabinets.
The last issue concerns engine block heaters. Leaving a heater plugged in
for extended periods of the time provides a major ignition source which
may ignite any fuel leaks or flammable liquids stored in a hangar.
Tenants may not leave engine heaters plugged in for extended of the time.
You must be in the hangar when the heater is in use. If you have any
questions please refer to your lease agreement or contact the Fire Marshal
HANGAR FIRE EXTINGUISHER REQUIREMENTS
An extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2:A-20:BC is required by IFC
(International Fire Code) in all airport hangars.
Fire extinguishers are classified according to the types of fires they are
intended to extinguish:
A (Green Triangle) Ordinary Combustibles
B (Red Square) Flammable Liquids
C (Blue Circle) Electrical Equipment
D (Gold Star) Combustible Metals
Class A and B extinguishers are also rated according to performance
Class A-1:A = 1.25 gallons of water
Class B- The rating is based on the approximate sq. feet of flammable
liquid fire that a non-trained person can extinguish… it is equal to one
sq. foot per numerical rating.
HYPOXIA… SILENT KILLER
Let’s say you’re on a long cross-country flight in your unpressurized single-
engine four-seater. The auxiliary tanks are filled and it will be four hours or
more before leaving your IFR cruising altitude of 11,000 feet to land. Late
in the flight, the controller asks if you would rather accept vectors to avoid
traffic or climb to 13,000 feet and remain on course; he doesn’t specify how
long you’ll be at the higher altitude. He doesn’t know if you’re wearing on
oxygen mask or not. You readily accept 13,000 feet to avoid a delay, but
you recall that regulations prohibit you from remaining above 12,500 feet
for more than 30 minutes without supplemental oxygen. Do you have a
problem? FAA regulations and the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM)
offer some pertinent suggestions.
FAR 91.211 clearly states that your proposed plan is legal. The regulation
is titled Supplemental Oxygen and states: “No person may operate a civil
aircraft of U.S. registry at cabin pressure altitudes above 12,500 feet (MSL)
up to and including 14,000 feet (MSL) unless the required minimum flight
crew is provided with and uses supplemental oxygen for that part of the
flight at those altitudes that is of more than 30 minutes’ duration; at cabin
pressure altitudes above 15,000 feet (MSL) unless each occupant of the
aircraft is provided with supplemental oxygen.”
Sounds plain enough – you can pop on up to 13,000 feet for 30 minutes.
But the AIM expands on the regulations and offers some advice.
Remember, hypoxia is a state of oxygen deficiency – because of reduced
barometric pressure – sufficient to impair the function of the brain and other
organs. Deterioration in night vision can occur as low as 5,000 feet, but
most pilots suffer no effects of altitude hypoxia below 12,000 feet.
However, it may come as a surprise that hypoxic effects can start as low as
12,000 feet – or even much lower with some pilots – and can affect
judgment, memory, alertness, coordination, and ability to make
calculations. Also possible are headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, and
either a sense of well-being or belligerence. The higher you are, the
quicker the effects appear. At 15,000 feet, for example, effects are typically
noticeable in 15 minutes unless the crew uses supplemental oxygen.
So how should you handle a request to climb to 13,000 feet? Accept the
new altitude if you desire, but add a phrase such as, “We’re limited to 30
minutes at that altitude,” to your response. It alerts the controller as to
whether a new plan is needed. And remember that – should effects
manifest themselves – you may not have 30 minutes before needing to
descend. Better yet, have on board and use supplemental oxygen.
HELPFUL POINTS OF CONTACT
For GA operational, facilities maintenance, aviation, newsletter, airfield and
SLC Title 16 questions call: Steve Jackson, General Aviation Manager, 647-5532
or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For hangar lease and repair questions call: Johnathan Liddle, Properties
Management Specialist, at 575-2894 or e-mail at email@example.com.
For aviation security questions call: Connie Proctor at 575-2401.
For gate access problems call: Airport Control Center at 575-2401.
For emergencies call: at SLCIA, 575-2405 at TVY or U42, 911 then 575-2405
For common General Aviation information call the GA Hotline: 575-2443
Do NOT Fuel
Or Start Aircraft
Inside of Hangars!
The second Saturday of every month, Cornerstone Aviation, located in
the Executive Terminal at Salt Lake City International Airport (337 North
2370 West) provides a free lunch and an informative program at 12:30
PM. It is a great opportunity to share flying experiences and learn new
OurPLANE Inc. is sponsoring an open house event at Cornerstone
Aviation in the SLCIA Executive Terminal from 10 AM to 3 PM on
Saturday May 14th. A variety of aircraft will be displayed including the
all-glass panel Cirrus SR22. Angel Flight representatives, King
Avionics, Cornerstone, Million Air and OurPLANE will conduct seminars
on Angel Flight, aircraft care and maintenance, professional flight
training, advanced avionics, and fractional ownership of factory new
aircraft. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact
Steve DeJohn at 801-244-8488
The first Sunday of each month, Dave Coats’ Air Center of Salt Lake
holds a fly-in/drive-in breakfast at Airport II. The company is great and
donations are welcome.
FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
Report All Suspicious