May 15, 2003
The FAA in New England is calling on pilots to help alleviate air traffic congestion in the vicinity of Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard. Rather than trying to turn Nantucket's Class D airspace into more restrictive Class C (a move AOPA fought hard against the last time it was proposed), the FAA instead has instituted a more reasonable air traffic management plan for IFR traffic.
"AOPA is pleased to see the FAA looking for alternatives to traditional rulemaking to deal with seasonal traffic congestion around the cape and islands," said AOPA Manager of Air Traffic Heidi Williams. "The initiatives being considered provide for immediate relief using existing resources in a more practical approach, rather than establishing new Class C airspace."
The letter from Cape Tracon, the radar facility that covers that entire area, says, "The combination of IFR weather conditions and increases in the demand for air traffic services will sometimes cause a significant delay in your ability to obtain an IFR clearance to Nantucket (ACK), Martha's Vineyard (MVY), or Hyannis (HYA) airports." It goes on to explain the traffic management plans it intends to use and warns that air-filed IFR clearances may not be possible during peak activity times.
Cape Tracon plans to use a special traffic management program (STMP) to issue slot reservations for IFR traffic during times when traffic volume is expected to exceed Nantucket's arrival capacity.
AOPA attended a briefing hosted by the FAA to discuss concerns about the STMP and was assured that the program would be used as little as possible. However, notification that slot reservations will be required could go out as late as 1800 local the night before the STMP is to be implemented. AOPA advises pilots planning to fly to Nantucket to check them on the morning of their flights to see if the slot reservation system has been activated.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>