October 24, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
An Air Force plan to establish a temporary military operations area in New Mexico would leave multiple sections of several IFR routes unusable while providing general aviation pilots with no way to acquire real-time information on the airspace’s activation, AOPA said in a regulatory filing.
Members are encouraged to review the Playas TMOA proposal that would support military exercise Angel Thunder from April 7 to 20, 2013, and submit comments to the FAA by Nov. 2.
AOPA pointed out in formal comments that the TMOA’s excessively low floor and high ceiling would leave sections of V66, V16, V198, and T-306 unusable, requiring pilots to circumnavigate much of the airspace during active periods, or seek less efficient routing.
AOPA also requested that times of use of the TMOA be reduced “to only what is needed for training purposes,” rather than the activation period’s more broad description in charted information.
Members are urged to consider the impact of the proposal on their flight operations and submit comments by Nov. 2 to Manager, Operations Support Group, AJV-C2, Airspace Study 12-ASW-19-NR, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137.
Please 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.
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