November 30, 2010
By Dan Namowitz
Pilots are being urged to attend three informal airspace meetings scheduled for January and February 2011 to review and comment on the proposed redesign of the Salt Lake City Class B airspace.
AOPA plans to participate in the informal airspace meetings, and will submit formal comments to the FAA after assessing the impact of the proposal on general aviation.
Planned airspace modifications include additional Class B airspace areas to the north, west, and south, along with lower floors throughout the airspace. There would be a slight reduction of the Class B area on the east side. The FAA also proposes raising the Class B ceiling from 10,000 feet msl to 12,000 feet msl. Only two other airports have Class B ceilings at or above 12,000 feet: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Denver International.
AOPA encourages members affected by the redesign to attend the meetings and make their voices heard.
The FAA also encourages pilot participation. It considers the informal meetings that precede the formal rulemaking process an invaluable source of information on the pros and cons of proposed airspace modifications, as AOPA reported in this June 10 article.
Pilots may also submit written comments, in triplicate, by March 15, 2011, to John Warner, Manager, Operations Support Group, AJV-W2, Western Service Center, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue, S.W., Renton, WA 98057.
The meetings will take place Jan. 26, 2011, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Ogden Conference Room, Ogden Hinckley Airport Terminal, 3909 Airport Road, Ogden, Utah, 84405; Feb. 1, 2011, 6 to 9 p.m. in the conference room in the Executive Terminal, 397 North 2370 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116; and Feb. 3, 6 to 9 p.m. at Utah Valley University Aviation Flight Venter Hangar A, 1158 Mike Jense Parkway, Provo, Utah 84601.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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