March 10, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA is reviewing an FAA proposal to revise all airways using the Anchorage, Alaska, VOR (ANC) as a fix as a result of the planned relocation of the VOR.
The VOR, now located on Fire Island, Alaska, “is being upgraded to a Doppler VOR and re-designated as the Anchorage (TED) VOR. The Doppler VOR will be located on the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport property. This action will affect 15 Low Altitude Federal airways (Victor Airways and T–Routes), and 14 High Altitude Federal Airways (Jet Routes and Q Routes),” said the notice of proposed rulemaking.
Construction of wind turbines on Fire Island necessitated moving the navaid to the proposed new location, approximately six miles to the east, the FAA said.
AOPA is reviewing the relocation’s impact on general aviation flight operations, and to ensure that the project does not result in degradation of services or facilities. Members are encouraged to study the proposal and submit comments by April 18.
“The relocation of a VOR is a significant undertaking involving the amendment of all airways and instrument procedures which utilize the VOR.” said Tom Kramer, AOPA manager of air traffic services.
Pilots can submit comments directly to the FAA by April 18. Refer to Docket FAA-2011-0010. AOPA also is soliciting input from members on how the proposal may impact their flight operations in the area. Please e-mail a copy of your comments to AOPA.
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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