January 10, 2012
By Jim Moore
The FAA has proposed taking two Victor airways south of the border to facilitate general aviation crossings into Mexican airspace.
Pilots are encouraged to comment on the notice of proposed rulemaking that would extend Victor 135 from the Bard, Ariz., Vortac to the Mexicali, Mexico, VOR. Victor 137 would be extended from the Imperial, Calif., VOR to the Mexicali VOR, with fixes established on both airways at the border crossing.
AOPA submitted comments to the Department of Transportation this month supporting the proposed change.
“If promulgated, this extension will result in improved cross-border navigation and simplified air traffic control coordination for flights in the area,” said AOPA Manager of Airspace and Modernization Tom Kramer. “AOPA respectfully requests that the FAA adopt the proposed modification.”
Kramer encouraged AOPA members to review the proposed rule and submit comments by the Feb. 6 deadline. Written comments may be submitted by mail to Mr. Gary Norek, 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. Identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2011-0654 and Airspace Docket No. 11-AWP-8 in the comments. AOPA is also interested in receiving a copy of members’ views on the proposed change.
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AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.