September 18, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
The FAA has announced that it will modify the Chicago Class B airspace because air traffic controllers cannot contain aircraft within the boundaries of the current Class B. This is a problem controllers across country are experiencing because of an increase in air traffic over the past decade.
AOPA participated in ad hoc committee meetings to provide the FAA with recommendations for the new design, but the FAA rejected a recommendation crucial to general aviation.
The group had requested that the floor of the western portion of the airspace be set at 5,000 feet msl to allow GA pilots to fly under the area. The FAA, however, is planning to set the floor at 4,000 feet msl. The FAA’s proposal also would expand the entire eastern side of the Class B airspace from 25 nautical miles to 30 nm, from 4,000 feet msl to 10,000 feet msl.
“AOPA is opposed to the FAA’s call for this much airspace,” said Pete Lehmann, AOPA manager of air traffic services. “During the ad hoc meetings, the FAA only demonstrated a need for a small portion of this entire area. Instead, what they are proposing would push nonparticipating aircraft further over the lake.”
AOPA encourages pilots to attend one of three public meetings to voice their opinion of the redesign.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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