July 10, 2004
AOPA is working with the state of Georgia to help keep birds away from general aviation airports. The association has added its support for Georgia regulations that would make it very difficult to build a new landfill within six miles of a public-use airport in the state. That's important because landfills attract birds, and having a landfill close to an airport increases the risk of a bird strike.
The Georgia regulations implement a portion of federal law that prohibits the construction of landfills within six miles of a general aviation airport that has received federal funds. AOPA had lobbied for that provision of Public Law 106-181, the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (also called AIR-21). Title V, Section 503 of that law notes that "bird strikes pose a special danger to smaller aircraft," and that "landfills near airports pose a potential hazard to aircraft operating there because they attract birds."
The law allows the construction of a new landfill close to an airport only if the FAA administrator determines that it "would have no adverse impact on aviation safety."
October 7, 2004
Reviewing this regulation will make you a more effective plane spotter when ATC calls out fast traffic in busy (and haze-laden) airspace.
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