August 2, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
A proposed revision of Class B airspace associated with Philadelphia International Airport addresses some concerns for general aviation, but could still be significantly improved and made less complex, AOPA said.
Pilots are urged to review the FAA’s proposed airspace plan that was published in the Federal Register on July 31, and submit comments by Oct. 1. In March, AOPA filed comments noting concerns during the public airspace meetings, and will also be submitting comments on the proposal.
Major changes from the current Class B airspace include the addition of several new airspace sectors, expanding class B airspace to the east including airspace shelves from 4,000 feet msl to 7,000 feet msl on the east and west sides. During public scoping meetings, AOPA had requested that Class B airspace not be expanded into Alert Area A-220 on the east side. However, it appears the proposed design will impact the alert area.
Members are urged to submit comments by Oct. 1 online or by mail to U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE. West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001.
Please identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2012–0662 and Airspace Docket No. 08–AWA–2 at the beginning of your comments. Please also share a copy of 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.
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