October 8, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
An audience of more than 400 regulators and airspace users gained insight into AOPA’s diverse advocacy and airport protection efforts as part of an FAA-sponsored conference on airspace.
The Competition for the Sky Conference, which took place Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 in Las Vegas, brought together a wide range of FAA departments as well as military, commercial, and private airspace users to discuss the best ways to manage competing demands on the National Airspace System.
“We understand that the National Airspace System and airports are finite resources that must be protected,” said Heidi Williams, AOPA senior director for airports and a speaker at the conference. “That’s why AOPA fights so hard to preserve general aviation access and why collaborative events like these can be so productive. This was the first conference of its kind and proved to be a great forum to set out the issues, establish priorities, and bring divergent perspectives together in one place.”
The conference included topics such as radar interference, obstacles, and airport encroachment.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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