Las Vegas airspace redesign: Think outside the box

September 29, 2011

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

Dan Namowitz | Aviation Writer

Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.