AOPA: Gulf Coast Pilots Should Make Plans To Protect Their
Rita Tuesday became the ninth hurricane of the season, as it
began to lash southern Florida and the Florida Keys and moved
steadily west into the Gulf of Mexico.
Both hurricane and tornado warnings have been posted for the
area. The storm is forecast to gather intensity as it leaves
Florida and heads toward the Texas Gulf Coast. Landfall in the Gulf
Coast is predicted for sometime late Friday or early Saturday.
Some forecasters predicted the storm would become a Category
Five hurricane before making landfall somewhere along the Texas
coast by the weekend.
For aircraft owners in the region, now would be a good time to
review AOPA's information on how to protect your aircraft in a
major storm. Remember also to check your insurance policy. Many
will pay for reasonable expenses to move your aircraft to a safer