October 26, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
A new Class B airspace design that will go into effect Dec. 15 in Seattle, Wash., is a positive example of a process that combined creative thinking and collaboration with users to produce a successful outcome with widespread support from pilots.
The FAA has published its final rule establishing the airspace modification. Pilots are urged to study the new boundaries that will become effective with the issue of the next editions of sectional and terminal area charts that also take effect on Dec. 15.
The FAA took the needs of all airspace users into consideration, and employed outside-the-box planning to come up with a design that mitigated most general aviation concerns while using only the airspace necessary to contain arrivals and departures at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The reduced contours of the Class B area allowed the return of some unused airspace to the National Airspace System.
AOPA supported the proposal in formal comments that expressed the association’s appreciation for the ‘commonsense approach” taken with the design.
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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