March 7, 2008
AOPA has asked that the proposed Paseo Bridge near Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo., be deemed a hazard to air navigation because it would violate the FAA’s obstruction standards and move the VFR traffic pattern, creating new noise and environmental concerns. Currently, the airport does not generate noise complaints because the traffic pattern lies over industrial areas and rail yards. “However, if all VFR pattern operations are shifted to the west side of the airport, traffic will be forced over the Briarcliff residential community, resulting in a considerable increase in noise complaints,” Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services, warned the FAA. Noise complaints can escalate to calls for airport closure, so AOPA wants to head off the threat before the bridge is built. The association also has called for a supplemental environmental impact statement.
March 7, 2008
Pilot Safety and Skills
Pilot Skip Gibbs regularly uses his Bonanza A36 to bring medical volunteers and supplies to remote areas of Mexico. Just before sunset, Gibbs was flying to the historic city of El Fuerte in the state of Sinaloa where LIGA International Flying Doctors of Mercy has been doing good works since 1934.
Roscoe Morton, long the lead voice of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s summer celebrations, honored as the “essence of EAA,” has died.
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.