June 7, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Southern California contains some of the trickiest airspace in the United States, but the FAA is considering making it a little more complex. The agency is proposing to change Long Beach/Daugherty Field’s Class D airspace to Class C.
“The addition of Class C airspace could have detrimental effects on general aviation operators in the area,” said Tom Kramer, AOPA manager of air traffic services. “Pilots should let the FAA know how such a move would impact them personally.”
AOPA encourages pilots to attend informal airspace meetings June 22 and 23 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. to discuss the proposal. The meetings will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel Conference Center at the Long Beach Airport. Comments from the public will be considered as the agency puts together its notice of proposed rulemaking. For those who cannot attend the meetings in person, written comments can be submitted by July 31 through the mail to Clark Desing, Operations Support Group, AJV-W2, Western Service Area, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW, Renton, WA 98057.
AOPA has participated in the airspace design process and will submit its formal comments to the FAA, urging the agency to keep the area GA friendly.
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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