Eagle Breeding Areas

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The Bald Eagle Breeding season is upon us and the Arizona Game and Fish Department has listed the areas that are closed or have limited access to them, and the nest watchers are out.  The following link describes the eagle breeding areas of concern.  Unfortunately, unless you are familiar with these areas and know the names of the various reference points, you may not know you are in one of these areas.  So far, I have been able to get a couple of pretty good maps from the Cave Creek District of the Tonto National forest. I’ve yet to be able to find a map of any use from the AZGFD, but they do have a listing of the closure areas available here.  They also have a couple of different informational brochures available:


Brochure for Pilots 

Bald Eagle Brochure


Tommy Thomason


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Blocking Display of ADS-B Information

Last month I wrote a short note about a number of pilots in the Phoenix area that have received threatening or harassing letters about being too low over a certain area.  It seems that people on the ground are using FlightAware or similar software to monitor the altitudes of airplanes equipped with ADS-B. The altitude the person on the ground sees is pressure altitude and can be several hundred feet lower than what the pilot sees on his altimeter, resulting in false accusations.  Upon investigation, this type of accusation is happening not only in the Phoenix area, but all over the country.  If you would like to have your aircraft removed from these public websites, or only allow certain individuals to monitor your aircraft, go to the following website to change your privacy, and of course, follow all regulations relating to acceptable altitudes:

Blocking Display of Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) Data | NBAA - National Business Aviation Association



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