May 5, 2005
Proposed changes to the airspace around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) would reclaim about 100 square miles of airspace from the Class B - a move AOPA is supporting in comments filed with the FAA this week.
In its formal comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking, AOPA praises the collaborative approach taken by the FAA in working with the Southern California Airspace Users Working Group (SCAUWG), a panel on which AOPA representative Al German has served for many years.
"The positive working relationship has resulted in users having an earlier voice in the process, which helped to develop airspace modifications that benefit all airspace users," wrote Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services.
In addition to shrinking the Class B to the northwest, south, and southeast of the airport, the proposed changes would extend the Class B airspace eastward to better protect approaches to LAX. Both AOPA and the FAA believe the proposal will enhance safety and improve traffic flow.
Comments on the proposal are due by May 23 and may be sent to the Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC 20590-0001 or be submitted electronically. You must include FAA Docket No. FAA-2004-18612 and Airspace Docket No. 04-AWA-05 at the beginning of your comments.
May 5, 2005
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
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