January 3, 2004
Mar. 1, 2004 — AOPA says proposed changes to two military operations areas (MOAs) near Lyons, Kansas, would create unsafe flying conditions and have a severe negative impact on a general aviation airport that underlies the MOAs. In a letter to the FAA, the association said the proposal needs to be changed.
Ellsworth Municipal Airport (9K7) is currently under Bison MOA, whose floor is 200 feet above Ellsworth's traffic pattern. The Air Force request would shift the boundary between Bison and the adjoining Smoky MOA so that half of Ellsworth would remain under Bison and half under Smoky, whose floor is only 500 feet above ground level.
"That potentially puts GA pilots flying in the traffic pattern in direct conflict with military aircraft on maneuvers," said AOPA Manager of Air Traffic Heidi Williams. "The FAA needs to establish an exclusionary area 3 nm in radius and up to 1,500 feet agl to protect both GA pilots in the pattern and military pilots on training missions."
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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