November 1, 2007
AOPA opposes the Marines' proposed Core Military Operations Area (MOA) near the Outer Banks because it would squeeze general aviation into a narrow corridor.
"This proposal seems more like an airspace grab than a necessity," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. "The Marines want the airspace for 16 hours a day simply because they plan to use the area for six minutes a day to transit from the coast to offshore alert and warning areas."
The Marines requested airspace from 3,000 feet msl to Flight Level 180 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Most pilots would avoid flying through the MOA during these times because of a lack of real-time status information.
This would force pilots flying over Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks into a 1,000-foot corridor because they must stay at least 2,000 feet agl in that area.
AOPA has been working with the Marines to mitigate the effects of a Core MOA and recommends several alternatives.
AOPA members are encouraged to file comments on this proposal by January 31. Comments can be sent to: FAA, Eastern Service Center, System Support Group, AJO-2E2B.1, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, GA 30320.
January 11, 2007
FAA Systems and Airspace,
The board of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority will wait 120 days before making a final decision to close Braden Airport, citing community concerns.
NextGen was intended to improve access and efficiency in the nation’s busiest airspace. But two new RNAV terminal routes proposed west of Washington, D.C.’s, Class B airspace do just the opposite.
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