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February 20, 2002
AOPA is asking the FAA to remove four temporary flight restriction areas (TFRs) in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. These TFRs have created significant impediments to civilian air traffic in the Seattle area.
"The four TFRs affect operations at public and private airports hosting more than 200,000 general aviation operations a year," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "While we recognize that national security has become a major element of airspace management, similar restrictions have been lifted in other parts of the country."
In a letter to FAA air traffic officials, AOPA said that the TFRs hampered VFR arrivals and departures at five area airports and seaplane bases, impacted three Victor airways and an ILS approach, and disrupted VFR transient traffic through the region.
"TFRs have become a convenient and all too common response that subject pilots to longer flight times, reduced access, and increased risk of enforcement action," AOPA said. "The FAA should carefully balance true security needs against the needs of all law-abiding pilots."
FAA Systems and Airspace
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
AOPA WELCOMES PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SIGNATURE ON SMALL PLANE REVITALIZATION ACT
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.