September 19, 2008
After the FAA unexpectedly modified the VFR flyway through Phoenix Class B airspace as part of a larger airspace redesign, AOPA filed a lawsuit, claiming that the FAA neglected to follow its own rules for creating and modifying airspace. The association also alleges that the FAA has not adequately addressed the airspace compression caused by the redesign or provided proof that the modifications were even needed. Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments from both sides. “We’re holding the FAA accountable,” said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. “The FAA can’t choose what airspace changes it wants to keep quiet and what changes it will offer for user input.” Read more on AOPA Online.
FAA Systems and Airspace,
Class B Airspace,
Pilot Safety and Skills,
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
NetJets has added a new safety feature to its long-range fleet: a doctor who is always in.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.