February 26, 2009
By Dave Hirschman
Proposed Avon Park special-use airspace modifications. Click here for larger view.
The Air Force is seeking to modify the Avon Park special-use airspace (SUA) in central Florida that could make the area more complex for civilian pilots to navigate. But the Air Force has been responsive to AOPA’s concerns by proposing to activate only those portions of the SUA that are needed on a real-time basis.
“While the reconfiguration will allow for better management by the military, there is still some potential reduction in access for general aviation pilots due to the increase in restricted airspace in some areas of the complex,” said Pete Lehmann, AOPA air traffic services manager. “AOPA will be analyzing the proposal to determine the impact.”
The FAA will accept formal comments on the Air Force proposal until March 30. AOPA members concerned about the proposed changes should send their comments to the FAA at:
U.S. Department of Transportation Docket Operations, M-30 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE West Building Ground Floor Room W12-140 Washington, DC 20590-0001.
FAA Systems and Airspace,
Department of Transportation,
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AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.