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6.1) Where can I find out more? The best source of up to date information is a passenger terminal. The personnel assigned there should be able to answer most of your questions about regulations and schedules. To get some advice on how to plan a trip you can try siting in the snack bar and talking to some of the "regulars" there. There are many retirees who catch hops for months at a time and can tell you stories about their Space A travels and some of the best places to go! There are also some excellent guidebooks available that have been written by seasoned Space A travelers. 6.2) What's the best guidebook to get? The best known introductory guide is "Military Space-A Air Basic Training and Reader Trip Reports" by Ann and Roy Crawford. You can find it in many exchanges, and it is also available from Military Living Publications, P. O. Box 2347, Falls Church, VA 22042-0347. Their telephone number is (703)237-0203, and Ann and Roy receive Internet email at MilLivRnR@aol.com. Their company also offers several other publications that might be of interest to Space A travelers, including maps, topic-specific guidebooks listing sources of flights and billets, and a bi-monthly newsletter. Other publishers also offer guidebooks and newsletters, many of which are listed on the Space A World Wide Web home page. Which one you chose will depend on a number of factors such as price, availability, currency, comprehensiveness, and compactness (remember that 30 pound baggage limitation!). The most compact and comprehensive guidebook available is the "Worldwide Space-A Travel Handbook", which is available from 2-10-4 Publications, P.O. Box 55, Hurst, TX 76053-0055 or by calling (888)277-2232. 6.3) Where can I find more Space-A information on the Internet? On the Space A World Wide Web home page you will find the relevant portions of DoD Regulation 4515.13-R and COMDTINST M3710.1C, extensive how-to information, a listing of every facility with permanently stationed fixed wing aircraft that can carry Space A passengers, some lists of phone numbers, reviews of the best known guidebooks, news articles about Space A, the latest version of this FAQ, links to every other known Space A resource, and a wealth of related information. Just point your World Wide Web browser to <http://www.glue.umd.edu/~oard/spacea/>. Dirk Peppard runs a fairly active web chat page that is available from the Space A web page. Another source of Space A information on the Internet is Usenet News. The newsgroup <news:soc.veterans> is full of people with Space A experience, and that newsgroup is available on most systems. Another newsgroup with a more active discussion (but a somewhat less experienced membership) is <news:alt.military.cadet>. Your system may not carry that group, however, since many systems do not subscribe to the "alt" hierarchy. One thing that you should NOT do is send me (Doug Oard) a question about how to get somewhere. I maintain this page in my spare time, and there's not nearly enough of that! So I routinely refer such questions to the resources listed above. 6.4) Where should I send corrections and additional frequently asked questions? To Doug Oard <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.