KXTA -- AREA 51 GETS AIRPORT IDENTIFIER


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From AOPA: DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL: AREA 51 GETS AIRPORT IDENTIFIER
Pilots avert your eyes! The airport identifier and location of Nevada’s Groom Lakeyou know, where they keep the space aliens at Area 51has been appearing in flight-planning software and on handheld GPS receivers for most of the past year as KXTA (standing for what, extraterrestrial?). “We already know and it doesn’t matter,” said a public affairs official at Nellis Air Force Base. The Jeppesen FliteStar flight-planning program and AOPA’s Real-Time Flight Planner even identify it as Homey Airport and add, “Private, VFR, No Fee, Customs Info Unavailable.” Well, there’s a fee. The airport is deep within heavily restricted airspace, guarded by fighter jets. First come the legal fees, the probable confiscation of your aircraft, and a personal fee in the form of jail time or worse.

I don’t think this should be the highest priority for FA to put them in the database…but it is interesting…