September 29, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA has submitted formal comments to the FAA on its proposed revisions of Class B airspace centered on McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nev. Members are encouraged to comment on the proposal by Oct. 10.
The association expressed appreciation for the FAA’s education and outreach efforts during the airspace review process but remains concerned with the impacts such an expansion will have. AOPA continues to urge the FAA to consider outside-of-the-box solutions, instead of imposing an overall increase in the ceiling that would reduce flexibility, efficiency, and safety for general aviation.
“The FAA is proposing a unilateral expansion of the entire Class B airspace to 10,000 feet to address two small areas of potential conflict,” wrote Tom Kramer, AOPA manager of air traffic services, in the comments submitted Sept. 29. “Such a wide-scale modification may not be the most effective means of addressing a concern limited to two confined areas.”
AOPA also believes that the airspace redesign necessitates RNAV T-routes to increase efficiency and further mitigate the impact of expanded Class B airspace in the Las Vegas area, he said.
Members should submit comments in triplicate by Oct. 10 to Mr. John Warner, Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue, S.W. Renton, WA 98057.
Please also 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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