Charlotte-area pilots’ help sought in NextGen planning

February 10, 2011

AOPA is asking pilots operating around Charlotte, N.C., to help shape the introduction of enhanced procedures in their area by sharing their experience during an FAA airspace-optimization review.

The FAA, responding to industry recommendations urging a structured and systematic approach to introducing performance-based navigation as a key building block of NextGen, has launched optimization of airspace and procedures in key metropolitan areas. It recently kicked off an optimization review of Charlotte-area airspace.

“The FAA will review airspace and procedure optimization in metroplexes, the large geographic areas covering many airports, serving major metropolitan areas, and a diversity of aviation stakeholders. It will consider factors including safety, efficiency, capacity, access, and environmental considerations,” said Heidi Williams, AOPA senior director of airspace and modernization.

AOPA is participating in the FAA review of the Charlotte Metroplex area, to share input on how general aviation operations could be enhanced. As part of the review, the FAA will hold an informational meeting at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport on Feb. 23.

AOPA seeks the input of local pilots who fly in and around the Charlotte area, or transit the area during their flight operations.

Please e-mail AOPA your suggestions for improving the airspace and service around the Charlotte airspace area. Do you experience routine delays arriving, departing or transiting the airspace? Would RNAV departures or approaches into your airport be beneficial, or are there service enhancements that would lead to safer, more efficient operations around the airspace area? Are the existing T-routes available to you when you file for them? Are you routinely routed around the Class B airspace?

Comments are requested before Feb. 22 so that AOPA can present your concerns and input to the FAA at the Feb. 23 meeting.