August 20, 2009
By Sarah Brown
The Army has proposed to establish a new restricted area, R-2502A, at Fort Irwin, Calif., and modify the Silver Military Operations Area (MOA) as part of an expansion of the Army National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin.
The proposed R-2502A would extend from the surface to 16,000 feet msl and would restrict airspace above the expanded land maneuver area created to support the training center. AOPA plans to file comments on the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking, and members can submit comments to AOPA and directly to the FAA regarding what impact this would have on their operations.
“AOPA wants to make sure the impact on pilots in the area is minimized,” said AOPA Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs Rob Hackman, “and we’re looking for pilots to help us do that by sending us their concerns.”
The proposal also would modify the Silver MOA in the vicinity of the NTC because the proposed restricted airspace would infringe on the MOA. An expansion of special-use airspace could impact flights in the area.
Send comments on the proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Dockets Operations, M-30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001 or let AOPA know how the proposed restricted area would affect you. Comments must be received by Aug. 27.
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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