April 17, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA is asking pilots operating in Florida to help shape the expansion of performance-based navigation procedures in their area by sharing their experience and suggestions in preparation for the FAA airspace-optimization review.
The FAA, responding to industry recommendations urging a structured and systematic approach to introducing performance-based navigation as a key building block of NextGen, has launched optimization of airspace and procedures in key metropolitan areas. It will soon kick off an optimization review of Florida’s airspace.
“The FAA will review airspace and procedure optimization in metroplexes, the large geographic areas covering many airports, serving major metropolitan areas, and a diversity of aviation stakeholders. It will consider factors including safety, efficiency, capacity, access, and environmental considerations,” said Heidi Williams, AOPA vice president of air traffic services and modernization.
AOPA is participating in the FAA review to share input on how general aviation operations could be enhanced. The association seeks input by May 4 from local pilots or those who transit Florida airspace during their flight operations.
Please email AOPA your suggestions for improving the airspace and service. Do you experience routine delays arriving, departing, or transiting the airspace? Would RNAV departures or approaches into your airport be beneficial, or are there service enhancements that would lead to safer, more efficient operations around the airspace area? Are T-routes available to you when you file for them? Can you identify any areas that would benefit from the addition of T-routes? Are you routinely routed around the Class B airspace?
Comments are requested by May 4 so that AOPA can present your concerns and input to the FAA.
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