AOPA supports new routes around St. Louis congestion

January 11, 2008

AOPA supports new routes around St. Louis congestion

AOPA has filed comments supporting an FAA plan to create two new low-altitude area navigation (RNAV) routes around the congested Class B airspace surrounding St. Louis. Through an agreement between Kansas City Center and St. Louis Approach, pilots already have been vectored onto the new routes, T- 251 and T-272. Once all comments have been reviewed and the FAA has made a decision, the routes could be charted in as little as four months, allowing pilots to request the T-routes as part of their flight plans. AOPA has supported T- routes since 2000 as a means to help general aviation traffic avoid congestion in and around Class B airspace; the routes are currently used in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and California, and they are in development in Atlanta.

January 11, 2008