September 19, 2007
It makes sense for the FAA to cancel underused, redundant instrument approach procedures, but not the ones still needed to satisfy general aviation pilots' requirements.
AOPA has submitted comments to the FAA on its proposal to eliminate more than 250 approaches.
AOPA strongly supports the FAA's efforts to transition the National Airspace System to satellite-based navigation and understands the need to eliminate redundant and unnecessary approaches. But after a detailed analysis of the approaches in question, AOPA determined many of the proposed cancellations could hinder GA operations. The association then suggested alternatives to the FAA.
AOPA members also expressed strong concerns — which the association pointed out to the FAA — about the loss of approaches needed for flight training purposes or for use as a backup when they do not have approach-capable GPS receivers installed.AOPA
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Advocacy and Legislation
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
Senators are demanding a written response from the Department of Homeland Security about unwarranted stops of general aviation aircraft by DHS and Customs and Border Protection.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.