Event Description
From bad weather events to VFR mountain flying to SFRA and airspace avoidance, BVA's Challenge event is designed to put aviation knowledge to practice. Challenge is about learning through experience. Each event involves a specific activity, or series of activities, for pilots to complete. Past Challenge events have included the Washington and New York SFRAs, Class B airspace avoidance, landing competitions, IFR procedures, and Pilot Ratings Program flights.

This event is not about flying missions or winning points. It's about exercising your multi-tasking ability in challenging and unfamiliar situations—something pilots have to do all the time.
Event Briefing

In this Challenge, we focus on a multitude of airports that are situated beneath class C and B airspace. These airports pose unique challenges to both VFR and IFR pilots as their traffic flows will differ to avoid the C and B airspace.

For VFR pilots, they may be told to remain clear of the Bradley Class C, Providence Class C or Boston Class B airspace so as to avoid the often larger and faster aircraft operating into and out of BDL, BOS and PVD. This means that aircraft may have to alter their route to avoid the airspace or descend early to avoid it. As well, aircraft underflying class B or C airspace must maintain an indicated airspeed of 200 knots or less (230 MPH) while underflying the airspace.

For IFR pilots, these aircraft often will have to use visual approaches or non-precision approaches so their approach path doesn't conflict with arrivals into the larger neighboring airports. Airports such as Norwood Memorial (KOWD) may only have instrument approaches to a single runway, runway 35 in this case. This means that aircraft wishing to perform an instrument approach must either land runway 35 straight in, or fly the approach to runway 35 and circle to a different runway. Departing aircraft can expect an initial vector away from BDL, BOS or PVD, before a turn on course. They may also be held at a lower (or higher) altitude to ensure separation form the arrival streams into the busy airports.

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