July 25, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA has expressed appreciation to the FAA for modifying the Class C airspace centered on Palm Beach International Airport in Florida in a way that improves general aviation access and enhances safety in the area.
The modification, which AOPA reported last month, would raise the floor of Class C airspace from 1,200 feet msl to 1,600 feet msl over Palm Beach County Park Airport and to the south. The change would provide more maneuvering area for rotorcraft and fixed-wing traffic arriving at Palm Beach County.
Members are urged to review and comment on the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking by Aug. 22. The proposal was published June 21 in the Federal Register.
“AOPA appreciates the FAA’s efforts to modify the Palm Beach Class C area to include only that airspace required for containment of arrivals and departures from Palm Beach International Airport,” wrote Tom Kramer, AOPA manager of air traffic services in formal comments submitted July 20. “The proposed increase to the floor of Class C airspace in the vicinity of Palm Beach County Park airport (LNA) will enhance safety by providing additional clearance between rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft entering the pattern at LNA.”
The proposal reflected the FAA’s efforts to “proactively manage the nation’s airspace,” he said.
Members can submit comments online by Aug. 22 under Docket No. FAA-2011-0527. Please share your comments with AOPA.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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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