May 24, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Pilots flying in the Columbus, Ga., area could have more airspace available for transit without talking to air traffic control. The FAA has proposed to downgrade the Class C airspace around Columbus Metropolitan Airport to Class D to “enhance safety and facilitate more efficient use of airspace.”
The agency recommended the change because the airport no longer meets the criteria for Class C airspace. Passenger enplanement and instrument operations have fallen below the threshold that requires Class C airspace. The criteria call for 75,000 instrument operations or 250,000 passengers annually at the primary Class C airport. Based on figures from 2008, the most complete data available, Columbus totaled 22,795 instrument operations and 51,288 passengers, the agency said.
“This is a good example of how the airspace redesign process can have a positive outcome,” said Tom Kramer, AOPA manager of air traffic services. “AOPA is supportive of the FAA’s efforts to evaluate and ensure airspace classifications are modified to match requirements and user needs.”
The proposal would establish part-time Class D airspace 4.4 nautical miles around the airport, extending up to 2,900 feet msl. The proposed Class D airspace would be designated as part time and in effect when the Columbus Air Traffic Control Tower is in service. At all other times, the airspace would revert to Class E. Class E surface areas around the airport would change as well. For more details about the proposed airspace changes, see the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking. Pilots can comment on the changes before July 19 online. Identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2010-0386.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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