September 25, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The FAA and Air Force will have an additional public meeting on the potential impact of a plan to expand the Bulldog MOA in Georgia. The agencies were instructed to hold the meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Augusta Regional Airport, after a congressional inquiry into the proposed expansion, and pilots who will be affected by the proposed airspace change are encouraged to attend.
AOPA and local pilots have objected to the proposal on the grounds that it creates safety hazards and will threaten commercial operators that base at underlying airports.
The expansion was first proposed in 2005, but that plan was defeated, in part because of the anticipated impact on civil aviation. Earlier this year, the Air Force introduced a new proposal that would create two new MOAs, Bulldog C and Bulldog E, under the existing MOA shelf. AOPA and others have argued that the new proposal still doesn’t do enough to protect civil aviation.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
Fourteen aviation organizations have banded together to urge the FAA to take immediate steps to lower barriers to ADS-B equipage.
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