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.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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