April 17, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Under pressure from state and local governments and AOPA, the Navy is abandoning a supplemental environmental impact study in favor of a new study on the impact of building an outlying landing field, or OLF, in the Virginia Tidewater region or along the North Carolina coast.
The OLF would be used to support F/A-18E/F aircraft, also known as Super Hornets, based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina.
In 2005, the Navy announced that it would examine the environmental consequences of building the OLF. The study was completed in February 2007. But under pressure from state governments and AOPA, the Navy has now decided to undertake a new study of five alternative sites. Alternatives currently under consideration include the Cabin Point Site, Dory Site, Hale’s Lake Site, Mason Site, and Sandbanks Site [ see graphic]. They would affect Prince George, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex counties in Virginia as well as Camden, Currituck, Gates, and Hertford counties in North Carolina.
The Navy is seeking public comment on the impact of the proposed OLF. You can file written comments online by June 7 or attend one of the following meetings:
Each meeting is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information about the proposal, visit the Navy’s Web site.
April 17, 2008
Advocacy and Legislation
AOPA has named Jim Coon as senior vice president of government affairs and advocacy. Coon has years of experience working with Congress and the aviation industry.
Federal Air Surgeon Fred Tilton contacted AOPA Dec. 19 to announce that the FAA will not move ahead with implementing its new sleep apnea policy in January. Instead, in the new year, the agency will open discussions with aviation industry stakeholders to find a way to balance pilots’ and the FAA’s concerns.
When President Barack Obama travels to Hawaii for the holidays, a presidential TFR will be in place, but thanks to AOPA’s ongoing advocacy efforts, certain accommodations have been made for general aviation operations.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.