April 29, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA has issued its final rule amending the airways affected by the relocation of the Anchorage VOR in Anchorage, Alaska.
The VOR was recently upgraded to a Doppler VOR to enhance its capabilities, and relocated onto the Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport. The VOR’s re-designation includes changing its identifier to TED.
AOPA reported on March 10 on the FAA’s proposal to relocate the VOR because of the construction of wind turbines on Fire Island, the navaid’s former site.
In the final rule published April 28, the FAA noted “that the agency has not been involved in the decision process related to the wind farm’s location or funding. The responsibility of the FAA is to provide navigation aids to assure safe flight of aircraft, and this requires relocating the VOR.”
Fifteen low-altitude Victor airways and T-routes, and 14 jet routes and Q routes were affected by the action, which takes effect June 30, the FAA said.
FAA Systems and Airspace,
The sponsor of a bill to expand the number of pilots eligible to fly with a driver’s license medical is asking colleagues for their support.
AOPA members are being encouraged to contact their representatives in support of a bill that would require the FAA to go through the rulemaking process.
Flight testing of a factory version of the Quicksilver Sport 2S, the first of two models with factory-built versions planned, is complete.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.